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R.I.P. Nicol Williamson (1934-2012)


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#1 Alexcremers

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:58 PM

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 04:35 PM

Good character actor

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:17 PM

There was a wonderful early 70s audio recording of The Hobbit on which he narrated, we had the vinyl boxset. Such a distinctive voice.

RIP Nicol.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:20 PM

True, he had a great voice.

The first time I watched Excalibur I thought his portrayal of Merlin was over the top cheesy but later I kinda loved it.
"The film that really struck me was Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner.' That was a film I watched many, many times and found endlessly fascinating in its density. But I think the density of that film is primarily visual density and atmospheric and sound density, more so than narrative density. But, yeah, I think for a lot of filmmakers particularly, there will be a film like that in their past that they've really become a little obsessed with and seen too many times, or more times than seems healthy." - Christopher Nolan

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:43 PM

Had no idea he was still alive.

Personally, I never much liked him as an actor as it felt that he always overacted and hurt the source. A lot of this stems from him doing The Scotish Play that I saw in class a while back, but it does serve true for most stuff I saw him in. Coincidentially, I just watched Return to Oz for the first time in 20 years a few weeks ago and thought he was quite good in that.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:44 PM

What is the Scottish Play?

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:54 PM

RIP.

What is the Scottish Play?

Macbeth.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

He was great in Excalibur, but I will always remember him as the Nome King/Dr. Worley in Return To Oz. His performance in the supposed "children's film" was dark, sometimes menacing, and downright creepy. Loved every moment of it, and his amazing voice. And he may have been the only man ever to wear ruby slippers and still be a badass about it. ;) RIP indeed. :(
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:24 PM

For some reason everytime I see this thread I read "Jack Nicholson".

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:32 AM

We see what are mind wants us to see.
"The film that really struck me was Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner.' That was a film I watched many, many times and found endlessly fascinating in its density. But I think the density of that film is primarily visual density and atmospheric and sound density, more so than narrative density. But, yeah, I think for a lot of filmmakers particularly, there will be a film like that in their past that they've really become a little obsessed with and seen too many times, or more times than seems healthy." - Christopher Nolan




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