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Robert Cavanah

Film Credits

Robert and Hanou in Hanuman

Sahara (2005)
Robert has a larger role (than he did in Lara Croft) as Texas Captain Toombs, which did second unit shooting in November/ December 2003 around Hawley Lake in England. The production then moved on to Morocco and Southern Spain. The film is based on a novel by Clive Cussler and stars Matthew McConaughey (as intrepid hero Dirk Pitt) and Penelope Cruz (as love interest Dr. Eva Rojas).

Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt in Sahara

On working on "Sahara" and with director Breck Eisner:

"It was a real blast!...Breck Eisner was the coolest and best director I have worked with so far. Really knew what he was doing on all fronts and a lovely guy to boot..."

Filming on location: Ironclad vessel 'Texas' in upcoming movie Sahara

Robert's character, Toombs, is the captain of the Ironclad vessel pictured above. His part of the story takes place during the American Civil War, so he doesn't have any scenes with the main characters who have their adventures during the "present day".

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (2003)
Robert plays MI6 Agent Stevens, who appeals to Lara Croft for help in this Tomb Raider sequel starring Angelina Jolie (Robert says he enjoyed working with her) and Gerard Butler. Cradle of Life's North American release date is July 25, 2003. (Gerry Butler will be starring in Robert's film Angel's Share.)

The other MI6 agent (Calloway) you see in the background of the trailer is none other than Ronan Vibert, who played the ultra-bad boy Le Gaucher in Cadfael: Virgin in the Ice and also guest-starred on Raven: The Highlander in the episode called The Frame.

Angelina Jolie and Gerard Butler in Tomb Raider Lara Croft: Cradle of Life

Billy and Zorba (1999)
Part of a trilogy of Scottish films called Tartan Shorts (a joint initiative between BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen), Brian Kirk's film stars Iain de Caestecker, as 11-year old Billy. James Cosmo, who was born to play "The Old Man And The Sea", is Zorba, a fisherman on Scotland's west coast, who thinks he's Anthony Quinn. Robert stars as Black, the bullying boyfriend of Billy's mother.

Hanuman (1998)

Robert, as Tom MacGregor, co-stars with Tabu, a very popular East Indian actress, in this adventure. Robert gets to speak in his natural Scottish accent and even dresses in full kilted regalia for a wedding scene!

The story goes something like this:

"Tom returns home to the mountains of southern India to rekindle a love affair with childhood sweetheart Anja. But Anja is engaged to be married to the scheming Ashok, who has been helping excavators loot India's ancient temples. After helping to save Hanou, an outcast from the red-faced monkey tribe, Tom and the monkeys unite to stop the excavators' looting and expose Ashok for the criminal he really is."

Tabu plays Tom's childhood sweetheart, Anja The more esoteric description:

"Kingdom of the monkeys, end of the second millenium...Hanou is a young wild monkey. He belongs to the mountain clan, a family of fifty or so monkeys who live on the cliffs of the sacred mountain. Hanou is subject to the despotic authority of the clan leader. To survive, he must leave...In his path lies a man wounded by the profaners of the Monkey God. Together they are drawn into an epic adventure for which they will enter the annals of legend..."

Click here to read a review by Jeffrey Anderson of the San Francisco Examiner.

Click here to read Dinah's review of Hanuman.

Saving Grace (short film) (1997)
Not to be confused with the movie, Saving Grace, which starred Brenda Blethyn, this is a short film by Flair Films that starred Robert as a paedophile trying not to give in to his urges. A woman and her daughter, both Jehovah's Witnesses who are going door-to-door, interact with Robert's character.

The Informant (1997)
Robert plays British army lieutenant Lauter. Based on the novel "Field of Blood".

Review and synopsis by Brian Webster at Apollo Guide.

"The Informant is neither the first nor the best movie to portray the horrors of Northern Ireland's brutal civil war. Powerful films such as Cal (1984) and In the Name of the Father (1993) have riveted film watchers in the past. Not only is the subject well-trod territory, this time around we're dealing with a made-for-pay-television production, often a sign of half-baked scripts, washed-up actors, and unsatisfying productions. That's why The Informant is such a pleasant surprise.

