In Character

Character actors are the backbone of what makes so many films great. So, with In Character, I attempt to shed light on the actors who only deserve more of it.

Each week, I highlight a different character actor by writing reviews of their top performances. I've covered more than 100 actors in this column, and the response these posts get is just fantastic. I'm excited that people read and comment, certainly, but I take more pleasure in the fact that so many other people appreciate the work of these actors. Here's who I covered so far, the names of the actor link to my original write-up:











39 comments:

  1. I just love to read all of these. They are great. Are you planning on doing one for Walton Goggins or Bryan Cranston?

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    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I've been meaning to cover Goggins for a while - I just love that dude. I should work on Cranston as well... guess that means I need to finish Breaking Bad. Ha.

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    2. I can't wait to read the Goggins one when you do that. Yeah, you should definitely finish Breaking Bad. It's a little overrated and over hyped i think, but he is amazing in it. Especially the last season.

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    1. I love me some Murray, but he's not exactly a character actor, you know? That man is a star.

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    2. I was just reading this list to see if you had done Bill Murray yet.. now you have to ! :D

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    3. And so it shall be done. Soon!

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    4. It has been done :)

      http://www.andsoitbeginsfilms.com/2014/04/in-character-bill-murray.html

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  3. Have you ever thought about doing one for Peter Dinklage?

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    1. Dinklage is such a good actor, and I'm a great admirer of his work, but sadly, I've never made time to watch Game of Thrones. So covering him at this point wouldn't feel complete, you know?

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    2. Oh, that's a shame. You should definitely check it out when you get the time. It's a great show and Peter is amazing on it. By far his best performance to date. But he has a ton of other great performances as well like in The Station Agent, Living in Oblivion and Find Me Guilty to name a few. He really is great.

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    3. Oh I love him. I've seen most of his film performances, I just don't make time for TV too often. I've literally heard nothing but good things about GoT, so at some point, I'll definitely dive right in an crush them all out. Thanks for stopping by and suggesting him though. I really appreciate it!

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  4. What about Jeremy Davies? He is such an underrated character actor.

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    1. Ohhh shit, now you're talkin'. Hell man, I might do him next. That's a great, great call. Love that guy.

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    2. Here's the Jeremy Davies post. Thanks again for the push on this one. Was a long time comin'.

      http://www.andsoitbeginsfilms.com/2014/05/in-character-jeremy-davies.html

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  5. Hey, Alex. Here I am, man, reading your wonderful "In Character" posts and I was thinking: "What about Jessica Chastain?" I mean, to me, she's the next Meryl Streep or something. She's a phenomenal actress and trust me there are a lot of people interested in reading an "In Character" post from you about her. Just a suggestion. God, I loved the one about Michael Shannon, by the way.

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    1. Thanks for checking out the posts! Oh, Chastain... love her. She's one of the best in the game right now. Problem is, I think she's going to have too good of a 2014, so I want to hold off writing a post about her for a while. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Miss Julie, Interstellar, A Most Violent Year... yeah, she's gonna kill it in '14. Don't want to rush the post! But that is a great call man, I really do adore her work.

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    2. You're more than right about that. She's gonna reign in 2014 again, it's definitely going to happen. What a talented actress she is and what a lovely woman she seems to be. Really love her as well.

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  6. I was watching the latest season finale of Justified this week and it got me thinking that Michael Rapaport would be a good fit for this. I thought he was a great big bad for this season and i have really enjoyed him in other stuff as well like Cop Land, True Romance and Special. What do you think of him, Alex?

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    1. I actually really dig Rapaport... dunno why I haven't thought of him for a post here. He has an off beat vulnerability to him that I like. I only caught the first few eps of his Justified run, but I really dug him in it.

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    2. Oh, you definitely need to catch up on the entire season. Especially before you consider doing a post for him. He goes to some really dark places you would never expect him to go.

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    3. Shit man, looks like I know what I'm doing this weekend!

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  7. I hope you don't mind too many requests because i just thought Forest Whitaker would be a great choice for an In Character segment. I just watched Ghost Dog for the first time and it was brilliant.

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    1. I never mind taking requests! You've had some really great ones so far, which I certainly appreciate. Whitaker is so strong and he kills it in Ghost Dog. Will definitely put him in the mix for a post.

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  8. I hope you don't mind but I borrowed this idea for one of my articles, though I covered someone I didn't see on your list:

    http://hitchcocksworld.blogspot.ca/2014/06/in-character-gregory-peck.html

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    1. I saw that over the weekend, and I wasn’t going to say anything, but now that you’ve posted the link on my site, I’ll be honest, I do mind. It’s great when other bloggers write about actors who don’t necessarily receive a lot of ink, but using the same column headline I’ve used for nearly three years struck me as unnecessary bordering on discourteous. Obviously, I don’t own that headline, and I would never pretend that I do. But of all the dozens and dozens of titles you could have chosen, I’m at a loss why “In Character” was the one you decided on.

      I’m a really chill, easygoing guy, but there’s an unspoken respect among bloggers that you don’t nab stuff, proper credit given or otherwise. I’m not the type of guy who would leave you an angry comment on your site, asking you to amend the headline, but since you asked here, that’s how I feel about it.

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    2. I'm terribly sorry. I suppose you could argue that I at least did something different by writing about a classic actor but if you'd like I could change the title to something else. Maybe if I did something like "Actor's Profile" or something. I suppose if I do any similar activities in the future with other actors I could try and find some other way of doing it.

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    3. Hey man, I really respect your prompt apology, very cool of you. I would appreciate a change to "Actor's Profile" or the like, but that is ultimately up to you. For me personally, whenever I see a list or post idea that another blogger has done, I always email or direct message them through Twitter to ask if it's okay if I do I similar post. And one last thing, definitely no hard feelings from my end about this. It's all good, really.

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    4. I changed the name as soon as I saw your response. Hopefully "The Many Characters of Gregory Peck" will stand on its own a little better and might be a better choice if I find myself doing this kind of thing in the future with other actors.

      That said, if I do want to try anything else resembling your style I'll send you a twitter feed or something. If you do have any objections to the way I handle something of yours in the future don't be afraid to come out and say it.

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    5. Cool man, will do. Thanks for changing the title, I really do appreciate it.

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  9. Hi! I really like reading your posts. I was wondering if you can also write about James Spader, Melissa Leo and Isabelle Huppert, who were all my favorite actors. Thanks

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    1. Ohh great calls right there! Actually, by pure coincidence, Leo is my next post. But I'll definitely put the other two in the running - I love Huppert in particular. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Look out for Leo next week!

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    2. cool! im expecting!!! thank you!

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    1. Working on something now. Though I really wish I didn't have a reason to.

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  11. How far back do your character actors go? Because I've always thought of Claude Rains as one.

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    1. I'd love to go back and give props to those old school greats. Rains is a great call, I've been slowly chipping away at his work for a while. Same with Peter Lorre, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden and especially Martin Balsam. I love that guy. I do need to familiarize myself a little more with their respective filmographies though. Thanks for the comment!

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