Friday, January 1, 2016

Part 2 Freedrama.net Free Acting School - Free Online Classes for Actors - 2016 edition

Part 2 of the Freedrama.net Free Acting School

Before looking at your own acting, look at other people's acting. If you are not able to attend a performance on stage, then you can watch movies. Your first homework assignment is to go see a play or watch a movie.


What makes a great actor Free Acting School Part 2


When picking a movie to watch, think about a movie that had a major impact on you. What is your favorite movie and why? Is it the actors? Is there an actor in your favorite movie that you think is very good?

Watch a movie or see a play and pick an actor who you think was really good. What actor did you believe was "real"? Sometimes famous actors aren't the best actors. Was there an actor who was better than the well known person? Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character? Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?




Write in your journal about the actor you watched. Did they become the character? Why was their performance good? What made them better than other actors? Or did all the actors work together and perform as a team? Post your journal in the blog comments below.

NOTE: You must then respond to another actor in this class. Your interactions MUST be positive or you will be disqualified from getting a certificate in the class and getting feedback on your acting from Emmy Award winner Doug Larson.


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ACTING TIP FROM MICHAEL SHURTLEFF (Casting Director): "Use what you know. Don't worry about what you don't know."

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    1. My favorite movie is The hunger games . I loved Jennifer Lawrence in that movie. She was super strong and i think she was totally into her character.

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    2. Jennifer is fantastic at taking her character and really making you believe what the character believes

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    3. My favorite movie is the Harry Potter series. The actors aren't just playing their parts, they're being the characters which is what I look for in actors. I love how they brought the characters to life.

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    4. Mine was John Cassisi in Bugsy Malone , aka fat Sam . The film itself was memorable but Fat Sam just stood out for me. His character was the character you loved to hate . He could pull of the comic role better than I have seen any adult do it .

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    5. my favorite movie is twilight i loved Kristen stewart in that she did a really good job with her character

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    6. I really love the hunger games and jennifer lawrence just know how to express the characters feelings and you feel like she is actually the person that makes this movie come to life

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  2. Answers to the questions above:
    Watch a movie or see a play and pick an actor who you think was really good.
    Save the last dance

    What actor did you believe was "real"?

    Julia Stiles as "Sara", Kerry Washington as "Chenille",
    Fredro Starr as "Malakai"

    Was there an actor who was better than the well known person?
    I wouldn't say better, but I would say that Malakai was very convincing in his portrayal of a gangster from the ghetto.

    Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    Julia's performance convinced me that she was a teenage girl who had just lost her mother, and since did not want to dance again.

    I also believed Fredro was an actual gangster from the Ghetto, through his facial expressions, mannerisms and body language.

    Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    actor you watched. Did they become the character?

    I have seen Kerry in her later role in Scandal and compared her to her role here as Chenille (a black teenage girl who got pregnant by a guy who does not pay his child support). Kerry did transform for this role in comparison to her role in Scandal,
    where she plays a strong, educated woman. Kerry used "slang" and body language to convince me that she was Chenille.

    Why was their performance good? What made them better than other actors?

    Their tone of voice, facial expressions occurred at the right times, and there was something unique about their character.

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    1. Hello Jess, you have a really good grasp on their performances.

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    2. I haven't seen this yet but you gave me a reason to watch if it's is half as good as you stay it should be good

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    3. Hello jes i feel you on that one ive always liked save the last dance it speaks to certain audiences and targets racial issues but u kno i heard the director of the movie state that the ultimate goal for the movie was to make sure the 2 main characters didnt see each others race and in my opinion they did am amazing job even in the movie sarah was competely naive to race and what other people wud think and derek didnt care as actors or inspiring actors like u and me we cant help but notice certain things in movies that others dont we get lost in how people perform and we may critique their performance and think to ourselves i wud have said that a different way but my point is it takes the right person to do those things

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    4. I like how you give the description of how you think the character is because if you really saw the movie and see the character described people will understand what type of person there are without words and actions.

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    5. Hello, Jess. I adore how well you seem to grasp characters.

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    6. You seem to have a very positive and appealing view on the actor.

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    7. Very astute observation. You have obviously done your homework on these actors. Very well done!

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    8. Hey, Jess, totally agree with your observations, couldnt have said it better.

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  3. I am choosing the movie the fighter starting Mark Wahlberg, to me the stand out actor was Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund . The relationships and arguments that take place between Mickey, Dicky, their mother, her seven daughters, George Ward (Jack McGee), Charlene, and Mickey O'Keefe (as himself) are really the heart behind all the boxing that takes place. Christian Bale gave a performance that reminded his fans just how talented he can actually is. His performance seems to leave little of himself as everything about was different, his accent, his mannerisms and his seemingly sick drug addict scenes were amazing.

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    1. I agree, the movie is indeed a perfect work of some very, very good actors. I enjoy it myself and believe that Christian's Bale performance was one of his best so far.

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    2. Yes, I totally agree! Mark Wahlberg just greatly demonstrates that actiony feel and is showing knowledge of character just as Christian Bale. If you were to ask me, though, I believe Bale gives a better performance and really lives into his role, not necessarily treating it as a role but as a guideline.

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    4. I watched stars wars episode 6 return of the jedi. I saw princess laya ( sorry if I got the name wrong ) and how she rescured han solo and luke skywalker. she really got into her character and when she was in the background she reacted to what was happening

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  4. Friends I have 3 fav actor in bollywood and I watch all of them 3 movies every time and they are anupam kher , shakti kapoor , nawaziddique siddique because I think what they play they give more than 100% to the perform and want to be like the there not actor but like side actor and villian

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    1. I think its great you'd want to play a villian! Most people would want to be the hero, its great be unique and dream big!

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  5. I have to say figher. The movie it self good but the acting in it seem so real it's like they weren't acting at all the two brother's actually seem like real brother's and the boxing scene's they seem so real it's like mark is a professional boxer. And the guy who plays dicky it felt like he was authentic the way he talked the way he done everything was spot on.
    I hope one day I get to be half the actors they are

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    1. good over view of the movie and if you keep practicing and working hard you will be a great actor

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  6. For this class I will go with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wallstreet, where he plyed his character as I haven't seen before, so close to perfection, so close to being Real. It is amazing to see him grow over the years, better and better with each film he plays in, while this one, it was...in my opinion, his masterpice, so far. It was a ”whole” a circle from beginning to the end, while Leo stood out from all other actors in there -whom played well their parts too, thus making this movie such a success. As for Leonardo DiCaprio, his character suited him just like a glove. Looking forward to see him in The Revendant this days...

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    1. To be honest, I haven't seen The Wolf of Wallstreet, but I am familiar with Leonardo DiCaprio. I agree that he has grown a lot through the years and he never ceases to inspire me.

      Also, thank you for your insight!

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    2. I agree in this movie i think DiCaprio had grown himself in his acting career. And i also have seen The Revenant it is a good movie where DiCaprio and Tom Hardy played great in my opinion, i also read that it was hard for them to make this movie.

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    3. Leonardo DiCaprio it's so versatile in his acting. I love that he continues to reinvent himself weather it is a drama, romance, or action. From what I've seen in personal interviews, he is real down to earth. And he makes the characters he plays come to life in my opinion.

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    4. Hi Mariana,

      I totally agree with you on what you wrote about Leonardo DiCaprio. He has come to be a very deep actor. I suggest you watch his latest movie "The Revenant". Hope you enjoy it.

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    5. I completely second you, The Wolf of WallStreet was arguably DiCaprio's best performance.

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    6. I have always been a huge fan of Leonardo, ever since his heartbreaking role as Jack in the Titanic. He brings such passion to his roles and takes them on as though they were part of him. It is a spectacular characteristic.

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    7. I totally agree with you! Not only is Leonardo DiCaprio my forever Hollywood crush ❤ he deserves all credits. He is such an amazing actor and with that movie his acting soared higher than ever!

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    8. I also agree with both of you, Leo has starred in so many great movies and I'm really happy he finally won his Oscar this year

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  7. Gugu mbatha-raw amazing actress beyond the lights made me forget it was a movie shes so convincing i cant even put it in to words and on her performance on belle a mulatto girl in the 1700s wat made it so convincing was their dialogue and body language one of my favorite movies . another one im usually not in to soap opera's but tyler perrys if loving u is wrong is a show that i think all actors that want to do drama and action shud watch i wud name my favorites but i cant decide and that wud be a long list . but overral my favorite actresses have to be angela basset , zoe saldana & gugu mbatha-raw

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  8. For the second assignment, I decided to to watch The Diary of Anne Frank movie (2009). The person I chose to answer the questions from above was Ellie Kendrick, who portrayed Anne Frank. Here my answers:

    1. Did they become the character?

    Yes, Ellie Kendrick portrayed Anne Frank very well.

