Angels In America

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Angels In America#0
Posted: 10/22/06 at 7:47pm
I read the play before watching the movie (or "Television mini-series" is what I guess I should call it) and I was so dissapointed by Mary-Louise Parker's portrayal of Harper. When reading the play, I pitied Harper, and the whole time I was rooting for her. Mary-Louie's Parker was so annoying, I wanted to shoot her! What are your opinions on Mary Louise's work, or the "television mini-series" in general?
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Updated On: 10/22/06 at 07:47 PM
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re: Angels In America#1
Posted: 10/22/06 at 7:48pm
I thought the movie was aweful.
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re: Angels In America#2
Posted: 10/22/06 at 7:49pm
Harper. I really enjoyed her portrayal of Harper. She's one of my favorite actresses.
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re: Angels In America#3
Posted: 10/22/06 at 7:58pm
I thought MLP was awesome! I saw both plays on Broadway 6 times. My favorite Harper was Cynthia Nixon.
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re: Angels In America#4
Posted: 10/22/06 at 8:02pm
Oh, wow, I'd love to have seen Nixon play the part. I loved loved LOVED Mary Louise; she's one of my favorite actresses. I think she's brilliant, though much more powerful on stage than she is on screen.

There are a lot of people who didn't like her portrayal of Harper, though. I think some people sort of feel like she went way overboard with the drug addict thing, and all of her monotony was annoying. Which... I can see where that would come from, but I don't agree. Love her.
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re: Angels In America#5
Posted: 10/22/06 at 8:18pm
i think mary-louise is amazing.

i loved her harper; i thought she captured something really interesting.

i would have loved to see her in proof.

and she went to school in nc, so i mean, represent and all that.
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re: Angels In America#6
Posted: 10/22/06 at 8:20pm
ps Em I LOVE YOUR AV too much for words
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re: Angels In America#7
Posted: 10/22/06 at 8:26pm
I saw the play on Broadway, with Marcia Gay Harden in the role of Harper. She was right on. I thought Mary Louise was excellent, but not as good as Harden.

As far as the HBO film is concerned, I'd probably rate it as one of the best films ever made, earning every single award it received.
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re: Angels In America#8
Posted: 10/22/06 at 8:30pm
I thought the mini series was a total stroke of brilliance. Every actor was perfect in their role, including Marie-Louise. I've seen two different productions of AIA live in theatres, and Harper has always had that sort of grate-on-nerves quality. She has never really annoyed me, but compared with the other two Harpers I saw, Marie-Lousie almost played down the annoyance. I've seen the character played totally for comedic effect- which really does ruin the role. This, Mary-Louise does not do.
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re: Angels In America#9
Posted: 10/22/06 at 8:32pm
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re: Angels In America#10
Posted: 10/22/06 at 8:34pm
I have never seen a live production of this show...but would kill to.

With that said, I love the movie. I missed its run on HBO so I bought the DVD and watched it non-stop in one afternoon. The performances are incredible, with Patrick Wilson being beyond perfect.
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re: Angels In America#11
Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:03pm
Harper... sorry, I don't know what in the hell I was thinking.

I've never seen a live production of the show either, but I'm sure to read a play before seeing it on-stage because I feel that whatever I get from the text is what the character is, I make sure not to have a bad actor distort that (not that MLP is a bad actress, I just didn't like her in the role)
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re: Angels In America#12
Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:14pm
I thought the HBO film was perfection. And I loved MLP's interpretation of Harper. I was very happy when she won the Emmy for her performance.

Mary-Louise Parker is one of the very best working actors out there today. She and Cherry Jones are basically "it" for me.
Updated On: 10/22/06 at 10:14 PM
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re: Angels In America#13
Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:24pm
I agree that this is a brilliant movie. I also loved Parker in the role
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re: Angels In America#14
Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:25pm
I've still NEVER seen her live. I want to so badly.
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re: Angels In America#15
Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:26pm
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re: Angels In America#16
Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:31pm
Heh. She's kinda hot in that picture, isn't she?

I loved her in the mini-series. LOVED her. Would kill to see her do anything live.
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re: Angels In America#17
Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:38pm
That's why I posted it. :) Unfortunately it's massive.
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re: Angels In America#18
Posted: 10/22/06 at 11:21pm
It's not showing up for me anymore. re: Angels In America
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re: Angels In America#19
Posted: 10/22/06 at 11:23pm
SOOOOOO hot.
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re: Angels In America#20
Posted: 10/22/06 at 11:29pm
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She was mesmorizing.

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re: Angels In America#21
Posted: 10/22/06 at 11:53pm
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re: Angels In America#22
Posted: 10/22/06 at 11:56pm
re: Angels In America!!!
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re: Angels In America#23
Posted: 10/23/06 at 12:42am
I thought Parker was quite good and did a good job of capturing both the neuroticism and the desperation and vulnerability of the role. I saw the Broadway production several times with several cast and thought Harden was easily the best of all of the Harpers, including Parker (especially early on in previews of MILLENIUM where she was so raw and emotional and fragile that it was a jarring and painful thing to witness). Nixon was quite good good (though she tended at times to push her voice to the point of shrillness when she was projecting). Susan Bruce was also first rate.
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re: Angels In America#24
Posted: 10/23/06 at 9:47am
I too saw Harden, Nixon and Bruce. Loved all three.
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