Actor says he is ‘pathetically grateful’ to Thompson for encouraging him to take part
O Senso e sensibilidade star was praised by judges and fans for an impressive start to the competition, after dancing the American Smooth with his professional partner, Karen Hauer.
His daughter with Thompson, Gaia, was also cheering him on.
Wise said he was “pathetically grateful” to Thompson for persuading him to turn down a three-film offer in order to take part in Estritamente, referring to her as “my love” in his post-dance interview with Claudia Winkleman.
He received some of the highest scores of the competition so far from the judges, achieving a total of 24 after new judge Anton Du Beke gave him a 7.
Wise is best known for his role as John Willoughby in the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, the screenplay for which was written by Thompson.
He can also be seen in the films Uma guerra privada e Esposas de militares, and played Lord Mountbatten in the hit Netflix series, A coroa.
“Minha linda irmã era uma grande rainha da discoteca. Ela deixou nosso mundo quase exatamente 5 anos atrás em um caixão de bola de purpurina. Isso é para ela. Minha linda irmã diva, que teria ficado louco de empolgação por seu irmãozinho estar fazendo isso,” he said in his statement ahead of the competition.
“Eu vou canalizá-la, como o irmão dela não sabe dançar – mas estou emocionado por estar mergulhando meus pés, joelhos, quadris e braços para este mundo maravilhoso, e espero deixá-la orgulhosa, e obviamente a faz rir…”
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