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31st Jul '17 1:28:49 PM dlchen145
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Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (December 10, 1960-) is a British actor and director.

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Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (December (born December 10, 1960-) 1960) is a British actor and director.
28th Jul '17 6:34:36 PM RoseAndHeather
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The box-office failure of his return to Shakespeare with ''Love's Labours Lost'' in 2000 sent his directing career into the doldrums for several years. He continued to act, however, taking LargeHam UpToEleven with his portrayal of Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', and playing occasional BritishNazis (''Conspiracy'', ''Valkyrie''). In 2011 he got a CastingGag role as Creator/LaurenceOlivier in ''My Week with Marilyn''--Branagh has often been compared to Oliver, as both of them directed themselves in filmed versions of ''Henry V'' and ''Hamlet''. He got a gig directing the 2011 film ''Thor'', his biggest directing project since ''Hamlet'', and has directed several more films in the years since, including a live-action ''Cinderella'' and an AllStarCast adaptation of ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' in which he stars as Hercule Poirot.

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The box-office failure of his return to Shakespeare with ''Love's Labours Lost'' in 2000 sent his directing career into the doldrums for several years. He continued to act, however, taking LargeHam UpToEleven with his portrayal of Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', and playing occasional BritishNazis (''Conspiracy'', ''Valkyrie''). In 2011 he got a CastingGag role as Creator/LaurenceOlivier in ''My Week with Marilyn''--Branagh has often been compared to Oliver, as both of them directed themselves in filmed versions of ''Henry V'' and ''Hamlet''. He got a gig directing the 2011 film ''Thor'', his biggest directing project since ''Hamlet'', and has directed several more films in the years since, including a live-action ''Cinderella'' remake of Creator/{{Disney}}'s beloved ''[[Film/Cinderella2015 Cinderella]]'' and an AllStarCast adaptation of ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' in which he stars as Hercule Poirot.
28th Jul '17 12:25:12 AM KevinKlawitter
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* SceneryPorn: His movies nearly always feature lavish production design and sweeping camerawork that isn't afraid to show it off. His ''Hamlet'' and ''Murder on the Orient Express'' were also both shot in 65mm.
22nd May '17 1:25:06 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheBoatThatRocked'' (2009)
9th May '17 1:27:48 PM jamespolk
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In 1989 he made himself an international star by directing a spectacularly successful film adaptation of ''Henry V''. From 1989 to 1996 he appeared mostly in films he directed himself, such as another hit Shakespeare adaptation, 1993's ''Much Ado About Nothing'', yet another Shakespeare adaptation with a four-hour ''Hamlet'' in 1996, as well as the thriller ''Dead Again'' and ''Mary Shelley's Frankenstein''. Most of these films also co-starred Emma Thompson; the two were married from 1989 to 1995.

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In 1989 he made himself an international star by directing and starring in a spectacularly successful film adaptation of ''Henry V''. From 1989 to 1996 he appeared mostly in films he directed himself, such as another hit Shakespeare adaptation, 1993's ''Much Ado About Nothing'', yet another Shakespeare adaptation with a four-hour ''Hamlet'' in 1996, as well as the thriller ''Dead Again'' and ''Mary Shelley's Frankenstein''. Most of these films also co-starred Emma Thompson; the two were married from 1989 to 1995.
6th May '17 10:30:53 AM jamespolk
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The box-office failure of his return to Shakespeare with ''Love's Labours Lost'' in 2000 sent his directing career into the doldrums for several years. He continued to act, however, taking LargeHam UpToEleven with his portrayal of Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', and playing occasional BritishNazis (''Conspiracy'', ''Valkyrie''). In 2011 he got a CastingGag role as Creator/LaurenceOliver in ''My Week with Marilyn''--Branagh has often been compared to Oliver, as both of them directed themselves in filmed versions of ''Henry V'' and ''Hamlet''. He got a gig directing the 2011 film ''Thor'', his biggest directing project since ''Hamlet'', and has directed several more films in the years since, including a live-action ''Cinderella'' and an AllStarCast adaptation of ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' in which he stars as Hercule Poirot.

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The box-office failure of his return to Shakespeare with ''Love's Labours Lost'' in 2000 sent his directing career into the doldrums for several years. He continued to act, however, taking LargeHam UpToEleven with his portrayal of Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', and playing occasional BritishNazis (''Conspiracy'', ''Valkyrie''). In 2011 he got a CastingGag role as Creator/LaurenceOliver Creator/LaurenceOlivier in ''My Week with Marilyn''--Branagh has often been compared to Oliver, as both of them directed themselves in filmed versions of ''Henry V'' and ''Hamlet''. He got a gig directing the 2011 film ''Thor'', his biggest directing project since ''Hamlet'', and has directed several more films in the years since, including a live-action ''Cinderella'' and an AllStarCast adaptation of ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' in which he stars as Hercule Poirot.
6th May '17 10:30:29 AM jamespolk
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He is probably most widely known for his film versions of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] plays, which include ''Theatre/HenryV'' (1989), ''[[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 Much Ado About Nothing]]'' (1993), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (1996), ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' (2000) and ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' (2006). Branagh adapted and directed all five, and starred in all but ''As You Like It''. ''Hamlet'' is notable for including every single line of the play, [[EpicMovie running slightly over four hours.]]

