Alec Guinness or Peter Sellers?

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  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Which of these excellent English actors do you prefer?

    Okay, earlier today I was watching The Ladykillers which features Guinness in the lead and Sellers in a supporting role (one of his first notable roles, though he doesn't get to strut his stuff). Anyway, both of these actors are terrific, but I give a slight edge to Guinness. How about you?
     
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    Both chameleons, both brilliant. It's a shame Sellers died so young. If I had to choose, I wouldn't. Since I don't, I won't. [​IMG]
     
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    Peter Sellers, definitely.
     
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    Very, very tough. Sellers did more comedy than Alec Guinness (except for Star Wars [​IMG] ).
    I might give the nod to Guinness, but not by much.
     
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    It's funny you should ask this, since I just watched Bridge on the River Kwai for the first time tonight and couldn't get over how much Nicholson reminded me of Group Captain Mandrake. Going on the basis of Sellers' performances in Strangelove and Being There, and Guinness' in Bridge, Star Wars Trilogy and LOA, I'd give the edge to Sellers, because both of the performances listed are among my all-time favorites.
     
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    Guinness, today, tomorrow, maybe twice on Sunday.
     
  7. Rob Lutter

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    Peter Sellers, but only because I dig all the Pink Panther movies (which REALLY need to be reissued with anamorphic transfers in a pink boxset [​IMG] ) and his AWESOME Kubrick roles in Lolita and Dr. Stranglove.
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    Alec Guinness!
     
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    Alec Guinness
     
  10. Jim_K

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    Sophies Choice here. [​IMG]
    After seeing the Ealing comedies I know that Guinness has as much comedic talent as Sellers.
    I'll go with .............................
    Guinness who might have had the better range.
    Fans of both these actors should check out Ladykillers. [​IMG]
     
  11. BarryS

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    Peter Sellers!! Both are great actors, but Sellers is a personal favorite of mine. He was the Gary Oldman of his day, able to convincingly portray characters of any nationality as he did often. Rarely in his films will you see him playing a caucasian Englishman, what he was. For a long time, I had no idea he was British. He was just a comedic genius often coupled with Blake Edwards' gift for slapstick.
     
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    Both superb in their respective fields, but I give the edge to Alec Guinness for appearing in some truly great movies, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Lavender Hill Mob, The Ladykillers, Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia etc.
     

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