As charter members of the Mark Rylance Fan Club, it’s about time we dedicated a Man Candy Monday to this insanely talented actor’s historical costume work! Sir Mark Rylance is considered the finest stage actor of his generation but doesn’t have as many screen credits, which is a goddamn shame.
While he hasn’t been kicking around Hollywood, he’s spent his time well at the Globe, on the West End, and Broadway. He’s also a man of incredible principles, having recently resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company because the organization is sponsored by oil company BP, saying: “The RSC will continue pushing BP’s brand onto a generation of young people who have – in huge numbers through the ongoing school climate strikes – told adults they need to step up to the climate crisis now, acknowledge we are in an unprecedented global emergency, and act accordingly. Surely the RSC wants to be on the side of the world-changing kids, not the world-killing companies?” Bravo!
Ferdinand in Prospero’s Books (1991)
William Adamson in Angels and Insects (1995)
Leonardo da Vinci in Leonardo (2003)
King Richard II in Richard II (2003)
Sir Thomas Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Henry Condell in Anonymous (2011)
Olivia in Twelfth Night (2013)
Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall (2015)
Mr. Dawson in Dunkirk (2017)
What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role of Mark Rylance’s?