I had heard of Lee Pace and of his critically acclaimed yet short-lived TV show “Pushing Daisies”, but being a minimal television viewer, I had not investigated more than my usual skimming of Emmy nominations. Consequently, I had never made an effort to get to know Lee Pace because he was not present in my movie viewing world. However, the last few weeks have changed that.
Then I saw the wonderful “Lincoln”; naturally, Daniel Day-Lewis’ interpretation of the beloved American president is iconic, but Pace’s supporting part as Democratic congressman Fernando Wood was memorable in its own right. His opening monologue gets the audience hooked despite the congressional technicalities it includes. And once again, his strong screen presence made him stand out amongst the lot of congressmen against slavery abolition that President Lincoln has to fight with.
I then did a bit of research on Mr. Pace, and his career choices have been remarkably varied: Broadway and off-Broadway plays are often in the mix, with a dash of movie roles ranging from a transgendered woman to a Merchant Ivory production. Pace looks like he’s here to stay, and a supporting role as Elf King Thranduil in current blockbuster “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will certainly help that 😉
One thing I must say, you’ve got to hand it to Lee Pace: not only is he starring in three films that are currently in theatres, but he also managed to star in one of the most critically panned movies of the year (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – part 2”) AND one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year (“Lincoln”)! Well, if that’s not a way to get yourself noticed in Hollywood, I don’t know what is! 😉