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This great actor has died in the last 24 hours after a long battle with Cancer. Who will ever forget his performance as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man", when he humanized that character instead of rendering him a confronting stereotype; and "Midnight Express", where he played a junkie with a big heart, combined with cynicism, and for which he won accolades. "The Naked Civil Servant" saw an unforgettable performance as Quentin Crisp - a film which greatly resembled "Capote" in its main actor's ability to morph into something absolutely unique. Some of Hurt's films are completely forgettable, but he'll be remembered for those I've listed as well as his extraordinarily beautiful voice.
Absolutely agree. The art of great acting means that we suspend disbelief and can be transported into the world of another character. Daniel Day-Lewis and Philip Seymour-Hoffman have and had that ability. Both those people, and Hurt, used their voices like a musical instrument - altering the phrasing and delivery in the most subtle way, rather like a great musician.lennygoran wrote:I saw him as the Roman emperor Caligula in the BBC drama serial, I, Claudius. That series was just superb! Regards, Len
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I cannot think what Belle means by the voice, but I saw him in several excellent movies that have not yet been mentioned. His role as the first on-screen victim in Alien set the stage for a movie that frightened the bejeezus out of me on first release, though I was already too old to be scared by a horror show. Hurt was either a blatant or an implied homosexual in several of his roles, but for what it's worth he had a heterosexual marriage and at least one son by it. It was Vespasian, not Caligula, who spoke these words as death approached (they were not literally his last words), but I would like to think of them coming from the mouth of Hurt: "Vae, puto deus fio." (Oh dear, I think I'm becoming a god.)
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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