Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall has revealed he was ordered to learn to paint for Mr Turner by director Mike Leigh.

Mr Turner has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival - where it will compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or, and looks at the later life of painter Turner.

Spall takes on the role of Turner in the film, as he teams up with Leigh.

Speaking at a Press Conference in Cannes, the actor said: "He said 'right we're going to make this film in two and a half years time, I'd like you to start painting'.

"So I started to learn how to paint two years before I started rehearsing then we rehearsed six months.

"A brilliant English portrait painter called Tim Wright gave me lessons, when I wasn't working I'd see him two or three times a week."

Mr Turner is the first film for Leigh since Another Year: he has also penned the screenplay for the film.

As for Spall, we have already seen him in The Love Punch this year, and he has been linked to a role in Full Bodied.

The Cannes Film Festival runs until 25th May, so we will have to see if Mr Turner walks away with the Palme d'Or.

Mr Turner is released 31st October.

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  1. by Jessica 16th May 2014 15:49

    The critics are raving about this movie at Cannes Film Festival - Timothy Spall's performance is being heavily praised.

  2. by Mia 16th May 2014 15:49

    It is so great to see Timothy Spall finally landing a role like this. He has been an underrated actor for many year, and I hope Mr Turner really does help put him on the map.

  3. by Mrs Johnny Depp 16th May 2014 16:06

    The review for Mr Turner have been terrific so far - great to see this film playing at Cannes Film Festival. Mike Leigh has always made such great character driven films, and it looks like he has carried that on here. I am a biopic film fan, especially when I don't know much about the person/people. I know nothing about Turner, except the fact he was a painter. Really looking forward to this one.