Londoner’s Diary: Jude Law’s lament on superheroes (… even if he loves the tights)

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Jude Law (Getty Images)
Jude Law (Getty Images)

Welcome back to the Londoner’s Diary. First up Jude Law says its a “great shame” that Hollywood’s obsession with superhero movies is squeezing out middle and lower budget films. Later today Clive Myrie tells us he won’t be adopting an aggressive approach during his Mastermind debut on Monday as there are other ways to make contestants squirm and Cynthia Erivo speaks about an incident on Broadway a decade ago that still affects her confidence. In SW1A Peter Kyle MP reveals how he manifested his rebellious streak through his hair and Daniel Hannan calls for David Gauke to rejoin the Tories.

11:29 , Robbie Smith

Jude Law risked riling superhero film fans last night by saying that it is “a great shame” that Hollywood’s obsession with them is squeezing out middle and lower budget films.

The actor, who refused to play Superman but played Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel, said: “The truth is that Hollywood is a huge money-making business and at the moment that’s where they are throwing their money.”

This follows director Martin Scorsese receiving a backlash for telling Empire Magazine that the Marvel films are “not cinema” and are in fact more akin to “theme parks”. Law admitted, though, to a certain thrill about “turning up and flying around the room and fighting aliens”. He also told a How I Found My Voice live recording that “plenty of actors make a lot of money having a hell of a lot of fun making those films in tights.”

SW1A

14:00 , Robbie Smith

PETER Kyle is an MP the Labour whips should keep an eye on. He loves to rebel. When working at the Body Shop in his youth a senior executive told him in passing “Pete, get your hair cut”. In response, he tells Matt Forde’s Political Party, he marked a date in his calendar... a year hence. And didn’t get his hair cut until then.

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DANIEL Hannan has called for his ex-Tory colleague David Gauke to rejoin the Tories as they’re losing support in his old constituency. Gauke was sacked by Boris Johnson in 2019. Or, as Lord Hannan puts it, Gauke “quit” the party. Seems like there might a difference of opinion to overcome.

12:30 , Robbie Smith

Cynthia Erivo (Getty Images for The New School)
Cynthia Erivo (Getty Images for The New School)

Cynthia Erivo has told of an incident on Broadway a decade ago that still affects her confidence. Stockwell-born Erivo, nominated for an Emmy for Genius: Aretha, remembers trying to ask the producer of her show a question. She followed the man down a corridor, asking him repeatedly. At last he turned round and yelled, pointing at her face: “You don’t have the right to talk to me like this. You just do this show.” Erivo had won a Tony award on the show, but suddenly felt “I don’t matter”. Charmless.

11:43 , Robbie Smith

Theo Fennell, Coco Fennell and Louise Fennell (L - R) (Dave Benett)
Theo Fennell, Coco Fennell and Louise Fennell (L - R) (Dave Benett)

Cinderella writer Emerald Fennell’s sister Coco and parents Louise and Theo attended the musical’s launch, along with MOBO Awards founder Kanya King, at the Gillian Lynne Theatre last night. Meanwhile, Rio and Kate Ferdinand attended the launch of People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan at Everyman Broadgate.

Myrie’s tactics for Mastermind

11:41 , Robbie Smith

Clive Myrie (AFP via Getty Images)
Clive Myrie (AFP via Getty Images)

Clive Myrie will appear on his first episode as the new presenter of Mastermind on Monday and viewers can expect a kinder presence. “Magnus Magnusson was billed as ‘the interrogator’ when it first aired in 1972,” the newsreader tells us, adding “people have taken that to mean you must be aggressive. But aggressive was never the style”. Myrie has tools in his arsenal. “The black chair, the spotlight and the clock are the things that make contenders squirm”. We have ways of making you talk...

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