    2. Why was their performance good?

    Ellie Kendrick was able to immerse herself in Anne Frank's character. She expressed Anne Frank's open-mindedness, confidence, and innocence as a teenage girl.

    3. What made them better than other actors?

    I believe that, since Ellie Kendrick was portraying a teenage girl who was struggling with the war's conflicts and her limited freedom, she was more genuine and openly expressed her emotions. She also portrayed Anne Frank to be cheerful even in the toughest times of the war.

    4. Did all the actors work together and perform as a team?

    Yes, definitely. Everyone was expressing that they were going through a difficult time, but at the same time, they had each other for support. Since Anne Frank and her family (as well as their acquaintances) were always together, they were able to adapt to and learn from each others' company. I believe that's what made their acting come together.

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    1. Hello Michelle.
      Your analysis is spot on here. I totally agree because when I watched The Diary of Ann Frank I could definitely see the genuines of Ellie Kendricks performance.

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  9. 1.Watch a movie or see a play and pick an actor who you think was really good.
    'Expelled'
    2.What actor did you believe was "real"?
    Cameron Dallas as 'Felix' Marcus Johns as 'Ben"
    3.Was there an actor who was better than the well known person?
    Yeah,Ben was so funny,He change his acting very quick,You know,First he is very serious,But other moment he is super funny,It's just making me laugh. :)
    4.Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    Yeah,It is.Cameron as a Felix was so into it. He is like that person really. I can't imagine other actor who can play that charter like he do. :)
    5.Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    -Um,Cameron have one more movie 'The Outfield' and,There he was a Frankie Payton( He was a poor guy,but a sweetheart,There he was just a normal and friendly guy,Who loved to read a books and at the same time he played baseball),It's not like in 'Expelled' 'cos there He don't like to study,He just making a problems and he was funny. ☺
    6.Why was their performance good? What made them better than other actors?
    He is unique.There is something special about him. He just make all girls to fall in love with him. Also he have a great voice.☺

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    1. Hey Mima. I like how you identified some of the other roles that Cameron has acted in and compared his former performances to his role in 'Expelled'

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  10. 1. watch a movie or see a play and pick a character who you think was really good.
    The movie I chose is called 'Who Loves Me' it is an African movie Ghanaian to be exact.

    2.what character do you believe was 'real'
    The most realisc character for me was Majid Michel who played David in the movie.

    3.What made the character better than the others?
    Honestly all the characters did well. But what makes me choose Majid over the rest is his commitment to the character. He played a painter who falls in love with a complete stranger. No matter how unruly the plot becomes his love for her is unchanging. He connected with me the viewer too it was as if his love dilemma was mine also.

    4. Where they a team?

    In the sence of the movie no. They were not all a team. David's mother did not approve of her sons love. She felt it was ubsurd for her son to love Chantelle, the stranger, since she was in love with another man. Everyone had oposing opinions and agendas until the end. Where the woman in question, Chantelle, devises a plan to see who truly loves her. Bringing all characters to an unforgettable conclusion.

    I do recommend this movie to anyone who is open to movies from other countries other than the U.S.

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  11. I decided to watch Reign Over Me(2007) with Adam Sandler as main character . Here are my answers:

    1. Did he become the character?

    Yes, Adam Sandler played very well for a drama movie.

    2. Why was their performance good?

    It was surprising how good he get into a drama character after all his comedy movies. He made me feel the character how he feel after all his family died in an accident.

    3. Did all the actors work together and perform as a team?

    Yes, I'm sure in this, i don't think you can make a good movie if at least two guys (who only make the clothes) aren't working together.

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  12. I decided to watch the movie "Bessie" with Monique and Queen Latifah. Best musical drama took place during the time where black entertainers still had racial barriers. these two characters portray such a variance on screen. For Monique to be one of the best singers of that era in her role as a singer that was self sustained, and taking Queen Latifah, who portrayed Bessie in the film, she was a lover of men and women besides her music. I was so engrossed in the variances characters being portrayed it left me in a "oh my goodness" state of mind. What they convayed on screen was believably outrageous and entertaining. It also left me with a feeling of encouragement that if it can happen for them in that particular era we could happen for me in the 21st century.

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  13. I decided to watch the movie "Bessie" with Monique and Queen Latifah. Best musical drama took place during the time where black entertainers still had racial barriers. these two characters portray such a variance on screen. For Monique to be one of the best singers of that era in her role as a singer that was self sustained, and taking Queen Latifah, who portrayed Bessie in the film, she was a lover of men and women besides her music. I was so engrossed in the variances characters being portrayed it left me in a "oh my goodness" state of mind. What they convayed on screen was believably outrageous and entertaining. It also left me with a feeling of encouragement that if it can happen for them in that particular era we could happen for me in the 21st century.

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  14. I went with the movie hunger games because i believe "katniss" also known as "Jennifer Lawrence" is a great actress and is very inspiring i think that she plays her character very well and know how to act. i think her and her coworkers worked very well as a team they did a tremendous job together.

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    1. I agree, this movie was really great because the actors really had a good grasp on their characters and their behaviors.

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  15. I decided to watch "Black Swan" starring Natalie Portman, and "Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" starring Michael Keaton. Both of these films are masterpieces in themselves, showing the internal strife one has when faced with total stress. Michael Keaton made me believe he was Riggan, not because the movie has a loose basis on his life, but because his character is so well put together in conjunction with the setting and the other characters. Natalie Portman, on her movie, just masterfully projects naïvety. It is clear that she has found a different side of herself, her shy side, and found the nervousness of performing (even though she is over that being a seasoned actress), and projected that into her character to portray weakness and femininity. It is these actors that I praise... They don't just represent a character - they are the character.

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    1. I haven't seen Birdman but had to comment on Natalie Portman. The transformation she made not only emotionally but also physically to portray the character in Black Swan was incredible. She is such an inspiration. This was a great description of her. :)

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  16. I chose Hunger Games, sorry shay Lee, I think that Jennifer Lawrence really managed to get a grasp of acting like a silent serious person, but violent when needed.

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  17. I just posted a comment but most of it was Addcedintly deleted so I'm rewriting it..
    I'm almost a 21 years old migrant originally from Syria..
    There I started dreaming of becoming an actor and through my whole life that dream kept me motivated to be a better person to write my name with pride every time I choose a wrong path I back of when I remember my goal in life..
    So acting for me isn't few days a week on a stage its way more than that.. It has a noble cause if used in the right way..
    Love and humanity should be above all and the only way to teach people how life should be and how love can save us is filming playing and showing them the relief of a clean hearted life...
    And of course I'm not throwing away the fact that financial benefits is a second cause because if I didn't do well for myself I can't do any better to the others but money is still worthless of spreading the love and laughs around the world..
    No one is strong enough to help those ineed but anyone with the right message can force people to help each other ..
    I know some of you won't buy my words but believe me when you live a hard life you don't want anyone to life it that way .. My life wasn't that hard but I have seen and lived with people who had unlucky times and I had to live in a family that it's sons loyalty is giving to a three different armies cousins killed each others because of war and that's what I don't want it to pass to any other country and by Being an actor I can help or encourage to spread this message..
    Anyway my mind is blown away to pieces the past few years so I'm having a lot of goals but I choose the one that came with my childhood..
    Goodbye everybody.
    And looking forward to see your replies

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    1. I totally agree. Love and humanity should be above all. You sound like a wonderful person!

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    2. I really hope you will be the one to inspire other people to understand your situation and your country's situation.

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    3. I agree. Sending a strong message to people will definitly make it all better and I think that more famous people should know that.

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  18. On the movie "the theory of everything" Eddie Redmayne played a role of a famous scientist "Stephen Hawking" who is an English physicist and suffers from a rare early onset , slow progressing form of ALS. As I mentioned above the character's sickness is physical paralysis and it is slow and progressive as a result his physical movement with physical challenges has to be very detailed for the viewers, from scene to scene he has to be sicker and sicker and the continuity is flawless because it is not only physical but also neurological and it needs deep research. I think Eddie did his homework.

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    1. Yes, Eddie in that movie!! I completely agree with you. I think it was a brilliant performance of him. It´s a long movie, but it is not tiring at all and most of it is due to the performances.

