Ambi-Dexter-ous?

I watched Gamer on TV. Undoubtedly it’s gained prime position in my list of “Why the hell did they make this movie?”

The only reason I summoned the courage to finish the movie was Michael Hall. Being an avid Dexter fan and completely unaware of Mr. Hall’s other work I thought I’d see what other ranges he has. I’ve always liked his acting as Dexter Morgan.
Dexter’s character displays a wide range of emotions with no facial expressions, solely on the basis of narration & dialogue. I’ve always wondered it would be really hard to show such a range without the aid of facial expressions.

It’s not that this is unheard of in acting, a recent example being Mathieu Amalric’s portrayal of Jean-Dominique Bauby in Le scaphandre et le papillon. Matheiu uses the same concept, but the difference between the two extremes is that he has demonstrated other ranges in films like Rois et reine & Munich but Michael hall seems incapable of producing any facial expressions. I watched a few episodes of Six feet under, to prove myself wrong, but it only reinforced my conviction as did Gamer.

Is it possible that as I was exposed to Dexter first I am judging Michael hall’s ability from that lens? Is Dexter Morgan obstructing my appreciation of Michael Hall’s acting ability?   

Well, I don’t think so. For now, Michael Hall is definitely not Ambi-Dexter-ous.


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