A post to bid goodbye to a guy who has shown us what acting can do. Extensively.
He was able to paint a patina of humanity on all his characters. His Father Merrin in The Exorcist (1973), aged severely through make-up (he was only 44 when he made the film, but in it, he plays an old man), remains masterful. Even in lesser films like John Huston’s Victory (1981), his work would exude talent and charm.
Amongst his oddities, he was by far the best in Flash Gordon (1980): His Ming was really something. He became a clever assassin in Sidney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor (1975). He ended up being part of the Star Wars universe too, through The Force Awakens (2015). He was even Emmy-nominated for Game of Thrones (2016). In a career that spans over more than 70 years, Von Sydow was a man for all seasons indeed.
What can be said here but a huge THANKS, MAX?
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