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November 04, 2019

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:O I barely recognize it as A Christmas Carol... I hope they haven't made Scrooge out to be some kind of sadistic overlord!

The more I think about it the more I am looking forward to what Guy Pearce will do with the role. The text says "Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice..." and I think he's really nailed the look.

It does look very dark, as previously mentioned. But, to me, this is very appropriate at the right points in the story. Of course, as we all know, Alistair Sim is a hard act to follow. Some Scrooges simply do not seem embittered enough (but, judging from the clip, Guy Pearce seems to have captured this embitterment). Having played the role a number of times myself (as well as having performed Charles Dickens Public reading version) I have found Scrooge to be an actors dream. But it takes a good deal of restraint - and it does seem to be a bit of a balancing act to portray Scrooge without indulging in exaggeration, over emphasis and caricature.

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