Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and The Wire

Some of you may know him as drunk detective Jimmy McNulty in HBO's The Wire. Others will recognize him as the sneering rapist, Theron, in 300. Whichever, it's more than a little jarring to see actor Dominic West sitting back in his reading chair, reading aloud from British literary fiction, his voice the sort gravely, velveteen tone one usually associates with aged uncles named Alastair.
Have I piqued your curiosity? Then click here to watch The Guardian UK's exclusive clip of West reading from Nicci Gerrard's latest novel, The Moment You Were Gone. While you're there, scroll down a bit, where you'll find West's equally unexpected description of his affection for Jane Austen.