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Day 113. Five guys you find attractive.

Isn't this pretty much Day 45. List five celebrities that you’re attracted to just worded differently? Hmmm, maybe not, but I think my answers would be the same.

So... Let's see... Instead I'll post about five actors whose work I really enjoy.

1. Kenneth Colley.
If you've seen The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi, he's Admiral Piett.
 photo Ken Colley SW Piett.jpg

If you've watched British TV or films from the past 55 years, you'll more than likely have seen him a number of times. He was Monty Python's Jesus,
 photo Ken Colley Jesus.jpg

and Return to Treasure Island's Ben Gunn
 photo Ken Colley Ben Gunn.jpg

(left, next to Brian Blessed in the part he was born to play - Long John Silver). Kenneth Colley is amazingly talented. He not only changes who he is and how he looks, but how he stands, how he moves, how he walks...

I fully admit that part of my enjoyment comes from recognising him in something as, even though I know what he looks like, he's still incredibly hard to recognise. One time I spotted him as Potty Peake in The Nine Tailors and I nearly fell off the sofa with excitement.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch.
Yeah, you all know what he looks like but, here, have a pic anyway.
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BC's another actor who changes how he stands and how he walks to suit the character. As Sherlock, he's tall and austere; as Steven (in The Last Enemy), he's very hunched in on himself; and as Peter (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), he's broad and wide, ready to fight.

3. Sandra Bullock.
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I like Sandra Bullock's films so I like her as an actress. I think she - like so many of her fellow stars - has been trapped into playing pretty much the same persona in a lot of her films. But I like that persona so... That's not to say I don't think she's a good actress - I think she's a better actress than she's given credit for.

4. Eddie Marsan.
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I first noticed Eddie Marsan as Inspector Lestrade (in the Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes film), then as downtrodden Peter (in The World's End), then as blank nobody John Mays (in Still Life). I really disliked his Peter character but I hated what happened to him and no one cared (seriously haaaaate), but I loved the quiet blossoming of John Mays's character. Now, seeing him as Lestrade - all pugnacious, like a little terrier - makes me laugh.

5. Anjelica Huston.
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Isn't she fantastic as Morticia (The Addams Family)? I love her in that film. In Ever After though, she plays the wicked stepmother to Drew Barrymore's Cinderella and she is magnificent. Even though she's the villain, I could almost root for her.

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Date: 2017-05-22 02:23 pm (UTC)
ext_24338: (Sherlock)
From: [identity profile] leesa-perrie.livejournal.com
Great choices! I totally agree with Benedict! He even makes a great baddie when he's just a voice!! :D

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Date: 2017-05-23 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
He definitely has the right kind of voice for that!

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Date: 2017-05-22 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stargatesg1971.livejournal.com
Great choices, hon.

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Date: 2017-05-23 09:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
Thanks, Beth!

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Date: 2017-05-23 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amedia.livejournal.com
Admiral Piett was Potty Peake???!!! *bouncebounce* OMGOMGOMG!!! That just made my day. That's right up there with Benedict Cumberbatch's mother having played Colonel Lake on UFO!!!

I can still hear that voice, with that thick country accent including the glottal stop instead of the "tt" sound, saying with that fixed certainty ... "Potty sees. Potty knows."

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Date: 2017-05-23 09:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
"Potty will go on to work for Darth Vader..."

Yep! I know! Even when I know Ken Colley's in something, it's hard to recognise him as he's so different every time.
Edited Date: 2017-05-23 09:16 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-05-23 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swordznsorcery.livejournal.com
Any post talking of "Return To Treasure Island" is going to make me happy. :D

As for Eddie Marson, if you're that big of a fan, you must try "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell"! I found episode one on YT. Ssh, don't tell anybody. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9s_hfuiOTg

(Pretty sure the rest is up, although you may have to hunt about a bit for all the episodes. I don't have time to look now, but I will help in the round-up later if you like!)

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Date: 2017-05-23 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
Ooh! I will watch it today, thank you!

"Return To Treasure Island" was the first time I noticed him. He was awesome as Ben!

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Date: 2017-05-23 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swordznsorcery.livejournal.com
He is good, yes. Michael Palin is always quick to sing his praises. Obviously you've listed the Python credit above, but he also did "Jabberwocky" with Palin and Gilliam, and an episode of the sadly underknown "Ripping Yarns", with Palin and Jones. I love that series. If memory serves, his episode was 'The Testing Of Eric Olthwaite'. Good stuff. :)

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Date: 2017-05-23 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
I watched the 1st ep of "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell". I'm partway through the 2nd. I'm intrigued though I suspect it's all going to end in tears.

Marc Warren's eyebrows deserve a credit all of their own.

I do love that posh bloke insisting on pronouncing No-RELL!

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Date: 2017-05-23 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swordznsorcery.livejournal.com
Tears?! From 19th century gentlemen? Surely not! Marsan's fab in it though, isn't he. Strange is the showier role (and my favourite, I admit - and I'd never even heard of Bertie Carvel before). Marsan holds it all together brilliantly though.
Edited Date: 2017-05-23 11:32 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-05-23 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slobberpuppy.livejournal.com
I love Angelica Huston as well, but more for her roles in The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Acquatic.

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Date: 2017-05-25 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
I've liked her in everything I've seen her in. She really seems to relish playing villains. :oD

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Date: 2017-05-23 01:09 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (james maxwell)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
Kenneth Colley was great! I've run into him a few times in my old telly watching, and he's always so good. (I also read somewhere that in rl he had a stammer and was v nervous, but it just vanished when he acted.)

I like your other choices too (and agree with Swordznsorcery that Eddie Marsan is great as Mr Norrell.)

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Date: 2017-05-25 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
Kenneth Colley is amazing to watch - and he makes acting look so easy.

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