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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Sir Ian, Pt. 3 (conclusion)

Posted on 2008.09.03 at 10:39


elycia at 2008-09-09 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
Just... magnificent. What a fascinating and complex and utterly delightful character this man is--and how lucky are we to live in an age where so many of his performances have been captured in a format we can review over and over.

I especially love the quotes from his own journals; they give such a breathtaking insight into his experience as an actor, both the sublime and the annoying/boring/routine.

Thank you ever so much for putting this together and making it available! It's been a fascinating and very moving read.
mechtild at 2008-09-09 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much, Elycia. You are very kind! You know, I hadn't planned to make anything this large or in-depth. I meant to do a one-post pic spam. But the more I read my way around his website, picking up leads to other articles, the more I kept saving material to files as "must have" images or quotes. Before I knew it I had enough for a book! But he's just that interesting, as a person and as an actor.

I agree that his journal entries are a treasure. He has put so much work into his website, I'm thinking he's planning to write a book - or have someone compile it for him. I think it's a great idea, and it's a great idea to get in there before some unauthorized biographer gets a hold of his story first.

Sir Ian said somewhere in his comments about acting, comparing his style of film acting to Ian Holm's--I think it was in the FotR EE extras--that he is an actor that likes to have the control over his character's final portrayal, which is possible on stage. He is not comfortable with the fact that a film director can take the elements of his performance (the takes), and, in the editing room, making it into something else.

I think that may be true of him as a person, too: he'd rather maintain artistic control over the the way he is portrayed as himself, too, rather than letting biographers who, like directors and editors, can take the "scenes" of someone's real life and fashion it into a portrayal of someone else.

Edited at 2008-09-09 06:18 pm (UTC)
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