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February 24th, 2011


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09:10 am - Pulling Faces
I like actors and faces and so on. This is a great Vanity Fair photo sequence of actors pulling faces:
Photographer Howard Schatz had an idea: place actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters. Such was the premise behind his book, In Character: Actors Acting, which captures some of Hollywood’s most emotive stars in the act of, well, making faces.

There are 31 actors in the sequence. John Slattery from Mad Men is the first, and I think he does a good job: three very different expressions which fit the little instructions he's been given. I know it's not a fair way to judge an actor, but some of them are noticeably better than others. You need to read the instructions they are following, or it doesn't really make sense.

I think the best is Mariska Hargitay from Law and Order SVU. Wouldn't have guessed that in advance. In one tiny face on a screen, made me well up. That's skill.

Other ones I liked, with various degrees of outrageous over-acting:

Brendan Fraser
Brooke Shields
Ian McShane
Michael Douglas
Amy Poehler

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From:altariel
Date:February 24th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
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Oh Ian McShane.
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From:communicator
Date:February 24th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
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That first one, the lawyer-face, is a corker
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From:matildabj
Date:February 24th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
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I particularly liked his middle one (the marine about to be mugged), made me hoot with laughter. Thanks so much for linking to these - made my morning!
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From:communicator
Date:February 24th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
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Someone on metafilter said he was thinking 'Just pretend I'm Mel Gibson'
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From:matildabj
Date:February 24th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's perfect!
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From:altariel
Date:February 24th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
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And kudos to whoever came up with the scenarios.
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From:several_bees
Date:February 24th, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
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Oh, it's interesting how much variation there is in how much of their body i shown (and, presumably, used) as part of the characterisation.
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From:communicator
Date:February 24th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's true. I wonder if that was the actor's choice?
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From:despotliz
Date:February 24th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
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Laurence Fishburne is just terrifying in all three. I do like John Slattery's gangsta rapper.
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From:communicator
Date:February 24th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
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Yes I am laughing looking at them
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From:matildabj
Date:February 24th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
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Fishburne's middle one almost made me recoil it was so scary!
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From:executrix
Date:February 24th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Elisabeth Moss got to change her clothes! I don't think anybody else did.
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From:communicator
Date:February 24th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
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I know, perhaps through force of personality?
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From:redfiona99
Date:March 3rd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the link.

I think I love the Laurence Fishburne ones the most. Or maybe Jane Lynch.

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