I always thought Pete Postlethwaite had a great face for Shakespeare.
The 64-year-old actor died from complications due to cancer Sunday night. I first remember seeing him in The Usual Suspects, but it was a year later that I saw him as Father Laurence in Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet. I’ve always been a fan of the good-hearted holy man, and I thought Postlethwaite was such a wonderful fit for Shakespeare’s universe. How could you not gravitate toward a guy with that kind of voice?
He showed up in similarly colorful character roles over the years, and his presence always added to the awesome quotient of any movie I saw.
Got any favorite Postlethwaite moments, guys?
Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer
Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet, CC2KOnline.com, Offscreen, and Geekscape.net. He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.