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    Recently I was watching movie titled The Untouchables with Kevin Constner performing main character. During one of first scenes with him I thought that he takes after someone else. I watched this scene again and I realised that he looks like Rachmaninoff. This reminded me of other situation when I saw a photo of Richard Strauss. He and Richard Chamberlain must be twin brothers. Just compare those two photos:





    I've also met opinion that young Brahms looks like Heath Ledger.

    Unfortunately, all three actors are too old or too dead to make such movies.

    Any other pairs springs your minds?

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    This is quite an interesting thread/idea. It's got me thinking. I think Robbie Coltrane would be good at playing Mussorgsky. There's something in his character that reminds me of the composer, perhaps because he played the alcoholic criminal psychiatrist in Cracker. Anyway, he's a great character actor & I'm sure he'd be great in the role.

    & I think John Malkovich could maybe play a number of historical figures (I think he has a resemblance to Lenin). Maybe he could pull off playing someone like Tchaikovsky as well?

    I think it doesn't always come down to physical appearance strictly speaking, similarities could also be brought out by the way the actor portrays the composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Unfortunately, all three actors are too old or too dead to make such movies.
    You're not very respectful of the deceased or older people are you? How about showing some respect for a change?

    R.I.P. Heath Ledger --- you left us way too early.

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    Maybe Russell Crowe as Schumann? He was so good at portraying a person living with a psychological disorder in A Beautiful Mind, so I think he'd be well suited to that role. Change his hairstyle & give him the right makeup & dress, & he could make a decent stab at it, I think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    You're not very respectful of the deceased or older people are you?
    I don't find the statement that deceased actors no longer have the option of making movies is a sign of disrespect.
    In fact, to mention that some of these actors could, while alive and/or in their prime, be perceived as credible in those roles is really a sign of respect.

    Lighten up, Francis!
    The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge. Shakespeare- Sonnet 95

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    Some actors now gone, who in their prime might been good portrarying composers:

    Marlon Brando as someone like Beethoven. Leslie Howard, as Haydn (or Mozart?). Orson Welles as Villa-Lobos. Gregory Peck as Chopin? Paul Newman as Liszt? Cary Grant as Dvorak? Rex Harrison as Ravel?

    & the still living Dustin Hoffman (whacky), in his younger days as Varese (or maybe he could portray him in his older years?).

    There's just a few more I thought of off the top of my head.

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    Ed Harris would probably not make a good Beethoven. Just sayin'.

    Max von Sydow as Mahler. He's great in anything.

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    richard dreyfus = schubert
    sean connery = r vaughn williams
    harris was a fine beethoven

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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    harris was a fine beethoven

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    I can't complain -- I did enjoy that movie, but not nearly as much as Immortal Beloved. Realizing both are fiction and not intended to be anything else certainly helps.

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    Im not sure if it was or wasnt Harris, but are you talking about the film Copying Beethoven?
    I watched it yesterday - really good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    Im not sure if it was or wasnt Harris, but are you talking about the film Copying Beethoven?
    I watched it yesterday - really good!
    Yes, that's the one.

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    I think the credit is all Harris's. The movie has important weaknesses, but Ed Harris is good at everything he chooses to do.

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    He is good. I guess I didn't buy him as looking like Beethoven. He still has that "The Right Stuff" look about him. Also when I watched the DVD, he states in the commentary he knew absolutely nothing about Beethoven before the movie which put me off for some reason. Perhaps I felt it unfair that someone who doesn't care anything about Beethoven would get cast in that role.

    Back on topic - would Hal Holbrook have made a good Wagner?


    Richard Burton did not.

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    Burt Reynolds has the 'stache to play Sibelius. Michael Gough would be a pretty credible Stravinsky. And, last but not least, Michael Caine as Malcolm Arnold.
    Op. 109

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    Has Christopher Walken been mentioned yet?

    That guy is so gaunt and crazy-looking (especially with a wild shock of hair), he'd be perfect playing any number of mad composers.

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