Critics are calling Lambert’s performance in 10 Days In A Madhouse quite possibly the best of his career. Catch him in the critically acclaimed biopic of Nellie Bly.
Christopher Lambert, who still gets approached by fans for his 1985 portrayal of Connor Macleod from the popular Highlander series, will star in the upcoming historical film 10 Days In A Madhouse – The Nellie Bly Story. 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. Lambert is making a masterful return to American cinema with his role in 10 Days In A Madhouse followed by a role in the new Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar alongside George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton. Lambert plays Arne Slessum — “a married European filmmaker whose ??scandalous affair with a young starlet (Scarlett Johansson) becomes yet another headache for the studio.”
Christopher Lambert (Above) plays Arne Slessum — “a married European filmmaker whose ??scandalous affair with a young starlet played by Scarlett Johanson (Below) becomes yet another headache for the studio.”
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 conditions and treatment of the patients, risking everything including her own life and sanity. Lauded newcomer Caroline Barry stars as Nellie Bly alongside Lambert who portrays the head of the mental ward, E.C. Dent.
Above: Christopher Lambert plays troubled E.C. Dent in 10 Days in a Madhouse, the biopic about the mother of investigative journalism, Nellie Bly.
Below: Lambert as Dent, flanked by nurses (Alexandra Callas and Summer Cropper) attends to Nellie Bly played by lauded newcomer Caroline Barry.
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 Victorian 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,” states producer Susan Goforth. “Christopher Lambert demonstrates the internal struggles his character was facing. Dr. Dent was not a power-hungry monster, but a decent man desperately trying to help others and, in that desperation helped 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.”
10 Days In A Madhouse opens at the Laemmle NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, Ca on March 4th and is now playing in select US Theaters.
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