Garnering acclaim for his turn on Shadow and Bone, actor Ben Barnes reveals which performance he’s not proud of — Dorian Gray in the 2009 adaptation.
Reflecting on his career so far, Shadow and Bone‘s Ben Barnes revealed a performance he’s not too proud of — 2009’s Dorian Gray. The British actor came to more widespread prominence as Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise. Barnes has worked consistently ever since. In recent years, however, he’s made even bigger waves with a quick succession of noteworthy work. As well as making a complex villain out of Billy Russo (a.k.a. Jigsaw) on Netflix’s The Punisher, he stood out as the tragic Logan Delos on Westworld.
Barnes’ acclaim and popularity has only soared to new heights in 2021. A large reason for that was the release of Shadow and Bone. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s series of best-selling books, the Grishaverse saga was adapted for Netflix and released in late April. Set in the war-torn country of Ravka, the story followed Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) as she discovered her destiny as the mythical Sun Summoner. Along the way, she encountered a range of eclectic characters. Principal among them was Barnes’ General Kirigan (a.k.a. The Darkling). Initially a mentor and love interest, it was ultimately revealed that he was Shadow and Bone‘s true villain. Regardless, Barnes’ performance earned sweeping praise and scored him a new legion of fans. As such, there has been much revisiting of the actor’s earlier work.
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Even Barnes himself hasn’t been exempt. Speaking with News.com.au, however, the actor revealed he hasn’t looked back fondly on some of his performances. Barnes focused on one in particular — his titular turn in the 2009 adaptation of Dorian Gray. Based on Oscar Wilde’s classic novel, the film told the story of a hedonistic man who sold his soul for eternal youth. Here’s Barnes’…