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Written by Connie Skibinski
Though Dickie is not the main character, Jude Law won many awards for his portrayal as the eccentric millionaire, such as the 2000 BAFTA Award for 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role'. Law portrayed his character as a man who is self-confident and well composed, but also craves the attention of others. He also captured Dickie's erratic personality, as he goes from being infatuated with Tom to ignoring him completely.
Anthony Minghella cast Law for the role after seeing his acting talent in 'Gattaca' (1997) and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), where he was impressed by his sophistication. Minghella praised Law as "He's magnetic and unbearably handsome and perfect for the role." Jude Law was thrilled to take the role, as he was intrigued by Dickie's style, class and depth of character.
Matt Damon plays the lead role and protagonist, Tom Ripley. Critics herald this as Damon's signature performance, as his ability to pull off such a complicated character is a testament to his skills. Tom Ripley is an elusive and complex character. He openly admits that his three skills are forging signatures, telling lies and impersonating people. At the very beginning of the film, Ripley pretends to be a Princeton graduate in order to play piano at a high-society event. His forgery and impersonation skills then take a dark turn when he murders Dickie and pretends to be him, hence assuming his life of luxury and privilege.
Damon aimed to portray Ripley's inner turmoil and prompt the viewer to feel a sense of empathy for his characters, despite the atrocious things he has done. He also made sure to subtly portray his characters transformation from Tom to Dickie by mirroring his mannerisms, losing his slouch and trading his nervous features for a composed and confident facade. Damon also changed his voice and appearance to indicate Tom's growing infatuation with Dickie.
At the time of casting for the film, Gwyneth Paltrow was a well-liked and respected Hollywood celebrity. She perfectly plays the role of Marge Sherwood, girlfriend of the high-flying Dickie Greenleaf. Her graceful beauty and important roles in films such as 'Emma' (1996) and 'Great Expectations' (1998) prompted Minghella to cast her as the kind-hearted, sensitive character of Marge.
Paltrow portrayed her character as both naive and insightful. Though Marge is aware of Dickie's womanising, she acts oblivious as she fears confrontation. She also turns a blind eye to many of his negative characteristics, such as his tendency to shun and exclude others. While Marge may appear to have a perfect like as she is wealthy, young and dating an attractive man, we also get a sense of her inner turmoil.
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