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    2. OMG. I just wonder how did the actor of Stephen Hawking was able to act as a paralyzed person very well. It was so real!!

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  19. Here is my synopsis,

    Pick a movie.
    Harry Potter

    What actor did you believe was "real"?
    Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

    Was there an actor who was better than the well known person?
    Daniel Radcliffe

    Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    Ron, Harry and Hermione were all very like their character.

    Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    Dumbledore

    (Daniel Radcliffe)
    Did they become the character?
    Yes. He really was perfect for the part. He was like Harry in real life

    Why was their performance good?
    He did a great job at being the character. He made it like he really was Harry.

    What made them better than other actors?
    His acting mixed with the special effects made it seem like I was there during the real thing.

    Or did all the actors work together and perform as a team?
    Well, it definitely was a group effort. Radcliffe did well playing his part but without the other great actors, the movie would be nothing.

    I believe that "Harry Potter" is an exceptionally great movie that defiantly has a five star rating from me.

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    1. The Harry Potter series is a huge part of my life. I grew up with the books and loved the movies. I love the actors. They all stayed as true to the characters as they humanly could. They truly all had to come together as a team to make the movies happen.

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    2. I agree with you so much, the actors in Harry Potter were awesome. Good luck becoming an actor.

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    3. I agree I do love all the harry potter movies myself. They all did a fantastic job making the movie come alive.

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    4. I couldn't agree with you any harder. The children were already their characters and then watching them grow up made me happy the cast was picked the way it was. "growing" into a role really takes on a different meaning with them.

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    5. I tip my hat to you! Harry Potter was a masterpiece!!

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    6. Yes, I totally agree with you! Daniel Radcliffe is such a good actor. He is not my favourite, but it's one of them.

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  20. Pick a movie.
    My Fair Lady

    What actor did you believe was "real"?
    Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn)

    Was there an actor who was better than the well known person?
    I don't think so. All of the actors in the movie were so good I forget I'm watching a movie with actors. It feels like they are living not acting.

    Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    Eliza and her father.

    Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    In the first part of the movie Audrey Hepburn looks really rough. She has no make up, a dirty face, she was super thin (She was poor)


    Did they become the character?
    Yes.

    Why was their performance good?
    Yes, her performance inspires me to act with such commitment that people forget that I'm an actress too.

    What made them better than other actors?
    She didn't need a fabulous wardrobe and tons of makeup before she could be her character. She was her character in spite of those things.

    Or did all the actors work together and perform as a team?
    Yes, They were all amazing in this movie.

    My Fair lady is a classic that will play forever in my heart. The way that Eliza goes from begging for coins in the street to dancing with a prince truly inspires me to be the best version of myself everyday.

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    1. I loved this movie too. It's surprising I first watched it, just this passed year. This movie feels like a play in the theatre. Comically and almost cartoon like characters that almost pop out the screen as you silently demand them to respond to your intentions. Loved Rex Harrington and Audrey Hepburn in this classic, good pick.

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  21. Watch a movie - Bram Stroker's Dracula

    pick an actor - Gary Oldman

    Did they become the character?
    Heck ya he did. Gary Oldman is an amazing method actor. He became The Impaler. He had an incredible costume designer and great makeup artist but it only excelled his talent with support.

    Why was their performance good?
    Yes his performance was outstanding.

    What made them better than other actors?
    The director was looking for a great actor and he got one. Although he naturally has an English accent he learned his far eastern European accent from one of the other performers on set.

    This movie was erotic dark and romantic but even with a great cast Gary's performance stood out like a highlighter.

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  22. Movie- 30 Days Of Night
    The Mummy- I like the story
    the actors were good particularly Brendan Fraser
    The actor was Brendan Fraser
    I don’t think there were any actors better than Brendan Fraser
    Brendan Fraser became the character, his performance was very good, the way he acts makes him better than other actors, all the actors worked together to perform a team

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  23. I spent quite a while deciding which movie I wanted to write this journal entry about. I spent most of my life either watching cartoons with my younger siblings, doing homework, or volunteering at a horse rescue. As such, I have not seen many live action films nor have I had much chance to actually observe different actors, or get to know them. That made writing this entry particularly difficult. But today, the answer came to me: the Harry Potter series. I grew up with the Harry Potter series and franchise. It was an enormous part of my childhood and has helped shape me into the person that I am today. It taught me about life, bullies, politics, love, and loss. Per my agreement with my parents, I had to read the books before I was allowed to see the movies. From the beginning, the mysterious Potions Master, Severus Snape, was always my favorite character. There was just something about him that I couldn’t put my finger on (and I’m not going to lie, I cried like a baby and jumped around like a fool when I read Professor Snape’s backstory in the last book). And to see Alan Rickman bring this character to life in the movies was simply incredible. Rickman truly becomes Professor Snape, you can see it in his eyes. That is when I believe an actor has completely become their character, when you can see it in their eyes. For those that are unfamiliar with the movies, Professor Snape is portrayed as a cold, distant, aloof character and you spend most of the series trying to figure out which side he is on. In the final book/movie, his backstory is shared, revealing an emotionally shattered man and how that came to be about. Alan Rickman, on the other hand, was an incredibly genuine, down-to-earth, hilarious, man. So full of laughter and great jokes! I imagine it takes a great amount of skill to become someone that is your complete polar opposite. He has become my favorite actor. Always.

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    1. i think its cool that you grew up watching Harry Potter Movies because you learn more about the character , most other movies doesnt have any continuation so hats cool

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  24. Johnny depp in pirates of the Caribbean and in Edward scissor hands.in the two movies he seems like a totally different person, also he is an amazing actor.I also love Jim Carrie because he is hilarious in every movie he acts in.

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  25. I went to go see the play Scrooge. I don't remember who played Ebenezer but he was very good. He wasn't acting, he WAS Scrooge. He definitely became his character. He was very loud and clear, people 7 rows back could see his actions and hear what he was saying. The things that made him better than the other actors was probably because he is the main character, but I think it is because he really resembled the character like the book had him. It also takes a good, well trained actor to go from grumpy and sad to happy and kind.

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    1. That's such a fabulous play, and I completely agree about the role! Being able to become the miserable miser, but then take that role from such an unsympathetic character to a reformed man of humility and kindness takes a lot of talent!

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  26. I saw The Wolf Of Wall Street now my favourite actor is no doubtedly Leonado De Caprio From the first time I saw the movie Titanic. And back to the Question YES he became the character that was just needed for the Movie And what made him better than the other Actors are... Just One Word HE WAS PERFECT! changing himself like the character thinking behaving and most importantly Acting like the Character, Just No explanation needed. He is a Full Package!

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    1. Leonardo is such a great actor! I agree with you!

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    2. I agree completely... he is an amazing actor!!!

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  27. Answer to the above, by Kayley C.

    - The stage play i've seen recently was titled, the Bridesmaid. It was about a young bride who was experiencing a hens night with her mother and best friend in a lovely hotel room the night before the wedding. The show progressed and we learn more about the intended and that bot of them are experiencing cold feet and then later as it progresses we learn that he has infact been have a "side thing" with the bridesmaid's best friend. Now to answer your question, did the actors portray believable characters and become there characters, yes and no. Some did, like the best friend and the grooms bestfriend, however the rest of the cast we flat and in some cases over acted. the ones who were believable were the two actors that stayed real, they didn't try and make it seem like they were acting, they reacted to situations like a normal person in those situations would react. When the best friend was crying, she didn't try and force the tears, she didn't scrunch up her face or overly sigh and sob. she portray human emotion, humans when upset don't want to appear weak, especially when they are in the wrong, and she acted that. Her character was in the wrong, devastated that she betrayed her best friend and was upset by it, but she wasn't trying to cry she was trying not to cry, yet portraying a distraught character. it really showcased her ability as an actor as she wasn't trying to play a character but was actually showcasing human emotions.

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    1. Something that you said about how the actor didn't want to seem weak by showing that she was wrong is something so human in us right now, it's an ego we have been dealing with for so long that it does take a great actor to really just be and feel the genuine human emotions that result from the way we think and bridge relationships between thought. I really think you have a good eye!

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  28. I watched a newer film that came out called Dark Knight rising and cattleman, the new version of Batman. I was paying attention to the performance of Anne Hathaway who played the Cat woman! I genuinely liked her version of the cat woman, for instance the way she moved and kicked butt was great because her body acquiesced to the character to perfectly. Although she didn't quite convince me of the cat in her persona over all. There were things she was able to master like the walk and the moves but she didn't seem deep, intense and sensual enough to me personally. Overall it was a good performance.

