Born to Play the Role: Bryan Cranston/Walter White

For the first 28 years of his acting career, Bryan Cranston played small bit parts and minor roles on numerous different TV shows, often struggling to expand beyond a cameo appearance.  In 2008, Cranston finally struck gold in landing the role of Walter White in the TV show, “Breaking Bad”.  Over the show’s five year …

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Are People Really into Astrology?

In 2009, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey on faiths and beliefs and discovered that roughly 1/4th of the surveyed population “believed” in astrology, specifically, “that the position of the stars/planets can affect people’s lives.”  Considering astrology’s historic reputation, this is an interesting statistic and if the sampling error is accurate, can be extrapolated …

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Born to Play the Role: Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. is another unique astrological case study for while he has appeared in movies dating back to the 1970’s, his drug and alcohol problems in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s practically derailed his career.  The Marvel superhero franchise revived Downey’s career with the movie, Iron Man. Downey’s portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man …

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Born to Play the Role: James Earl Jones/Darth Vader

In the history of storytelling, there are few villains who can match the rich complexity and Shakespearean tragedy of Darth Vader.  His story is so well known that it has practically become myth and its enduring resonance is because it was brought to life by an artist who shared the character’s depth and complexity.  James …

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Born to Play the Role: Sean Connery/James Bond

Sean Connery’s chart contains one of the strongest correlations throughout this series of articles.  Not only did his timeless portrayal of James Bond represent a breakthrough in notoriety, but despite the various actors who have played the role, Connery’s version is widely recognized as the most accurate depiction,[1] leaving an indelible mark on our cultural …

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