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Submitted by on July 26, 2009 – 10:58 pm 21 Comments

via Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Trailer

The clip below of Terry Gilliam’s movie shows Heath Ledger as Tony, who’s part of a troupe of performers trying to save Dr. Parnassus’s daughter from the Devil. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) had promised his daughter to the Big D in exchange for immortality and now wants to renege. As you well know, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell stepped in to play different versions of Tony after Ledger’s death (all four actors are in the above picture).

If the clip whets your appetite and you can’t wait until the movie’s release in October, you can read a copy of the script by Gilliam and Charles McKeown, dated May 2007. I’ll e-mail it to five subscribers randomly selected from all entries with a correct answer to the following:

Q: Besides I’m Not There, name another movie in which more than 2 actors played the same character.

I’ll take entries until Tuesday, July 28, noon PT. Put your nerd cap on!


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  • Julien says:

    A script giveaway for one of my most expected films with my late heroe Heath? I can’t not take part in it! (Great clip, thank you PCN!)
    I remember I answered this question a few months ago in a previous comment and I named “I’m not there”!
    But now, Elyse, you’re making the game spicier by forbidding this example… (which is all the more challenging, well done!)
    So I had to rack my brains to find another one! πŸ˜‰

    I thought of Todd Solondz’s amazing “Palindromes”, where Aviva’s character (whose name is a palindrome) is played by 8 different people: a little boy, a little girl, four young girls and two grown-ups actresses, Sharon Wilkins and Jennifer Jason-Leigh!
    Am I hearing applause?! πŸ˜‰

    • popculturenerd says:

      Julien, you are GOOD! Applause is definitely in order.

      Yes, I had to eliminate I’m Not There because of your previous answer. Didn’t want to make it too easy for you and any other readers who may have seen your comment. But you’ve impressed me again with your film knowledge. Well done!

      • Julien says:

        Thanks for the applause, PCN!
        And I’m clapping my hands for Leopard13 too!
        Wow, he gets 3 entries for 3 answers!
        Well, if it works that way, I should multiply my answers! πŸ˜‰

        Here is at least one more:
        In “The curious case of Benjamin Button”, Benjamin Button is played by Chandler Canterbury, Spencer Daniels, Charles Henry Wyson, Peter Donald Badalamenti and Brad Pitt of course, while Daisy’s part is played by Madisen Beaty, Elle Fanning and Cate Blanchett.

        • Julien says:

          Here are a few more that I dug out of either my mind or my friends’minds!
          (By the way, I have to learn how to write things in italic type!)

          * In Ron Howard’s “Da Vinci Code”, Audrey’s Tautou character is also played by 3 other actresses for the childhood parts.

          * In Bertolucci’s “The last emperor”, the heroe Pu-Yi is played by 4 different actors.

          * In “The Matrix reloaded”, 5 actors (including Keanu Reeves) play Neo at different ages.

          * In “Eulogy” (2004), Zooey Deschanel’s character is played by 2 other actresses and Jesse Bradford’s one by 3.

          * Rober Wagner, Rob Lowe and Evan Farmer all play Number Two in “Austin Power in Goldmember”.

          * In James Bond satire “Casino Royale” (1967), David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress and a few other actors share the part for James Bond 007!

          Well, I’m close to a headache now! So I guess I will stop my list here! πŸ˜‰

          • Poncho says:

            Wow! I couldn’t remember about Austin Power in Goldmember… and as a matter of fact, there are also 3 actors who play both Austin & Dr. Evil (Mike Myers, the ‘kids in Spy School’ and the babies), not counting Tom Cruise and Kevin Spacey.

            And Julien, to write things in italic you just have to put an “i” inside some at the beginning of the phrase and a “/i” at the end. The same works with “b” and “/b” for bold.

  • le0pard13 says:

    Okay, PCN. Off the top of my head, here goes:

    James Cameron’s Titanic: Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart play the same character at different points in time.

    Atonement: Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, and Vanessa Redgrave play the same character at different ages.

    What Dreams May Come: Jessica Brooks Grant and Josh Paddock play the Nielsen children on Earth, while Cuba Gooding Jr. and Rosalind Chao play them in Heaven.

    Superman (1978): Christopher Reeve, Jeff East, Lee Quigley and Aaron Smolinski all play you-know-who.

    Thank you… I’m here all week πŸ˜‰

    • popculturenerd says:


      Wow, you’re good, too! Without research, I also came up with Atonement & Superman. Haven’t seen What Dreams May Come but I’m afraid Titanic doesn’t fit because the question stated I’m looking for roles played by more than two actors.

      You definitely qualify for the random drawing, though. I’ll give you 3 entries since you came up with 3 good answers.

  • Reader#9 says:

    Dang! All had was Superman and Atonement…. Okay, back to researching the archives….

  • Poncho says:

    OK… Let’s see if i can recall a few films:

    I don’t know if this one counts but in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry was played by Daniel Radcilffe and by the Saunders Triplets (3 babies!). And by the way, Voldie’s been played by at least 5 different actors along the saga.

    Technically, in both X-Men and X2, Mystique is sort of played by a lot of actors, not just Rebecca Romijn, just because she “morphs” into lots of them.

    In Matilda, the title character is played by Mara Wilson, Sara Magdalin, Alissa and Amanda Graham, Trevor and James Gallagher, Kayla and Kelsey Fredericks and Amanda and Caitlin Fein.

    Ed Bloom is played by Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Perry Walston and some baby in Big Fish.

    In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Brent McIntyre and Shane Rangi play the Witch-king of Angmar, while Andy Serkis voices him. Not to count the numerous stand-ins that all the characters have in order to accomplish the “heights” issues.

    In 300, Leonidas is played by Gerard Butler, Eli Snyder and Tyler Neitzel.

    That’s the few I can recall right now πŸ˜€

    • Poncho says:

      Of course! You cannot forget the Oscar-bonanza that Hook has for Wendy: Dame Maggie Smith and Gwyneth Paltrow (crap! They’re two) …. Also Peter is played by Ryan Francis, Max Hoffman, some baby and Robin Williams (and another guy in a play).

      And it would take a while, but several actors played “God” in the series Joan of Arcadia, sometimes more than 2 per episode.

  • popculturenerd says:

    Julien, le0pard13 y Poncho,

    I’m blown away. I had a few answers in my head but the scope of your knowledge is mighty impressive. Poncho, love how you got creative by throwing triplet babies into the mix and Andy Serkis doing voicework.

    Please check your e-mails; I’ve sent the script. Thanks for playing!

  • Ybnorml says:

    Wow, I am humbled to witness everyone’s movie knowledge. I see I still have much to learn to be considered a true nerd.

    Rock on PCN! Keep the reviews and contests coming. One day soon I’ll have some rare tidbit to contribute.

    • popculturenerd says:

      Ybnorml, it takes years to cultivate true nerdvana but I sense much promise in you (your username was the first clue). Please feel free to contribute any tidbits, rare or otherwise.

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