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  30. I watched two movies that were inspiring to me. Holy Hustler and the Outrighteous by Maverick Entertainment. In Holy Hustler, Kristine Sanabria really brought out the actress in her. She was natural and did portray the character of someone that did what she never wanted to do. Her co-actor, Ron Douglas behaved as a savage without mercy in the movies who took advantage of her. They two made a great character and I admired them very much. In the outrighteous, two friends Tabetha Brown and Laila Odom took my breath away on their outstanding acting. My favorite among them were Tabitha in Outrighteous and Kristine Sanabria in Holy Hustler.

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  31. I just watched a Bollywood movie Bajirao mastani, which is a real life historical movie.

    The actors were very natural
    I am a big fan of ranveer singh, he acted very strong character with flowless effort. He plays role of great king Bajirao a Maratha king,

    He need not required to change himself for the movie except look, he was playing his character , in real life also the actor is very energetic and sporty.
    I must say the movie was good becas of cast..in real life also they are gf bf and in movie also they r playing as husband wife

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    1. yes It's a great movie Krishna and it will truly give us inspiration for how to get into character.
      Ranveer acting is mind blowing.

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  32. My movie is my favorite movie of all time "grease". I don't have a specific favorite actor because they all worked together to put on a great movie but if I had to choose i would say Olivia newton john "sandy" I really felt like she became the character and she did a fantastic job.I almost believed I was a pink lady lol, And the songs in the movie oh my god I know every one from beginning to end. To me it had both dramatic and comedic parts. My favorite movie of all time I would watch it 24/7 if I could.

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    1. I agree! Grease is just an altogether great production with fabulous actors.

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    2. I love grease! Everytime I watch it and they starting singing, I just can't help it but sing at the top of my lungs ahaha

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  33. So the movie I whatched elier today was kings man secret service the actor who I whatched was Taron Egerton and the reason I picked Taron was because he stood out in the film for me and acted exceptionally well everyone else was great but I think personally he acted the best they became the character and the vibe was great his performance was outstanding he acted great and the reason he was slightly better was because of the facial expressions and just the way he expressed his lines it did make the film feel proper and alive but don't get me wrong the crew made a great team and the film was great.

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    1. That movie seems interesting to watch so i might watch it , and knowing what you said about Taron .I think he might be my favorite tooo

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  34. My favorite movie is Tiny Furniture. The main character Aura, is played by Lena Dunham, who I think is a brilliant actor. She captures the real essence of life (messy and imperfect) instead of making her life look so effortlessly perfect. Her hair and makeup are not perfect. She says stupid stuff. She doesn't act perfect. I think that showing life's flaws really makes the character real. Lena Dunham also works well with her mom and sister (Laurie Simmons and Grace Dunham) and really shows that mother v.s daughter and sibling v.s sibling dynamic very well. I also enjoyed watching scenes where Lena Dunham's character (Aura) Jemima Kirke's character (Charlotte) interacted because they have such different personalities and morals, that it makes the mood of the scene very adventurous. Tiny Furniture (which is an indie written by Lena Dunham) is just an awesome movie that I think you should consider watching.

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  36. My Favorite movie is stuck in love .I like it because it has alot od comedy yet drama and sadness in it .To be Honest,It wasnt really the actress ,lily collins who made me like it ,I loved her character.I think the character was different from herself because she did seem to be edgy in the movie but in real life ,shes actually more sweet.The actor that i thought had the most change in the role was kristen bell because ,she is nothing like the character i saw her as in the movie .Nat Wolff actually made me believe that he was that character and because in his other movies , he plays the desperate guy looking for love so i would say he and character were similair.In my opinion , i think lily collins was the better actress because she did better than i expected .Lily collins made the character of samantha her own so thats the reason

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  37. Well.... I have lots of reasons,but the one that really inspires me is that you can have fun,not been shy, lots of actresses have inspired me alot and it's just a dream my biggest dream... To think that one day I can make it true it's just,i can explained it.

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  38. The first movie that inspired me was twilight ans my favorite character is Bella in twilight played by Kristen Stewart ... She just inspired me, her character she just represented her so well... Her face expressions the way she talked,the way she moved her hands, walked, everything she did it was just so inspiring to me...she really is a great actress

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    1. I agree plenty! Kristen Stewart puts her characters in her heart and uses her facial expressions. I am quite surprised they found a magnificent actress to play the part! Great example.

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  39. It was a flawless decision to make Lily Collins a Rosie in the movie Love, Rosie. Lily was so perfect for the roll, being able to play someone real and normal and average but making her somehow unique. Love, Rosie is a very well constructed story and for that the character has to keep the same essence but with the different views or behavior that years, experience and life changing events have on someone’s life. Rosie by herself is complex character in the sense that she is one of the most real teenage/adult characters that you can come along in literature. And, in opinion that is exactly why I think about it as a very difficult character to play. The changes are implemented in a very subtle way, one that can be performed as if a sudden change in the personality of the character had occurred, but in here we can see Rosie being just her, making the same mistakes as time pass, having the same friends and support given and taken, but gradually changing as needed or as learned. Lily in Love, Rosie was able to deliver all that and to made me cry with her, laugh with her, get desperate with her and even feel empathy for things that I booth could and couldn’t relate to.
    As the movie goes by, we can watch a lot of characters growing in the same way that Rosie does, but somehow some of them just don´t give that sensation that makes you think years have actually gone by. I usually don´t like romantic movies but there are very good performances in this one without mentioning the freshness of the story by itself. I also don´t have favorites but movies that take you to journeys through someone’s life and not just a tiny part of it, that have real complex characters, is something I really enjoy.
    I think there are brilliant performances (Like Domhnall Gleeson´s performance on The Revenant, I didn´t even noticed who he was until I Google it) that make you forget that you are watching an actor and make you think you are simply watching the character as a person :).

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    1. I love your review! Lily Collins' performances have always been so wonderful in all that I've seen of her! I haven't yet seen Love, Rosie but I am definitely going to know! Sam Clafin looked to be a good choice as well!

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  40. 1. Watch a movie or see a play and pick an actor who you think was really good.
    Erin Brockavich

    2. What actor did you believe was "real"?
    Julia Roberts as Erin Brockavich. Albert Finney as Ed Masry.

    3. Was there an actor who was better than the well known person?
    I wouldn't say better, Julia's portrayal of Erin was outstanding. But Aaron Eckhart, who played George I believe showed a wonderful vulnerability in the typical "biker/dirfter" that isn't normally seen.

    4. Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    The fact that the movie is based on a true story and Erin Brockovich is a real person, the pressure of portrayal can be a little more intimidating. But Julia's performance was outstanding. She showed her strength and independence, but also a sensitivity that complimented her.

    5. Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    actor you watched. Did they become the character?
    I've seen Albert Finney play a majority of different "types". A dying father in Big Fish, to an obsessed in finding the truth of his wife's death in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. He played a simple, small lawyer well. It suited him.

    6. Why was their performance good? What made them better than other actors?
    The actors chemistry between each other was so natural, I couldn't picture anyone else playing these characters.

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    1. i gotta say i completely agree! Roberts blew me away in this preformance as well. she seemed to really know the character and the story..! she is one of my favorit female actresses, and this was one of her best preformances id say!

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  41. I decided to choose the all time favorite classic movie, Mean Girls. I felt that the Actress, Lindsey Lohan was an amazing actress in that movie.

    I felt that Lacey Chabert was a very great actress as well and I thought she seemed truly real.

    Rachel McAdams in other cases is a lot better than her character since she is not seen as the mean girl, but known as the girl who played Regina George.

    Yes, I felt that Gretchen Wieners seemed a bit real to me. She was a bit sassy, gossiper, and loved to talk a lot.

    There was definitely a change in Rachel McAdams character between her. Her character was very rude and not a nice person.

    I wouldn't say they are better than other actresses/actors because everyone has a way of being good. Their performances were marvelous and perfect.

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  42. I watched the movie Silver Linings Playbook and Jennifer Lawrence did amazing at showing the true emotion the character felt and it's incredible how she can portray so many different types of characters so well.

