4/06/2008

Two actors.

There are the superstars and there are actors not everyone knows by name but everyone remembers by face and works. When you watch a movie, you see them in it and love what they do. And accidentally, you happen to watch an other one starring them. And with time, you start to like them so much, you intentionally watch something they are in because you know it will be good - if not for the film itself, then for their characters.

1. John Leguizamo

The first time I noted his name was in ER when he brought to life his doctor-going-mad role so authentically that I would have felt guilty not to call it outstanding and one of my favourite cameos in series ever (if you call a 12 episodes long work a cameo). Of course the Colombian actor was not a new face around to me - his Tybalt in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet was simply brilliant (5 years later Luhrmann hired him again to play Toulouse-Latrec in Moulin Rouge), not to mention Carlito's Way (with Al Pacino), Summer of Sam or Love in the Time of Cholera. With time, Leguizamo has become someone I am happy to see in the cast of a movie I am about to watch - his great performances make sure even a not-so-good movie is worth watching.

2. Alfred Molina

Though he has been around for a very long time, my earliest memory of him is Chocolat where he shared the screen with Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp but Molina's Comte Paul de Reynaud was the most memorable of all. 2 years later he had the opportunity to play legendary painter Diego Rivera in Frida and since then I am eager to see anything he agreed to be in. Of course, I discovered later that Chocolat was not the first Molina film I saw but I was very young when I first watched Dead Man (also with Depp) and Boogie Nights, I can not be blamed for not remembering him clearly, right? But it's the past - since Comte Paul de Reynaud, whenever he appears on screen I smile because I know what I will get: a flawless performance by an actor who happens to be a genious. And that's something I rarely say about an actor.

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