In 2005 I performed in “National Anthems,” by Dennis McIntyre, and “The Philadelphia Story,” by Philip Barry. In the latter I played C.K. Dexter Haven, which was the role that Cary Grant played in the film version by the same name.
Later in the year I was cast as the villainous Lex Luthor in Bryan Singer's SUPERMAN RETURNS, and in 2007 I co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy about Santa's disgruntled older brother, FRED CLAUS.
In 2006 I made my Shakespearean debut in the UK in the title role of “Richard II,” directed by Trevor Nunn.
Later in the 2006 season I teamed up with Robert Altman on a production of Arthur Miller's play, “Resurrection Blues.” Arthur Miller himself had hoped that it would premiere in London, particularly at the Old Vic, as he loved this theater. We were all thrilled to be able to make this particular dream of Miller's come true. Despite an all-star cast and the pedigree of Miller's script, the play opened to negative reviews and even calls for my resignation as the artistic director of the Old Vic! As I have always been determined to learn from my mistakes, not to bow to them, I continued to plan the Old Vic’s future programming with my head held high.
Later in the year, I starred in Eugene O'Neill's “A Moon for the Misbegotten” along with Colm Meaney and Eve Best. The play received excellent reviews and was transferred to Broadway in 2007.