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  43. ooohh.. so many to ochose from! so many amazing preformances! my favorite actore is hands down Jack Gyllenhaal. the way he captures each character and preforms it blows me away everytime! but for this assignment, im chosing a movie he is not in. American Hustle. This movie was so well acted, i remember being more facinated about the preformances then the actual movie..! Jennifer Lawrence acted different then id ever seen her, and she did it so well. i was so convinced of her accent, and the character! for me, all the 4 main actors were so believable i could not seperate one from the other really.. they owned their characters! but in the end Jennifer lawrence stuck out to me the most, maybe because i had never seen her in this role before, while with the other actors (Cooper, Bale and Adams) i had seen them preform traights of these characters before. amazingly done by all 4, but toward the end lawrence stood out the most.

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  44. I cant even choose a movie, i have so many favourite movies.My hobby is is watchig movies i can do it all day :d,but at least i choose"Silver linning playbook".
    And my favourite actor is Johnny Depp,i think he is the best actor ever,he play so many different roles ,and everytime i watch him he makes me believe this is him personality.He can look so cute and dark at the same time,and he is so charmy .Johnny Depp is my inspiration. :)

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    1. Hey Maria!

      Silver linings playbook is one of my favorite movies as well! I think Jennifer Lawerence did an excellent job in that movie and I could watch that movie over and over again.

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  45. i watched the twilight saga as it is a very interesting movie where bella swan ( kristen stewart) fell in love with a vampire guy edward cullen(robert pattinson)

    they both played a character that suited their emotions and acted as its real

    jacob black the wolf was just wow as his character was kind of scary but again interesting they did something i would love to do one day

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  46. I watched the movie "The dark knight". that movie has been my favorite since long ago. I loved Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker, it really inspires this inspiration in me, and convinces me of the character. That performance was amazing, definitely my favorite.

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    1. I agree. Heath Ledger's performance in this film was phenomenal. Not only did he portray The Joker like we've never seen, but even with all the other actors that played The Joker in previous films, not a single one could rival his performance. This was a good choice.

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  47. As of right now I think my favorite movie has to be The Wolf of Wall Street. In my opinion Leonardo Dicaprio did an amazing job playing Jordan Belfort. This was one of the movies that really made me believe the actor was the character he was playing and it also shows his talent because this movie is something that he hasn't really done before. Another actor in this movie that I think did a superb job in making me believe he was the actual character is Jonah Hill.

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  48. I decided to pick a series more than a movie, I believe you get to really know the characters when you spend more time watching them. My inspirational actress is Sarah Michelle Gellar for her inspiring role as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love that there is a strong female and that she is the heroine throughout the series, but I also like how she has friends, everybody needs friends and love and family. I have watched this from a young age and I always get engrossed in it, its like I'm part of the gang and I love how it draws you in and how you can relate to the plots Joss Wheadon did an amazing job and I will be forever grateful for how it has impacted my life.

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    1. That was a great serise i was stuck watching and i am happy it made a great impact in your life all dream come ture with hard work everyone saids no all everyone needs is one yes head to the sky and sky's the limit keep pushing no matter what stay strong one love and god bless

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  49. My favorite movie is scarface.why because of the realness it made me feel it was a great movie.all the actor's were good but one was the best i feel like he made the movie his acting was wow my Favorite actor (AL Pacino) man when i frist saw the movie scarface i did not think he was acting i really thought he walked talked and acted like he did in the movie he really became that character. for me he was better because of the way he made the character come to life it felt so real to me on top of that all the actor's and actresses worked together real well as a team it made the movie even better. Thank you

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    1. Watching Al Pacino in Scarface, and any of his movies, is like being schooled by the master. He is always amazing and totally believable. Scarface is one of those movies that conjure up images each time the title is mentioned. It was a graphic, but good movie and Pacino was superb.

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  50. What is your favorite movie and why? Courage Under Fire- Without a doubt one of the most emotional action filled movies I have ever seen
    Is it the actors? The actors are a massive part of this film. The different stories and results are shown well by all actors.
    Is there an actor in your favorite movie that you think is very good? Meg Ryan hands down wins this one.

    What actor did you believe was "real"? Meg Ryan she had to portray the character of Karen Walden as three different versions of the story were told. Each one was just as real and believable as the last.

    Sometimes famous actors aren't the best actors. Was there an actor who was better than the well known person? Not in this case. They were all great. But also well done to the girl that played the daughter she just broke my heart.
    Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character? I couldn't see Meg Ryan as anything else for a very long time
    Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before? From the quirky relationship crazy characters she has played in Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally this character was something completely different. I love that she is not typecast and has the range to play different characters.

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  51. My favorite movie so far has been Inception, and Leonardo's character was my favorite because I really felt that he connected with the character and the role perfectly.

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    1. Hey there, that is also a great movie I liked. Not just the action and effects, but Leo portrayed the role very well. He was the leader, but had to cope with his own personal struggles when handling the job. For that, he played that role excellent.

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  52. I watched Fox TV empire and I personally like how jussie smollet synced with the character it was as if that's how his life is

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  53. Movie: White chicks.
    Did they become the character?
    I believe they wore the make up before the script was even written. so, yeah.
    Why was their performance good? They are brothers, playing as best friends. Seemed quite nautral that brothers would be friends.
    What made them better than other actors?
    They are versatile in their roles. They have no shame in donning ill-fitting clothing for the sake of humor.
    Did all the actors work together and perform as a team? I assume so. Seeing how all three brothers worked together on this.

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  54. I understand that famous actors aren't the best to review... but one performance always stands out to me when I think about "good acting"... and that is Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. That was my first Leo experience and when I saw him later in something else... I was shocked. I barely recognized him. He did such a wonderful job in that movie. He played that role flawlessly and I was very impressed... I still am.

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    1. As you should be! The versatality of his work is amazing, but I believe that was the one film he should have won an Oscar for. Great choice, being able to completely transform yourself into character is what we all strive for, and what better example to prove that it is possible than his role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"?!

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  55. Well I just recently watched The Revenant and of course we all know how amazing of an actor Leonardo DiCaprio is but I thought Tom Hardy played his role extremely well. It was interesting seeing him play the villain because I've never seen him play that sort of role before but he did do it justice by all means. He totally had control of the character in, I'd say, every aspect from his distinct accent to his ruthless attitude. Great performance.

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  56. Hi all ,I like the movie Ashoka of bollywood Sharukh played this character very well .His acting was awesome in this movie.He had the whole control of the character.

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  57. I love the film War Horse. The fact it was out not to long ago based during world war shows us the life during that time and what it was like for them. Fun and emotional film. Also seen the performance. Emotional and phenomenal on stage performance in London, I advise you to book your tickets.

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  58. My movie is What's Love Got To Do With It. Angela Bassett was incredible as Tina Turner. She made you feel like she was really Tina when she became the character. Her emotions and facial expression were so on point. The tone in her voice was convincing. She made me believe she was Tina. That's how believable she was.

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    1. I know how you feel about an actor that you love or is really good. It just makes you want to be as good as them and give that type of feeling to someone else when you can act as good as them, am I right?? :) That was a really good explanation Monique.

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  59. I decided Blind Spot, actress Jaimie Alexander who plays Jane doe (I know it's a TV series but she is SUCH a good actor and it's such a good TV series that I just couldn't choose anyone else <3 ). She is a real good actor that its like she is the character herself when she is acting. She has a talent that she shows real emotions in her character. She has great acting skills that makes Blind Spot come alive and without her it won't be the same. She is the reason I want to become an actor. She is incredible, and my inspiration. :)

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  60. One of the best movies I have seen of late would be "The Devil Wears Prada." Although I did not see the movie until it aired on HBO, I must admit it was quite entertaining. Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway were my favorite actresses in the movie because each of them played their roles excellently. They showed a range of emotions and they drew out emotions in me as I watched them, ranging from laughter to anger. I thought Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly portrayed the worst boss ever. She made me cringe, along with her office staff, each morning as she stepped off of the elevator and threw her coat and purse on the desk. Anne Hathaway as Andy showed persistence, strength and resilience, as she dealt with impossible demands daily from her boss. Each woman played a strong role, but in the end the boss became vulnerable to the worker, although Miranda would never show her soft side. The movie was great. Each actor was totally credible. In fact, if I didn't know that Meryl Streep was the star of the movie, it would have been difficult to recognize her as Miranda. The two of them showed acting at its finest.

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    1. I absolutely love Meryl's performance. definitely one of her best. The women definitely played strong roles and very well.

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    2. I think that a character's transition is very challenging and I agree that Meryl was able to show it realistically. The same with Anne's transformation to a fashionable EA.

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    3. I completely agree with your opinions of the characters and the actors that played them (Steep, Hathaway). They really complimented each other. Great analysis!

