Sunday, July 29, 2007
Pete Postlethwaite Sunday
I'm after watching In The Name Of The Father and Brassed Off back to back. You might say I've been getting my Postlethwaite on. Pete Postlethwaite, that is. A fine actor and possibly the best brow/nose/cheekbone combination in the history of film. Also a master of the dignified resistance role. My opinion of the British government is not particularly high at the moment (not that it ever was high). ITNOTF will fire up even the most diluted of Irish genes. I actually first saw it when it came out in 93/4 in a theater in Cork, which was by far the most intense movie theater experience of my life. People were shouting "Fuck the Brits!" and the like and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Like ITNOTF, Brassed Off details a true story injustice doled out by Her Majesty's Empire, in which Pete Postlethwaite plays the heart and soul dignified voice of the wronged with a debilitating respiratory illness and a troubled relationship with his tempestuous son. Other than The Usual Suspects, I can't recall seeing too much of Postlethwaite's work, but I always enjoy him.