In What? Closer to the Moon ( also with Mark Strong and Harry Lloyd)
In What Role? As a Jewish Romanian Partisan Zionist Communist Bank Robber Prisoner in an absurd farce based on a true story.
“Closer to the Moon,” a fictionalized tale about a weird chapter in Romanian history, tries hard to slap a smiley face on a calamity. In 1959, a group of formerly true-believing Romanian Communists, all Jewish, did the unthinkable when they robbed a branch of the state (and only) bank. They were soon caught, but the story went from curious to crackpot when officials decided that the robbers would portray themselves in a state-produced film titled “Reconstruction,” recreating their gangsta roles with secret meetings, gats and getaway cars. Apparently believing that the state might go easier on them if they cooperated, the robbers played along, all the way through the show-trial end.
Six Degrees of Separation? Joe Armstrong appeared with Richard Armitage in Robin Hood and also in Between the Sheets, although they were never in a scene together. Mark Strong played an equivalent role to Guy of Gisborne in the Ridley Scott film, Robin Hood, and, he beat out Richard Armitage for the Best Actor in a Revival Olivier Award this year.
And, P.S., Mark Strong is wearing obvious eyeliner in this film.