The Many Faces Of Eddie Marsan

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This week sees the premiere of Jon S. Baird's Filth, an adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh, him of Trainspotting fame. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt and addicted police detective, who screws everything and everyone to get his shot at a promotion. But as one of the supporting actors, we see the great Eddie Marsan pop up, and he will be the subject of this quiz!

Eddie Marsan is one of those actors who you've seen plenty of times, often without being able to put a name to the face. Which is a bit surprising, as he has a very remarkable and recognizable face, leprechaun-ish even. And he's not exactly a bland actor either. When necessary, he melts into his role, and as such he puts a capital 'S' in supporting. But when he needs to take the foreground he is a force to be reckoned with.

He has played some of the vilest villains, people I physically wanted to punch in the face while seeing the film. But just as often his character will be the meek and timid mousy guy in the corner. Sometimes a pudgy little troll of a man, sometimes a walking powder-keg, he is just as utterly believable when he is playing someone expertly wielding a sword, as when he is playing someone who can't even lift a pillow in defense.

Therefore, once again I'm going to use a gallery of ten close-ups of one of my favorite thespians to make a quiz, so click through the images and guess which ten movies they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb.

And I'll post the answers on Thursday, unless someone names them all correctly...

And here he is as Bladesey in Filth, no doubt being set up by James McAvoy's Bruce for a world of pain.

This shot doesn't count yet as part of the quiz, but all the next ones do. So flick through the gallery and have a go!

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  • CJ

    It kind of blew my mind when he said that before THE WORLD'S END he had never really done comedy.

    To me Eddie Marsan has one of the most naturally comedic faces I've seen.

  • Ard Vijn

    Well done people: all guessed within 6 hours, we're impressed here at Twitch!
    The final overview, with dibs to those who were the first to catch a title:

    1: MIAMI VICE (Claire McCaffrey)
    2: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED (Harry F.)
    3: GANGS OF NEW YORK (Claire McCaffrey)
    4: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (Michael_456123)
    5: TYRANNOSAUR (Harry F.)
    6: HEARTLESS (Harry F.)
    7: HANCOCK (Claire McCaffrey)
    8: THE NEW WORLD (Michael_456123)
    9: SHERLOCK HOLMES (Michael_456123)
    10: THE WORLD'S END (Harry F.)

    That's all folks!
    Now I need to think hard on next week's subject...

  • Claire McCaffrey

    1: Miami Vice, 2: Tyrannosaur, 3: Gangs of New York, 4: Jack the Giant Slayer, 5: Heartless, 6: London Boulevard, 7: Hancock, 8: New World, 9: Sherlock Holmes, 10: The World's End.

  • Ard Vijn

    1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are correct!
    And because 2, 5 and 6 had already been guessed by the others, this concludes the quiz.

  • Michael_456123

    8 is The New World, 9 Is Sherlock Holmes and 4 is Jack the Giant Slayer, maybe?

    5 is really bugging me.

  • Ard Vijn

    Correct on 4, 8 and 9!

    Number 5 had already been guessed: it's TYRANNOSAUR.

  • Kurt

    Damn, the man is a versatile character actor.

  • Scruffy The Janitor

    2. The Disappearance of Alice Creed, 4. is possibly Snow White and the Huntsman, 5. Tyrannosaur, 6. I think is Heartless and 10. the World's End.

  • Ard Vijn

    Success on numbers 2, 5, 6 and 10!
    Alas, number 4 is the wrong blockbuster.

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