WHO COULD PLAY LEE MARVIN IN A BIOPIC? PART I

Who could play Lee Marvin in a biopic? I’ve been thinking about that question for quite some time now. Several suggestions have been made to me while I was working on Lee Marvin: Point Blank and I do have some ideas of my own, of course, but I’d be very interested to find out what others might think, since biopics, when done well, are always worth thinking about.
Marvin was a unique presence and not comparable to many actors before or since his time. His height, his build, his amazing voice, all contributed to a film presence unlike any other.  I think it was best described by film critic David Denby, who wrote, “Lee Marvin is a superb physical actor…That long face with its great, heavy warlord’s brow, sardonic eyes, and huge snout, is a movie all in itself, both funny and threatening. The voice is a rich, actor’s bass, gravelly and black, yet with a surprising lilt that makes the simplest line vibrate with insinuation.” Tough order to fill, isn’t it?  In my opinion, as well as others I’ve spoken with, it may even be impossible but you never know. Besides, it may simply be a matter of the one who might comes closest and then miraculously rises to the challenge. And what actor’s actor worth his reputation doesn’t like a good challenge?
I’ve listed some possibilites below so please feel free to comment, like, dislike and/or by all means add your own thoughts or ideas. Images below are in no special order other than alphabetical. ALL comments are welcome and there’s more to come!

French actor, Benjamin Biolay

French actor, BENJAMIN BIOLAY

James Brolin's son and Barbra Streisand's son-in-law, JOSH BROLIN

James Brolin’s son and Barbra Streisand’s son-in-law, JOSH BROLIN

The U.K.'s star du jour, BENEDICT CUMBERPATCH

The U.K.’s star du jour, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Matt Dillon's baby brother, KEVIN DILLON

Matt Dillon’s baby brother, KEVIN DILLON

VERY hot at the mometn actor, RYAN GOSLING

VERY hot at the moment actor, RYAN GOSLING

Australian actor BEN MENDELSOHN.

Australian actor BEN MENDELSOHN.

The star of both The Watchmen & the popular cable show The Walking Dead, actor JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN.

Hell on Wheels actor, ANSON MOUNT

Star of the critically acclaimed cable show, Bosch, actor TITUS WELLIVER.

Star of HBO’s Ray Donovan, LIEV SCHREIBER.

 

A personal favorite of mine, BENICIO DEL TORO

A personal favorite of mine, BENICIO DEL TORO

HOW ABOUT THIS GUY?

HOW ABOUT THIS GUY?

 

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11 thoughts on “WHO COULD PLAY LEE MARVIN IN A BIOPIC? PART I

  1. My pic would be Ben Mendelssohn. You gotta see the great job he does in the Netflix original series BLOODLINE.

  2. Intersesting choices………a couple I am unfamiliar with………Cumberbatch is an interesting choice……….of that group I’d say he has the best chance of delivering a proper performance……..Brolin could deliver if directed properly…….yup…..

    As for whom I would of picked……….well, most are too old now…….for some reason Ron Perlman always comes to mind………does decent work, is entertaining, has the VOICE………Ray Stevenson, but he’s more of a Posey…..LOL!!……..it’s a tuff call……

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  4. Cumberbatch (not CumberPATCH as misspelled here) looks the most like him. If you changed his hair, it’s be a close match.

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