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SAG Awards: Christopher Plummer on 'wonderful' honor for 'Beginners'

December 14, 2011 | 10:58 am

Christopher Plummer talks about his SAG Award nomination for "Beginners"
For Christopher Plummer, news of his SAG Award nomination for "Beginners" comes at a "frantic" time. The veteran actor just celebrated his 82nd birthday Tuesday, he's preparing a one-man theater show, "A Word or Two" and tonight he heads into New York for the U.S. premiere of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Amid the frenzy, Plummer's not even sure how he learned of the nomination for his supporting role in Mike Mills' film. "I think somebody called me. I can't remember who," he said, speaking by phone from his Connecticut home.

Even as Plummer is busy with current and future projects, he's appreciative that his fellow actors recognized his work in “Beginners,” which opened in theaters the first weekend of June.

"What was extraordinary and wonderful at the same time is that it has been out for a long time. And suddenly people are remembering it as being charming. They're getting together and showing their respect for it," he said.

In "Beginners," the Canadian actor plays a father and widower who comes out about his homosexuality near the end of his life as he rekindles his relationship with his son, played by Ewan McGregor. The story is a semi-autobiographical one for director Mills.

The nod marks Plummer's fourth SAG Award nomination -- his previous nomination was for his performance in 2009’s “The Last Station” -- but he said the recognition for "Beginners" is still special to him because the character was a unique role for him.

"I'm sort of unexpected in it. It's totally different for me, which I welcome. I thought the film was absolutely charming, charmingly written by Michael Mills. And he really did my character proud," the actor said. “I had a marvelous time filming it, and it was just a gift."


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–- Emily Rome

Photo: Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in "Beginners." Credit: Focus Features

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