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Thursday, January 6, 2011

RIP Pete Postlethwaite

Character actors seldom receive their due. The limelight shines on the pretty, not so much on the talented. Last week one of the finest character actors of my generation died. Pete Postlethwaite was one of "those guys" that you see in good movies, the ones who deliver a helluva performance but whose name is rarely heard. Not genetically blessed nor surgically enhanced, he was just one of the best actors alive.

If you want a movie that shows him at his finest, I recommend "Brassed Off":

There are rarely deaths of public figures that sadden me so much. We've lost a great artist.


sdt said...

Don't forget his searing performance "In the Name of the Father". Whenever I hear his name, the image that comes to mind is from that movie.

Austan said...

Yes, that was another. He seemed incapable of a bad performance. His timing and skill were incredible.