Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Crossing the lines

Perhaps the line is less determined in the United Kingdom and Canada? In America there is a distinct division between "film actors" and "television actors", swapping between the medium is an unspoken "no-no".

Maggie Smith, Cillian Murphy, Sean Bean, Alan Cummings, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Jeremy Irons, Ian Holm, Christopher Plummer, Emma Thompson, Donald Sutherland, Kelly Macdonald are just a handful of thespians who have been able to successfully traverse the borders of film, television and theatre. Are actors afraid that they will be pigeon holed? That the audience will think less of them? Hopefully not, because many of the greatest characters have been written for television and theatre and being on the big screen doesn't necessarily translate to achievement.

Working with great people, pushing their craft, and enjoying the ride... that's all a person remembers in the long run.

Newest find? David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto or Cillian Murphy watchers should enjoy BBC mini-series "The Way We Live Now" made in 2001. Watch here