Look-alike / act-alike file - Page 15
This falls kind of in both the "look-alike" category and the "act-alike" category, but Sir Alec Guinness and Jonathan Pryce. The other day I watched Brazil for the first time in a while, and I don't know if it was the physical resemblance, the mannerisms of Pryce's performance, or the movie's quasi/pseudo-1940s noirish aesthetics, but I was struck by how much Pryce reminded me of some of Guinness's mild-mannered everyman protagonists from the '40s and '50s that I'd seen recently (Last Holiday, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Man in the White Suit). Watching Brazil I couldn't help but see 1940s Alec Guinness, and thinking of those old Guinness movies I can't help but see 1980s Jonathan Pryce (or at least Sam Lowrie). It was so uncanny as soon as I noticed it. You could get a time machine and switch the actors out for each other in their movies, and they would be almost the same performances.
On the topic of things I realized watching Brazil, Jonathan Pryce is an absolutely terrific physical actor. His mannerisms and postures and facial expressions, stumbling and clambering around. It's a very physical role, and he's phenomenal in it. Seems like kind of an underrated (or at least undermentioned) element of why that movie's so great.