Other films in which Branagh has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'',''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', and ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017''. Films in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Film/RabbitProofFence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Celebrity}}'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.

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He is probably most widely known was born in Belfast, UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland, the son of Irish Protestants. In his early 20s he began to make a name for his film versions himself in British theater. He spent much of the 1980s appearing in several well-received [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] plays, which include ''Theatre/HenryV'' (1989), ''[[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 Much Shakespeare]] productions, as well as a 1989 production of ''Theatre/LookBackInAnger'' co-starring Creator/EmmaThompson.

In 1989 he made himself an international star by directing a spectacularly successful film adaptation of ''Henry V''. From 1989 to 1996 he appeared mostly in films he directed himself, such as another hit Shakespeare adaptation, 1993's ''Much
Ado About Nothing]]'' (1993), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (1996), ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' (2000) and ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' (2006). Branagh adapted and directed all five, and starred in all but ''As You Like It''. Nothing'', yet another Shakespeare adaptation with a four-hour ''Hamlet'' is notable for including every single line of in 1996, as well as the play, [[EpicMovie running slightly over four hours.]]

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thriller ''Dead Again'' and ''Mary Shelley's Frankenstein''. Most of these films also co-starred Emma Thompson; the two were married from 1989 to 1995.

The box-office failure of his return to Shakespeare with ''Love's Labours Lost''
in which Branagh 2000 sent his directing career into the doldrums for several years. He continued to act, however, taking LargeHam UpToEleven with his portrayal of Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', and playing occasional BritishNazis (''Conspiracy'', ''Valkyrie''). In 2011 he got a CastingGag role as Creator/LaurenceOliver in ''My Week with Marilyn''--Branagh has often been compared to Oliver, as both of them directed themselves in filmed versions of ''Henry V'' and ''Hamlet''. He got a gig directing the 2011 film ''Thor'', his biggest directing project since ''Hamlet'', and has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'',''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', several more films in the years since, including a live-action ''Cinderella'' and ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017''. Films an AllStarCast adaptation of ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Film/RabbitProofFence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Celebrity}}'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
he stars as Hercule Poirot.



* ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'' (1995) (director only)



* ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' (2017)

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* ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' ''[[Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017 Murder on the Orient Express]]'' (2017)


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' (2000) (voice)
* ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'' (2001)


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* ''Film/WarmSprings'' (2005)
6th May '17 9:59:16 AM jamespolk
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!!Tropes associated with Kenneth Branagh include:

* AbilityOverAppearance: Invoked when he cast Idris Elba as Heimdall (see below).
* BlackVikings: Practically a trademark of his style. In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', he cast Creator/DenzelWashington as the Prince of Castile; in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', it was Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall; and in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', there was a black soldier in the Norwegian army. The black guard captain in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' was considered by some to also be a case, though there's actually some historical justification there (at least as far as the film's time period can even be nailed down).
* LargeHam: ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn'', which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
* TheOner: a trademark of his.
* NiceHat: His Olympic Games role.
* RaceLift: He casts actors so blindly of their race that one suspects it's a deliberate habit. He does, however, cast ''really'' good actors, [[AbilityOverAppearance so it's not just some dumb, cheap stunt]].
** His most blatant example of this took place early in his career. In Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing he has Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/KeanuReeves play brothers. Okay, half-brothers. Fair enough. One of them is the noble Duke that everyone respects and follows. The other is his bastard half-brother who is insulted over how everyone hates him because of his parentage and uses this as a justification to be the villain of the piece. The film is set in 19th century Europe. So who do you think plays the Duke and who plays the bastard? Wrong.
** His casting of Creator/IdrisElba as the Viking god Heimdall in ''{{Film/Thor}}'' generated quite a bit of controversy (Heimdall is described in sagas as the [[HilariousInHindsight 'whitest']] of the gods). However, after seeing Elba's performance, many reviewers commented that if racist idiots are getting upset about a black actor playing a fictional, supposedly-white character (and less worried about a guy who throws a magic hammer), ol' Kenny must be doing something right. Also 'whitest' is only one translation, it's more along the lines of purity rather than coloration. Besides, the gods can look however they want one presumes.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Became a devout Christian after hearing Laurence Olivier, one of his childhood heroes, reading the Bible. He remains so to this very day.
* WalkAndTalk: [[WebVideo/EchoChamber He did it first.]]

