Thursday, March 20, 2008

An Actor for All Seasons

Actor Paul Scofield passed away last night. Even though (according to IMDB) he hadn't done a studio film since 1996 (The Crucible) or major television work since 1998, one always hopes with an actor of his quality that there will be one more encore, one more command performance.

Scofield was by these accounts a good man as well as a good actor, and his ability to convey goodness and decency (much harder traits, I would argue, for an actor to convey that colorful evil) helped elevated A Man For All Seasons from a conventional biopic to a spiritually rewarding and inspiring representation of faith and not just a man of faith.

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