Thursday, January 06, 2011
Kobayashi is gone
On the January 2nd another great character actor passed away. Academy Award nominated British Actor Pete Postlethwaite lost his battle with cancer. With his slightly odd high-cheeked looks and distinctive voice you couldn't help but notice him whatever he was in. I've been a fan since first seeing him in The Last of the Mohicans and he has been in numerous memorable films since that time. Films like In the Name of the Father, Romeo + Juliet, Brassed Off, Æon Flux and my personal favorite (and of many others), his role as the mysterious lawyer Mr. Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects. In 2010 he appeared in two critically acclaimed movies I've yet to see, Inception and The Town and it will be bittersweet when I finally do get around to watching them knowing that he is now gone. Without a doubt he made every production he was in better.