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(Pajiba)   Who would dare to call Sir Ian McKellan a 'fruity actor' who could 'only play wizards'? Damian Lewis, that's who   ( divider line
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2013-12-11 10:41:41 AM  

Arthen: Or one of those wish caveats. FROM HENCEFORTH YOU SHALL BE THE MOST FABULOUS RESPECTED ACTOR OF YOUR GENERATION BUT YOU WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO BE A WIZARD. Like hang on, there's got to be some sort of catch.

Didn't that basically happen to Sir Alec Guinness?
2013-12-11 11:22:23 AM  

BorgiaGinz: Jim_Callahan: To be fair, that comment could also as easily have been describing Christopher Lee or Patrick Stewart.  They were both small-time actors limited to the small screen until they started getting big parts in pop movies as older men... also playing wizards, for some damn reason (Professor X for Stewart, Count Dooku and Saruman for Lee).

// Don't even start on the psychic guy that has whatever godlike magical powers the plot demands but never the powers he logically should have that would solve the plot in minutes "not being a wizard".  Because that's exactly what that is: use the exact same script, tape on a beard and change his name to "Merlin" and market the movies as a spinoff of Arthurian mythology and no one would have particularly called bullshiat.

Say what? Christopher Lee was a horror film legend before Damian Lewis was born, and Stewartbhad played roles in films like Excalibur and Lifeforce before being cast in ST:TNG.

2013-12-11 02:41:28 PM  

NicktheSmoker: Damien Lewis is a better actor.  Just want to say that.

Its an apples and oranges thing. Lewis is a screen actor and McKellan is a stage actor.

They are different animals.
2013-12-11 03:00:57 PM  

Marmilman: Mugato: Am I missing something or has he only played one wizard? Unless the guy thinks Magneto is a wizard.

Those stage actors can be pretentious. Apparently it took forever to convince Alan Rickman to do Die Hard because he though it was beneath him. He's obviously gotten over that attitude since then.

Beneath him? Who does he think he is, the voice of God?

Hence all the spitting.
2013-12-11 04:29:09 PM  

The Voice of Doom: TFA: Without naming names (though, it's obvious to whom Lewis is referring, McKellan and Michael Gamon),

Could also refer to Sylvester McCoy.

Also, the context from the original Guardian article:

But for years he was happy with the RSC. Then the hours started to pall. And something else: "I started to feel that the theatre world was rather a small one. I've always equated life with travel, with places to see and go. Theatre takes away your evenings and weekends. And after six or seven years, it really started to bother me that I was going to work when everyone else was coming home. I was dying to just get up in the morning and live the day."

What does that say about him? "I don't know. It might mean that at heart I'm quite conventional. Maybe yearning for something that was a bit more structured. But, of course, preferable to getting on the tube at 7am to go to an office and turn in a full solid day." He worried that he was backing his career into a corner. "The idea that I would be one of these slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn't start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards."

How dare you bring context into a panty-twist thread about what actors say! Out-of-context actor quotes are the most important thing in the world.
2013-12-11 06:25:15 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: fusillade762: Band of Brothers was over a decade ago. It's not like Lewis is some kind of up-and-coming actor noob.

He's also someone whose career has drifted sideways for a decade, which never makes an aspiring actor happy.  Look at the crew from The Wire for comparison. Hell, look at Band of Brothers: you've got Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbinder, who are almost movie stars, and certainly two of the most interesting actors of their generation.

The weird part is I've watched BoB at least a dozen times but I don't remember either of those guys being in it. Maybe that's the point: Lewis got typecast from the role whereas they didn't?
2013-12-12 12:36:12 AM  

perigee: Thunderboy: As mentioned above, his best work was in the role of Major Dick Winters in Band Of Brothers.  Worth checking out if you're into the war thing.

Well, there you have it - If your most lauded role is being a Major Dick, it's just a matter of typecasting.

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