Meditation 1.17.19 - A Pen and Ink Tangle
Are you ever "drawn to" actors?
Is it their character or the actor themselves that you are drawn to?
I pondered that question and I have come to the conclusion that (at least in my case) it is the character I become enamored with, not necessarily the actor - although I do acknowledge it is the actor's skill that makes the character come to life.
I realized that it was the characters, more than the actors themselves, when I thought about the actor Orlando Bloom and, despite his successful and accomplished roles in the Lord of the Rings and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I struggle to picture him as anyone other than Paris in the movie Troy, a character I loathed. He played the part too well.
I quickly drew up a list of my favorite "on screen" characters (and the actors who played them) - they are in no particular order.
- Jules Winfield in Pulp Fiction, played by Samuel L. Jackson
- Jean Villeneuve in The Patriot, played by Tcheky Karyo
- Jane Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, played by Kiera Knightly*
- Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS, played by Mark Harmon
- James T. Kirk in Star Trek, played by Chris Pine
- Montgomery Scott in Star Trek, played by James Doohan
- Worf in Star Trek, played by Michael Dorn
- John Milton, in The Devil's Advocate, played by Al Pacino
- Bren MacGuff in Juno, played by Allison Janney
- Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins played by Julie Andrews**
- Pam de Beaufort in True Blood, played by Kristen Bauer von Stratten*
- Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride, played by Mandy Patinkin
* They are also the character I loved in the book
** Queen Clarisse Renaldi in the Princess Diaries was a very close
Which "on screen" characters are your favorites?