Ben Whishaw! Currently seen doing a bang-up Colin Farrell voice on the new season of Fargo -- and soon to be seen doing his third turn as Q opposite Danny Craig in a Bond picture -- I wish the whippet-like laddy the best of days! I adore him. I am also convinced he will be our first openly gay Best Actor Oscar winner (unless Sir Ian manages to sneak one in, deservedly) -- he's been deserving of nominations a few times and one win already, but we're getting to that. Because I'm going to list my faves! I will add there are several projects of Ben's I haven't ever seen -- most prominently I still haven't watched The Hour or his Brideshead Revisited. But of what I have seen, here are...
My 5 Favorite Ben Whishaw Performances
Limping Man, The Lobster
A Very English Scandal
John Keats, Bright Star
Runners-up: Mary Poppins Returns; Paddington;
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer; and Q of course
What are your favorite Ben Whishaw performances?
His hair alone would get a nom!
Not a popular choice, but I loved him in "Cloud Atlas"
A Very English Scandal is my favorite. So great. London Spy, felt like there’s un-mined potential to be had. Great actor who I look forward to seeing every time. Let’s give the guy a gay rom com already!
Honestly almost mentioned Cloud Atlas -- I remember him being terrific in it -- but that movie's seriously in need of a re-watch before I do. I only saw it once and was not at all prepared for its nuttiness. I might be better equipped for it now?
Brideshead is definitely worth a watch. (Anything where Wishaw and Goode are skinny dipping together can't be bad.) Not a great movie but it has great moments and Wishaw is usually involved in them.
Another vote for Cloud Atlas.
Jason: Give Cloud Atlas another go. I really loved it A LOT
How can you not have Cloud Atlas in there?
The Crucible. Because he was right there....and there....and there.
his monologue in 'queers' [the man on the platform] will tear your heart right in half
and he's the reason i keeping slogging through this season of 'fargo', waiting for his moment
[tangent: i've long had a suspicion he reeks of cigarettes]
My faves are Bright Star and The Lobster. And of course the Paddington movies because they’re super charming.
I love me some Ben Whishaw, but he was terrible in Mary Poppins
DISAGREE re: Poppins. His songs make me cry. He was one of my fave perfs of that year. I know I'm nearly alone on this hill but I am happy there!
You should definitely see THE HOUR. I think him there and his performance in LILTING are my favorites from him, but he's almost always great to very good.
I think his Richard II on The Hollow Crown maybe trumps all? It’s is pretty astonishing work imo
I may be the outlier here but I did not like him in Bright Star. I found him bland and flat, creating a pretty big problem for the movie.
But overall, yes, I love him and I too adored him in Poppins!
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