Week 4 Blog: Acting and Acting Styles

I have chosen the movie, “The Green Mile” for this week’s blog. I have enjoyed this movie when watching it in the past. This movie is about the guards that work on Death Row at a penitentiary and learn that one of the inmates was convicted of raping and murdering a child. They also come to find out that this vary same inmate has a special gift. This film is placed in the 1930’s area. The three actors I will be focusing on from this movie are Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, and David Morse. They are the main characters in the movie. All three have a classification for their types of acting I will be focusing on.

Tom Hanks played the role of a guard on The Green Mile named Paul Edgercomb. Tom Hanks played the star role of this film. “A star is a distinctive screen persona, who is well–known and popular with the moviegoing public, often to the point that some avid movie fans become deeply curious about the actor’s private life…” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2011, section 3.4). I have loved other movies that Tom Hanks has played in and feel that he fits the actor type of a star splendidly. Some of my other favorite film I can remember him playing in are Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away are just a few of them.

Michael Clarke Duncan was the inmate on Death Row in the movie named John Coffey. I would consider Michael’s role as an Impersonator actor style for this part. This is because he was acting in a manner and behaving as the character might have. He was not creating the character for this role. He is mostly well known for this movie as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. When looking at other films he was in, I would best caricaturize him as a character actor.

David Morse was another guard on The Green Mile called Brutus “Brutal” Howell. He was known as the brutal guard that was mean to the inmates on The Green Mile. Has been in many movies and is caricaturize as a character actor, for this film and others. This is because he doesn’t play many star roles and is very good at adapting to the needs of the script and director. He also is very versatile in playing a wide variety of roles.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From watching to seeing. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

It Was A Kindness You Done – The Green Mile (4/5) Movie CLIP (1999) HD. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved May 23, 2014, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=083OMBnPA3c

The Green Mile (1999) Official Trailer – Tom Hanks Movie HD. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved May 23, 2014, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki4haFrqSrw



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