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CHURCHILL IN CHINA ! SHANGHAISTUDIOS FOR
Actor Gerry George is seen as
Leader-of-the-Opposition Mr Winston Churchill addressing
honourable members at the dispatch box in the House of Commons,
during the critical Yangtse Incident in 1949, when a class II
frigate of the Royal Navy, “HMS Amethyst” was fired-upon by
artillery and troops loyal to the then revolutionary leader Mao
Tse Tung; during which time the beleaguered ship's bridge,
steering-gear and engine rooms were wiped-out, seriously
wounding the captain and the coxswain, plus several sailors on
Flying-out to Shanghai to take part in the production, during
January and February, last year, Gerry was told by China's
most-celebrated director, John Woo, that after this 100-episode
biopic was released he would become the most famous face in
China, after the late Chairman Mao, whose life and work this
major biopic focuses upon.
The first episode (shown above), went out to every home in China
last week, and the feedback Gerry has received since has been
phenomenal, with calls for his further services in the role of
Churchill, coming in from all quarters, and not least in Asia
“This was a tremendously satisfying experience for me”, said
Gerry, “my having been given a conducted-tour of the vast
Shanghai Studios, which are in themselves like a scale-model of
pre-war London, with trams, cinemas and coffee houses - all of
them fully-functional, since this venue has a dual role as a
Film Studio Theme Park -which features prominently in the
Shanghai Tourist Guide, and is visited by hundreds of thousands
of European visitors, every year”.
“What thrilled me the most though” said Gerry, “is that China
has now taken a giant leap towards Western Democracy, and the
shadow of Communist totalitarianism seems to have been
blown-away with the wind-of-change, like so many lovely Lotus-blossoms
caught-up in the breath of Spring”
Gerry George as
heard on Sunday 21st August 2009, in the persona of
wartime prime minister, Mr. Winston Churchill, on
the BBC Radio 4, FM programme, interviewed by Steve
Evans. The programme is produced and directed by
CHURCHILL, AS SEEN
THROUGH THE EYES OF HIS FORMER ENEMIES
Final checks on-set, in Sardinia - and last-minute instructions from Ealing Met Film School, student-director, Giacomo Costa,34, (right, standing) -
during the filming of *The Choice*, in his hometown, Cagliari. Left, a crewmember replenishes the brandy glass of Winston Churchill (Gerry George).
Seated, is Michael Good, who plays Colonel Locke; an almost ethereal character who takes Winnie and his conscience to task in this controversial,
yet thought-provoking anti-war movie, albeit as he was viewed by the Axis powers, and the prostrate and bombed-out peoples of Germany and Italy,
by the end of WWII.
SOME LIKE IT HOT:
GERRY GEORGE, AS CHURCHILL ON THE ITALIAN RIVIERA !
between scenes, in the sweltering heat of Sperlonga, on the Italian Riviera - during the
shooting of veteran director Giorgio Capitani's romantic movie *Callas e Onassis*, for Lux
Vide SPA pictures of Rome - is Gerry George (Churchill), with actress Elena Croce (Lady
Gerry, who has a pivotal role in this major mini-series, intended for worldwide
television, has been out there since May, and commutes on a weekly basis from his London,
"It's hot work, but very rewarding, and - if nothing else - for the magnificent
weather and gorgeous food" said Gerry, who will be working on the movie " and
that's not to mention the elegant and beautiful Italian ladies."
Other locations for this film, which he has already visited, include the larger Riviera
town Terraccina, and Viterbo, an ancient spa city, about one hour's drive out of Rome.
Next, he is off to Trieste, and thence to a mock-up of the Onassis yacht, *Cristina*
cruising in the Greek Islands.
The two principal players include the beautiful Italian star Luisa Ranieri, as Callas,
with major, French star, Gerrard Darmon, as Onassis.
THE BRUISED RAF SIT-DOWN SOCCER TEAM ON
RED NOSE DAY
turned football referee on Friday, March 13 - or
rather, Gerry George who impersonates him, did -
when he visited RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire, to do
his bit alongside
officers and airmen, hiding their bruises
while strenuously sitting-it-out in a series of
hectic Crab Football knock-abouts, staged to raise
funds for Red Nose Day.
The 2006 FIFA
World Cup is upon us. Now one bond unites us all, to support
England until victory is won and never surrender ourselves to
failure and shame, whatever the cost and agony may be.
FOR LOOKING TOO MUCH LIKE CHURCHILL ?
with Churchill, by George, in the banned Madasafish Broadband commercial
OI, ENFIELD, NO! Jan 17
Harry's TV ad with Churchill is banned
By Don Mackay
WATCHDOGS have banned a Harry Enfield TV ad poking fun at Sir Winston Churchill.
The 30-second commercial, featuring the comedian and Churchill lookalike actor Gerry
was ruled "grossly offensive".
