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Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday's Top 5... Actors Playing Actors

#5: Kyle McLachlan as Cary Grant (Touch of Pink)

Words can't properly express how much I love McLachlan in this movie. He captures the playful charm of Grant and in doing so helps keep the film light and breezy. Plus, I giggle every time I think about him showing up to the Indian wedding dressed as his character from Gunga Din.

#4: Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn (The Aviator)

I don't really see the physical resemblance between Blanchett and Hepburn, but I think the spirit of Hepburn is captured pretty effectively in this performance.

#3: Robert Downey Jr. as Charles Chaplin (Chaplin)

This is one of my favourite Downey performances and it's hard to believe that he was only 26 when it was made, since he brings so much weight to the role. A great performance as a complicated man beloved by many and intensely hated by others.

#2: Jessica Lange as Frances Farmer (Frances)

In 1983 Lange was nominated for two Oscars: Best Actress for this film, and Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie. She won for the latter, but should have won for the former. Her performance as Frances Farmer is breathtaking.

#1: Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)

It has been said that this film ruined Dunaway's career, but given Hollywood's track record with women once they reach a certain age, I think the film has become something of a scapegoat. Whatever your feelings about Crawford and the bio that forever sullied her name, it's hard not to be mesmerized by Dunaway's performance.

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M. Carter @ the Movies said...

Faye Dunaway rocked it in "Mommie Dearest." I had nightmares for WEEKS after I saw that, and to this day I still can't use a wire hanger without having wicked flashbacks.

Norma Desmond said...

She really just let loose, didn't she?

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