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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.
âOriginally, Daniel was the object of desire, the thing that makes you question your life,â said Polley about this character who lands, ironically, right across the street from Margotâs life. The object becomes a catalyst. âFrom Margot and Danielâs point of view, itâs very, very hard to turn away from falling in love and very few people can do it.â The dizzying headâoverâheels 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. âWe need. We want. And we desire. And thatâs part of who we are. You get to the point youâve 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 isnât good enough for the other characters â the way it is in life as well,â she explained.
Luke Kirby has been performing since his teen years after he was accepted at this countryâs 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 âHavenâ and Director Lea Poolâs feature, âLost and Delirious.â
Soon after, Luke performed the role of âMorganâ in the Factory Theatreâs production ofÂ âGeometry in Veniceâ 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 âPatroclusâ in Theatre for a New Audienceâs production of âTriolus and Cressidaâ directed by Sir Peter Hall in New York City. In 2006, he gave a critically acclaimed performance in The Womenâs Projectâs production of âJump/Cut.â Other theatre credits include Judith Thompson’s premiere of HABITAT at Canadian Stage followed by Daniel Brook’s premiere of âThe Good Lifeâ at the Tarragon Theatre (both in Toronto).
His latest theatre venture was in NYC where he performed the lead role in âDefender of the Faithâ (Irish Repertory Company). Lukeâs first feature film lead was the role of Jim in âHalloween 8: Resurrection.â Other film credits include lead roles in Peter Wellington’s feature, âLuckâ and âMambo Italianoâ directed by Emile Gaudreault. âMambo Italianoâ 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 âLuckâ and âMambo Italiano,â Luke ended up with a part that was written for him in the feature film âShattered Glassâ 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 âAll Hatâ and followed with a lead role opposite Lindsay Lohan in a feature titled âLabor Pains.â Luke was cast as the lead opposite Samuel Jackson in âThe Samaritan,â David Weaverâs latest feature also set to premiere in 2011.
In television, one of Lukeâs favorite roles was in the critically acclaimed TMN/Showcase miniseries, âSlings & Arrows,â featuring some of Canadaâs top actors and directed by his friend Peter Wellington. âSex Traffic,â a miniseries for Channel 4 and CBC that aired in the fall of 2004, had him working with one of Britainâs top directors, David Yates and earned him a Gemini nomination. That same year he received a second Gemini nomination for his guestâstarring role in the dramatic series âThe Eleventh Hour.â In the fall of 2005, Luke landed a role as a series regular for HBO’s âTell Me That You Love Me,â 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 âCra$h& Burn.â
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