Have you thought about one star and jump to another in association? It could be they shared a hot run during a decade. Maybe it’s because their talent is equal and they evoke the same emotions out of me. Often, one star reminds me of a class act from the past. Here are a few pairs I box in my mind.
Morgan Freeman, b. 1937, 76 years old, 106 credits, 4 Academy nominations, one win in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. Certain films stand out: Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Seven, The Dark Knight, The Bucket List, Invictus, and his narration in March of the Penguins have left a lasting impression with me.
Anthony Hopkins, b. 1937, 76 years old, 125 credits, 3 Academy nominations, one win in 1992 for Silence of the Lambs. My favorite roles of Sir Anthony include: The Elephant Man, The Silence of the Lambs, Amistad, Legends of the Fall, Remains of the Day, and Hitchcock.
Does it seem to you these two actors are in EVERY movie? They play authoritative, calm, intelligent characters. Their voices could melt butter. I wonder if they aren’t trying to win some contest for the most prolific career. John Wayne made over 200 films–they better step it up if they are going to catch him.
Grace Kelly and Naomi Watts both have the same amount of talent, the same fragile, exquisite looks, and classy reputations.
Gerard Butler is 44 and Russell Crowe is 49. They both play Roman warriors to perfection. They command and love with passion and conviction. Neither actors can sing very well, but their less than operatic voices matched their flawed characters. Gerard Butler was the scarred, voice of the night in The Phantom of the Opera and Russell Crowe the obsessed Javert in Les Misérables.
Cate and Kate are the best actresses working today. I wrote a post about these two before, if you have time:
Cary Grant and George Clooney. Not only do they look-alike, they can assume comedic roles as well as dramatic ones. They both look great in a suit and age with unfair ease.
Emily Blunt is a British actress and Kelly Macdonald is Scottish, but they both have that waif-like, blushing quality that is charming. Underneath the soft exterior, they are both talented actresses and their quiet strength on the screen is powerful. The two seem like soul-sisters to me.
How about Michelle Pfeiffer and Lauren Bacall? Sharp. Smart. Uncompromising.
Oh, Zachary Quinto. What were you thinking? For decades I’ve listened to Leonard Nimoy complain about how Spock killed his career as a serious actor and how he wished he could separate himself from the long-eared icon. I don’t know how I can every think of Zachary Quinto as anything other than the new Spock. He’s too perfect for the role, I fear he’ll never be able to branch out. What a problem to have, right?
Does one actor remind you of another?