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A Man for All Seasons is about a man so subtle and saintly that an actor who takes on the role must be able to project an almost superhuman presence As is evident the story is based on the life of Sir Thomas More man of God and chancellor to the court of Henry VIII The year is 1530 and from what I know actors in this movie typically wear transparent half-masks and double up on roles More was the only member of Henry VIIIs government who would not be seduced or corrupted by Henrys threats When the king asked More to sign an oath establishing the monarchy as head of the Church of England More refused He could not alter the law he said As the play progresses and More loses his wealth and even his freedom he becomes almost self-righteous in his strict adherence to the law Exasperating but he must remain sympathetic as his family goes down with him into grief and poverty The man who plays him must show both his affectionate disposition and his unshakable piety or the script would be just an exercise in mouthing lines What I saw from the story was how the wheels turn in Mores mind the glow of warmth and the bleakness of despair that flicker across his face It is not enough to paint him as a man He must be a man among grovelers and syncophants a towering presence A man for all seasons in other words In most cases I am compelled to say that one probably would not be able to successfully preserve their integrity in a situation such as Thomas Mores But in response to the
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