Can you name the actor that appeared in three of the biggest movies of 2012, all three of which were released to theaters within a month of each other? The answer might surprise you since it is not exactly a big name actor or even an immediately recognizable character actor.
The actor is Lee Pace. Anyone familiar with the late, lamented and canceled way too early TV show "Pushing Daisies" is going to be familiar with Lee Pace as Ned, the pie maker. The appearance of Pace in three high profile movies may come as something of a surprise for those who are not as familiar with "Pushing Daisies" as they should be. Fans of Pace might be equally surprised that his role in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was such a blink and miss opportunity.
That surprise may be misplaced, however, as Pace is scheduled to reprise his role as the elf named Thranduil in the next two installments of the saga of Bilbo Baggins. It has been far too long since I read "The Hobbit" and I have no middle-earthly idea what part Thranduil plays or how extensive that part might be. Lee Pace fans will just have to be satisfied with waiting for the release of the next two installments to see if their pie maker will get the juicy role he deserves.
If you are a Lee Pace fan and want to get in on his triple feature of big budget films of 2012 and you just cannot stand the idea of watching sparkling vampires, then you really need to attend "Lincoln." You should see "Lincoln" regardless of whether you are a fan of Lee Pace or not, of course. It is one of the few must-see films of 2012. But "Lincoln" is the biggie for fans of Pace.
Not only does Pace get more than a blink and miss opportunity here, he actually gets the chance to shine as brightly as the other supporting players. His performance as Fernando Wood is one of the many acting highlights of "Lincoln." Unfortunately, he is overshadowed by the titanic performance of Daniel Day-Lewis and the crowd-pleasing turn from Tommy Lee Jones.
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