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February 12th, 2005 - ldhenson — LiveJournal
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Wha...Richard Roxburgh's in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?

I rented the thing yesterday on a whim, as it was one of those movies whose trailer I got all excited about, only to have word of mouth move it to my "wait for the DVD" list. I had it playing in the background as I cleaned house (company coming over), so yes I wasn't watching very closely, and I lost interest in the plot what I'm guessing was about a third of the way through.

But during that third where the film still had some luster and I was still paying attention, I know I watched the scene in which Roxburgh's character is introduced. And I had no idea it was him until I happened to glance at the cast list on IMDB just a few minutes ago.

He's probably the only actor--in the category of actors who I pay attention to--who I literally cannot recognize from film to film [*]. The man is an utter chameleon.

[* I've heard it said of some other actors, though the closest I've ever come to seeing it for myself--until Roxburgh--came from watching Russell Crowe in Proof and Romper Stomper back to back. Oh, his features are still recognizable, but his build, body language, etc. are so vastly different in both films that it seems nearly impossible that it's the same man. I'm not describing it very well at all, because of course many actors change their build from role to role by working out, slimming down, or what-have-you, and they'll employ different body language...but this change is something on an even deeper level, a proverbial "you can't get there from here." Needs to be seen to be understood, really.]

Anyway, I don't know whether to be pleased or not that Roxburgh's presence now means I have to sit down and wade through LXG after all. Maybe I'll just FF to his scenes.

Later, though, when I'm more awake. Thanks to work, I got about three hours of sleep last night.

Current Mood: sleepy

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