Mark Rylance Gets Lost In Translation In Hilarious New Teaser For Phantom Of The Open

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Rylance gets lost in translation in a hilarious new teaser for The Phantom Of The Open which sees him play as ‘the world’s worst golfer’ Maurice Flitcroft

He’s shot six incredible films in the past two years, and Mark Rylance’s next starring role is about to hit screens.

The acclaimed actor stars as Maurice Flitcroft – a crane operator who entered the British Open golf tournament in 1976 on a whim without ever having played a round of golf in his life, now part of British folklore.

A new exclusive clip from the film, titled The Phantom Of The Open, sees Mark
showing off his comedy chops in conversation with a Spanish golfer, where things get a bit lost in translation.

New film: Mark Rylance stars as Maurice Flitcroft – a crane operator who entered the British Open golf tournament in 1976 without ever having played a round of golf in his life

In the scene, Rylance impressively speaks (almost) fluent Spanish through a flawless Cumbrian accent, while playing Maurice.

The Phantom of the Open is based on the book of the same name by Simon Farnaby and Scott Murray. Farnaby (who co-wrote Paddington 2) has adapted his own book for the big screen and also makes an appearance as fellow golfer Lambert.

Directed by Craig Roberts, the film also stars Sally Hawkins, Rhys Ifans, Jake Davies, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Mark Lewis Jones and Johann Myers.

Mark said he was inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen while filming the anticipated film.

Teaser: A new exclusive clip from the film, titled Phantom Of The Open, sees Mark display his comedy chops during a conversation with a Spanish golfer

Teaser: A new exclusive clip from the film, titled Phantom Of The Open, sees Mark display his comedy chops during a conversation with a Spanish golfer

Main man: Mark said he was inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen while filming the anticipated film (pictured at the film's London premiere this month)

Main man: Mark said he was inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen while filming the anticipated film (pictured at the film’s London premiere this month)

True Story: Phantom of the Open is based on Simon Farnaby and Scott Murray's book of the same name about Maurice's golfing career (pictured with wife Jean Barrow)

Sally Hawkins stars alongside Mark in the film, playing Jean

True Story: Phantom of the Open is based on Simon Farnaby and Scott Murray’s book of the same name about Maurice’s golfing career (pictured left with his wife Jean Barrow)

Explaining his approach to the character, Mark said: “I know Sacha Baron Cohen, who I worked with once, did a lot of different takes, trying different timings like I would on stage.

“It takes a number of performances to find the right timing, the right mix of words, for a line to get a response.”

Mark added that he was fascinated by Maurice when he did his research, telling Big Issue magazine: “There’s some great stuff on YouTube, hilarious interviews he’s done.” You can’t tell if he’s fucking or if he’s sincere.

“Still, he absolutely seems to think he’s as good as Seve Ballesteros on a good day, despite never having played golf.”

Phantom of the Open is in theaters from Friday, March 18

All-Star Cast: Directed by Craig Roberts, the film also stars Sally Hawkins, Rhys Ifans, Jake Davies, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Mark Lewis Jones and Johann Myers

All-Star Cast: Directed by Craig Roberts, the film also stars Sally Hawkins, Rhys Ifans, Jake Davies, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Mark Lewis Jones and Johann Myers

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