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Two Oscar Favorites Show Great Acting Is More Than Mimicry

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Slate

Dick Cheney may not have much in common with Mary Poppins, but in playing these two people, Vice 's Christian Bale and Mary Poppins Returns ' Emily Blunt were faced with a similar task: to construct a recognizable facsimile of a familiar figure and comment on it at the same time. That the figure is a former vice president in one case and an iconic Disney heroine in the other has less to with why one performance works and the other falls flat than how shifts in culture, technology, and, inevitably, the awards race have changed the way actors approach the job of re-creating and riffing on the familiar.

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