Ewen MacIntosh's final screen role revealed: The Office star gave a ... trends now

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Ewen MacIntosh's final screen role has been revealed: as a techno-phobic prest struggling to silence his Kindle as he haplessly tries to deliver a eulogy.

MacIntosh, who has died aged 50, shot scenes for independent short film Harvey Greenfield is Running Late in August 2021 - with the movie due to have its UK premiere at the Northampton Film Festival next month.

Jonnie Howard, the film's director, told MailOnline that The Office star had delivered a 'truly scene-stealing performance' in the short, which is based on a hugely successful one-man play first shown at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.

The scene - a short clip of which features in the film's trailer - sees MacIntosh's priest attempting to read a eulogy from his tablet during a churchyard burial, before the device begins playing a chirpy version of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

As the titular Greenfield, played by comedy writer and performer Paul Richards, tries to maintain a solemn front, MacIntosh's priest frantically jabs at the electronic gizmo in a vain attempt to silence it.

Ewen MacIntosh as the Priest in short film Harvey Greenfield Is Running Late - believed to be his last screen role

Ewen MacIntosh as the Priest in short film Harvey Greenfield Is Running Late - believed to be his last screen role

The Instagram account promoting the film paid tribute to him on Wednesday, sharing photos of him in costume with the cast and crew

The Instagram account promoting the film paid tribute to him on Wednesday, sharing photos of him in costume with the cast and crew

It also shared a behind-the-scenes photo of him in character - with the film's director Jonnie Howard describing his performance as 'scene-stealing'

It also shared a behind-the-scenes photo of him in character - with the film's director Jonnie Howard describing his performance as 'scene-stealing'

Director Jonnie Howard (right, with his brother Ray and MacIntosh) told MailOnline he had been 'truly fortunate' to collaborate with the comedy actor on two projects

Director Jonnie Howard (right, with his brother Ray and MacIntosh) told MailOnline he had been 'truly fortunate' to collaborate with the comedy actor on two projects

He then puts on a brave face as he mumbles: 'Lord, give me the strength to find the mute button.'

Mr Howard said he first worked MacIntosh on comedy-horror short film Triple Word Scare in 2015, calling his 'comedic timing and deadpan deliveries inimitable'.

The director said: 'I was truly fortunate to have collaborated with him on a couple of projects, he was genuinely one of the greats who always supported the little guys and independent productions.' 

The veteran deadpan actor appeared as one half of a couple who recruits a priest to conduct an exorcist - only for the clergyman to attempt to communicate with their poltergeist using a Scrabble board.

His performance impressed Mr Howard so much that he and his brother Ray adapted the role of the priest in Harvey Greenfield especially for MacIntosh - and they were delighted when he agreed to team up again.

The film revolves around Greenfield, an 'indecisive people pleaser', struggling to maintain all of his personal commitments on 'the world's busiest day'. 

Mr Howard continued: 'It's been absolutely bittersweet timing as we released the first footage of the film yesterday that features a clip from one of Ewen's funeral gags and to then have this news today is heartbreaking as he truly gives a scene-stealing performance in the film.

'I'm devastated that I will never be able to show him the film and repay the trust he put in our creative efforts, my thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.'

The Harvey Greenfield promotional Instagram account also shared a tribute to MacIntosh, along with some behind-the-scenes images of him on set and with the rest of the film's cast and crew.

It read: 'We’re incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of the inimitable Ewen MacIntosh. 

'Truly fortunate to have worked with him on a couple of projects as he was genuinely one of the greats who always supported the little guys. 

'RIP Ewen - Jonnie, Ray and the whole Harvey Team.'

MacIntosh's death came following long-running struggles with his health, and a gradual withdrawal from public life.

The death of the Office star was announced on Wednesday, prompting a wave of tributes and memories from fans and famous friends.

The last known picture of him was a selfie was posted to X, formerly Twitter, on February 6 2022 - around three weeks after he

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