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  61. The movie I watched is the godfather. It is one of the best movies of all time and one of my personal favourites. It is a timeless classic that was perfectly scripted, directed and performed. It is a movie with many themes like crime, honour and family and also sacrificing personal ambitions for the sake of family and losing sight of yourself in the process.
    The actor I watched was Al Pacino. he completely became Michael and was flawless in his portrayal of him. from his tone of voice to his body language. He drew me into the story taking me through the emotions he went through.
    The movie had a stellar cast including Marlon Brando. The entire cast's performance was amazing. They seemed to work as a team and fed off each other to give one amazing performance which made the movie a timeless classic.

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    1. These Movie's are Epic and this is where I started wanting to go down the Acting route.
      Best Wishes.

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    2. "The Godfather" is a timeless classic. I remember the first time I watched it how I felt that it would be "honorable" to have a family like their's. I was actually jealous of their lifestyle, mind you I was about ten the first time I saw it! Looking back I can appreciate the film for what it was, a glamorization of the mafia. Did you know that the "godfather" stuffed his cheeks full of marbles to produce the accent and facial expressions the film has become famous for? Great choice, and one could only hope to achieve that level of commitment in their own career! I have seen the actors from this movie in other films and they feel completely different, to the point where it is almost disheartening. What I mean by that is they did such an excellent job that I hated to see them portray other characters....I wanted them to be forever "the family"!

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  62. my favorite movie has to be "Along Came Polly" this is just one of my favorite movies that Ben Stiller acts in, in this movie he is a risk assessment annalist, so he is vary cautious. then the woman he loved cheated on him on their honeymoon. so that sucks for him. Ben's character is in a rut and wants to be in a relationship. Ben does a really good job in this fill, i think personally. =) he does a really good job showing his character's emotions during this roller coaster between getting his heart broken and getting it fixed by someone that is his total opposite.

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  63. My favorite movie is Lucy because Scarlett Johnson acted in that so well and direction was epic. Once you excitement level rises it never goes down and keep on going up. That's the main reason I liked that movie.


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  64. Freedom Writers, even though it's based on a true events that happened in the past. It's like you could actually feel how the kids felt in reality. It wasn't just the actors in the movie but the story behind the movie itself. The actress who played mrs. Gruwell 'Hilary Swank' in the movie she went above and beyond for the students even though they hated her at first. It makes me wonder, if the real mrs.G did that. Her overall performance was well done. But in the movie there was this one girl Ava portrayed by April Lee Heranándz, she was that one studen who told it as it was raw and real and I appreciate that.

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  65. so I watched pixels. I love comedies I pick this movies because I love to see funny movies with amazing actor like the mall cop guy people like that.

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    1. I love watching funny movies that make me laugh especially with actors who are naturally funny. They make the role more fun and care free.

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  66. I watched Les Miserables yesterday and for me the casting was really good, from leads to background actors. Anne Hathaway was able to connect how hard her situation is, how much struggle she goes to and how heavy it is. Hugh Jackman was able to achieve getting sympathy that you journey with him, wanting him to escape each time. I admire his transition, how his eyes look really different from the time he was a slave and time he was a freeman. Russel Crowe had me always thinking "why don't you stop?!"

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  67. I recently watched "Philomena" with Steve Coogan and Dame Judy Dench.
    Dame Judy's portrayal as an Irish Mother was fantastic.
    She reminded Me of My mother,also Steve Coogan was Great as a Journo.
    Very Convincing!

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  68. I just watched "The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom" I don't have any actors or actress' that are my "favorite". In this movie though while I watched, I realized Children in the movies are probably the most believable, because their mindset in their personal self is easy to focus imagination and play 'house' so to speak and they can play pretend more easily then adults.
    Like I said I don't have a favorite, but I like movies that have unfamiliar people acting in it, so you can't judge their performance in "this" movie based off another movie they've done. I would never want to be "famous" or really known if I ever started to actually go into acting.
    But What I learned from the actors in this movie is, well.. kids do it better. Doesn't mean I can't try though, you just have to learn from them. I'm 24

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  69. I recently took my son to the high school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Keeping in mind that these were high school kids I wasn't expecting much, but thought it would be nice to re-introduce him to Shakespeare (we attend Shakespeare in the Park every summer). This version of the play had two additional characters, the dreamer and the nymph. The person who stuck out to me the most was the young man who played the king. I have known him for years and he has a severe speech impediment, but you would never have known this if you simply went to the production! His lisp and stuttering disappeared as he spoke the poetic lines. When I shook his hand after the performance I told him how proud I was of him, and as he thanked me for coming his familiar impediments were once again present. There were other actors and actresses there with more experience, but it was his performance that stuck with me. The students all worked well together and provided an afternoon of laughs for my son and I. What I took from this experience is that it doesn't matter what "disadvantage" you may have, if you work hard and concentrate anything is possible! I absolutely adore those who are able to completely "become" their character, then leave that character on stage when they are done.

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    1. That's really inspiring! I love hearing stories like this, it fills me with such joy! Thank you for sharing this awesomeness :)

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  70. I chose the movie The Revenant

    What actor did you believe was "real"?

    The whole cast was amazing and the angles of the film made it seem very real. Acting with different languages really tied together the "feel" of the film as well. Only one character in the film broke my attention from the story, and only at one point.

    Was there an actor who was better than the well known person?
    I feel as if all characters are pretty known. Leonardo and Tom Hardy were the best in my opinion.

    Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    All characters had me drawn in and convinced.

    Why was their performance good? What made them better than other actors?
    All characters spoke in convincing dialect and even used the native language. It's insane to think the bear attacking Leo was all CGI.

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  71. My movie choice- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    What actor did you believe was "real"?

    Scatman Crothers as Turkle

    Was there an actor who was better than the well known person?
    I feel like he was not better, but on the same level as Jack Nicholson, who played the lead, McMurphy. In my opinion, he managed to be just a likeable and believeable, even with a much smaller role.

    Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    Scatman Crother's performance really made me believe he was Turkle, especially when he expressed his frustration in the "This is my (bleep)ing job, man!" scene. It was impressive that he was able to seem so genuinely worn out and aggravated.

    Also, Danny DeVito's portrayal of Martini was very believable. I had to remind myself that he wasn't actually a mentally challenged patient because the way he never took direction from any of the other characters and constantly seemed in his own little world was worth noting.

    Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    actor you watched. Did they become the character?

    Going back to what I said about Danny DeVito's character, Martini. He really did become that character because it can be such a challenge portraying someone who is mentally incompetent without coming off as offensive or caricature-like.

    Why was their performance good? What made them better than other actors?
    He managed to tastefully portray Martini with a lot of subtle mannerisms, behavior, and facial expressions. For example, the way he would squint his eyes and smile all the time, and the way he ignored the other characters while they were playing a card game. He wasn't over the top about his performance.

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  72. Honestly. I can't think of anyone else except Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp. Honestly. I love Sherlock Holmes because I'm a fan of mysteries. As for Johnny Depp, if you compare him from Jack Sparrow, Alice in Wonderland and Into The Woods. Each character has a different feeling. It's so exciting that he can be a COMPLETELY different person. It's not everyday you could see a new type of personality and character. However, somehow, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp. They're just amazing. They were so into their character that I actually believed it was really them. Also, of course the other actors are good as well. It's just that Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp had a better grasp on their character. THAT's what I love about them.

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    1. Great choice, and I totally agree! I'm going to watch Black Mass right now, because of reading this.

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  73. 28 Days is a film that has personally touched me in many ways. There is one scene in particular where the older sister talks about how she should have been there for her little sister more and why. I tear up every time. It is so well stated and their conversation is in the moment. Both the actresses were phenomenal in that scene. Sandra Bullock is not my favorite actress by any means but she plays her role so well. As a group the actors come together to make the entire story so believable.

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  74. I have to say that I am a big Harry Potter fan. For the last movie Deathly Hollows I felt that all the actors and actresses did a wonderful job playing their character but I'd have to say hands down that Daniel Radcliff who plays Harry Potter and Ralph Fiennes who plays Voldemort made the fighting scene seem so real. I was always at the edge of my seat because I felt like I was watching it as if I was standing right there in the same place. I felt the hurt and pain when the characters died and the relief when Harry defeated Voldemort. I believe that Daniel is very similar to Harry in a way that made him able to play the character so well.

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    1. As a big Harry Potter fan I have to agree with you. The casting for those movies was perfect in every way. These people didn't seem to play the characters, they were the characters. It was flawless.

