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Old 08-18-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Texas
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LOL.

I'm watching a doc about the Munich Olympics and there is a film clip with Golda Meir.

I had to stop and think for a minute because she did not look like Ingrid Bergman. Yeah, Bergman portrayed her in one of my fav movies.

Whenever Douglas MacArthur's name comes up I picture Gregory Peck.

Say "Patton" to me and I see George C. Scott in my mind's eye.

Ralph Bellamy-FDR

Do you find that this happens to you, too?
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Well, of course, they look like movie stars.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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Well, of course, they look like movie stars.

I think maybe this thread I started is lame.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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No, actually, it is an interesting question about who I would cast to play the parts of historical characters. Maybe some more posters will pick up on it.

Unfortunately, we have become so accustomed to movies being populated entirely by "Beautiful People", that there don't seem to be any actors at central casting who can play non-glamorous parts.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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I caught an older movie on TV a while back. LEON: The Professional.
I think it's from the early 90s. The lead actor is Jean Reno. He's a hitman who saves a young girl (Natalie Portman) while the police are hot on his trail (Gary Oldman).

Great cast. Reno is not an attractive guy but his acting is spot on. I really cared about the character and the inner character that Reno revealed was gorgeous even though he was a killer. He became quite beautiful in my eyes.

I remember when the casting was set for Interview with the Vampire. I was sickened to learn that Tom Cruise was cast as one of the two main characters. I like some of his work but the thought of his playing the character was unpleasant to say the least. Nothing about him matched the character in the book. Surprisingly, to me, he nailed the part. We just never know how these things will work out. That is one of the joys of movies, IMO.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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I caught an older movie on TV a while back. LEON: The Professional.
I think it's from the early 90s. The lead actor is Jean Reno. He's a hitman who saves a young girl (Natalie Portman) while the police are hot on his trail (Gary Oldman).

Great cast. Reno is not an attractive guy but his acting is spot on. I really cared about the character and the inner character that Reno revealed was gorgeous even though he was a killer. He became quite beautiful in my eyes.

I remember when the casting was set for Interview with the Vampire. I was sickened to learn that Tom Cruise was cast as one of the two main characters. I like some of his work but the thought of his playing the character was unpleasant to say the least. Nothing about him matched the character in the book. Surprisingly, to me, he nailed the part. We just never know how these things will work out. That is one of the joys of movies, IMO.
No one but no one can supplant Bela Lugosi as Dracula. When I think of Bram Stoker's visualization he must have had Bela in mind.
A close econd goes to Gary Oldman in "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

Of course, there is only one Moses = Charlton Heston
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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No one but no one can supplant Bela Lugosi as Dracula. When I think of Bram Stoker's visualization he must have had Bela in mind.
A close econd goes to Gary Oldman in "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

Of course, there is only one Moses = Charlton Heston
Oldman was great in that part but I agree about Lugosi.

I had an elderly friend years ago who knew Bela. He told me that in Bela's mind he became Dracula and was buried in his cape.

Did you ever see Plan 9 From Outer Space? I think everyone should see that movie. Bela died during the filming of it and they just slipped another actor into his role for the last part of the movie. No one ever knew because the actor kept a cape in front of his face the entire time.

I love movie trivia.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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Oldman was great in that part but I agree about Lugosi.

I had an elderly friend years ago who knew Bela. He told me that in Bela's mind he became Dracula and was buried in his cape.

Did you ever see Plan 9 From Outer Space? I think everyone should see that movie. Bela died during the filming of it and they just slipped another actor into his role for the last part of the movie. No one ever knew because the actor kept a cape in front of his face the entire time.

I love movie trivia.
Yeah, Vampira was also in that one, if memory serves me right. Johnny Depp portrayed the director of "Plan 9" later on. For trivia sake do you recall the name of it ?
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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Yeah, Vampira was also in that one, if memory serves me right. Johnny Depp portrayed the director of "Plan 9" later on. For trivia sake do you recall the name of it ?
Must have been "Ed Wood." He was one odd fellow. I never saw that one.

Did you see "Shadow of the Vampire?" I never saw that one, either, but I think that Willem Dafoe is a great actor.

Hands down, the one that scared me the most and still does is a silent film titled "Nosferatu." The scene when the vamp rises out of his coffin is always at the back of my mind and I'm so surprised how well they did that back in the 20s.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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Must have been "Ed Wood." He was one odd fellow. I never saw that one.

Did you see "Shadow of the Vampire?" I never saw that one, either, but I think that Willem Dafoe is a great actor.

Hands down, the one that scared me the most and still does is a silent film titled "Nosferatu." The scene when the vamp rises out of his coffin is always at the back of my mind and I'm so surprised how well they did that back in the 20s.
Great film. It is now streaming on Netflix. I did see "Shadow" and Dafoe was brilliant. Yes, Ed Wood was the movie. Depp was great as usual.

Numerous actors have portrayed Lincoln. Who do you think looked the most like him from past photos ?
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