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Andrew Scott's 'Sherlock' role boosts him to international film star status

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Andrew Scott is turning into a movie star of global proportions according to a Dec. 18 story in the show biz trade paper, 'Variety,' which labels him an "international star." The article points out that he has four movies coming out in 2014 which run a gamut of genres and roles for the versatile Irishman. International star indeed, as one film ('The Stag') is Irish and shot in Ireland, one is a British film ('Jimmy's Hall') made in Ireland, one is a film about Welsh miners ('Pride') made by a British company in Wales and England, and one ('Locke') is a British film made in England.

"Scott is working on Pathe’s 'Pride,' theater director Matthew Warchus’ second outing as a feature helmer. In the past 18 months, he’s wrapped thriller 'Locke' with Tom Hardy, Irish comedy 'The Stag,' and Ken Loach’s 'Jimmy’s Hall,' which filmed in the west of Ireland, where Scott’s father hails from. 'Loach is a hero of mine,' Scott says. 'He’s kind and gracious to the whole crew. … Creatively speaking, you feel like you’re not acting, and that’s why his films are so truthful.'"

As mentioned in the article, Scott's father is from the west of Ireland where 'Jimmy's Hall', a true story about a communist sympathizer named James Gralton, which was shot in Sligo and Leitrim counties, is set. Jim Scott is from the beautiful coastal area of Co. Mayo, Ireland. Some interesting background on Andrew's cancer activist father: Mr. Scott, the elder, is a prostate cancer survivor since 2001 and is chairman of a peer-to-peer support group of the Irish Cancer Society, MAC (Men Against Cancer), for which he gives extremely frank interviews and speeches, revealing the consequences of impotence and sexual changes within his marriage from the surgical treatment. He bravely puts aside any embarrassment he may feel speaking about his personal life to help spread the word to men about the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Earlier this year, Mr. Scott spoke on an Irish talk radio show about his experience with the illness. Click here and scroll down the page to "Men Alive, part 1" to listen. Mr. Scott speaks for the last few minutes. Although his voice is certainly that of an older man, it is interesting to note the similarity to his son's voice, particularly when it dips down into the quieter, lower register. Take a listen and decide for yourself. And take note especially, when he chokes up as he speaks about the importance his family plays in his recovery. It's touching.

As for Andrew Scott, he is going even further geographically in his international career, as the film he's shooting at the moment, 'Frankenstein', is an American production starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. It resumes shooting in London after the holidays and has already been scheduled for release on Jan. 16, 2015.

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