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In the upcoming film “Take This Waltz,” actor Luke Kirby plays the sensuous next door neighbor, Daniel. The introduction of Daniel plays a key role in the development of the story in the film.
“Originally, Daniel was the object of desire, the thing that makes you question your life,” said Polley about this character who lands, ironically, right across the street from Margot’s life. The object becomes a catalyst. “From Margot and Daniel’s point of view, it’s very, very hard to turn away from falling in love and very few people can do it.” The dizzying head‐over‐heels tumble into love is something Polley feels offers lovers the idea that they will be able to reinvent themselves with this other person in a way they were unable to do alone. It affords lovers a state of fulfillment that seemingly exists only in combination with this person.
Ultimately, Polley believes that we are not satisfied beings. “We need. We want. And we desire. And that’s part of who we are. You get to the point you’ve been longing for and then, inevitably, another chasm opens up. I feel these characters are people who mean well and are doing their best, but their best sometimes isn’t good enough for the other characters ‐ the way it is in life as well,” she explained.
Luke Kirby has been performing since his teen years after he was accepted at this country’s most respected conservatory, the National Theatre School of Canada. He graduated in May 2000 and after two auditions found himself working on two separate projects in major roles; the CBS/Alliance miniseries “Haven” and Director Lea Pool’s feature, “Lost and Delirious.”
Soon after, Luke performed the role of “Morgan” in the Factory Theatre’s production of “Geometry in Venice” in Toronto, a performance that garnered him a Best Actor nomination at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. This was quickly followed by the role of “Patroclus” in Theatre for a New Audience’s production of “Triolus and Cressida” directed by Sir Peter Hall in New York City. In 2006, he gave a critically acclaimed performance in The Women’s Project’s production of “Jump/Cut.” Other theatre credits include Judith Thompson’s premiere of HABITAT at Canadian Stage followed by Daniel Brook’s premiere of “The Good Life” at the Tarragon Theatre (both in Toronto).
His latest theatre venture was in NYC where he performed the lead role in “Defender of the Faith” (Irish Repertory Company). Luke’s first feature film lead was the role of Jim in “Halloween 8: Resurrection.” Other film credits include lead roles in Peter Wellington’s feature, “Luck” and “Mambo Italiano” directed by Emile Gaudreault. “Mambo Italiano” received a gala presentation at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation and earned Luke a Canadian Comedy Award Nomination.
Following on the success of “Luck” and “Mambo Italiano,” Luke ended up with a part that was written for him in the feature film “Shattered Glass” produced by Cruise/Wagner. In 2007, Luke played the lead role of Ray Dokes opposite Rachel Leigh Cooke and Keith Carradine in the Canadian feature “All Hat” and followed with a lead role opposite Lindsay Lohan in a feature titled “Labor Pains.” Luke was cast as the lead opposite Samuel Jackson in “The Samaritan,” David Weaver’s latest feature also set to premiere in 2011.
In television, one of Luke’s favorite roles was in the critically acclaimed TMN/Showcase miniseries, “Slings & Arrows,” featuring some of Canada’s top actors and directed by his friend Peter Wellington. “Sex Traffic,” a miniseries for Channel 4 and CBC that aired in the fall of 2004, had him working with one of Britain’s top directors, David Yates and earned him a Gemini nomination. That same year he received a second Gemini nomination for his guest‐starring role in the dramatic series “The Eleventh Hour.” In the fall of 2005, Luke landed a role as a series regular for HBO’s “Tell Me That You Love Me,” directed by Patricia Rozema. The first season aired on HBO in September of 2007. Luke also had the lead as Jimmy Burns in the critically acclaimed Canwest Global television series “Cra$h& Burn.”
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