Goodbye, Pete

The great Pete Postlethwaite has slipped the surly bonds. I first saw him in Baz Luhrman’s alternately inspired and ridiculous Romeo and Juliet; he plays Friar Lawrence. Right before he died, he logged two last appearances in The Town and Inception. And like all actors, he did his share of tripe, including a spooky turn in the quite dreadful remake of The Omen.

Postlethwaite had a spectacular face for movies: battered, emanating compassion or brutality depending on the role, always intense. Part of a generation of British actors that includes Hopkins and Kingsley, he was lesser known but every bit as brilliant. And he sounds like an all around good guy as well. He was one of those actors who just can’t be bad. I’ll miss him.

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