Monday, March 11, 2013

Lennie James

Now that Lennie James has joined the cast of The Walking Dead as the conflicted Morgan, his days of being Not Very Famous could be quickly coming to an end. However, since Hollywood is rarely able to hold on to a good thing for very long, chances are his fifteen minutes of fame will soon expire and he'll continue doing quality work in little seen movies and television shows.

One of those little seen shows was the short-lived, Jericho, where he played the mysterious Robert Hawkins, the new guy in town who knew much more about the nuclear disaster than he let on. And although his work on that show didn't always showcase his dramatic talent, he was likeable enough to want to see more.

Add to the mix his recurring role as Charlie the pimp in Hung, and it would appear that Lennie James is steadily working his way into American audiences. I say American because many viewers don't realize he's one of those "English" actors. And if you don't believe me, check out his wonderful work in Snatch.

Being one of those American audience members, I'm sorry to say that I haven't seen anything else that he's done, but if his work in the aforementioned productions is just a small glimpse of what he can bring to a character, then Lennie James is one of the most over looked actors working today, and also why he's my pick for Not Very Famous...but should be.

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