Michelle Williams has played many people from the past period, famous and unknown. I adore her very much as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon, also in All the Money in the World, she's just not great in the outside look but also in the inside, she acts and behaves like people from past Era, amazing!
I said it before and I'm saying it again - Michelle Williams is the best actress of her generation - she's Streep/Burstyn now - and one of the world's great actresses even I'd say and I said that before Fosse/Verdon so .............you're all welcome.
She's fantastic at it - great call.
I'd also say Willem Dafoe and his ascension as one of the very best actors of the 80s generation - maybe THE best actor even - is sort of based on this specifically - when you play Jesus and Van Gogh alone that would be impressive, but look at his filmography for this - this is off the top of my head.........I mean this is astonishing:
Auto Focus Mississippi Burning Born on The Fourth of July Platoon Pasolini Tom & Viv Shadow Of The Vampire
I'd add for a female Patricia Clarkson is particularly good at this - I think people take her for granted because she's a character actress but she's exceptionally strong at period speech and mannerism too.
She'd be quite good in something like Carol even though you don't think of a character actress in that role - she fits the period first and foremost but can go across period.
February 27, 2017 at 12:06 : distain (pupdurcs) posted on Gold Derby:
I just mentioned him on another thread, but Brian Cox fits just about every historical era. He can play debauched kings of antiquity (provided he gets material better than what he was saddled with in Troy), Scotsmen both gruff and dandy, fey thespians in a lawless West, two polar opposites in the European Theater of World War II, and everything in between.