It shows loudmouth yob Frank Doberman (Enfield) urging the "porky" wartime Prime
Minister to ditch his dial-up internet connection and sign up to madasafish.com's
broadband service. Doberman yells: "Oi Churchill! Well done for winning World War II,
nice one. But if you was downloading saucy pictures of Monty from El Alamein using a
dial-up connection, I'd say Oi Churchill! No!" The Broadcasting Advertising Clearance
Centre decided the advert was likely to cause offence because Churchill is so widely
revered. But George said: "It's crazy. Whatever happened to the British sense of
humour? This smacks of the kind of totalitarian action Churchill spent his life fighting.
There's no way I'd do an ad demeaning him. He's my absolute hero.
Enfield added: "It's just pathetic and smacks of censorship."
Two similar ads featuring Albert Einstein and Captain Cook were approved.
trained actor Gerry George has always been a huge fan of
wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
He says: "Even when I was a schoolboy I used to mimic his voice and do impressions of
"He is a great character to play because everybody loves him. I suppose that is
because he epitomises freedom.
"He was such a charismatic leader. It can even bring tears to people's eyes when they
see me dressed as him."
The 66-year-old is now on location in Italy playing the great man in a film about the love
affair between opera singer Maria Callas and shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
Gerry, who is single and lives in Ealing, West London, worked as a journalist on several regional newspapers after completing his national service in 1960.
But he also performed as Churchill in his spare time in variety shows that was when he
wasn't impersonating George Formby, the ukulele-playing comedian from the Thirties and
He says: "In 1981 I decided to pack my job in and become an actor full time because I
enjoyed it so much.
"I am not just a lookalike - I also do Churchill's voice and mannerisms and recite
his famous speeches."
Gerry has been in a number of films, Commercials and TV shows as his hero. He recently
took part in the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Jersey
from the Nazis.
above article appeared in "The Sun" 2nd July 2005
CHURCHILL, BY GEORGE !
Berlin to Tokyo - and Amsterdam to Marrakech - Gerry George
has shown hes the next best thing to Winston Churchill.
As an all-round Churchill
impersonator, Gerry George
is probably one of the busiest and most
successful exponents in his field, worldwide.
He not only looks like
Winston Churchill, he also talks like him, acts like him, moves like him, and writes and
delivers speeches like him and anyone could be forgiven, for at first glance
mistaking him for the genuine article; and this goes for the voice too, which is
indistinguishable from that of the great man, himself.
A RADA-trained actor,
writer, director, and Churchill scholar, he has appeared in a litany
of feature films, and documentaries, in
addition to making public appearances, and lecturing on Churchill - and relating anecdotes
about him - at prestige venues and expos, all over the world, during the past 30 years.
Two years ago, after
making a Churchill documentary for Hitachi, Japan, he played Churchill in the Dutch
four-part saga Wilhelmina filming in the Netherlands - and later that year,
flew out to Marrakech, Morocco, to address the CEOs of America, at their week-long
in Churchills old haunt, the Hotel Mamounia.
A year earlier, he hit the
German Press in a big way, when he attended the corporate celebrations, in Berlin, to mark
the production of the 100 millionth Volkswagen Beetle.
The Berliner Zeitung
plastered his picture,taken in front of the Brandenburg Gate,
across five columns of their front page, In May this year, he
joined top actors Anthony Sher, and Leslie Phillips, in a film comedy shot on the
Isle of Man entitled Churchill: The Hollywood Years, in which Gerry plays
the older version of two Churchills.
The other is American !
A few weeks earlier, he
appeared at the Museum of Steam, at Swindon,
Wiltshire, where for the weekend the whole venue had been transported
back to the days of the Second World War; Gerrys job being to address the
appropriately dressed visitors, and locals, as if he were Churchill, visiting
a war-torn English town, at the height of the Blitz.
Gerry, 64 the age
Churchill was when he took over in 1940 - did an off-the-cuff impromptu walk-about
and speech, and the local TV channels had a field day.
A former Army Public Information officer, and speech writer,
Gerry finds it second nature to produce addresses, couched in Churchillian parlance,
custom tailored to suit the needs of clients, and his topics have ranged from the
Sainsbury sandwich to the Museum of Steam, in Swindon, Wiltshire; with, most recently,
Gerry, as Churchill, featuring in a television commercial, pitched to promote railway
in the South of England.
In October 2003 Gerry
spearheaded a 600-strong, 10-kilometre run, in aid of Cancer Research UK, at Blenheim
Palace, Woodstock, Oxford (Churchills birthplace), when introduced, on
camera, to the current incumbent, His Grace the Duke of Marlborough, by ITN newsman Mike
Rowbotham - the Marquess praised Gerrys impersonation, noting that although Gerry is
slightly shorter than was his Great Uncle, the impersonation, and the likeness, were
Coincidentally, in late 1939 into 1940, Gerry spent the first few months of his life,
living in a house quite close to the Palace gates, prior to his family moving North, to
his late fathers regimental headquarters, at Ashton-under-Lyne, near Manchester.
He now lives in London.
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