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  75. My favourite movie is Les Miserables and my favourite actress in this movie is Helena Bonham Carter playing Madame Thénardier. Those are answers to the questions above:

    1. Did they become the character?
    Helena became the character to that point that when I watched the first scene where she was I actually got scared because I know what a lovely person she is in real life.

    2. Why was their performance good?
    Her performance was good because she made me believe she's actually mad.

    3. What made them better than other actors?
    She did "forget to be nice" ;) (She wasn't scared to be evil and rude as her character.)

    4. Did all the actors work together and perform as a team?
    Yes, absolutely. All of the actors did a great job. All of them seemed to be and belong to the world from the story and all of them were working together very well.

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  76. Matt Damon. I love the way he acts in the Bourne sequel and in the martian. He is very talented and I respect how he performs.

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    1. Matt Damon is a great actor, especially in good will hunting. I believe he portrayed his character brilliantly.

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  77. My favorite actor of all times has to be Jim carry. However since watching breaking bad Brian kranston made a big impact on me. How he portrayed Mr white and his relationship with Jessie was amazing and felt so real. If I could ever star with any two actors I would like it to be Mr carry or Mr kranston.

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  78. The movie I watched was the phantom of the opera 25th anniversary. The actor I am focusing on is Ramin Karimloo. He takes on the role of the phantom with such raw passion and emotion. The way he looks at Sierra Bogess shows the audience how much the phantom feels for Christine. You can see adoration along with obsession in his eyes. Even in the way that Ramin sings and speaks you can feel the character. When the phantom is sad you can hear the breaking in Ramins voice and you can see the tears in his eyes and the trembling of his lips. You can feel the phantom, not just somebody acting the role. The projection in Ramins voice means that you can hear the anger in his voice as it trembles when he yells "Now let it be war upon you both". I am drawn to tears by Ramin's characterisation of the Phantom.

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  79. The movie I watched was Cast Away, with the main actor being Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is a very well known actor with many awards. I've always liked his roles and this is one of my favourites. For this role he played one character, however he is able to handle this character in many situations, including being successful, handling survival on his own, and dealing with disappointment in life. the emotion he brings into this role is so real and deep, he even makes you emotional when he loses his volleyball, his only friend during most of the movie. However his strongest acting skills deal with love, when he focuses on his girlfriend in the movie, he makes you believe that he is really in love with actress Helen Hunt. This is a good movie with incredible acting, if you can play a role like this, then you should be considered one of the greatest.

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  80. One of my favourite actors is Dylan O'brien. He acts in the show 'Teen Wolf' as Stiles and he is the main character in the film 'The Maze Runner' as Thomas. I really apreciate his work, he is such a good actor. He really gets into every scene, it really seems real! One of my favourite scenes of him, was in the show 'Teen Wolf', as 'Void Stiles'. Stiles is a good character, but he gets possessed. And the way Dylan acts its so amazing. It seems like he is really possessed! There is a part in which he screams 'I'm a thousand years old, you can't kill me!', it's so cool! (here is the scene, if you're interested: https://youtu.be/HF8PJWjdEFU)

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    1. It is a marvelous scene! The way he splits into two wholly different characters was truly believable and the way he would play both stiles and nokitsune while all in one person was a treat to watch.

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  81. Did they become the character?Why was their performance good?What made them better than the other actor's?or did all the actor work together and perform as a team?

    Yes.Shiri Appleby became Cate Cassidy her character in life unexpected.Her performance was good because she's funny.All the actor's worked together to make this show good.

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  82. I watched 10 Cloverfield Lane and was blown away by John Goodman's performance. Known more as a funnyman, albeit an unbalanced one at times, his performance as a dangerously unstable leader of three in a sealed bomb shelter was absolutely believable and consuming. His wild mood swings were done perfectly, insane statements were made with the perfect calm believability and jovial moods still managed to invoke horror. He was obviously committed to the role and while we were never sure about the horror outside the bomb shelter, the horror inside was blatantly obvious.

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  83. Sebastian Stan in Winter Soldier, Cliche I know but he really embodied a man who seems to know what he is about following orders and actually is so lost in himself.

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  84. I picked Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, because he was completely transformed for that movie, I remember seeing interviews of him saying that even his family didn't recognize how skinny he was. It was really a shocking acting for me because he really became the character Ron, he tried to survive at his most and he wanted to help other people, and Matthew really blended with the character, that's why I think it was a totally worthy Oscar won as best actor because he did really bring the best in him for this character. Is really inspiring

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  85. My movie (that I just finished) was SouthPaw. Jake Gyllenhaal did such an amazing job. The sorrow that he portrayed was so believable. The last scene in that movie had me believing that he was really a boxer. Seeing him go from a great to down and out and then rising up again was inspiring, it made me feel like that can happen in the real world.

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    1. I completely agree with you, I was an emotional mess at the end, but it was a great movie overall. Good job!

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  86. I went and watched 'the curious incident of the dog in the night-time' I really enjoyed the acting of the actor playing Christopher. He managed to make us believe that he was autistic, and managed to come up with his own manorisms.

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  87. I watched the play "Macbeth Is the New Black", it was performed by the theater program at my university. I really enjoyed watching the person who played the role of Macbeth. I can tell that she really became her character. When it was time to go insane, she was there. I believed that she (the actress) was really going through what Macbeth was feeling, and it was an amazing performance.

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  88. I watched Saoirse Ronan play Eilis Lacey. I think she really got into character because sometimes I forgot it was a movie while watching her act. i think she might have been a little bit better than the other actors because she really got in to character. I think the whole cast did a good job, and it was a great movie! 👍

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  89. I chose 'The Grey' for my assignment. More specifically, the scene in which the plane first crashes and all the characters are going around trying to see who's still alive and what supplies they have. (Here's a link to the scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5DVaBsI8oE )
    In my opinion, this scene is completely brilliant for many different reasons, but the main reason I've zoned in on, is the sheer genuine nature of the characters. I remember the very first time I saw this scene, it was like I was actually feeling every emotion that ran across the character's faces. Liam did a perfect job at showing that he was trying to help this injured man accept that he was dying, and find peace in it. The actor for the dying man (I tried looking up his name, but couldn't find it.) portrayed the perfect emotions that I would think someone would show if they were looking death in the face. It was so realistic and surreal that the scene haunts me to this day and remains one of my favorite cinematic masterpieces of all time.

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  90. I know it's kind of basic to watch, but I watched The Breakfast Club. Judd Nelson gave off a kind of vibe that made me think he was actually a rebel in high school. I loved watching Nelson's character, Bender, develop throughout the movie and shift and grow. He was real to me. I honestly love cult classics, always wanting to be in a movie that is remembered decades from now, and John Bender was a strong character in my opinion.

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  91. My favorite movie is John Q. All of the actors worked together to make the film seem real. I love movies that are based on a true story. This film made me believe that this actually happened, or was actually happening. Denzel fully submerged himself in the character to become and do what a real life father might do in a given situation. Everything about it was believable....an innocent father who just wants his son to have equality and live. awesome film!!!!!

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  92. My Favorite movie at the moment is "The 5th Wave", which was mainly about aliens taking over our world with 5 types of waves, which was (lights out, Surf's up, Pestilence, Silencer, and basically the others trying to form child army's", but the children out smarted them. The actor/actress that really took my attention was Chloe Grace Moretz. Honestly her acting work is phenomenal, and she's one of my inspirations to become an actor. In the movie she played a confident, and brave teenager named Cassie Sullivan, which she did perfectly and really made me believe she was in that type of situation. Overall, the cast worked as a team and made a great movie.

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  93. When I was young, I really liked, (next to epic adventure block busters that I probably didn't admire particularly because of the skilled acting), quirky movies like Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d' Amélie Poulain). Ik loved the interesting strange atmosphere with humorous details, and the very weird but believable characters, and recognized myself in the leading character Amélie, portrayed by Audrey Tautou.

    So I decided to watch a quirky movie with interesting, original and funny leading actress: Emma Stone, in Woody Allen's Irrational Man. Well that was a strange movie indeed, though I did not like it much. I was going to focus on Emma Stone, but found her not so strong as usual and shifted my attention to Joaquin Phoenix. Even though I found the characters choices and the plot a bit unbelievable, Phoenix' performance was very good. He had changed appearance quite effectively to look like shit: big beer belly, greasy hair and alternately a depressed and haunted look on his face. He was so convincingly asocial and rude in the beginning of the film that I started feeling awkward on behalf of the other characters! His presence in scenes was very commanding. His character is extreme, but Phoenix plays him realistically and subtle, not cartoonesque or exaggerated. Stone was in comparison a bit vague as a character, a kind of general version of a college girl. Therefore, it did not feel much as a team performance.

