Copyright 2000

[ September 28th 2000 ]

The casting of Voight was announced by director Simon West and producers Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Colin Wilson, in London this week. Voight was on a plane to England September 17 to join the cast and crew at Pinewood Studios outside London on September 25 for his week-long stint as Lord Croft, explorer and adventurer. Producer Lloyd Levin said, "We are very fortunate to have this incredible actor who represents the best of his generation."

Director Simon West declared himself a great fan of Jon Voight's work and said, "I'm expecting great things from Jon Voight who has brought so many brilliant characters to life." Voight is one of the finest actors of his generation. His Oscar came for his stunning paraplegic Vietnam veteran in Coming Home with Jane Fonda. He made his early impact in John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy, winning his first Oscar nomination in the company of Dustin Hoffman's pathetic Ratso. He was immediately in demand and the early films included Catch 22, John Boorman's much admired Deliverance, the delightful screen version of Pat Conroy's book Conrack, and The Odessa File, based on Frederick Forsyth's novel.

More recently Voight has appeared in Mission: Impossible, Anaconda, The Rainmaker, John Boorman's The General, Enemy of the State and Pearl Harbor. His third Oscar nomination was for Andrei Konchalovsky's Runaway Train.

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