Post by gunsnhandcuffs on Oct 8, 2009 19:46:32 GMT -5
Most people say Richard Harris is more dumbledory. Tbh I only think he'd have done well in the first few films, but as they got darker I just couldn't see him being Dumbledore, so Michael worked for that.
Richard Harris in appearance and wisdom. buuuuut, with Michael's energy. both have great Dumbledore qualities. (although I didnt like when Gambon grabbed Harry in GoF and hollered "DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET?" it seemed a bit out of character, I know Dumbledore can get angry but still...)
Neither. Richard Harris was a phenomenal actor in his day (he was a brilliant stage and screen actor for over fifty years) but lacked the energy and sparkly-eyed wit Dumbledore has.
Gambon is better, energy-wise, but he's just too intense for me. Especially in GoF, and it got better especially by HBP, but he just doesn't quite convince me he's the character. Also, Gambon has *proudly* proclaimed that he has never read the books. SERIOUSLY? You're playing an iconic hero in one of the most popular series in history and you don't bother to read the original material? Ridiculous.
So, neither one. In a perfect world, my ideal Dumbledore is Ian McKellen (played Gandalf in LotR). Alas (earwax), it'll never happen.
I agree with Maggie on the Ian McKellen choice, I was hoping thay would have chosen him to replace Harris when he passed, but they didn't :[ He has the energy and witty aura that Dumbledore has.
Though I really do like Harris as Dumbledore, a lot. He fit for me, even though I have to admit he wouldn't have been able to do all the things Dumbledore does in later books. Gambon can do those things, but he just doesn't seem to fit Dumbledore to me, especially when he first started out. He has gotten better, but there's still something about him that just doesn't fit.
Also the fact that he hasn't read any of the material :[ and that he boasts about how he hasn't. If you're going to play a character, read the material. It's not that hard.
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