HeadScratcher No. 41: All a matter of perspective

184220__frida_lSo what do Ed Harris, Charlton Heston, Anthony Hopkins, Tim Roth, and Jeffrey Wright have in common?

"Do I have to paint you a picture?" says PopWatcher/wiseass Jon Delfin. Yes, all these talented actors have played famous artists on film. Harris assumed the title role in Pollock; Heston emoted as Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy; Hopkins slipped into Picasso’s skin in Surviving Picasso; Roth played it by ear (hardy-har-har) as Van Gogh in Vincent & Theo; and Wright embodied the eccentric Jean-Michel Basquiat in Basquiat. Which means that Salma Hayek (pictured) joins this boys’ club for her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Frida Kahlo in Frida.

OK, 42 bejillion of you knew that. But very few of you gave me the specific deets, so, starting this week, no more Mr. Nice Blogfather. No partial credit. I refuse to reward laziness.

(See how mean I can be after the jump…)

"I guess you could also say they all got their hands dirty whilenavigating the waters of addiction, artistry, and the actor’s delight:angst," says the alliterative PopWatcher Megan Low. Well, actually, I justsaw the words "Da" and "Vinci" so many times last week, I just startedthinking about the artist and his work in an effort to banish the haunting vision of Hanks’ henious coif frommy memory.

No belly-aching, blogchildren. If you didn’t give me a completeanswer, you didn’t make the cut. Art is pain. Congratulations! You arewell on your way to stardom.

Sarah Baker
Poliana Biswas
Connie L. Chilton
Shane Christopher
Dan D’Addario
Jon Delfin
Will Dyson
N’Jeri Eaton
Shani Ferguson
Maya Fernando
Mike Flohr
Robert Goldberg
Dan Grguras
Stephaan Harris
Larry Hoffer
Katy Hollenbaugh
K.C. Holt
Stephanie Krause
Kerin Lou
Megan Low
Tiffany Lowden
Ed Nemmers
Sean Patterson
Harold Reynolds
Patt Richards
Cliff Rives
Allan I. Ross
Dave Schwartz
Kevin Sterner
Lanny Tuchmayer
Paul Udovitsch
Stephanie Wentworth
Patrick A. Yearout

Comments (7 total) Add your comment
  • Jon

    Okay, I’ll take “wiseass.” I actually like it better than “maestro” (if you’ve seen the trailer for “Wordplay”). Less pressure.

  • diana

    omg – i was way off base on this one! kudos to all that got this one right. i feel stoopit.

  • snarky

    Another headscratcher solved by IMDB! Please…make these little quizzes difficult. Suggestions: Weekend Box Office “grosses”, Nielsen ratings guesses (when the fall season starts up), or TOUGH & OBSCURE “Pop” trivia.

  • Connie

    I solved it with good old google

  • Sarah

    I guess I didn’t make the list because I put VVG instead of Vincent Van Gogh.

  • Patrick

    I guess I didn’t make the cut because I didn’t list the films – just the stars and the artists they portrayed. Next time, I guess I’ll have to list the year of release, studio and box office totals to get a shoutout on popwatch.

  • Sharona

    How bout guessing lines from movies and/or TV shows?

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