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The Kairos 30-Day Meme: Three Favorite Actors

This is a queued entry and does not reflect my current status. A new post will appear each day this month, but to preserve novelty, the categories that I used won’t be listed publicly beforehand. If you’d like to use my template, let me know and I’ll privately send you the complete list of categories so that you can rearrange and swap them out to suit yourself.

If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.

Day Three: Actors

By the time this posts I probably won't stand by it, but it's still a good opportunity to recognize three fellas that I'm glad are in the trade.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Who is this guy? Apt question. Up until now I had him listed as ‘Jojen Reed’, the name of the character he plays in Game of Thrones. To post this entry I had to look him up on IMDb, where he shows as ‘Thomas Brodie-Sangster'. His real name of course is ‘the kid from Love Actually’.

Aside from GoT and Love Actually, the only thing I’ve ever seen him in was in two Doctor Who episodes in Season 3. And that’s when I first screamed, “IT’S THE KID FROM LOVE ACTUALLY!” because child actors with talent are not that common, and the ones with faces as adorably wise as his was are exceptionally rare, and when you see one, you don’t expect he’s going to stay in the trade because cinema isn’t usually that good to us. (It probably isn’t that good to its child actors either, which explains why they don’t stay in the trade, but I digress.)

What it is about him, I’m not sure I’m able to articulate. I imagine that acting, like most arts, takes a lot of training for some and comes naturally to others. While there’s nothing inherently better about needing fewer hours of practice to excel at something, child acting is one area where it really helps. When Sam (the kid from Love Actually) is on the screen, you don’t think about him reciting lines or trying to fix the right facial expression. He looks like he’s an actual kid who happens to be having conversations with Liam Neeson about the death of his mother.

On the other hand, he also looks like he doesn’t quite belong, like perhaps he’s from another dimension or hidden human subspecies and now he Walks Among Us. That’s what made him so perfect for the role of Jojen Reed, who is, in the books’ canon, a real kid but with strange powers in a fantasy world that really doesn’t have a lot of people with strange powers. He’s aloof and cryptic, sometimes maddeningly so, and nobody but his sister really takes him seriously, but as a reader it’s clear he’s legit, and as a viewer, the casting drives the point home. One of these days he really ought to play an elf.

His arc in Doctor Who was good too; I don’t have much to say about it except that the part of his character was improved by it being him, and if that’s not a mark of a good actor I don’t know what is. I’m looking forward to seeking him out in some other roles - he’s in those Maze Runner movies, right? Yeah I don’t even care how played out the YA post-apocalyptic genre is. He’ll be worth it.

Enver Gjokaj

You know that scene in Dollhouse where Topher uploads himself into Victor? Of course you do. That wasn’t just Enver Gjokaj’s finest moment, it was the finest moment in Dollhouse. Seriously, have you ever heard anyone praise that show without mentioning how amazing Victor’s various character performances were?

So, I’m not going to name him as one of my favorite actors just based on that scene. But dammit, if I did, I’d be justified.

And to be honest, I don’t have all that much more to share with you. He was in a couple of shorts which you can find on YouTube - sadly, the best of the lot, Previously on Point Dume, only lasted for a single episode instead of the serial we were promised. Then he was in The Avengers for about two seconds (thanks a lot, Joss).

Aside from that, we have Marvel’s Agent Carter. Gjokaj plays Daniel Sousa, a crippled veteran and Peggy’s future husband. In the end, he wasn’t what made the show for me, or even my favorite character, but he was a solid addition to the cast and I swooned at the big reveal (the big reveal is that he can sing and dance!). Not to mention how freakin’ cute he is in those period costumes.

But back to Dollhouse. The great thing is that everyone playing a doll got to be multiple characters, so by the end of it you felt like you’d seen them in a career’s worth of different performances. The entire concept of the show came from Joss Whedon wanting to showcase Eliza Dushku’s range, but Eliza Dushku didn’t turn out to be anything special next to her co-stars. Sierra, Whiskey, and Alpha were constantly outdoing themselves with each imprint. Victor was in a class of his own.

It built slowly, what with the cocky Russian guy’s recurring appearances giving way to the show’s first “character was a doll all along” twist. Once we saw him in his passive, mind-wiped state, we could start getting attached, especially after he began to display feelings toward Sierra that he wasn’t supposed to be capable of. The role expanded from there into a one-man crowd: action hero, expert in a narrow field, idealized lover. Dominic, a guy we already knew but could somehow recognize in a different body, then Topher, a guy we were sure was tied inextricably to his own actor.

When we finally met Tony, he wasn’t a letdown, but part of what kept his arc alive was the sense that every life he had lived as Victor, even though they were artificial, had become in some way integral to who he was. At the end, that idea gave the whole show a poignancy that it would have lacked otherwise, and Enver Gjokaj’s performance made it possible.

Chris Pratt

I’m not even going to try to pretend to be rational about this. Chris Pratt is the latest cute face over a bundle of muscles that Hollywood has dropped in front of us to make our hearts and ovaries explode and I am above none of it. All I can do is picspam and hope you’re on the same wavelength.

It seems like it would be easy to collect these pictures but every time I went looking for them I had to read every outdated web article about him. I’ve also typed his name into the YouTube search engine just to watch interviews, which I never do. He’s the only actor I follow on Twitter. I kicked Harrison Ford off this list to make room for him. Who even am I?

And I try really hard to judge actors strictly by their performances and ignore whatever they’re like in real life but damn if he doesn’t seem like a sweetheart. Goofy and devoted to his wife and son and a real-life badass.

His name sounds like “Crisp Rat”.

Started as Andy Dwyer. I don’t usually like the dumb immature guy characters but I would follow Andy Dwyer into the mouth of Hell.

Can you imagine how Andy would feel if he knew that his career would lead to a space cowboy and a dinosaur wrangler?


He can sing! He can dance!

Check out this video he made announcing a contest to hang out with him on the GotG set. (Contest is over obviously.)

He made you laugh before but you’re not laughing now because this is just a hottie being too cool for school.

In conclusion: CHRIS PRATT.
Tags: 30 day meme, a movie i saw, a show i watched, doctor who, dollhouse, guardians of the galaxy, westeros

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