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2018-02-06 12:51:21 AM  
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2018-02-06 01:30:10 AM  
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2018-02-06 01:42:48 AM  
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2018-02-06 03:52:40 AM  
Rowan Atkinson is surprisingly good, but that Maigret is nothing like Simenon's.
 
2018-02-06 03:55:20 AM  
'Member the shiatstorm over Starbuck being a girl? Good times.
 
2018-02-06 04:00:21 AM  
Enjoyed Vince Vaughn much more in this bloody, bizarre movie:

Brawl In Cell Block 99 Official Trailer #1 (2017) Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter Thriller Movie HD
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2018-02-06 04:10:10 AM  
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad Hal isn't too far removed from where Walter White starts in Breaking Bad so it didn't seem like the casting was too far out in left field to me.



6. Rowan Atkinson - Maigret - While he's played serious roles on stage, Rowan Atkinson has mainly been seen playing for laughs on TV. The Mr Bean actor is not the first name you'd have thought of for ITV's crime drama Maigret, both because of his comedy background and the fact that he would be playing a French detective.


People seem to have a misconception that comedic acting is somehow easier than dramatic acting. It's really not. It's far easier for an actor to go from comedy to drama than vice versa

8. Jameela Jamil - The Good Place

I was kind of shocked when I learned that the Good Place was Jameela Jamil's first real acting gig. She has such natural comedic timing
 
2018-02-06 04:36:23 AM  
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Now he's Picard. When TNG first came out, he was old, and bald, and English, and was known for doing Shakespeare, whoever the hell that is. Much nerd rage there was.
 
2018-02-06 04:46:48 AM  

Julius Pleaseher: List is missing someone-

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Now he's Picard. When TNG first came out, he was old, and bald, and English, and was known for doing Shakespeare, whoever the hell that is. Much nerd rage there was.


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His sci-fi/fantasy bonafides were pretty solid. As I recall the main sticking point was that he was bald and British
 
2018-02-06 04:48:44 AM  
Here's Hugh Laurie as House, an English Actor, pretending to be American, doing a fake English accent:

House - Fake British Accent
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2018-02-06 05:16:35 AM  
Possible omission: Ed O'Neil had never done comedy before "Married...With Children".
As for Katey : Sagal started her career in show business as a singer and songwriter. In 1973, she worked as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker.
In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to the album Moon over Brooklyn (on which she was credited as "Katie Sagal"). She was a member of Bette Midler's backup group The Harlettes in 1978, and again from 1982-83.[29]
She performed backing vocals on the self-titled Gene Simmons solo album, the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners, and on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss".
She performed the song "It's the Time for Love" that appears in the movie Silent Rage featuring Chuck Norris. Sagal also provided the vocals for "Loose Cannons", the theme song for the 1990 movie of the same name featuring Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd.
From here.
 
2018-02-06 05:17:45 AM  

TappingTheVein: Here's Hugh Laurie as House, an English Actor, pretending to be American, doing a fake English accent:

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2018-02-06 05:31:30 AM  
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2018-02-06 05:35:41 AM  

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Some people have "Resting biatch Face".
That is resting "I'll Rip Off Your Head And Shiat Down Your Neck" face.
 
2018-02-06 05:48:49 AM  
Bradley Walsh's Doctor Who episodes haven't aired yet, so I'll reserve judgment before saying it somehow worked.

Plus, I was wrong about Catherine Tate.
 
2018-02-06 05:49:25 AM  

Snapper Carr: Julius Pleaseher: List is missing someone-

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Now he's Picard. When TNG first came out, he was old, and bald, and English, and was known for doing Shakespeare, whoever the hell that is. Much nerd rage there was.

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Dune

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Excalibur

His sci-fi/fantasy bonafides were pretty solid. As I recall the main sticking point was that he was bald and British


I once explained Picard as originally conceived (french ultra-nationalist blowhard that Riker and crew had to work around more often than with) over the Picard we ultimately got. She has no idea how TNG made it to air let alone sparked off a franchise revival that lasted nearly 20 years. Honestly I don't either. Hell he didn't even jive with Roddenberry's later "THE FEDERATION IS A PERFECT HARMONIOUS UTOPIA NO EXCEPTIONS" rule.
 
2018-02-06 05:52:37 AM  

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But, stick him in a suit and he just screams wiseguy. If his career path was the other way around it would've been more unbelievable.

/ "Hey , you know that guy from the Sopranos? He plays for Springsteen now"
// "No way!!"
 
2018-02-06 05:55:00 AM  

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But, stick him in a suit and he just screams wiseguy. If his career path was the other way around it would've been more unbelievable.

/ "Hey , you know that guy from the Sopranos? He plays for Springsteen now"
// "No way!!"


Username checks out
 
2018-02-06 05:55:20 AM  

Snapper Carr: Julius Pleaseher: List is missing someone-

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Now he's Picard. When TNG first came out, he was old, and bald, and English, and was known for doing Shakespeare, whoever the hell that is. Much nerd rage there was.

