Thursday Movie Picks: Actors in Multiple Roles

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about films featuring an actor or actresses in multiple roles!

#1 Patricia Arquette in Lost Highway

This is a David Lynch film, so you can imagine how weird and twisted it is. Patricia Arquette stars as both Renee and Alice. She’s brilliant!

#2 Christian Bale in The Prestige

In this flick about rivaling magicians, Christian Bale plays a surprising double role. I won’t tell you who he plays, as that would give away a major plot twist. 😉

#3 Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep

Bubba Ho-Tep is one of the most hilarious movies of all time. While Bruce Campbell is generally awesome, this is one of my favorite productions he stars in. In Bubba Ho-Tep he plays both Elvis and Sebastian.

What’s your favorite film with an actor in multiple roles? Let me know in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Actors in Multiple Roles

  1. I’ve only seen The Prestige of these three which is a terrific film with exceptional performances even by Bale, a performer I don’t always care for.

    I can not abide Arquette so the idea of two of her in one movie is completely risible. I’ve heard of Bubba Ho-Tep but know little of it beyond the title.

    To sort of tie mine together I chose three with similar titles.

    Dead Ringer (1964)-Bette Davis plays identical twin sisters, poor Edith Phillips and wealthy Margaret DeLorca who have been estranged for decades because Margaret married Edith’s boyfriend after stealing him from her. Reunited at the man’s funeral Edith discovers that Margaret manipulated the marriage years before and enraged kills her and takes her place. All seems well until Edith uncovers secrets that may prove fatal.

    Dead Ringers (1988)-Jeremy Irons plays Elliot (Jeremy Irons), a successful gynecologist, who works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly (Irons as well). Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire (Geneviève Bujold), but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness. Strange, chilly film directed by David Cronenberg goes to several very dark places.

    Dead Again (1991)-A mute amnesiac (Emma Thompson) arrives at the gates of an old orphanage and private investigator Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) is asked to find out who she is. With the help of a hypnotist (Derek Jacobi), the woman regains her voice and recalls vivid past memories of a couple (also played by Emma & Branagh) from the 1940s torn apart by murder. Church begins to develop feelings for the woman, whom he calls Grace then discovers he has a connection to the tragic couple from the 40s. Atmospheric noir shot at the time that the pair were married in real life.

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  2. Ah, Lost Highway. An extremely underrated film and the film that made me understand the brilliance of David Lynch thanks in some parts to Trent Reznor who assembled the film’s soundtrack. The Prestige is awesome as is Bubba Ho-Tep as the latter is just hilarious. “Say, how was Marilyn Monroe like?” “Hey now, that’s classified but between you and me… WOW!!!!”

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    • I completely forgot that Reznor had done the soundtrack! Now I need to dig the film back up and re-watch it.
      Bubba Ho-Tep is so underrated too. It’s one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen but almost nobody knows about it.


  3. The Prestige is an excellent choice ….love both actors and David Bowie. I can’t stand Patricia Arquette (don’t get me started on Boringhood) but i like David Lynch and Bill Pullman plus it has Robert Blake in a Fellinesque role. I don’t know the last film but anything with Bruce Campbell in it and I am there

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