Who Played It Best? Jean Valjean
My Two Cents:
Its difficult for many to imagine a time before Liam Neeson became an action hero icon, but there was indeed a time. Neeson really got his start playing good-natured, mentor type roles. Look back at "Schindler's List" or "Rob Roy" or "Chronicles of Narnia," or "Kinsey," or "Star Wars: Episode One, The Phantom Menace" or "Love Actually." Those movies are nowhere near the same pool as say..."Taken," "Batman Begins," "Kingdom of Heaven," "The Next Three Days," "Unknown," "Battleship," "The A-Team" or "Non-Stop." There has always been a double-edge to a lot of Neeson's work, which is why he's an actor I admire quite a bit. With that said, "Les Miserables" is a musical and the version Neeson starred in was a regular movie. In the version Hugh Jackman made, Jackman sung. Jackman has theater experience, so when he sings, he really does sound quite good. This is part of the reason why Hugh Jackman gets the edge this week from me personally. "Les Miserables" works as a musical because the lyrics of the songs elevate the story being told, it is just not the same without the songs. As good as Neeson was, I feel Jackman's version was better-written, felt more authentic and Jackman just completely nailed it.
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LAST WEEK: WHO PLAYED IT BEST- THE PUNISHER
Last week, I took a look at everyone's favorite comic book vigilante. Here is how the vote shook out for the best Punisher.
No surprise there