The Informant video cover Anthony Brophy is Gingy McAnally, a former Irish Republican Army fighter who served time in prison and is being called back into service. Gingy does what's asked of him and ends up captured.

The intimidating chief inspector of the Belfast Police convinces Gingy that his best hope is to become an informant and turn in other IRA operatives. Most of the film follows Gingy and his family struggling with their fate as the trial approaches. An unusual friendship develops between Gingy and the army officer (Cary Elwes) who captured him.

All of this unfolds in a compelling and largely believable way. The biggest weakness is how The Informant shows the IRA as little more than a gang of stupid thugs, when, regardless of one's political views, it is undeniable that they have long been much more than that.

Anthony Brophy has the challenge of playing the less than sympathetic Gingy, and he does so relatively successfully. Cary Elwes has an easier role as the good guy soldier, and pulls that off with ease. Timothy Dalton's character is more ambiguous and complex, and he's not entirely convincing as the tough Protestant cop. The supporting cast is good, although some are thinly drawn.

While it doesn't come close to matching the power of Cal or In the Name of the Father, it is a credible effort that's worth watching."

The Cold Light of Day (1996)
video cover for Cold Light of DayRobert has a small role as a "policeman from Branov". He is in only one scene with Richard Grant who plays a detective investigating some brutal child murders in an eastern European country. I actually rented it because I like Richard Grant. Seeing Robert was a total and pleasant surprise. (It's not a bad movie; I found it in the video store.)

"Victor Marek (Richard E. Grant) is a cop with a cold-blooded ability... to think and act like a killer. The discovery in the local woods of the naked body of a brutally murdered child with her throat cut ear-to-ear, could not have come at a worse time for ambitious police officer Pavel Nowak. With only days left to win his promotion from policeman to democratic politician, the last thing he wanted was an unsolved murder to undermine his election campaign. It's a move that instantly makes Marek powerful enemies, forcing him to resign from the police and take the law into his own hands. But it's a plan which fast becomes a growing obsession... An obsession which draws him ever deeper into the chilling mind of the psychopath. With the cold light of each new day, Marek knows a confrontation with the police is inevitable and with time fast running out, realises that to catch the killer he must resort to the most desperate tactics..."

Being Human (1994)
Filmed around Sutherland, Scotland (way up north), Robert plays an unnamed Bronze Age raider in one of the early scenes of this Robin Williams' film which is available on video. Robert Carlyle and Eoin McCarthy also appear in this storyline. Robert worked with both these actors again in Hamish Macbeth and Cadfael: Virgin in the Ice.

Review from All Movie Guide: Five fables, each set in a different historical era, make up this quirky comedy from director Bill Forsyth. Each tale features Robin Williams as a basically decent but troubled average man named Hector. Beginning with the Bronze Age, where Hector struggles for survival against barbarians, the film proceeds through Roman times, the Middle Ages, and the 16th century, concluding in the present day, where Hector is a divorced father attempting to reconcile with his children. The film clearly intends to draw parallels between these stories in order to illustrate the universal nature of human experience, though the segments themselves vary widely in tone, from broadly comic to philosophically reflective. Additionally, some may find the film's attempts at creating a fantasy atmosphere rather cloying, while others may be charmed by the project's determined oddness and whimsicality.

It had mixed reviews from the critics. I watched it and have to agree with the critics - it was well done but a bit convoluted.

Robert Carlyle in background, Eoin McCarthy and Robert in foreground

On working with the same people in different productions and making lasting friendships, Robert says:

"As it happens, Eoin McCarthy was in my third year when I was a first year at the same (acting) school, so I knew him anyway. When I arrived on the set of Being Human, it was at the end of my first year and he had left (school) at the beginning of summer, so I didn't know he would be there till I arrived. I bump into him often and have challenged him for a couple of jobs in the past."

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