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!!Tropes associated with Kenneth !!Films Branagh include:

* AbilityOverAppearance: Invoked when he cast Idris Elba as Heimdall (see below).
* BlackVikings: Practically a trademark of his style. In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', he cast Creator/DenzelWashington as the Prince of Castile; in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', it was Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall; and in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', there was a black soldier in the Norwegian army. The black guard captain in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' was considered by some to also be a case, though there's actually some historical justification there (at least as far as the film's time period can even be nailed down).
* LargeHam: ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn'', which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
* TheOner: a trademark of his.
* NiceHat: His Olympic Games role.
* RaceLift: He casts actors so blindly of their race that one suspects it's a deliberate habit. He does, however, cast ''really'' good actors, [[AbilityOverAppearance so it's not just some dumb, cheap stunt]].
** His most blatant example of this took place early in his career. In Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing he
has Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/KeanuReeves play brothers. Okay, half-brothers. Fair enough. One of them is the noble Duke that everyone respects and follows. The other is his bastard half-brother who is insulted over how everyone hates him because of his parentage and uses this as a justification to be the villain of the piece. The film is set directed (also starred in 19th century Europe. So who do you think plays the Duke and who plays the bastard? Wrong.
** His casting of Creator/IdrisElba as the Viking god Heimdall in ''{{Film/Thor}}'' generated quite a bit of controversy (Heimdall is described in sagas as the [[HilariousInHindsight 'whitest']] of the gods). However, after seeing Elba's performance, many reviewers commented that if racist idiots are getting upset about a black actor playing a fictional, supposedly-white character (and less worried about a guy who throws a magic hammer), ol' Kenny must be doing something right. Also 'whitest' is only one translation, it's more along the lines of purity rather than coloration. Besides, the gods can look however they want one presumes.
unless otherwise noted)

* RealMenLoveJesus: Became a devout Christian after hearing Laurence Olivier, one of his childhood heroes, reading the Bible. He remains so to this very day.
''Theatre/HenryV'' (1989)
* WalkAndTalk: [[WebVideo/EchoChamber He did it first.]]
''Film/DeadAgain'' (1991)
* ''Film/PetersFriends'' (1992)
* ''[[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 Much Ado About Nothing]]'' (1993)
* ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'' (1996)
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/LovesLaboursLost'' (2000)
* ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' (2006) (director only)
* ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' (2006) (director only)
* ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'' (2007) (CreatorCameo only)
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (2011) (director only)
* ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'' (2014)
* ''Film/{{Cinderella|2015}}'' (2015) (director only)
* ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' (2017)


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!!Branagh as actor only:

* ''Film/SwingKids'' (1993)
* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Celebrity}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' (1999)
* ''Film/RabbitProofFence'' (2002)
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' (2008)
* ''Series/{{Wallander}}'' (TV series) (2008-2015)
* ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'' (2017)

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!!Tropes associated with Kenneth Branagh include:

* AbilityOverAppearance: Invoked when he cast Idris Elba as Heimdall (see below).
* BlackVikings: Practically a trademark of his style. In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', he cast Creator/DenzelWashington as the Prince of Castile; in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', it was Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall; and in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', there was a black soldier in the Norwegian army. The black guard captain in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' was considered by some to also be a case, though there's actually some historical justification there (at least as far as the film's time period can even be nailed down).
* LargeHam: ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn'', which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
* TheOner: a trademark of his.
* NiceHat: His Olympic Games role.
* RaceLift: He casts actors so blindly of their race that one suspects it's a deliberate habit. He does, however, cast ''really'' good actors, [[AbilityOverAppearance so it's not just some dumb, cheap stunt]].
** His most blatant example of this took place early in his career. In Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing he has Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/KeanuReeves play brothers. Okay, half-brothers. Fair enough. One of them is the noble Duke that everyone respects and follows. The other is his bastard half-brother who is insulted over how everyone hates him because of his parentage and uses this as a justification to be the villain of the piece. The film is set in 19th century Europe. So who do you think plays the Duke and who plays the bastard? Wrong.
** His casting of Creator/IdrisElba as the Viking god Heimdall in ''{{Film/Thor}}'' generated quite a bit of controversy (Heimdall is described in sagas as the [[HilariousInHindsight 'whitest']] of the gods). However, after seeing Elba's performance, many reviewers commented that if racist idiots are getting upset about a black actor playing a fictional, supposedly-white character (and less worried about a guy who throws a magic hammer), ol' Kenny must be doing something right. Also 'whitest' is only one translation, it's more along the lines of purity rather than coloration. Besides, the gods can look however they want one presumes.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Became a devout Christian after hearing Laurence Olivier, one of his childhood heroes, reading the Bible. He remains so to this very day.
* WalkAndTalk: [[WebVideo/EchoChamber He did it first.]]

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3rd May '17 1:37:31 PM ProfessorGrimm
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Other films in which Branagh has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'', and ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit''. Films in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Film/RabbitProofFence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Celebrity}}'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.

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Other films in which Branagh has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'',''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', and ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit''.''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017''. Films in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Film/RabbitProofFence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Celebrity}}'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
27th Feb '17 5:15:42 AM Hjortron18
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Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is a British actor and director.

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