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Actors who 100% embodied character from book

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NEtoN10 · 07/07/2019 20:15

I was just thinking today about book to film adaptations and actors who I thought 100% embodied the character as I imagined them.

For me Helena BC as Bellatrix Lestrange, Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, the whole cast of Matilda!

Who does it for you? Interested to hear !

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CoolCarrie · 07/07/2019 20:46

Ken Stott , looks just as Rebus should , but unfortunately the series was not as good as the earlier John Hannah version . Hannah himself produced the earlier series and he wanted Peter Mullen as Rebus.

Frenchfemme · 07/07/2019 20:50

Has to be David Suchet as Hercules Poirot.

Frenchfemme · 07/07/2019 20:52

@CoolCarrie I have to agree about Ken Scott as Rebus.

Ploppymoodypants · 07/07/2019 20:54

David suchet as pirot
Alan rickman as snape
Maggie Smith as mcgonogall

I am afraid that all of Matilda is wrong for me. She was English?! I HATE the movie version. Sorry 😕

MacavityTheDentistsCat · 07/07/2019 20:54

Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter in The Golden Compass. I'm not a great fan of NK but found her great in that role.

IsolaPribby · 07/07/2019 20:56

Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy. No subsequent adaptation has come close.

Queenoftheashes · 07/07/2019 20:57

If you’re doing potter I’d have said Alan Rickman
Sam Neill in Jurassic Park
Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Sissy Spacek and piper Laurie in Carrie
The shark from jaws

MrsElijahMikaelson1 · 07/07/2019 20:57

Emilia Clarke in Me Before You

HollowTalk · 07/07/2019 20:58

I never thought Darcy would look like Colin Firth!

Kwackerly · 07/07/2019 20:58

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn. Chris Pine as Captain Kirk in the first star wars movie. Agree Ralph Fiennes was an exemplary Voldemort!

Greywind1523 · 07/07/2019 20:58

A few from Harry Potter - Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman.

Daniel Radcliffe is nothing like how I imagined Harry Potter.

Soubriquet · 07/07/2019 20:58

Definitely Helen Bonham Carter as Bellatrix

Perfect acting

Absolutepowercorrupts · 07/07/2019 20:59

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivienne Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes in Oliver. Just showing my age here.

magicstar1 · 07/07/2019 21:00

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. David Suchet as Poirot.

Thesunrising · 07/07/2019 21:00

Megan Follows as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables.

SweetMelodies · 07/07/2019 21:01

Really really loved the Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC series (don’t actually know the actors name) so much closer to the book character than Keira knightly (IMO anyway)

pallisers · 07/07/2019 21:01

Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy.

Agree completely with this.

Apparently even John Mortimer started to think of Rumpole as Leo McKern as he continued to write his stories.

Crinkle77 · 07/07/2019 21:01

I thought Renee zellweger was totally wrong for Bridget Jones.

derxa · 07/07/2019 21:02

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivienne Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara
You beat me to it

blamethecat · 07/07/2019 21:03

When I started reading rebus, I imagined Ken Stott, this was before any of it was filmed.

BroomstickOfLove · 07/07/2019 21:08

Alan Rickman was great as Snape, but so different to book-Snape, who was 31 when Harry started at Hogwarts.

I agree with David Suchet as Poirot.

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
Harriet Walter as Harriet Vane
Michael Sheen as Aziraphael

Mokepon · 07/07/2019 21:11

The cast of Trainspotting.
And The Beach, especially Tilda Swinton.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross · 07/07/2019 21:11

Kenneth Branagh as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.
John Leguizamo as Tybalt in Romeo + Juliet.
Not a big fan of Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett - she's not quite right.
Interestingly, although Sean Bean is nothing like Sharpe was originally described in the novels, Cornwell has said that once Bean was cast, he began to picture Sharpe in that light as he wrote subsequent novels.
Fry and Laurie are perfect as Jeeves and Wooster.

Mokepon · 07/07/2019 21:12

Love Suchet as Poirot but have a soft spot for Peter Ustinov in Death on the Nile. It's one of my all time favourite movies.

Coffeecoffeebuzzbuzzbuzz · 07/07/2019 21:13

David Tennant as Crowley and Michael sheen as Aziraphale in Good Omens.

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