[i.imgur.com image 850x360]
Dune

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Excalibur

His sci-fi/fantasy bonafides were pretty solid. As I recall the main sticking point was that he was bald and British


And Sejanus in I,Claudius.
 
2018-02-06 05:56:55 AM  
One could argue that Lance Henriksen was too old for the role of Frank Black in Millennium.

And one would be wrong. He brought class and nuance to the part, even during the Gen X wtf-ery that was Season 2.
 
2018-02-06 05:57:11 AM  
Sidenote : I might legit be into Tahani.
 
2018-02-06 06:04:10 AM  

Snapper Carr: Julius Pleaseher: List is missing someone-

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Now he's Picard. When TNG first came out, he was old, and bald, and English, and was known for doing Shakespeare, whoever the hell that is. Much nerd rage there was.

[i.imgur.com image 850x360]
Dune

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Excalibur

His sci-fi/fantasy bonafides were pretty solid. As I recall the main sticking point was that he was bald and British


And don't forget Lifeforce!
 
2018-02-06 06:14:39 AM  
Nine television shows that hired actors that can act...guided by scripts written by writers that can write.
 
2018-02-06 07:02:00 AM  

batlock666: Snapper Carr: Julius Pleaseher: List is missing someone-

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Now he's Picard. When TNG first came out, he was old, and bald, and English, and was known for doing Shakespeare, whoever the hell that is. Much nerd rage there was.

[i.imgur.com image 850x360]
Dune

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Excalibur

His sci-fi/fantasy bonafides were pretty solid. As I recall the main sticking point was that he was bald and British

And don't forget Lifeforce!


I always forget that he was in that. My memories of that movie are usually overshadowed by Mathilda May
 
2018-02-06 07:36:35 AM  
When Dexter premiered, I was shocked to see Michael C Hall as that character.  I had only seen him in Six Feet Under.  Those were two completely different characters. Good acting till season 5.
 
2018-02-06 07:43:21 AM  

Hendawg: When Dexter premiered, I was shocked to see Michael C Hall as that character.  I had only seen him in Six Feet Under.  Those were two completely different characters. Good acting till season 5.


I saw Dexter when it was on but didn't get to see six feet under until a few years later on HBO go. You can't really understand the sexual tension between Dexter and Doakes if you haven't seen both shows.
 
2018-02-06 07:55:31 AM  

padraig: Sidenote : I might legit be into Tahani.


It's a magical place.
 
2018-02-06 07:59:56 AM  
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/a Brit best known for playing an evil wizard, and an Aussie best known for a cult sci-fi series, play a Providence RI mobster and pol.
 
2018-02-06 08:10:42 AM  
Fairly sure that Katy Segal is married to Kurt Sutter, SOA creator and executive producer.
 
2018-02-06 08:21:32 AM  

BowtoMogul: Fairly sure that Katy Segal is married to Kurt Sutter, SOA creator and executive producer.


You are correct. Married 4 years before the series started.
 
2018-02-06 08:34:22 AM  

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Ample? She keeps using that word, I do not think it means what she thinks it means.
 
2018-02-06 08:38:39 AM  

Shrink: Enjoyed Vince Vaughn much more in this bloody, bizarre movie:

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Any movie where Vince Vaughn beats up a car can't be bad.
 
2018-02-06 08:52:35 AM  
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Everyone thought "oh great, Chekov again."
 
2018-02-06 08:53:13 AM  
I was surprised that Hugh Laurie was cast as House, since I was used to him from Blackadder.  I actually tuned in just to see how he handled the role.
 
2018-02-06 09:07:04 AM  
been watching Blacklist on netflix and paul reubens shows up playing a badass -- no hiding that voice. haHAA

/jury is still out on whether it worked or not
 
2018-02-06 09:08:20 AM  

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Everyone thought "oh great, Chekov again."


'Anatomically impossible, Mr. Garibaldi.  But you're welcome to TRY.  Any time, any where.'

Walter had so much more fun being bad.
 
2018-02-06 09:12:20 AM  
I thought of the American show that cast a gay child actor from a drama who is also a magician as a suit-loving cad.

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2018-02-06 09:13:29 AM  

RealityChuck: I was surprised that Hugh Laurie was cast as House, since I was used to him from Blackadder.  I actually tuned in just to see how he handled the role.


I'm still disappointed they never found a way to work Stephen Fry into an episode of House. They should have done an episode with Rowan Atkinson as the main patient, Fry and Miranda Richardson as a visiting medical team from the UK (just so Laurie and Fry could interact for the entire episode), and Tony Robinson as a one-shot clinic patient with a cunning plan.
 
2018-02-06 09:43:24 AM  
Eh, by now I've pretty much come to expect that talented comedic actors are generally better than non-comedic ones.
 
2018-02-06 09:47:14 AM  
Jerome Flynn as Bronn has been awesome since Season 1, and definitely captured the character from the novels. Added bonus is the fact that he and Lena Headey (Cersei) are ex's, and legitimately can't stand each other.
 
