“Christopher Lambert, who still gets approached by fans for his 1985 portrayal of Connor Macleod from the popular Highlander series, co-star in the historical biopic 10 Days In A Madhouse – The Nellie Bly Story.”
Critics are calling Lambert’s performance in 10 Days In A Madhouse quite possibly the best of his career. Catch him in the much anticipated biopic which opened in NYC on November 11th and is now playing.
Christopher Lambert, who still gets approached by fans for his 1985 portrayal of Connor Macleod from the popular Highlander series, will star in the historical feature film 10 Days In A Madhouse – The Nellie Bly Story, now playing. Those who love him for his iconic action sci-fi roles, which also include Lord Rayden in Mortal Kombat and Tarzan in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of The Apes, will be excited to learn that Christopher Lambert is back. Though he never actually stepped away from acting, we Americans have been missing his presence, as he has been focusing on European art-house films. He has gained fame and recognition for his work in France with acclaimed directors such as Claire Denis. With his upcoming role in 10 Days In A Madhouse, as well as the 2016 Coen Brother’s Hail, Caesar, it looks like Lambert is finally making his return to American cinema. Lambert will be in excellent company in Hail, Caesar as the star-studded cast includes George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton.
10 Days In A Madhouse accurately follows the true story of 23 year old journalist Nellie Bly as she boldly goes undercover into an insane asylum in order to expose the truth, risking everything including her own life and sanity. Newcomer Caroline Barry stars as Nellie Bly alongside Lambert who portrays the head of the mental ward, E.C. Dent. Critics have been calling Lambert’s performance in 10 Days his best in years. He shows off his brilliant acting chops with his portrayal of a deeply disturbed doctor. During the times that this film was set in, hospital practices were more than questionable. Women could be admitted into a lunatic asylum simply because she reads too much, or because she is being more emotional than what was thought appropriate. Once inside, opium was used as treatment which usually made symptoms worse, causing a never-ending vicious cycle. All of these practices are seen in the film.
It’s easy to point fingers and call these doctors “evil”, but what we need to understand is that, in truth, these doctors were just doing their jobs, trying to advance the medical field with the limited knowledge of the times. Christopher Lambert does a fine job in demonstrating the internal struggles that his character was facing. Dr. Dent was not a power-hungry monster, but a decent man trying to help others in all the wrong ways. The film would have had a much different, more simple and less human message, if Lambert had portrayed his character as nothing more than a malicious man taking advantage of his power.
Following the November 11th New York City premiere, 10 Days In A Madhouse opened nationwide on November 20th and is now playing.
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