The faces of Armand Assante

One actor who seems to play roles that I absolutely adore is Armand Assante. I see a certain kind of distinction that a single actor captures all of these roles, for philosophically, and as a human, they show the greatness, aspiration and sorrows of the human condition. I enclose some links to the great roles of Armand Assante

Assante is Judge Rico in “Judge Dredd”: the twin (clone?) brother of totalitarian hero Judge Dredd (played by Sylvester Stallone), whose aspiration for a perfect society against the disorder of the megacity led to the egotism of creating a society of himself.

Assante is Odysseus, the King of Ithaca who attempts to return home after the Trojan war, tortured by divinities and beasts alike; all he wants is to return to his home. Like Rico, Odysseus exhibits a form of arete, excellence of character.

Assante is Friedrich Nietzche, in the film “When Nietzsche wept”, this film has anachronisms of every sort, but as a story it is about a troubled genius who is troubled by love and lonliness. This role perhaps more than the other two give a context to the kinds of roles aforementioned. Judge Rico and Odysseus are supermen of the Nietzschean sort, but Nietzsche himself is a character of tremendous sensitivity and vulnerability. I think their attire is awesome as well.

Michael

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