In an interview conducted before the Oscar nominations came out, he responded modestly: "I think the fact that I had a chance to play Chris Kyle and Joseph Merrick
(subject of 'The Elephant Man') in the same year is huge for me,'' he said.
But even though the real-life character of Joseph Merrick
popped up out of the blue to play an amateur crime fighter throughout Ripper Street's sophomore season it wasn't as much of a "jump the shark" moment as you might think, given the programme's Big Ben-sized improbability factor thus far.
The first episode featured the fall from grace of one policeman, his leg graphically impaled on a spike, a mass brawl in Leman Street station house, a drugs scourge sweeping in from a nascent Chinatown, police corruption, personal heartache and Joseph Merrick
, the Elephant Man.
Tonight's opener ropes in the still legal opium trade, kung fu and even the Elephant Man himself Joseph Merrick
Provident Metals President Joseph Merrick
stated that this alliance will create unprecedented new opportunities for bullion customers and both companies.
Before readers have finished Palma's "big, genre-bending delight" (Washington Post), they will have encountered not only the prescient author of The Time Machine but also Henry James, Bram Stoker, Jack the Ripper, and Joseph Merrick
(the Elephant Man).
Although not a completely factual account of the life of Joseph Merrick
, it did highlight the condition neurofibromatosis, from which he is believed to have suffered.
00pm) Scientists study the bones of Joseph Merrick
, who developed disfigurements from an early age and became one of the most extraordinary figures of the Victorian era.
Meet The Elephant Man challenges the myths that surround the life and death of Joseph Merrick
, and attempts to fill in some of the blanks, such as how he walked and talked.
If poor old Joseph Merrick
was alive today, he wouldn't be out of place in the cauldron of ridicule that British television celebrates as one of its finest creations.
Their topics include rape, ambiguity, and performance in Rosemary's Baby; Joseph Merrick
and the concept of monstrosity in 19th-century medical thought; and class, social stigma, and servitude in the slasher genre.
, known universally as the Elephant Man, was born on 5 August, 1862 in Leicester, England.