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  •  Shatner was a leading Shakespearean actor (5+ / 0-)

    In Canada, praised by no less than Sir John Gielgud.  Shatner's career

    Patrick Stewart was Sejanus on I, Claudius.

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

    by LucyandByron on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:55:38 PM PST

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    •  I loved his story about Stratford ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Saw his live show, and Shatner was so funny. But he admitted when he actually had the offer for Stratford the year before and had no interest whatsoever. He took it the next year when it looked like a better bet.

      Honestly what makes Shatner's mannerisms so distinctive for a TV actor is all the things that would have made him a great stage actor. You have to overact on stage. Big movements, because there isn't a camera to give a close-up. Over-enunciation because the audience needs to hear.

      Film/TV need slightly different expertise to be believable. But I still love my first TV crush. :)

      by Magenta on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:45:03 PM PST

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    •  Oh I remember I, CLAUDIUS. And Stewart. (0+ / 0-)

      I remember, when I heard of the TNG casting, thinking, "Patrick Stewart? The guy who played that SOB Sejanus is gonna be the HERO?"

      Naturally he did just fine, of course. Acting!

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