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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

HA # 7 of 7: “The Ring is taking me, Sam" ~ Faramir succumbs to the Ring.

Posted on 2007.05.19 at 20:25

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(Anonymous) at 2007-05-24 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
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That he had a strong-featured face which seemed to be able to handle the highly, if over-wrought level of the angsty, melodramatic scenes, the high drama conveyed by his extreme facial acting giving a sense of grand opera to scenes that might not have been there had they used a different actor or played the scenes more "realistically".
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Oh yes – Elijah’s famous ‘eyebrow acting’ could be used to great effect! It would certainly be interesting to see Elijah in this type of role. But on a different level I remember reading a review of ‘Everything Is Illuminated,’ in which EW’s performance was described as ‘Chaplinesque.’ I certainly think that in his portrayal of Jonathan, Elijah displayed a talent for that ‘deadpan’ style of acting that so many silent film comedy actors seemed to adopt.

I think EW would make for a great Buster Keaton, but you’re right Mechtild - I can easily see how Johnny Depp would fit that genre too. Thanks for the link to the BK pic, Estë - I had no idea he was known as ‘The Great Stone Face.’

Blossom.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-05-24 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
Blossom! Thanks again for commenting. Yes, he showed plenty of eyebrow acting as Frodo!

+I remember reading a review of ‘Everything Is Illuminated,’ in which EW’s performance was described as ‘Chaplinesque.’ I certainly think that in his portrayal of Jonathan, Elijah displayed a talent for that ‘deadpan’ style of acting that so many silent film comedy actors seemed to adopt.

'Chaplinesque'? Would that have been used to describe a 'deadpan' face, though? EW's Jonathan, although not nearly as expressive as ultra-expressive Frodo, compared to a lot of other actor's performances in reserved roles seemed to be facially expressive, bearing in mind the thick glasses. Perhaps "Chaplinesque" referred to Jonathan's retrained body language? I thought Chaplin used effective facial expression, actually, but had a consistently rigid body profile (a little narrow body, constrained by a too-small suit), and a signature walk, (a sideways-rocking tidy gait: sort of--dare I say--'penguin-esque'). I can see the too-small-suited, constrained profile of Jonathan looking like Chaplin in the role, but not the penguin walk. EW saved *that* for Happy Feet. *g*
(Anonymous) at 2007-05-26 19:57 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry Mechtild. I was amiss in using the term ‘deadpan.’ I did not mean to say that Jonathan is devoid of facial expression, but that his general appearance and demeanour reminds me of a silent film character - though not of any specific actor – if that makes any sense! Yes, the term ‘Chaplinesque’ appears to be a reference to Jonathan’s body language – see quote below. That observation must have stuck in my memory - perhaps it even influenced my own impression of EW as Jonathan.

I have searched through my folders and (wonders never cease!) found the review in question.

Quote: by Roger Moore of The Orlando Sentinel:
Wood turns his whole body into a coiled bundle of neuroses that he never actually lets us see. …He's an introvert's introvert. It's a Chaplinesque turn and an utter delight, with nary a trace of hobbit in it.

Blossom.
mechling at 2007-05-26 20:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Blossom! I hadn't remembered reading that quote of Moore's before. That's a gem! "An introvert's introvert." HA!

~ Mechtild
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