Top ten multiple performances

July 20 2009 at 8:01 am (Top tens)

adaptation-3In honour of Kind Hearts and Coronets, one of the best films I saw last week, as well as Sam Rockwell’s double header in Moon, I resurrect my weekly top tens with my favourite multiple performances.

1. Alec Guinness (x8), Kind Hearts and Coronets

2. Peter Sellers (x3), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

3. Michael Keaton (x4), Multiplicity (technically this is the same character four times, but each clone is so different that it is essentially four different performances)

4. John Cleese (x6), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (of course, all the Pythons played multiple characters in all their films, but Cleese had some great roles in The Holy Grail)

5. Eddie Murphy (x2), Bowfinger

6. Nicolas Cage (x2), Adaptation

7. Michael J Fox (x3 or 4 depending on whether you count middle aged Marty as a separate performance), Back to the Future Part II

8. Mike Myers (x2), So I Married an Axe Murderer (rather than in any of the Austin Powers films – this is not an oversight)

9. Meg Ryan (x3), Joe Versus the Volcano

10. Jack Nicholson (x2), Mars Attacks!

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