Jude Law is a good-looking man. No doubt about it. But he’s always been more fun to watch when he plays ugly. Remember his Road to Perdition hitman, with the jungle-cat saunter and filed-down teeth?
In Dom Hemingway, which opens April 2, Law plays a notorious safe-cracker who’s suffered some bumps and bruises along the way. His nose is crooked, his hair is retreating, and when confronted, he clearly leads with his chin — or some other part of his face. After 12 years in prison, he’s back out — loud and brash — expecting some payback from the gangster gents he protected. But his triumphant return to the glamorous high life is disrupted by several turns, notably his pangs of obligation to his practically orphaned daughter (Emilia Clarke).
It’s a complicated story, but then, Dom Hemingway is a complicated man. Or maybe it’s a rather simple story and Dom is a very simple man. Either way, he’s not boring. “[The movie] is like going down to the pub with him, for an hour and a half,” says Jude Law. “It’s worth it.”
Click below for an exclusive featurette about the man, the myth, and self-styled legend, Dom Hemingway.
Here’s the trailer for Dom Hemingway, in U.S. theaters April 2.