“Operation Mincemeat” in UK cinemas today, marks Paul Ritter’s final role

Operation Mincemeat hits UK cinemas today (April 15) just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend, Digital Spy reports.

The film tells the story of the real-life operation which saw British intelligence disguise the body of a tramp as Captain William Martin to make Germany think their next target was Greece, according to the report.

Operation Mincemeat stars Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s Colin Firth and Succession actor Matthew Macfadyen, but it is also the final film appearance of Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter, who tragically passed away a year ago.

In the film Ritter plays Bentley Purchase, the coroner who found the corpse that they used for the mission. Filming for Operation Mincemeat took place in 2019 but the movie’s release was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking when the film’s trailer was released, director John Madden paid tribute to Ritter, calling the actor “quite extraordinary.”

“We dedicated the film to him,” Madden told Yahoo Movies. “Because once you’ve worked with him, literally everything I read, I mentally cast him somewhere in it. Because he really can do anything. He’s quite extraordinary.”

Ritter’s final TV appearance came last year as part of a ten-year celebration of Friday Night Dinner.

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