Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): Kenneth Branagh and Stephen Fry as Extras in “Chariots of Fire”

After the Academy Award nominations are announced, I love to spend the week doing “Before They Were Stars” features on some of the nominees to show how far they’ve truly risen. Anyway, Kenneth Branagh has made Academy Award history with his nomination this year for My Week With Marilyn, becoming the first person to ever be nominated in five separate categories: “Best Actor”, “Best Supporting Actor”, “Best Director”, “Best Adapted Screenplay” and “Best Live Action Short Film”. I guess that’s only appropriate, considering that Branagh’s film debut was in a film that won the Academy Award for “Best Picture”… but you have to look REALLY hard to spot him in it! Branagh was an uncredited background extra in some of the crowd scenes in Chariots of Fire and, thankfully, the person who put together these clips has used circles, zooms and slow motion to point him out for you. Consider this a game of “Where’s Kenneth?”. Oh, and whoever cast the background extras in Chariots of Fire has to be one of the greatest casting directors in history. In this clip, look in the background for none other than Stephen Fry as the guy on the far left wearing a hat and throwing a ball in the air.

This entry was posted in Before They Were Stars, Movies. Bookmark the permalink.