Thursday, 16 February 2012

Never Knowingly Underacted

Perhaps it was his background as a stage actor, but Patrick Magee was never afraid to go large, even though, in close up, some of his more theatrical mannerisms seemed terrifyingly overblown. One of Beckett's favourite actors, Magee specialised in fear, and anger, and madness and tormented self-loathing - all at the same time. 


 

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  1. MAGEE!

    Perhaps my favourite actor of all-time, to be honest.

    I remember seeing him for the first time in 'A Clockwork Orange', thinking "well that's a fairly striking portrayal of a man consumed with rage upon realising that he's inadvertently invited his wife's murderer round for dinner". Then I saw him in a few other films and realised that that was kind of his starting point for most performances...

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  2. Got gloriously drunk with Magee in London one day. What are these pix from?

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    1. Would love to hear more about that! There's an entertaining account of a drunken day with Magee in Edna O'Brien's autobiography.

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  3. 'Beasts'. Mr. Magee was in the episode 'What Big Eyes You Have'.

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  4. I'm running a campaign to have a blue plaque put up on the site of Patrick Magee's birthplace in Armagh. Would love to hear any stories anyone has about him.

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