In a 1988 interview with the Observer, cinema’s ‘angry young man’, who has died at 82, said he loved studying for a part
At the age of 51, in the middle of a virtuoso stage and screen career, Albert Finney – whose death at 82 was announced on Friday – spoke to the Observer of his changing attitude to acting and of his childhood background in Salford. Finney’s comments, coupled with a telling portrait by the newspaper’s acclaimed photographer, the late Jane Bown, reveal both his appetite for life and his concern to make the right artistic choices.
“Perhaps in the past I have wanted to get out the two-hour make-up, to show that acting is really a job for a man. It was what I thought acting was … but it wasn’t me,” Finney told Observer writer Nicholas Wapshott in March 1988.