The Creator (2017)
Role: Alan Turing
Official Site. Photos. IMDb
The Snowman (2017)
Release: Oct. 13 2017
Release: May 2017
Chicken/Egg (short film 2016)
Release: Febr. 2017
The Long Way Round (2016)
Release: October 2016
Official Site. Photos. IMDb
Role: Henry Howell
Release: 26 April 2016
Agent Carter (TV Series 2016, S.2)
Role: Edwin Jarvis
Section 47 (feature film)
Official Site. Photos. IMDb
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"Fan, Friends and Flamingoes, how I met James D'Arcy for the 2nd (and 3rd, and 4th) time"
By: Adeline - 27th Dinard British Film Festival on 30 September and 01 October 2016
A few months ago (or not even that long), I had been informed that James D’Arcy was going to be a jury member for the British Film Festival of Dinard (a festival I knew nothing about before, shame on me). So I asked around who wanted to go with me and my loyal mother was all in. There we were, then, on the road on a Friday (we both took a day off from work for it, totally worth it) to Bretagne.
Friday. Of course, I knew I had quite a lot of chances of meeting him during the weekend but I surely did not expect it to happen so quickly! We were barely arrived in Dinard and walking by one of the theatres where they were showing the movies for the festival, that my mother stopped, saying she had “a feeling” because there were festival cars near the red carpet. We waited and a woman also passing by asked one of the crew guys what was happening and he replied that the jury members were to come out in ten minutes or so. Ok. Keep calm, breathe in, breathe out, you’re not the same as you were when you first met him two years ago. I had a gift for him and a card I had not written at that moment (I had to write something real quick and, oh my, was it bad!!). The jury members start to come out on the red carpet, nobody is stopping them even if there are some people around. And then a familiar, tall figure with sunglasses appears and is stopped by a woman who wants a pic or an autograph, I can’t tell because I was focused on what I was going to say. Phil Davis (James was always around him each time I saw him, he was his British anchor) was walking before him and he was the one who answered my “hello” even if it wasn’t aimed at him (but he was nice and I felt so bad to go right to James!). I started to tell him I had a gift for him, “a stupid gift” but he smiled it off with a “I love stupid gifts!”. He then looked in the package and exclaimed “Flamingo socks!” (yeah, there were socks with pink flamingoes on them). He looked at me with a big smile that said that he loved the reference to Edwin Jarvis. He genuinely looked like he loved them and that made me feel a little less stressed. I made him sign my copy of Cloud Atlas; I had trouble spelling my name because it’s a very French one and he seemed to get it so I didn’t know what to say (achievement unlocked: hearing him say the first 3 letters of my name ‘A-D-E ‘ in French and a “comme ça” when he was done, so cute!). I then told him that we had met a few years ago in London, for Mojo, he gave it a thought then nodded “I remember, you were shaking!” Yeah, I know, this still haunts me to this day! I then asked for a picture and when he put his hand on my shoulder, he said “we’re friends now”. So, yeah, we are. When we parted, he told me he would wear the socks on the evening, but to this day I don’t know if he had!
And that’s how I met James D’Arcy for the second time.
Saturday. Early start of the day to see one of the movies in competition. After that, we walked around Dinard and found ourselves in front of the hotel where the jury is staying (coincidence? maybe, maybe not). My eagle-eyed mother saw Claude Lellouch (the president of the jury) inside so told me to wait a little. Of course, he went out... and the rest of the jury did to. A few people was around but nobody dared to stop him, so I walked to him to ask for an autograph (for my mother, this time, and he wrote her name without hesitation) and another picture. He had his sunglasses on and, embarrassed but daring, I asked him if he could take them off. He did, but I felt so bad after because the sun was blinding! I let the other people take pictures and autographs and went to Phil Davis (to make up for the day before) to have his autograph too. I then returned to James, who was by himself, and asked him about his short movie, Chicken Egg, to know if we’d have some day a chance to see it. He replied that he could not put it online, the only way to see it would be during a festival. “Maybe next year at Dinard, I’ll have to ask!”. I saw him between two movies during the afternoon but only stared at him while he walked by with the rest of the jury.
Jump to the red carpet of the closing ceremony of the festival. After four hours waiting in the cold, the jury finally arrived. They all seemed to have a great time and happy to be there. James took a selfie with a woman and he may have signed a few autographs, I could not see clearly. The jury went up the red carpet, near where I was, so I, well, yelled “James!” several times until he noticed me and opened his arms, with his face saying “why are you screaming?!”, then he approached me with a huge smile on his face (I can’t remember it but I’ve seen the pics of that moment). I told him I wanted another picture because he looked amazing in his black tuxedo (“you look great!” were the words I said, brave me!). I thanked him, of course, and he replied with a more-than-charming “you’re welcome, darling” which kind of left me in awe. A few seconds later, the woman presenting the people on the red carpet introduced him so my mother (the fangirl!!) and I cheered, and James blew us a kiss. Which concluded this D’Arcy weekend quite perfectly. Of course, I got to see really good movies, so everything was an epic win!
To see more of Adeline's amazing photos, go to Gallery: Candids: Fans, Friends and Flamingoes