Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Three From Albert Finney

Albert Finney has always been one of my favorite actors. In a career that has spanned over four decades, he has played everything from a rascally romantic lead (TOM JONES), the great Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS), a hammy Shakespearean actor (THE DRESSER) and as Ed Masry in ERIN BROCKOVICH, Finney has proven that he can do it all and he's still going strong.

This first clip is from the 1990 Coen Brothers classic MILLER'S CROSSING. The character of Leo played by Finney in the film was written for actor Trey Wilson, who played Nathan Arizona, Sr, in the Coens' previous film, RAISING ARIZONA and in scores of other films as well (TWINS, BULL DURHAM).

Wilson died shortly before production began, so Albert Finney took over the role.

Finney earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as an alcoholic British consul in John Huston's film adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's novel UNDER THE VOLCANO, a story of a man's alcoholic descent into hell over one day's time.

Finally, here is a touching scene from the 1994 film version of the Terence Rattigan play THE BROWNING VERSION, where Finney expertly plays the embittered and disliked teacher at a British prep school, Andrew Crocker-Harris.

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