8:00 PM, 3rd March, 2005
Peter Sellers is best known, and most remembered, for his portrayal of the clutzy Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series of films. His career began in radio as one part of the legendary comic radio brigade The Goons, where he worked alongside legends including Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe.
Stephen Hopkins's film was based upon the biography of the same name, written by Roger Lewis. Starring Australia's own Geoffrey Rush in the lead as Sellers, you sometimes forget that you are watching Rush, rather than Sellers himself; the likeness is incredible. An excellent cast supports Rush including Charlize Theron as Sellers's one time wife model Britt Ekland, "Third Rock from the Sun"'s John Lithgow and British comic Stephen Fry.
One of the most brilliant scenes in the film involves Sellers being cast in the lead role of Dr. Strangelove. The look of evil delight that slides onto his face when he finds out he is playing the combined lead roles, and could potentially blow up the world, is priceless. Between that scene and Rush's flawless performance it's definitely worth setting aside some time in your calendar to see this film.