Friday, December 04, 2009

Laurence Olivier as Archie Rice in John Osborne's The Entertainer.
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15 comments:

Madame DeFarge said...

He always petrified me in this role. I think it's the make up, but I invariably have the shivers when I see this picture.

Pat said...

Madame D: I agree. He captured the 'dead eyes' perfectly. I think he based it on Max Miller.

Crabbers said...

Indeed "There will always be England" fortunately! The fact remains that Belgian chocolates are good!
With a father airman in the country of Mérinides, then an orange with Christmas, French-style patriotism seems very banal!

The entertainer ci over is frightening of funnies.

Excuse my absences! I avoid commenting with my Englishman cut by knife not to suffer gibes.

But I am always a very faithful reader, and I address you my respects

Jimmy Bastard said...

The man is legendary in whatever role he plays Pat.

Kevin Musgrove said...

A fabulous photo. He scared the bejazus out of me in this role. (I only ever saw film clips, never live).

Pat said...

Crabbers: I would NEVER jibe at your English which is soooo much better than my French so don't be a stranger:)

Jimmy; I believe in his later years he took great pleasure in using grotesque make ups. He was great at his game but Gielgud was more likely to make my hair stand on end.

Kevin: Max Wall was another entertainer who had those dead eyes.

Maggie said...

And here I am never having seen this image and terrified by it. Thank you.

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Pat said...

Maggie: sorry about that. I'll try and make it up to you;)

Tony: welcome! I think I once started signing up for Face book and then couldn't finish it for some reason. Although you make it sound tempting just now is not the time as I'm busy working on my book which means I can't spend as much time as usual visiting my blog friends. I will keep it in mind for when I'm less hectic.

kenju said...

I remember both of them from movies, of course, but I never thought either of them was sexy. Maybe I didn't see the right movies...LOL

Pat said...

Judy: in his early stuff he smouldered adequately but believe me compared with Gielgud he was a sex bomb.

Keith said...

Photo No 2. I wonder what was so interesting on that chaps mobile phone that they all found so interesting?

Pat said...

Keith: I don't think we had mobiles in 1940. It looks like a new - fangled camera where you could see what you have just taken. I could be wrong:)

Charlie said...

Now THAT is acting! We don't see much of that any more.

I think of the two, I always liked Sir Larry a bit better—I could see that he loved what he was doing.

And that photo scares the hell out me—I bet he loved it.

Pat said...

Charlie: I think he probably only was really alive on stage. Someone said he was often bored witless off it.