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To think Olivia Colman is actually too good an actor?

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CherryPicking Wed 16-Dec-15 22:53:53

Watching last week's episode of Peepshow tonight (I'm a week behind, no spoilers please). That bit where she turned up rat arsed to the soft play centre was almost too painful to watch, in the middle of all the ridiculousness that isthe Mark,Jeremy,Superhans drama. AIBU?

CherryPicking Wed 16-Dec-15 23:02:56


ghostyslovesheep Wed 16-Dec-15 23:06:57

I'm not sure what you mean? How can you be 'too good' at your job?

Shallishanti Wed 16-Dec-15 23:07:36

I think there's always an element like that in the best comedy- the people are suffering somehow and you believe in them- otherwise it's just slapstick

CherryPicking Wed 16-Dec-15 23:13:30

Well I suppose really great actors make you forget they're acting. That's what I mean if you're going to be pedantic. And sometimes that can be a bit disturbing if the subject matter is dark.

I remember when you used to be able to have decent conversations on Mn without having to pedant check every bloody word...

VestalVirgin Wed 16-Dec-15 23:17:11

ghosty, you can be too good at acting. It's like, when someone is beheaded on a theatre stage, you want the blood to look a bit fake, you want the swords to look a bit fake, and you really want the rolling head to look fake. You don't want to have to doubt whether it is really just acting.

And in the same way, I could imagine some actors might be so good that people wonder whether they are really in distress. And not enjoy the acting as a consequence.

SquareRootOfPie Wed 16-Dec-15 23:17:37

Are they still making the peep show? I love that show. I think it could have been the biggest pile of corny annoying rubbish if they'd been mediocre actors but they are all fantastic actors.

ghostyslovesheep Wed 16-Dec-15 23:17:59

erm okay confused it was a genuine question not anything more

Binglesplodge Wed 16-Dec-15 23:20:53

Yes, she was fabulous. With anyone else in the role that whole episode would have been a madcap slapstick fest but she was frighteningly real. She's an exceptional actress.

2rebecca Wed 16-Dec-15 23:21:59

She always seems to play exactly the same role in anything I've seen her in so I'm not convinced she can act. Earnest and mumsy, earth mothery sometimes a bit absent minded but always mumsy.
If she can do evil sexy seductress or hard headed career woman I've not seen those ones.

lorelei9 Wed 16-Dec-15 23:36:36

Ive not watched this but she was so good in the first series of Broadchurch, the pain of her character was visceral. She's amazing.

Marzipanface Wed 16-Dec-15 23:37:46

No. I've seen her do other roles and she is fantastic.

RoaryMouth Wed 16-Dec-15 23:40:35

I think she's the best! She plays many different roles believably - downtrodden, weak, funny, dramatic. The fact she may often play mother/mumsy roles is because she is a women of mothering age. Evil sexy seductress - no. But certainly varied and well acted.

Ilovetorrentialrain Thu 17-Dec-15 00:00:23

OP I didn't get it either and was going to ask. Glad ghostie got there before me and took the hit! (Joking).

Know what you mean now though.

PenelopePitstops Thu 17-Dec-15 00:05:45

Oh she so isn't the same in everything. Have you seen her in Rev? Absolutely fantastic.

Peep show was the making of her.

Mrsjamesdeanbradfield Thu 17-Dec-15 00:13:12

She is amazing in tyrannosaur as well.

2rebecca Thu 17-Dec-15 00:16:57

She always seems to play downtrodden and mumsy though. If she was in a film with a first and second wife you could guarentee she'd be playing the struggling first wife (who really really loves her kids, she's very Peter Andree in that) not the second wife.
Audrey Hepburn was a woman of mothering age, she didn't play mumsy all the time.

ComposHatComesBack Thu 17-Dec-15 00:21:32

I generally like her but was not convinced by her in Broadchurch, her accent was all over the place veering between a wurzuls-esque generic yokel accent to cut glass RP and back within a single scene.

ComposHatComesBack Thu 17-Dec-15 00:24:58

I don't think she is downtrodden in Peep Show at all, Sophie like Mark is insecure but capable of being selfish, hedonistic and assertive.

DSClarke Thu 17-Dec-15 00:28:45

She certainly was not Mumsy or downtrodden in the Lobster. She was terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

Aspergallus Thu 17-Dec-15 00:32:24

She is so good in Tyrannosaur. Heartbreaking.

DioneTheDiabolist Thu 17-Dec-15 00:37:20

She played drunk so well in that episode. She was amazing.

liinyo Thu 17-Dec-15 01:08:47

OMG. The Lobster! Weirdest movie ever and yet the best movie for years. And she was BRILLIANT. And Sophie is not mumsy or downtrodden at all. OC plays her brilliantly as a nuanced character who somehow gets our sympathy despite the fact her behaviour is as appalling as Mark or Jez. If she comes across as too good it is because she is exactly good enough.

And OP you really are living upto your name. If you post something, you need to accept the responses as they are, not just accept the ones you like and object to the others.

Wagglebees Thu 17-Dec-15 02:13:18

Ghosty Here, wine. I got that you were just asking a question and not having a dig.

YellowBucket Thu 17-Dec-15 02:59:46

I think she is a brilliant actress, she brings her characters to life. I loved her as Harriet in Green Wing. So delightfully scatty, warm and funny.

OP I think I understand what you mean about feeling for a character. I often find myself embarrassed or upset on her behalf. She is believable. Not all actors have this power over me.

penelope I agree about Rev too

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