    I thought, let's try again, and watched Emma Stone in another Woody Allen movie: Magic in the moonlight. This time she had a more interesting role, and showed much more character and uniqueness. She and Colin Firth felt more evenly matched, both equally strong and interesting. The whole cast consisted of colorful, fun, strong characters and I think this was a nice example of good teamwork.

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    1. I'll have to check out the second movie you checked out since you seem to suggest it over the first. I honestly don't know how they want us to respond to this so I'll just state reactions.

      I never really wtached more off shoot movies until a few years ago but they certainly do add much needed flair into the medium. Joaquin Phoenix gets some pretty interesting roles and apparently he nailed it with this character to make you feel for other characters. Considering The Irrational Man is recent, heres to hoping that Emma Stone can constantly improve her craft, she's quite young.

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    2. I'd say this is exactly the kind of respons that is wanted ;)
      (It is not an off shoot movie though, just a totally different movie by same director with same actress). I could not say if it is a better movie in general eighter, just a better team acting performance, and Emma did great in it.

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  94. Due to the complexity of names, I'm going to provide the character names and then who played them in a list for easy reference. I'd also like to point out this this is a rather intense thriller, so anyone reading this should be aware of it's R rating, and rather disturbing subject matter, it does keep your interest from start to end though.

    Dae-su Oh (protagonist), played by Min-sik Choi
    Woo-jin Lee (antagonist), played by Ji-tae Yu
    Mi-do (Leading female), played Hye-jeong Kang

    It's not particularly my favorite movie, but I watched a movie I enjoyed: Oldboy. It was a movie that really stuck out to me, along with being a movie that was easy to watch (Netflix). When dealing with a movie like this, it's hard to determine how accurate certain characters are due to the large degree of mental issues key characters have. When watching the movie, the main character Dae-su Oh (Min-sik Choi) goes through moments of extreme vulnerability despite holding a generally calm and cool persona. There was something raw about his portrayal of the character that helped bring the script to a higher level of intensity, therefore making the whole experience more inticing. The opposing character of Woo-jin Lee (Ji-tae Yu) was also extremely fascinating to see on camera, however not upstaging the performance of Dae-su Oh. Dae-su Oh went through large shifts in character along with more peaks throughout the movie that brought forth more challenges for Min-sik Choi. The character had a sense of realism that allows you to connect to him despite him being quite an oddball. The other characters didn't hold the camera as these two characters did, their characters coming out as more mundane and with less depth, though possibly only due to their reduced significance to the plot. The character of Mi-do (Hye-jeong Kang) was a pivatol part of the story to drive it forward, but even on the moments to establish her character, she was upstaged by Min-sik Choi's character. Dae-su Oh was a generally believable character despite some peculiar expressions and mannerisms that are explained why by how mentally unhinged his character was, he was a solid antagonist in a rather intense thriller.

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  95. The one movie I want to talk about it The Dark Knight. It's more than just any movie, the dialogue, the screenplay, the acting and the direction was so well. I have seen Heath Ledger in different movies and he nailed in so many (eg. 10 things I hate about you). TDK would never have been this great if it wasn't for Heath.

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      I would also have to cast the Dark Knight was an interesting movie as well. The Joker character played by Heath Ledger was amazing. I almost felt as if the Joker could have been a real life villian in my city. It was believable. The body language, improv and facial expressions from Heath made the viewer believe he became the character. I agree with you. The movie would have been entirely different had he not been cast in that specific role

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  96. Bajirao mastani..wht an epic movie..just loved it...the ranveer singh nd deepikapadukone both were in their characters..amazingly..i do nothing whole dayjust watch movies on tv..nd eat somthing thats it.
    .movies are the only thing which i do whole day...and i can bet i have watched alot of movies more then anyone on this site..surely..😃

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  97. The History of Invulnerability is a theatre show that captivated my attention. It also educated me on the original creator Jerry Siegal of the character and billion dollar franchise known as Superman. The show's core themes are about protecting your creativity through legal means and also believing in yourself as an artist. Bob Amaral played the character of Jerry Siegal. Bob became Jerry Siegal. He showcased vulnerability and naivete within the role. I enjoyed the performance and believe that his character held the play together. Bob's character has more depth than the other characters. Bob narrates the play but is also the central character. The actors work together as a team.

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  98. my favourite actor is will smith,,, i love the he works.. and my favourite film is the wolf of wall streets.. because i love loenardo acting in it.................

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  99. 2. When picking a movie to watch, think about a movie that had a major impact on you. What is your favourite movie and why? Is it the actors? Is there an actor in your favourite movie that you think is very good?
    My favourite movie is my girl because i love it and its funny and all the actors are really good and especially because they are portraying a different time period that some of them haven’t even experienced and yet it seems so believable. I think Vada (Anna Chulmsky) is the best actor, she has a lot of different emotions and she really makes people cry with her and feel what she is feeling.

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  100. My movie pick was "Dangerous Beauty," starring Catherine McCormack. This movie is a true dramatic love story set back in 16th century Venice. Catherine plays character, Veronica Franco. Her acting in the movie makes you feel as though you know exactly what she feels and thinks. She poured all of her emotion into this character and I actually refer to her as Veronica Franco, she played the part so true that she became the character to me. Even after watching this movie I feel emotionally exhausted (in a good way) because I felt all the emotions that she let out, she was miraculous!

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  101. Great actors make great movies. It is impossible for me to pick just one movie or actor to speak about.
    However, I just recently watched "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." The actors made it relate perfectly to the every day high school experience. Although I love Emma Watson in her role, which is so different from her role as Hermione in Harry Potter, I especially loved the way Logan Lerman portrayed his character of the weird, smart, and troubled high school freshman. I have never been through the exact experiences as Logan's character Charlie but it shows the truth in how we all face struggles that not everyone knows about and they define who we are. I was able to relate to this character so much to the point where it moved me to tears.

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  102. Leo Dicaprio, in the movie the revanent, I thought he did amazing at being a leader, to being attacked by a bear, and left for dead in the freezing cold. And to think he even started at such a young age he has only gotten better as the years progressed.

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  103. I watched The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

    I thought most the actor were really good, but I especially liked Ellie Kendrick. I thought she was very believable, and she portrayed Anne Frank, just as I imagined her, when I read the books - kind, openminded and innocent.
    You could also feel the connection between each character/actor, which I thought was great.

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  104. I watched Divergent and Shailene woodley is amazing
    She had showed all the emotions that the protagonist had to have.
    She had brought that character to life and it made me feel happy because not everything changed and she was the perfect character for this movie she was the character and she showed so much emotion and thats why shes one of my favorite actresses.

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    1. Hello, I agree with you on what you wrote about Shailene and it was also refreshing to see her taking something serious with action compared to her other roles.

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  105. My favorites movies with outstanding actors are "awake" with "Jessica Alba" and "the wolf of Wallstree" lLeonardo Dicaprio". In awake Jessica's performance was perfect or close to it. She kept me going till the end. I can't use too many words to describe it. But if you haven't already watched that movie please do.

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  106. Wizards, elves, swords, beautiful scenery, battles, magical rings, horses, dragons, kingdoms, romantic moments, rains, mind blowing soundtracks, elves, and drunk hobbits and dwarfs all in one, is why the lord of the rings is my favourite movie.

    I like Legalos' performance played by Orlando Bloom. I like how he was supportive to others and he was such a mesmerizing Archer and Climber.

    I however give credit to all the actors on the lord of the rings because they all made it worthwhile.

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  107. Wow this is a tough prompt! So many works to choose from! As of late I've been completed submerged in the Harry Potter world. I thought of the performances that I found most captivating (Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, even Voldemort!) and I see that they all truly BECAME their character. To be able to play a single role for so many years so constantly and beautifully is so amazing to me.
    How Ralph Fiennes so perfectly perfects Voldemort's role is mind blowing. Every step he takes, every syllable he speaks, even the way he wields his wand! It all breathes of the character. You know one plays a good villain when you come to hate the character by the end of the film!
    Alan Rickman's performance as Professor Snape still amazes me no matter how many times I watch the movies. Snape is such character that seldom displays affectionate feelings. But when he speaks of Lily, his love, there is such a yearning and weight in his single word, "Always."

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