So, I think it would be fitting to end my Movie Month with my favorite people who bring my favorite film characters alive! Without their incredible acting… the movies would probably not be my favorites! Praise God for good actors!*
While I could never put them in order of favorites, I do have a top favorite. Mostly because I’ve loved his film roles and I read his autobiography. His life story is amazing. And he plays one of my most favorite fictional characters for all times; Sherlock Holmes. Please meet Basil Rathbone.
By the way, he looks amazing in a top hat. Yes, everybody, I realize that my favorite actor is from the 30’s and 40’s. I’m old-school, and I watch old movies (not just because they’re classic, but because they’re also less defiling, by a long shot). Basil Rathbone preformed as Sherlock Holmes in fourteen films, and played a host of villains in many of the Warner Brother’s films. He had a fascinating life of stage and screen. He was named the best swordsman of Hollywood, but because he played villains, he almost never was shown winning! He and his wife would two be people I would have loved to meet!
Okay, I’ve kept from spamming the blog with a million shots of Mr Rathbone. Since I’ve got out some of my steam, I think I’ll shoot off onto some of my other favorite actors. Remember. In no particular order, although you will tell who I like better by how much I rant about them!
Enter Mark Hamil, the kid that brought one of America’s greatest icons to life. I love Luke Skywalker, he will remain one of my heroes for the rest of my life. Mark did a fantastic job in acting. Get this; a lot of people say that Yoda would not have passed for more than a puppet in the theaters if it hadn’t been for Mark’s excellent acting skills. I love this guy to pieces!
Oh My Word. There is something wonderful about Charlton Heston that I might never put my finger down. It might be from faint childhood memories of seeing him as the young, handsome Moses from the Ten Commandments. A huge part in certainly from the fact that he plays Judah Ben-Hur, one of my top heroes in fiction. I think he’s an excellent actor and I hope I can see more of his films in the future!
Harrison Ford…. I know he’s played half a million characters over the years and I know he’s best known for Indiana Jones (I will watch those films! I will!) But I will always see him as Han Solo. He played that character so perfectly. It was such a good combination, risk-taking rascal with the goodhearted youngster and dignified royalty. Harrison really brought Han to sparkling life and did an excellent job at it!!
Errol Flynn. Basically, he’s the face of the my number one hero of all fiction, Robin Hood. I loved his Robin Hood film, but that wasn’t the first film of his that I saw. My first Flynn film was Sante Fe Trail, in which he starred along side Ronald Reagen. While Errol didn’t lead a virtuous life by any means, it doesn’t stop me from loving his charming, manly heroes. His films like Captain Blood, the Sea Hawk, Robin Hood, Dodge City and Sante Fe Trail are favorites of mine, and in each one he plays a gentleman and a hero.
Anthony Daniels probably had the hardest time of maybe any actor of all film history. Locked inside the gleaming suit of a human cyborg relations, he spent lonely hours inside his suit which was quite painful. But he came back to play that character for six different films! Threepio *shines* as one of Star Wars’ best characters and greatly loved by devote fans. Anthony perservered through the hard days of playing Threepio and did a wonderful job providing that amazing voice as well!! Thank you so much for wearing that dreadful suit to provide such an entertaining and delightful character, Anthony! 😀
John Wayne is a man’s man. Tough, sturdy, manly and pretty witty! I’ve heard it said that he’s made more movies than any other actor! I know he started acting when he was a very young man and acted in some more recent films as a very old man! Some of my favorite films of his Rio Bravo and Rooster Cogburn.
Who other actress can I talk about here but Carrie Fisher. Not many actresses and their characters will ever compare to Carrie and her beautiful performance as Princess Leia, in my point of view. Carrie, like Mark, did an outstanding job in her acting during the Star Wars series. Unlike Natalie Portman, who was unable to make much of a bond to me as Padme, Carrie had built a connection between me and her character Leia that was so strong that by the end of Ep IV, I considered her an amazing heroine. By the end of Empire Strikes Back, anything that happened to Leia had total effect on me, because of Carrie’s excellent acting.
You all read my huge post on the Hercule Poirot Series. Here’s the man who brings Poirot to life! It would make me so happy to be able to meet David Suchet someday! He does an incredible job acting Poirot; it’s as if he IS Poirot! It’d practically be a sin to do this post without him on it! Or at least, Kayla would tare my to pieces if I didn’t. 😛
Ewan McGregor shot onto this list after seeing him as Obi-Wan in Star Wars Ep I. TOTALLY rocked the part and continued to rock in the next two films! He did an amazing job because I had never liked the Obi-Wan character that much from the Originals. So, to have my opinion of Obi-Wan changed over the span of a single film ( ‘The Phantom Menace) by his acting surprised even myself! Obi-Wan is now my most favorite character from the Prequels and I could never see him being played by anyone than Ewan.
Hayden Christensen; I’ve already spoken on why I think he’s a good actor, primarily from Revenge of the Sith. I’ll recap it here. I think it takes a good actor to show the reactions and emotions of someone while doing it surrounded by blank walls. The character Anakin was a young man ravaged by hate, love, confusion, pride, despair, and suffering. And I think Hayden did a tremendous job acting that character!
You didn’t think I could end without mentioning my latest favorite, did you? Chris Evan portrayed Steve Rogers, the main character of ‘Captain America, The First Avenger’. And did a SUPERB job of it. Chris did an amazing job playing the humble superhero of Marvel’s incrediable film and made me just love the film intensely. He looked the part and carried the part well. (Also, the computer people did an excellent job shrinking his body for the first half of the film! It looked super real!) I could never see Captain America as anyone else but Chris!
I think that is a good conclusion to Movie Month!
Makes me want to go see them all again!
*I don’t agree with everything these actors do or have done. They are on my favorite list because of the characters they’ve portrayed and their acting skills.