Hollywood It Guy (and good actor!) du jour: Lee Pace

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. 

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Despite being a terrible film, one thing I remember of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – part 2” is Pace’s amusingly energetic and rebellious “good” vampire Garrett. Pace’s performance was one of the better ones of the film (my thought process as I watched the movie: “Wow! A real actor!” ;)). Not only did his acting chops stand out but his screen presence too, the camera loves him which helped imprint (no “Twilight” pun intended!) his image in my mind.
Lee Pace as Garrett in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - part 2"

Lee Pace as Garrett in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – part 2”

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.

Pace as Fernando Wood in "Lincoln"

Pace as Fernando Wood in “Lincoln”

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😉

Pace as King Thranduil in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Pace as King Thranduil in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

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! ;) 

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