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dtfontana | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2009 at 4:26 PM via web

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Theatre History: Most Interesting Actors Today

"Slumdog Millionaire" actors quiz. 

Who are the most interesting actors today?  They must have acted on stage as well as in film.  I need to use visual example in class.

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litchick2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 29, 2009 at 7:06 PM (Answer #2)

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I know this may sound like Harry Potter mania, but I really do think Daniel Radcliffe has grown into quite an interesting, competent actor.  His turn in Equus was critically acclaimed, and I think with every film, he becomes more mature as an actor.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 30, 2009 at 5:40 AM (Answer #3)

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You didn't qualify that they must be younger, new actors/actresses.  I am a huge fan of Bette Midler and  Meryl Streep.  They have depth and are amazingly believable in whatever role they take!

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 30, 2009 at 6:03 AM (Answer #4)

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David Tennant is one of my favorite actors. He plays the title character in the "Doctor Who" series, and he also played the young Casanova in the miniseries of the same title. Most recently, he has taken on Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has even been in the "Harry Potter" movies; he was Barty Crouch, Jr., in "Goblet of Fire." I think he's fantastic. Go to imdb.com for more info.

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dtfontana | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2009 at 8:59 AM (Answer #5)

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David Tennant is one of my favorite actors. He plays the title character in the "Doctor Who" series, and he also played the young Casanova in the miniseries of the same title. Most recently, he has taken on Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has even been in the "Harry Potter" movies; he was Barty Crouch, Jr., in "Goblet of Fire." I think he's fantastic. Go to imdb.com for more info.

  Thanks for that reminder.  I have become fond of David Tennant as well.  I'm glad to hear about his stage work. 

 

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dtfontana | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2009 at 9:01 AM (Answer #6)

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You didn't qualify that they must be younger, new actors/actresses.  I am a huge fan of Bette Midler and  Meryl Streep.  They have depth and are amazingly believable in whatever role they take!

  You are right about not qualifying age group.  I agree with both of your suggestions.  I am trying to appeal to college students to increase awareness of the importance of stage acting and the fact that most actors began as, and continue to rely on stage work to "hone their craft."

Thanks for your suggestions.

DTFontana

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dtfontana | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM (Answer #7)

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I know this may sound like Harry Potter mania, but I really do think Daniel Radcliffe has grown into quite an interesting, competent actor.  His turn in Equus was critically acclaimed, and I think with every film, he becomes more mature as an actor.

  I was sorry to miss Daniel Radcliffe's stage performance.  Reviews seemed to be very positive--especially for him--thought the play itself seems dated.  We hope to see further work from him in the future.

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DTFontana

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 2, 2009 at 7:04 PM (Answer #8)

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Daniel Day-Lewis....always believable no matter what he is playing. Parker Posey, Kevin Spacey, Zooey Deschanel. I'm not sure about the stage experience of these people, but they can't be on screen without drawing your attention to them.

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dtfontana | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2009 at 6:25 PM (Answer #9)

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Yes and no.  I am "creeped out" by Daniel Day-Lewis.  I respect Kevin Spacey for his work on stage in the U.S. especially on plays by O'Neill and David Mamet.  He also went on to lead the National Theater for several years.  I agree that they have achieved a certain success in acting without "excess."  Thanks for your notes.

DTFontana

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM (Answer #10)

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The previous posts had some great suggestions. I would add a few more names.   Kevin Kline is multi faceted as an actor and his screen work as well as his stage work is simply amazing.  Ralph Fiennes is also skilled at both stage and screen.  For both of these actors, their command and presence allows them to delve into characters' motivations and bring out inner torment in a lucid and insightful manner.  It is not a mistake that seeing both of their depictions of Hamlet led me to such a conclusion. Stockard Channing (not just Rizzo!) is very skilled at bringing out the humanity in the characters she portrays.  Finally, more time might be needed, but I am intrigued with the work of Hugh Jackman.  I think he has a very wide range of acting abilities and is very talented.  I believe he is a work in progress.  My wife thinks he is beautiful, but another discussion for another time. :)

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radiuslee | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM (Answer #11)

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DTFontana, you need to get the fuck up off your high horse. Don't ask for suggestions, make it a quiz, and then act like you know the right answers. it's not a "yes and no" issue, it's an issue of opinion.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 31, 2010 at 6:18 PM (Answer #12)

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Kenneth Brannagh gets my vote.  As an actor, director, and visionary, he is one of my favorites in both the "British stuff" and in more contemporary work.  I like him!  This is totally at the other end of the spectrum, but I also really enjoy Bruce Willis in almost anything he does.  He's certainly not as sophisticated as most of the other picks in this discussion, including mine, but he has an "everyman" quality about him which I find appealing.  I like him, too!

Lori Steinbach

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helpmewithschool | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 7, 2011 at 12:17 AM (Answer #13)

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Ralph Fiennes is an exceptional actor, as well as very interesting. Ralph Fiennes was in Schindler's List, The Constant Gardener, Harry Potter (he played Voldemort), The End of the Affair, etc. He also performs many Shakespeare plays, and is extremely educated. Look him up at IMDB.com

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