FLASH SPECIAL: Twenty Takes Of Triple-Threat Patrick Wilson

FLASH SPECIAL: Twenty Takes Of Triple-Threat Patrick WilsonAs a companion column to this weekend's extensive, exclusive InDepth InterView with Broadway and Hollywood star Patrick Wilson, today, let's take a look at twenty takes of this versatile and multi-talented triple-threat of the stage and screen in a vast array of impressive roles and guises. Covering everything from showing off his vocal chops with a live duet of an Andrew Lloyd Webber anthem from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with SHAMELESS star Emmy Rossum to actually showing it all with a fully-bared FULL MONTY performance on the Tony Awards to tremendous takes on tunes from OKLAHOMA!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE SECRET GARDEN and MISS SAIGON, and, then, in Hollywood, to trailers for some of his most impressive film performances (ANGELS IN AMERICA, LITTLE CHILDREN, HARD CANDY, WATCHMEN and INSIDIOUS among them) to his most recent work in PROMETHEUS and the forthcoming THE CONJURING and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 and even more, we cover it all. Plus, a charming GAP ad with HOMELAND star Claire Danes, a hilariously wacky College Humor Clip, the National Anthem, Irving Berlin's "God Bless America", a look at The Wilson Van band and even more!

Also, don't miss InDepth InterView: Patrick Wilson, which is available here.

Additionally, Patrick Wilson hosts the Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert BROADWAY BLOWS BACK at the Gershwin Theatre this Monday at 7:30 PM. More information is available here.

Part I: Broadway

So, first, let's take a look at Patrick Wilson's theatrical roots and shine a solo spotlight on some of his most fondly remembered stage performances to date - and a few surprises, too.

Kicking off BROADWAY ON BROADWAY 2002, here is Patrick Wilson kicking off the clip collection in the best possible way with a Rodgers & Hammerstein standard from OKLAHOMA!, "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning".

Check out the original cast of THE FULL MONTY in this raucous performance of "Let It Go" on the 2001 Tony Awards, featuring Wilson alongside Kathleen Freeman and the rest.

Lerner & Loewe's MY FAIR LADY classic "On The Street Where You Live" is imbued with particular passion in this clip from the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors as Wilson pays tribute to fellow InDepth InterView participant Dame Julie Andrews along with a starry assortment of other notables.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA co-stars Wilson and Emmy Rossum re-team to perform the overflowingly romantic "All I Ask Of You" on GOOD MORNING AMERICA to promote the film's release.

Patrick Wilson performs material from Paul Scott Goodman's incredibly impressive rock opera BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY in this montage.

Since it is too good to miss, enjoy this conspicuously captured clip of Wilson singing the immensely moving MISS SAIGON solo "Why, God, Why". What a Chris he could be and with the just-announced 2014 revival coming up - and maybe even a movie - who knows?

Here is another tantalizing, if all-too brief, glimpse of Wilson in major mega-musical mode, taking on "Lily's Eyes" from Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's THE SECRET GARDEN.

Now, enjoy American Idol and country superstar Carrie Underwood joining Wilson for the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS duet "Suddenly Seymour".

Part II: Hollywood

From his stunning work in HBO's ANGELS IN AMERICA through to the emotional, studied character work he has contributed to entities as diverse as LITTLE CHILDREN, HARD CANDY, WATCHMEN and INSIDIOUS, Wilson's cinematic resume amassed for merely a decade's efforts is nothing short of astounding. And, he may just be hitting his stride!

Experience the trailer for Wilson's breakthrough film role with the HBO miniseries production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning ANGELS IN AMERICA, co-starring Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, directed by Mike Nichols.

Next, here is director Todd Field's gripping and biting take on suburban malaise in the tortured and also quite rapturous LITTLE CHILDREN, co-starring Kate Winslet.

The rare film to feature two actors alone for the majority of the running time, here is the trailer for the unforgettable two-hander shared with Ellen Page, HARD CANDY.

Now, check out the trailer for the cult hit WATCHMEN, directed by Zack Snyder, a film adaptation of Alan Moore's celebrated graphic novels.

Taking on a featured part in Ridley Scott's ALIEN prequel PROMETHEUS, Wilson enjoyed yet another supernatural success onscreen this summer. Will he rejoin for the next installment?

Check out the trailer for the terrifying horror hit INSIDIOUS, co-starring Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey, which is also available to watch instantly on Netflix. Keep the lights on!

Wilson and director James Wan discuss their next filmic collaboration before INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 starts filming in January, a period-set thriller titled THE CONJURING, co-starring Vera Farmiga, which will be premiering early next year.

Part III: Bonus

Lastly, let's look at some clips of Patrick Wilson in some guises you might not have ever envisioned him in - Van Halen cover band drummer and GAP khakis hawker included!

First, Wilson lends his buttery baritone to the national anthem at a 2010 Army Vs. Notre Dame football game.

Set to the original cast recording of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN's "Anything You Can Do", here is the endearing GAP commercial featuring Wilson and HOMELAND star Claine Danes cutting up a rug (and effortlessly selling a pair or two of khakis in the process, no doubt).

Check out Wilson alongside his brothers in this collection of live performances of their Van Halen/hard rock cover band, The Wilson Van. Rock on!

Wilson displays his superb comedic timing in this uproariously funny College Humor feature video from a few months ago.

Lastly, Wilson knocks the Irving Berlin standard "God Bless America" clear out of Yankee Stadium in this thrilling vocal performance. A home run and then some!

So, what has been your favorite Patrick Wilson performance to date? Is it his many stage roles, ranging from new musicals to cherished classics to ribald contemporary comedies and period dramas or perhaps his vast and incomparable film appearances thus far that impress you most? And all of that is without even mentioning his blazing ANGELS debut and TV work since, even headlining his own CBS series last season, A GIFTED MAN. Nevertheless, it seems as though whatever Wilson chooses to do next, we will all certainly be watching!

FLASH SPECIAL: Twenty Takes Of Triple-Threat Patrick Wilson


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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro contributes exclusive scholarly columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Theatrical Throwback Thursdays, Flash Friday and Flash Special as well as additional special features, world premiere clips and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more. He also wrote and directed two sold-out 2014 BroadwayWorld charity concert events featuring all-star casts, EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE and THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM.