Mark Rylance: 'You'll never catch me campaigning for an award'

Mark Rylance was drawn to Christopher Nolan's "lovely writing" when he signed on to star in Dunkirk.

Mark Rylance finds it embarrassing when actors sell themselves in order to win awards.

The English star has been acting professionally since the early '80s and is known as one of theatre's finest talents.

He's also had notable roles on the small screen, but Hollywood beckoned later in life for the 57-year-old. In 2016, he beat the likes of Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo, and Christian Bale to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies, and Mark admits that he let his work do the talking when it came to landing the prestigious award.

"No, I was doing my own play about ice-fishing in Boston," he told Time Out London when asked if he took part in a campaign in the lead-up to the Oscars. "I wouldn't have done it, anyway. How embarrassing to campaign for an award, to sell yourself. I would never do that, it seems very demeaning and time-consuming. Fortunately, I didn't have to have the philosophical debate because I was busy. But I'm told it caused quite a ripple in L.A."

Mark is once again impressing with his new movie, Dunkirk, which hits cinemas around the world from Wednesday (19Jul17).

The gripping war epic tells the story of the Allied soldiers who were trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk during World War II, and were forced to wait for a flotilla of small civilian boats to rescue them as the Germans dropped bombs from land, sea, and air.

Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, and co-starring Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles, among other big names, Dunkirk has already received a flurry of five-star reviews from critics.

"What interested me about it was (Nolan's) lovely writing about human beings in extraordinary situations. So in terms of being an anti-war person, I don't think it romanticises this event," Mark stated.

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