I love book, be it as graphic novel or thick novel. I also love movies. I have special feeling toward movies based on books…it’s either I like it or hate it. The problem with movie is the characters often not as we expected.
There are some actors that can live up to my imagination and there are also some who can’t seem to get it right. I said How I hate Tatsuya Fujiwara in my previous Top-5 post about Actors I Don’t find Appealing, he totally ruin my favorite character in Death Note. When I read Harry Potter 2, I have clear image how Hugh Grant will be perfect as Gilderoy Lockhart because of his annoying smile…but the movie had Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy. I like Kenneth more than Grant but I still think Grant is more perfect as Gilderoy than Branagh. Branagh is a great actor so he can pull it off quite well…not perfect but well enough.
If I want to write about characters that are off the mark, it would be more than 5…therefore, I am here to talk about characters that fit perfectly into my imagination. They are almost flawless.
#5 Matsuyama Ken’ichi as L
Matsuken literally saved the movie while Fujiwara destroyed it. L is not my favorite characters in Death Note, I love Kira so much…Fujiwara was terrible as Kira. However, Matsuken was almost perfect as L. the way he moved, they way he talked and they way he dressed up were how L supposed to be!! He (and Ryuuku) was the one that made me keep on seeing the movie without turning it off half way. I will talk more about Death Note Manga and Movie later this month.
#4 Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
Kubrick’s The Shining was terribly boring!! I would have turned the movie off if it wasn’t for Jack Nicholson!! The whole movie was terrible; it didn’t live up to my imagination while reading the book…But Jack Torrance totally came into living person through Jack Nicholson. They way I imagined Jack was delivered so well by the talented Mr. Nicholson.
#3 Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock
I would have put him in number 1 or 2 if the movie was set in the exact year of the book, but this Sherlock has already been modernized. Benedict awed me like no other Sherlock ever did; he was exactly how I imagine Sherlock to be!! Sherlock’s cockiness and annoyance were portrayed flawlessly by Benedict. I am a little disappointed with Moriarty but who care when Sherlock has already been portrayed so well.
#2 Billy Boyd as Peregrin Took (Pippin)
I love Pippin…he is my number one character in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. I love how innocent he is. When it comes to a loved character, a great actor may look bad if he is not the perfect one to fit my imagination. I am so glad that Boyd played Pippin so perfectly. I see Pippin turns alive through him. He was the oldest of the rest of the actors who played the hobbits, but Pippin was actually the youngest of four…Boyd can deliver so well despite of his age.
#1 Paul Bettany as Silas
The Davinci Code was not a great book, enjoyable but not great. However, I love one of the characters in that book. Silas was a pure hearted man who was being misguided by an irresponsible man. He was angelic heart but act so devilish. The uniqueness of his character captured my heart. When I heard it was about to be made into movie, I never heard of Paul Bettany. I wondered can he be Silas. And to my delight surprise, he was FLAWLESS!! He was brilliant…he was even more brilliant than my favorite actor who also played in that movie, Tom Hanks. HE WAS SILAS!!
Paul Bettany as Silas is the best character turns into movie I have ever seen…and for that Bettany is now one of 7 actors I will always watch.
Now, it’s time for you to share your favorite characters turned into movie 🙂