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Pete Postlethwaite

A sad start to the new year, as Pete Postlethwaite died yesterday after a short fight with cancer. He was only 64.

Pete was one of those actors who I’ve always liked watching, but didn’t fully appreciate how many of my favourite films he’s actually been in… Alien 3, The Usual Suspects, Inception, A Private Function, The Shipping News and Brassed Off to name just a few.

He was instantly recognisable thanks to his atypical Hollywood looks and all the better for that in my opinion. His rich and sonorous voice was also a key aspect of his abilities, even when he mangled it almost beyond recognition for the role of Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects…

A real shame such a great talent has been lost.

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