Posted by Myrrh on January 27, 1998 at 15:37:31:
In Reply to: Re: Daniel Day Lewis, Eric Schweig, Talent posted by Marcia on January 27, 1998 at 09:25:38:
: I just have to comment on your remarks about Daniel Day-Lewis. You have hit the nail on the head as to what makes him one of, if not THE, greatest actor today. He is a virtual chameleon, changing so completely for each part he undertakes, that it is often difficult to believe it is the same actor. Witness his blonde, gay, street-punk in My Beautiful Laundrette which came out the same year (I believe) as his portrayal of the insufferable Cecil Vyse in Room With a View. Then he turned around and became the ultimate romantic hero as Hawkeye, shortly after winning the Academy Award for his tortured performance as cerebral palsy victim and writer, Christy Brown. We have the elegantly suave, impeccably dressed Newland Archer, in the lavishly Victorian production of Age of Innocence, followed by the gawky, graceless youth-to-adulthood transformation of Gerry Conlan from In the Name of the Father. The tanned, weathered farmer (sorry, Bill...not a minister) in The Crucible, tormented anew with desires he strives to control, is another completely different look and persona. I find the man's ability to lose himself entirely in each of these characters a rare gift, an astounding talent, and a pleasure to watch time and time again.
Well said, and AMEN, Marcia!
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