British actor Paul Bhattacharjee committed suicide after he was declared bankrupt, inquest officials have ruled. The body of the 53 year old, who appeared in James Bond movie Casino Royale and in longrunning U.K. soap opera Eastenders, was found near the cliffs at Splash Point in East Sussex, England in July (13), two days after he was reported missing.
At an inquest in Eastbourne to determine the cause of death, Bhattacharjee's girlfriend, Emma McKie, revealed the actor was a "proud" man who had a "darkness inside him that was irreparable".
She stated, "(He was a) protective man and he couldn't have handled the bankruptcy becoming public knowledge... He would not have wanted to let me down or hurt me or his friends. The bankruptcy was the final straw after a life of major highs and lows...
"I do believe that Paul would take his own life. I knew about his past and the pain inside him, and I could see it in his eyes."
Recording a verdict of suicide, coroner Alan Craze declared, "The conclusion of this inquest will be that Gautam Paul Bhattacharjee took his own life whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed.
"He was extremely depressed at the time. This was a huge tragedy for a lot of people."
Missing Casino Royale actor Paul Bhattacharjee has been found dead in England. The body of a man matching his description was discovered on Friday (12Jul13) near the cliffs at Splash Point in East Sussex. Bhattacharjee has now been formally identified and his next of kin have been informed, officials at Scotland Yard have confirmed.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
The actor, who played a secret service medic in the 2006 Bond movie, went missing last Wednesday (10Jul13) after leaving rehearsals for the play Talk Show at London's Royal Court theatre.
The 53 year old did not make it to rehearsals the following day (11Jul13), prompting friends and family to begin a search.
British actor Stephen Fry was among those who took to Twitter.com to appeal for help finding Bhattacharjee by posting a link to his page on a missing person's website.
As well as Casino Royale, Bhattacharjee appeared in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dirty Pretty Things and longrunning U.K. soap opera EastEnders.
Police in London have launched an investigation into the disappearance of actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who has not been seen since leaving a theatre last week (ends14Jul13). The 53 year old, who played a secret service medic in 2006 Bond movie Casino Royale, was last seen leaving rehearsals for the play Talk Show at the Royal Court theatre in the Sloane Square area of the British capital on 10 July (13).
He was spotted on CCTV and his girlfriend received a text from him that evening, but she has had no contact from him since.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Court says, "He left on Wednesday in good spirits but didn't make it to rehearsals the next day."
Bhattacharjee's disappearance has been described as out of character.
Actor Stephen Fry is among those urging his Twitter.com followers to try and help locate Bhattacharjee, re-tweeting a link to a page set up on a missing persons' website.
Bhattacharjee has also starred in movies Dirty Pretty Things and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as having a recurring role in hit U.K. soap opera EastEnders.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.