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    What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    Like he "adopted" the role, but it sounds weird,
    I want to say he was really into the character, he wore the character, he became the character ...


    & I want to use it in this sentence

    "the movie didn't give the actor a chance to ______ his role" ?
    I need one verb in the gap that'll work.

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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    "absorb himself in"
    "throw himself into"
    "inhabit"
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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria311 View Post
    Like he "adopted" the role, but it sounds weird,
    I want to say he was really into the character, he wore the character, he became the character ...


    & I want to use it in this sentence

    "the movie didn't give the actor a chance to ______ his role" ?
    I need one verb in the gap that'll work.
    For the first one, I would write "He actually became the character".

    For the second, one could choose "perfect", "highlight", "emphasize".

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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    I like emsr2d2's "inhabit".

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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I like emsr2d2's "inhabit".
    I'm glad to hear that. I was rather proud of it and it's my favourite!
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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm glad to hear that. I was rather proud of it and it's my favourite!
    I am not as fond of "inhabit". I am not sure one can inhabit a role.

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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am not as fond of "inhabit". I am not sure one can inhabit a role.
    Oh well, it seems perfect to me.

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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am not as fond of "inhabit". I am not sure one can inhabit a role.
    Google appears to disagree with you: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=to...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    ... as does my cousin, who is an actress by profession. It is deemed the height of praise to be told that you completely inhabited your role.
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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Google appears to disagree with you: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=to...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    ... as does my cousin, who is an actress by profession. It is deemed the height of praise to be told that you completely inhabited your role.
    OK, thanks. A new one for me. There may be a bit of an AmE versus BrE difference. The same Google query (USA) returned only 57,000 hits versus your 8,600,000.

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    Re: What verb can I use for an actor who played a part of a movie very well ?

    That's because the best actors are in...OK, I'll get my coat.

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