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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Sir Alec has performed a stout repertoire of roles Sir Alec Guinness portraying Adolf Hitler terribly happy to chat to you but I don't want to be in anyone's in almost the very first words he is a key to Sir Alec one of Britain's most famous stage and film actors. Although a veteran of more than 60 roles on the London a star of dozens of and a master of a uni- que brand of everyone who knows him says at marvelous but awful- ly shy His press though eager to arrange an makes the immediate com- ment that she doubts he will doit When she finally manages it is for 40 minutes before a performance of Habeas Cor- pus. the comedy Alec Guinness is currently starring in and one of the great successes of the West End season Clothed in a blue dressing gown and blue socks he proposes that he should talk while making up for his part in the play a middle-class doc- tor of medium years from Brighton. Seated before his light- flooded mirror in his dressing room at the Lyric sticks and pots of makeup placed strategically before the actor seems a curious amalgam of all the parts he has ever played. His almost bare of and his face are harshly lit by nak- ed bulbs so that his features are like a canvas ready to receive the ac- couterments of yet another character in the enormous procession of them which Sir Alec has already created. These characters range from small parts played in 1934 when he was 20 and new to the boards to a Greek gar- land of awards and trophies By Michael T. Leech Christian Science Monitor that wreathes the perfor- mances of his mature years. 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But most of his public will recall the self- effacing charm and droll humor from Guinness films from Oliver Twist and his memorable Fagin to Kind Hearts and Coronets and his portrait gallery of aristocratic including a well-corseted lady of middle years who met her end in a balloon. His most recent films are Brother Sister the Zefirelli version of the life of Saint in which he was Pope Innocent and The Last Ten in which he flipped the coin and appeared as Hitler. haven't seen the Hitler he dabbing on light base oc- casionally shooting kinuly glances at via the mirror. was murdered in the cut- Guinness picks through what he says with a careful economy of obviously hating to give a false impres- sion of what he feels. I had no heart- searching before doing it. It's an anti-neo-Nazi picture and they would have been wise to keep it long. You see it was one of the very finest scripts I had ever clapped eyes on. Brilliant. But it had to be ex- ecuted properly and it was'too much too An angry frown arrows the smooth creasing the makeup Films require energy have I given so much time and energy to a part in a film. I prepared a tremendous amount for it but people just cannot be rational about that area and they seem to want something from outer space with blood dripping from its teeth. Can't they see how important it is to show that a single human be- ing can mesmerize a whole How can anyone find sympathy in a character who talks about killing the wound-' ed and flooding'people in the He clenches his fist and stares angrily in the mirror as though questioning his own abilities yet again. The shy exterior of the actor is in fact a perhaps even a for behind it is considerable concealed closely fused with the questing spirit of the artist. Carefully he begins to apply makeup to his staring tensely into the glass. Then he turns and smiles his famous almost boyish grin suppose films to make to pay taxes. But theater is my first love. I never have done much television. Only two shows in fact. I try not to do too many films and now and then I do do one that's but I try not to do anything too He puts on his spectacles and gives the mirror a sidelong glance to observe the effect Before one's eyes he is becoming Dr. the fading general practitioner trapped between family and hoped-for his life becom- ing lonely and laughable caught in a he sees time run out. Enjoys theatre life always liked the life of the theatre. I enjoy being in a company and this is essen- tially a 'company' everyone is important. I like to rehearse. It gives me a great deal of pleasure being in this play. I can't say it's hard work and being in a success is stimulating. It isn't a drag at Sir Alec approaches all his parts with a ques- tioning intelligence. They must for him or he isn't and he has what he calls a ordinary audience to a role. Knowing he is to have his name up in at the front a he feels a considerable obligation to have things right. responsive people in an audience are like the leavening in a loaf of bread. Atmosphere is very im- portant to this and it makes a huge difference. A single gloomy group in an audience will affect everyone around them. It's a bit tricky because the lines aren't always easy to and a West End success always attracts a high percen- tage 'of foreigners with a big slice of them nearly all sitting in front I don't know if the play gets to all of them. I suppose there are always some who can't wait to get off to do their Sir Alec soothes on a gray wig. When you look at him so many parts from the past seem to surface and break briefly into his features. Now as he emerges as Dr Wicksteed one wonders how many what percentage of his the actor has spent in being other people than himself not just while acting but while preparing and observing as well. Perhaps he is thinking the same thing as he wonders always keep open to but I rather resent scripts coming in at the moment. Don't they know I'm in a I've got to an age where I don't like to get involved with anything when I'm in something already. So I read them out of and if I do like a then of course it disturbs me. What I'd really like to do is a modern repertory. There's no classic I really want to do. I long for good modern plays Something lyrical just now I am enjoying myself You know I'm GO next he adds dif- almost proudly. an actor of my genera- tion always wants to make something lyrical. He closes his eyes and for a moment it's silent in the little room. he jumps up. One realizes typically he has given far more than 40 minutes and it is time to go. must get ready to go he says firmly. He insists on showing his visitor to the but once there the eyes twinkle again in true Guinness Out beyond the the unseen theater is filling with who in a short time will be regaled with yet another character from the seemingly inexhaustible Guinness gallery. Mass starvation looms in Africa Upper Volta Drought-rav- aged West brought to the brink of mass starvation in faces another year of po- litical fooa shortages. Crop predictions for the while still in- suggest the harvest now under way will be better than last year but still dan- The rains now ending have been late and spotty in much of the region on southern rim of the Sahara desert. Last year's the worst in six hit hardest at Mauritania and landlocked Upper Niger and former French ;