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Actors/actresses who nailed their role?

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Timeforanamechangey Wed 25-Nov-15 21:53:00

In contrast to the unconvincing role thread, are there any actors/actresses who you think did a brilliant job as their characters?

My first thoughts are Harry Potter related :/

Michel Gambon as Dumbledore - I know he wasn't the original choice but I thought he was such a good Dumbledore, really captured the fire and humour of book Dumbledore, especially in the later books (no offence to the first Dumbledore)

Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid - maybe not quite big enough but short of using CGI (which would have been a terrible idea) I'm not quite sure they could have done better. He really played that well.

Anyone think of any others?

AuntieStella Wed 25-Nov-15 21:54:24

David Suchet and Poirot - even the good earlier adaptations (like the Ustinov Death on the Nile) just don't seem quite right now.

ImperialBlether Wed 25-Nov-15 21:54:57

Not a film, but Hugh Laurie in House. Perfect.

Timeforanamechangey Wed 25-Nov-15 21:57:01

Yes Imperial! Actually good casting choices not limited to movies, could include TV too.

In that case I think pretty much all the characters in Game of Thrones ae very well cast too.

MrsJayy Wed 25-Nov-15 21:57:20

Well Alan Rickman as snape obviously nobody else could do it i luvs him.

Timeforanamechangey Wed 25-Nov-15 22:02:58

Yep, him too Mrs! Totally can't imagine anyone else playing Snape.

And Maggie Smith as McGonagall smile

MrsJayy Wed 25-Nov-15 22:05:38

Oh aye her too.

patienceisvirtuous Wed 25-Nov-15 22:07:39

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornis in Monster.

patienceisvirtuous Wed 25-Nov-15 22:08:09


Tanaqui Wed 25-Nov-15 22:10:26

I was going to say Joffrey in game of thrones!

Timeforanamechangey Wed 25-Nov-15 22:11:06

I think she won an Oscar for that didn't she patience? Deservedly so, she was amazing. That movie was heart breaking, so sad for everyone involved sad Even DP, who rarely shows emotions, was affected by it.

Timeforanamechangey Wed 25-Nov-15 22:13:02

Joffrey was breathtakingly awful in a good way. It's a testament to what a good actor he is that he was hated so much!

MrsJayy Wed 25-Nov-15 22:13:28

Oh yea she is brilliant in monster its a good film . This is low brow but i cant imagine anybody else being john mcclean in Die hard Bruce could pull off a dirty vest

LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Wed 25-Nov-15 22:15:57

Emma Thompson in Love Actually. Shit film, but she makes me howl.

SuffolkNWhat Wed 25-Nov-15 22:18:48

I love Gambon but as HP book lovers know he ruined this line:


IslaMann Wed 25-Nov-15 22:25:00

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Sublime.

whattodoforthebest2 Wed 25-Nov-15 22:27:45

Julie Walters nailed it in Educating Rita - brilliant film.


TheGirlOnTheLanding Wed 25-Nov-15 22:37:28

Vicky McClure as Lol in This is England - utterly convincing, such a completely believable deep character study, and so unusual for a female role.

Maxine Peake in pretty much everything I've seen her in, but most recently in The Falling. A supporting role but a character you wanted to understand and know more about throughout the film.

And Philip Seymour Hoffman, again in most of the things he was in.

Wishful80smontage Wed 25-Nov-15 22:40:56

Colin Firth is Darcy- that casting is perfection itself.
Aiden Gillen as Stuart in Queer as Folk.

evenoldergregg Wed 25-Nov-15 22:44:18

Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose.

CuckooCalling Wed 25-Nov-15 22:46:18

matthew mcconaughey In true detective. Played same character several years apart. Wasn't a fan of his until I saw him in this.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Wed 25-Nov-15 22:48:45

Ooh yes Cuckoo - had never rated him till True Detective, but he was magnetic in that. He was pretty good in Dallas Buyers Club.

evenoldergregg Wed 25-Nov-15 22:51:00

Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot.

UmbongoUnchained Wed 25-Nov-15 22:51:23

Sam Rockwell as Billy the kid in green mile. And his character in seven psychopaths (think he was called Billy too).
He's my all time fave actor!

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 25-Nov-15 22:55:02

was going to say Hugh Laurie in house.

he's strangely sexy in it too blush

Ellen DeGeneres as the voice fir dory. perfect

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