2018-02-06 09:52:39 AM  

Snapper Carr: And don't forget Lifeforce!

I always forget that he was in that. My memories of that movie are usually overshadowed by Mathilda May


There were other people in Lifeforce?
 
2018-02-06 10:11:05 AM  
everyone was intrigued by the casting of Vince Vaughn as criminal businessman Frank Semyon, given that he was known for R-rated comedies.

He did a decent job in The Cell and a few other non-comedic roles.

People often forget that comedians are often very good in dramatic parts. Bill Murray obviously does a lot of non-comedic roles, and I would argue they're his best work. Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Lilly Tomlin, Stephen Fry, Simon Peg, Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph,Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carrell, Jerry Lewis, Mike Meyers, etc. have all been excellent in dramatic parts. In most cases I appreciate their dramas more than their comedies. So there's nothing bizarre or "outside the box" about casting a comedian in a serious part. In fact it often seems to be the safe bet.
 
2018-02-06 10:21:51 AM  
David Lynch casting Tony and Riff from West Side Story as an unethical inn owner and a wacky psychologist certainly was a very Lynchian decision.

Also the Jim Belushi casting somehow worked in the new season.
 
2018-02-06 10:31:14 AM  

Kit Fister: Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 425x239]

Ample? She keeps using that word, I do not think it means what she thinks it means.


If I can imagine them on either side of my cheeks as I motorboat them, they are ample.  Hell, I will use my nose to motorboat A cups so I will consider them ample.

/fine, I was such an ugly baby that my mother had to bottle feed me because her breasts were too small to feed me at arms length, so my inner infant considers all breasts of the female persuasion to be ample.
 
2018-02-06 10:35:58 AM  

amindtat: [img.fark.net image 464x266]

Everyone thought "oh great, Chekov again."


I loved him in that show.  As an aside, I would love it if someone would reboot B5, or at least remake it and replace the dated CG with *good* CG.
 
2018-02-06 10:46:25 AM  

Tyrosine: everyone was intrigued by the casting of Vince Vaughn as criminal businessman Frank Semyon, given that he was known for R-rated comedies.

He did a decent job in The Cell and a few other non-comedic roles.

People often forget that comedians are often very good in dramatic parts. Bill Murray obviously does a lot of non-comedic roles, and I would argue they're his best work. Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Lilly Tomlin, Stephen Fry, Simon Peg, Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph,Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carrell, Jerry Lewis, Mike Meyers, etc. have all been excellent in dramatic parts. In most cases I appreciate their dramas more than their comedies. So there's nothing bizarre or "outside the box" about casting a comedian in a serious part. In fact it often seems to be the safe bet.


counterpoint, I can't imagine Kevin Hart in a dramatic role
 
2018-02-06 10:50:29 AM  

Kit Fister: amindtat: [img.fark.net image 464x266]

Everyone thought "oh great, Chekov again."

I loved him in that show.  As an aside, I would love it if someone would reboot B5, or at least remake it and replace the dated CG with *good* CG.


WB said that they couldn't redo the CG because they lost the original CG masters and it would have been too expensive to redo it anyway. They wouldn't even give more money for The Lost Tales even though it did very well as a direct-to-DVD release.
 
2018-02-06 11:07:40 AM  

Snapper Carr: 8. Jameela Jamil - The Good Place

I was kind of shocked when I learned that the Good Place was Jameela Jamil's first real acting gig. She has such natural comedic timing


She is a good actress.  Hell, she had create an American accent just minutes before the table read for "Rhonda" and she nailed it.
 
2018-02-06 11:10:23 AM  

Tyrosine: everyone was intrigued by the casting of Vince Vaughn as criminal businessman Frank Semyon, given that he was known for R-rated comedies.

He did a decent job in The Cell and a few other non-comedic roles.

People often forget that comedians are often very good in dramatic parts. Bill Murray obviously does a lot of non-comedic roles, and I would argue they're his best work. Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Lilly Tomlin, Stephen Fry, Simon Peg, Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph,Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carrell, Jerry Lewis, Mike Meyers, etc. have all been excellent in dramatic parts. In most cases I appreciate their dramas more than their comedies. So there's nothing bizarre or "outside the box" about casting a comedian in a serious part. In fact it often seems to be the safe bet.


As a sometime performer, the old line about "dying is easy, comedy is hard" is a lot more true than you might think.

/am actually better at comedy than drama, though. Odd.
 
2018-02-06 11:12:58 AM  

SPARC Pile: Kit Fister: amindtat: [img.fark.net image 464x266]

Everyone thought "oh great, Chekov again."

I loved him in that show.  As an aside, I would love it if someone would reboot B5, or at least remake it and replace the dated CG with *good* CG.

WB said that they couldn't redo the CG because they lost the original CG masters and it would have been too expensive to redo it anyway. They wouldn't even give more money for The Lost Tales even though it did very well as a direct-to-DVD release.


So, reboot. Maybe we can take up a petition to get Netflix to do it.
 
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