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miss_s_b ([personal profile] miss_s_b) wrote2011-01-03 12:09 pm
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RIP Pete Postlethwaite - an Actor and a Man of Principle

Pete Postlethwaite is one of those British actors who you'll know the face of, even if you don't know his name. He's been in lots of very good films: Amistad, The Usual Suspects, In the Name of the Father. He passed away today after battling with cancer for a long while.

The reason he means a lot to me, personally, though, is his performance in the film Brassed Off. Brassed Off was initially marketed as a RomCom. And, to be fair to the marketers, it probably starts out that way. But it's so much more than that. If you've ever wanted to know how it felt to be a Yorkshire person in the late eighties/early nineties, if you've ever wondered why I struggled so hard with voting for the coalition we're now in, and why my fear and hatred of a Tory government is as blood and bone deep as it is, you should watch this film. But take some tissues. Sure, it starts of with dry Yorkshire wit and giggling over the RomComness between Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald... But it gets less and less funny as it goes on. It's the raw wounds of a county and a community laid bare for all to see, and Postlethwaite is the centre and heart of the film.

Postlethwaite got more and more politically active as he got older. An environmentalist and a humanitarian, he used to turn up at film premieres on his pushbike. I admire his principles, and his commitment. But most of all, I admire his Danny in Brassed Off.

Rest in peace, Pete.

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[personal profile] leoniedelt 2011-01-03 01:50 pm (UTC)(link)
i are gutted.

RIP, pete. ♥
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[personal profile] karohemd 2011-01-03 01:51 pm (UTC)(link)
64 is no age to go.
I truly wonder if all the gazillions that were spent on pointless wars and armament in recent decades had been spent on medical research, a cure for cancer (or at least more effective screening and treatment in early stages) would have been found by now.
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[personal profile] perlmonger 2011-01-03 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Another loss, too early :(

Coincidentally, we watched Brassed Off last Tuesday; it's still one of my favourite films ever.
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[personal profile] shishmish 2011-01-03 04:02 pm (UTC)(link)
I heard about this when I saw it come up on Sky News whilst waiting for my train to Edinburgh. I couldn't believe it then and I can't believe it now.I won't be ashamed to admit I did have quiet sniffle to myself about it; he truly was an amazing actor.
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[personal profile] bagfish 2011-01-03 04:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Absolutely gutted. I too will always remember him at his best in Brassed Off.

[personal profile] muffin_nuffin 2011-01-03 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I love Brassed Off. It was very sad news to hear this morning...
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[personal profile] addyit 2011-01-04 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
:-( darling man.