Guy Ritchie’s biographyGuy Ritchie is a director of action films and crime comedies full of black humor and different from tricky plot lines, which, closer to the end of the film from a single puzzle, the solution of which brings the audience an incomparable pleasure. The full-length films Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes brought him fame. In the 2000s, the director's name often appeared in the yellow press concerning his marriage to singer Madonna (2000–2008).
Childhood and youthThe full name of the director is Guy Stuart Richie. He was born in the English city of Hatfield in September 1968. The boy grew up in a quite prosperous family, which is hard to imagine from his films cultivating the image of a sort of simple guy from the work environment.
His father John Richie, a former marine, managed an advertising company. The future director’s mother Amber Parkinson devoted herself to raising Guy and his older sister Tabitha.
Guy's parents divorced when the boy was 5 years old. Soon, Amber married Baronet Michael Leighton, so Guy Ritchie's youth passed in a 17th-century estate belonging to his stepfather until Amber and Michael divorced in 1980.
During school years Guy Ritchie switched about ten schools because of congenital dyslexia. At the age of 15, He was expelled from Stanbridge Earls School, specialized on students with that disease, being caught using drugs, as the director later told. At the same time, Guy’s father argued that his son was expelled because of systematic absenteeism and entertainment with girls in the male dormitory.
Film careerIn 1993 the young handyman made friends with a guy who shot music videos and commercials for television. It was him who suggested Richie work on a couple of his projects, and for the next couple of years Guy actively collaborated with him, and in 1995, having gained experience in directing, he shot his first film - a 20-minute short film The Hard Case.
The short film was greeted warmly, but it wasn’t enough to find funds for shooting the full-length film, the idea of which had already begun to emerge in the head of the director based on the script for The Hard Case.
In 1998, after a long search for sponsors, Guy Ritchie finally came out to Trudy Styler, the wife of singer Sting. She was impressed by The Hard Case and decided to invest in the young director's full-length film with one condition: Sting was assigned a small role of Jay Dee.
The love story of Guy Ritchie and MadonnaIn 2000 Guy Ritchie married Madonna. They met in 1998 when the director, inspired by the success of his first full-length film, showed up for a party to Sting. A close friend of the singer's wife, Madonna was also there. The director and the pop diva got into a conversation and didn’t even notice how the evening passed.
It would be a mistake to talk about love at first sight - both were already adults with a great amorous experience in their backgrounds. But, having continued communication after the first meeting, both began to feel a kind of attracted. Once Guy Ritchie invited Madonna and her daughter Lourdes to London, gave the guests a tour and fascinated both. Then, perhaps, their stormy romance began.
Career after divorce with MadonnaIn 2009 the director shot and presented the picture Sherlock Holmes, which gave his career a new push. The new film adaptation of Conan Doyle's stories could boast of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock and Jude Law as his partner Dr. Watson. The film awaited success - it collected more than a billion dollars in the world box office, and therefore the sequel didn’t take long to come – the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was released in 2011.
In 2017 the premiere of the tenth full-length film by Guy Ritchie took place - a pseudo-historical action picture King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.