Exclusive Clip: Matthew Rhys is 'The Scapegoat'
By JARETT WIESELMAN
January 16, 2013
The list of actors who've played twins on the big screen is extensive (Leonardo DiCaprio, Lindsay Lohan, Edward Norton, Nicolas Cage, Armie Hammer) and on January 22, Matthew Rhys joins that illustrious list when The Scapegoat premieres on January 22 on Ovation.
Based on Daphne du Maurier's acclaimed novel, The Scapegoat is set in 1952 as Great Britain prepares for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. That's where we meet John Standing (Rhys) who teaches Greek in a shabby prep school until he is unceremoniously dismissed. Deciding to use his time to embark on an adventure, he heads out by train to explore the continent. On a stop-over, he meets his mirror image in a bar, and although unnerved, he spends a night getting to know Johnny, a man of privilege who longs to escape his responsibilities.
After a long night of drinking, John wakes up to find Johnny has absconded with his identity, effectively swapping lives, leaving him suddenly responsible for a young wife, two mistresses, a morphine-abusing mother, a precocious daughter, a crumbling stately home and a nearly bankrupt business.
ETonline scored an exclusive clip from The Scapegoat that shows what happens when John returns to Johnny's stately home.
The Scapegoat premieres January 22 at 8 p.m. on Ovation.