GREAT PERFORMANCES YOU MAY NOT HAVE SEEN:
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (one of three fill-ins for Heath Ledger)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance of a wealthy, charismatic dilettante)
Enemy at the Gates (Russian sharpshooter fighting the Germans)
Closer (double triangular love affair)
Holiday (opposite Cameron Diaz)
Road to Perdition (a hitman who photographed his victims)
Wilde (spoiled Lord Douglas)
My Blueberry Nights (NY café owner)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
I [Heart] Huckabees
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Cold Mountain (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Confederate deserter Inman)
AI – Artificial Intelligence (robot)
The Aviator (Errol Flynn)
Sherlock Holmes (Dr. Watson, opposite Robert Downey, Jr.)
THE REAL LAW:
The Talented Mr. Ripley...
His breakout role in “Mr. Ripley” showed us a Jude Law that nobody could get enough of, one that was so charming and charismatic, and a little selfish and manipulative, that not unlike Matt Damon’s Ripley, we just want to be with him, or, barring that, to be him.
Charm. Jude has the looks and voice for period pieces – classical but unique on both counts – but it’s his (looks and) charm that makes his romantic comedies so mesmerizingly memorable. Jude makes us care; makes us know he cares.
BITS AND QUIRKS:
The fashion pose, often with hands in pockets, playing the debonair. A slouch and lean forward. Falsely timid or modest smile. Also, like the best of the Brits, he can act with just his voice.
The hospital scene with Natalie Portman > The garden scene > Flirting with Julia Roberts in her studio > Breaking up with Portman
ENEMY AT THE GATES -
The secret “rendezvous” with Rachel Weisz > All of the sniper scenes, particularly at the end when he confronts Ed Harris directly > Meeting the journalist Joseph Fiennes
Meeting Cameron Diaz when he’s drunk > Introducing her to his daughters > The good-bye
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY -
Singing with Matt Damon > The argument with Matt
THE ROAD TO PERDITION -
Photographing the not-quite-yet dead corpse > Creepy face-to-face with Tom Hanks in the café > The shootout with Hanks
MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS -
Calling every grill in Memphis (from New York City), trying to find Norah Jones
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