Sunday, 10 May 2015

So They've Already Started Typecasting Rosamund Pike.

I first noticed Miss Pike in Pride and Prejudice. She played Elizabeth's (Keira Knightley) staid, conventional and extremely sweet older sister Jane. Now, what would be a rather forgettable, conventional supporting role was made memorable and even human by Rosamund Pike's acting chops.

You'd think she would be a big deal by 2014 and even though she was a Bond girl and co-starred in a flick with Tom Cruise, the world finally took notice when she did Gone Girl. She played Amy, the mad(der)woman who goes to extremes to extract revenge on her two-timing, half-assed husband Nick. What made her portrayal even more striking was David Fincher casting her against type. It's the kind of role you see Jennifer Lawrence or Scarlett Johansson in. Fincher had better ideas and he 'saw' Amy in Pike. A gift all good directors have. The rest as they say is history.

Fast forward to two years and Pike appears in 'Return to Sender'. It's pulpy, a little over the top and yes, of course even Gone Girl was over the top. But it seems that both filmmakers and Pike herself are typecasting her. The world needs to broaden its canvas a little and give Pike a chance to show all her colours.

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