We discuss our favorite examples of the same character being played by multiple actors within the same movie at the 1:16 mark of the Qt3 Movie Podcast of Loving.
Please note: no body-swap movies!
2. Star Trek Into Darkness
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
3. Stand by Me
2. There Will Be Blood
My Left Foot
3. The Debt
2. Last Life in the Universe
For this category, “favorite” can mean either great examples of more than one actor playing the same character in the same movie, or weird and terrible examples of the same. Even if it doesn’t work, or it isn’t really supported, if it’s your favorite, go ahead and include it in your list. Also, again NO BODY SWAP MOVIES!
Listen to the show to hear us talk about ours and to hear Tom read some listener picks. Send in your choices for the next topic to [email protected].
I have one pick: Return of the Jedi. After all, Darth Vader’s body was played by David Prowse, his voice was played by James Earl Jones, and his face was played by Sebastian Shaw, all in the same movie.
Karate-Robo Zaborgar. This movie is just nuts, it’s a parody remake of the 70s tokusatsu show Denjin Zaborgar. It’s basically two movies, the first half focusing on the young crime fighting hero, and the 2nd 25 years later when he is an older broken man.
Todd Solondz’s Palindromes had eight different actors of different ages and races and genders playing the lead character. It was an eccentric choice and it was met largely by bafflement, but I kind of loved it.
We don’t serve their kind in 3x3’s. Your Special Editions, they’re not welcome here.
Say what you will about the movie (at least it has that killer Quicksilver scene), but X-Men: Days of Future Past sure does a great job of interweaving young & old versions of its characters. I particularly like the clash of titans Michael Fassbender & Ian McKellen. They probably weren’t even on set together, but you can almost feel the battle for superior gravitas in the background.
The consistency between Charlie Rowe and Andrew Garfield stands out in Never Let Me Go, which is one of the better examples of child/adult actor pairings, made all the more poignant by the central theme of characters who are never really allowed to grow up.
And I bet you didn’t see this one coming: The Lion King
I love how Jonathan Thomas’s young Simba wants so badly to be strong just like his dad, whose presence is reinforced by James Earl Jones’s powerful voice. Then we get Matthew Broderick’s meek voice for adult Simba. If that’s not the ultimate subtext for shattered childhood illusions, I don’t know what is. It’s one of my favorite casting choices of all time. (I also love how Nala’s voice switches races. It’s all the best parts of Cloud Atlas with none of the baggage.)
It was really hard not to choose that one Harry Potter movie where they break into the ministry headquarters. I’m pretty sure polyjuice potion counts as body swapping, but it feels more like characters wearing disguises, and the disguises just happen to be other actors. (They did it without switching actors in the last movie, to prove my point!) The sheer sense of bewilderment brought by the adult actors (with actual talent) is always a delight. It at least merits dishonorable mention.
I love that Never Let Me Go pick, @AustinArlitt. Never occurred to me and I really, really like that movie.
I will confess I tried to make X-Men work, but I so dislike that movie I just couldn’t do it. The “interweaving”–as you put it–is pretty darn good though. And I confess to the fact that The Lion King also went through my head during the week as well. How dare you omit JTT’s middle name in your post! I like how you describe the voice casting shift. Really nice.
Does The Notebook count? A bit cheesy, and the unreliable narrator/memory aspect (coupled with the revelation at the end) may remove it from the running. But my wife has forced the movie on me enough times that I’m now a fan.