22 December 2004

It seems that the talent pool in Hollywood is so deep, and the obstacles to succeeding there so formidable, that we often have actors of unusual talent and beauty essentially playing corpses. This year, by any measure, the two breakout success stories have been Peter Saarsgard, who was so good in Kinsey and Garden State, and, wow, Emmy Rossum, who even makes the trailer of The Phantom of the Opera halfway bearable. Well, Saarsgard got his start playing a dead body in Dead Man Walking, and Rossum played most of her most famous role immobile, as the dead daughter in Mystic River. And there are probably better examples that aren't coming to mind. Which suggests that a smart casting agent should be working to sign the next big star by scouting the morgue on CSI.

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