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mark strong = terrifying


lots of criticism of mark strong on this board. i don't agree with most of it - i think he is a brilliant actor, and very good looking (although they should have done his hair differently, IMO). but he is just SO SCARY! when he yelled 'to get his hair cut!' about frank churchill i thought i was going to wet myself.

no wonder he gets all the villain roles now. a little too scary for mr. knightley in my opinion.

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I agree with you, he was scary and looked scary! And I actually really like Mark Strong, just not so much as Mr. Knightley.


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Really? I guess I like scary men, I loved his Mr. Knightley! I think he must be a little scary, otherwise his scolding of Emma would be inefficient; she does improve under his influence, althgouh she is a self-confident, stubborn girl. He needs t be impressive, in order to overpower her absolute belief that she's always right.

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Really? I guess I like scary men, I loved his Mr. Knightley


Haha I agree. When Knightley shouted about the haircut, I nearly wet my pants, for all the right reasons.

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"Really? I guess I like scary men, I loved his Mr. Knightley! I think he must be a little scary, otherwise his scolding of Emma would be inefficient; she does improve under his influence, althgouh she is a self-confident, stubborn girl. He needs t be impressive, in order to overpower her absolute belief that she's always right."
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Perhaps it's a preference, but what I saw on the screen was a parent-child relationship, not a relationship of equals. Knightley would scowl, and Emma would cower. Or be defensive, which isn't much better. That might be ok for a while, but I would soon be sick of a man always correcting me, especially in such a strident way. Sure, we all need to grow and learn, and I don't mind an occasional "honey, you could have handled that better," but yeesh, quit your bitchin' already (my words to George Knightley, not to you).

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Considering Emma's relationship with her father in which she takes the upper hand, I think that is Jane Austen's point exactly. Emma needs to be handled by a strong man. We certainly don't see things that way in the 21st century.


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I tend to agree, he is my least favorite Mr Knightly. I'm sure he was acting as directed, so this isn't a criticism of his acting ability. Mark Strong came off irritable and not at all amused by Emma. My favorite Mr K is Tommy Lee Miller, more sensitive, a little witty and just fun to watch opposite Romola Garai. I also like John Carson in the older version of Emma. He scolds Emma, but you can tell he is more amused by her that irritated, which makes sense if he is going to end up loving her.

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---Cannot believe you actually feel that way. Just watched this version on OvationTV this weekend and think he is almost the best part of the actors. Very handsome in an adult male way. Not an effeminate boy, that's for sure.

Emma, little "Miss Know-it-all", needs a "strong" hand to keep her from hurting people right and left with her superior airs.

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---Cannot believe you actually feel that way. Just watched this version on OvationTV this weekend and think he is almost the best part of the actors. Very handsome in an adult male way. Not an effeminate boy, that's for sure.

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I totally agree. I pictured Mr. Knightley just like that in the book; not "movie" handsome in an immediate or effeminate way, but very *manly*. I thought Mark Strong was perfect (and have loved him in everything I've seen him in since, actually).

I like Jeremy Northam (who played Knightley in the Paltrow version) but he was too light-hearted and foppish to be an effective Mr. Knightley.



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Emma Woodhouse may have been smug and headstrong, but she was sensitive enough to feel keenly the injuries she caused her friends. I'm convinced she would have learned to curb her own impulses over time, and didn't need the verbal spanking dished out by this particular Mr. Knightly.

Now fess up, ishallwearpurple. I know you're attracted to him on screen, but just how long would you be able to tolerate his self-righteous manner in real life?

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I absolutely loved him as Mr. Knightley. I honestly saw probity and rectitude in his portrayal with some coarseness (which I understand book Knightley possessed).

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I'm watching this version now.

I don't find him terrifying. In fact, I think he has a bit TOO much sex appeal as Mr. Knightly. His intense gazes at Emma in his opening scene don't play as if he is a man oblivious about his feelings for an old friend. He already looks as if he wants to rip Emma's bodice apart. LOL

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I love Mark Strong, except not in this role. He was too angry. I think Jeremy Northam’s Knightley hit it right on the nail. He had the right mix of humor and good sense.

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