An actor’s biggest test comes with a complex role. What often determines how legitimate the actor’s performance will be is whether or not he or she really knows and understands that particular character. Staying in character is a stern test that can turn into an overly emotional exercise. Some of the best examples of staying in character have some seriously detrimental consequences. Some examples include Heath Ledger as Joker, Steve Carrell as John du Pont, and Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove. These performances have the common denominator of heavy emotional involvement.
As the Joker Heath Ledger rarely slept, was hard to be around, and found himself at odds with the character while filming The Dark Knight. The emotional toll of the roll is largely credited with Ledger’s downward spiral into an eventual accidental death. The Peter Sellers role as Dr. Strangelove in Dr. Strangelove was equally as difficult.
In the film, Peter Sellers had to play three roles simultaneously for director Stanley Kubrick. Sellers was so intensely involved in all the roles that it almost seemed like he couldn’t have a minute to be himself. Some people claim that when Peter’s mother visited him onset he addressed her as Dr. Strangelove. Lastly come Steve Carell and his role in Foxcatcher.
Carell plays the part of John du Pont, an eccentric and insane millionaire that went to prison for the murder of Olympic wrestling champ Alexander Schultz. Carell stated that he was so deep into his role that he was often reclusive and incredibly difficult to talk to.
These roles are considered sensational and that’s a direct result of the actor’s strong emotional commitment.
Why so serious? It’s only a film.
Peter Sellers immortalized the role of Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther. To think of anyone else playing the role of Clouseau is hard only because the role was uniquely Peter Sellers role. When The Pink Panther was re-made starring Steve Martin, there was a collective gasp with good reason.
So what where some of the other choices? The other choices for the role were Mike Myers, and Kevin Spacey. Myers and Spacey are fine actors but it’s fair to assume that neither one was really fit to take the role. There just isn’t anyone like Peter Sellers, no matter how good an actor, there is no Clouseau like the original Clouseau.
James Bond is one of the most successful and long lasting film franchises in the history entertainment. The fact is that Ian Fleming created a character that has only become more and more popular throughout the years. Funny thing about Bond films is that over the years the build up usually includes some facts that not everyone knows about. Below are some interesting but rarely discussed bond facts.
- The first bond film was Casino Royale. The film was based on the book and released as a one-hour adventure thriller by CBS. Barry Allen played the lead role and the film was a live production.
- The rights to the book Casino Royale were purchased for $1,000 in 1954, only $8,000 in modern dollars.
- When Sean Connery quit the series for the first time in 1969 he did so only three weeks prior to the start of filming for On her Majesty’s Secret Service.
- Timothy Dalton was considered for the role of Bond in 1969 but dismissed because he was too young.
- When the role of Bond was given to George Lazenby it was given to him because of his looks, he wasn’t a trained actor.
- 1967’s Casino Royale starring David Niven and Peter Sellers was an enormous box office hit, effectively establishing Bond as a major moneymaker in every respect.
After reading this, are you shaken or stirred?