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ACTOR, practice. 1. A plaintiff or complainant. 2. He on whom the burden of proof lies. In actions of replevin both parties are said to be actors. The proctor or advocate in the courts of the civil law, was called actor.

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His quietly affecting work contrasts well with Whishaw, who, for someone so young, can be surprisingly actorish. The physical mannerisms, for instance, with which he plays at being young seem unnecessary given that Whishaw actually is young.
Screenwriter of Oscar winner "Mediterraneo," Monteleone graduates confidently to a far more physically demanding project after his narrowly actorish debut "The Real Life of Antonio H." and his more interesting sophomore feature, the eccentric siege movie "Outlaw."
Esther Marina de Van Vincent Laurent Lucas Sandrine Lea Drucker Daniel Thibault de Montalembert A grueling account of an apparently normal woman's descent into self-mutilation, French actress-turned-director Marina de Van's "In My Skin" delves far more deeply into grisly physical manifestation than psychological motivation, making it seem something of an actorish vanity piece.
Kolvenbach doesn't so much withhold information as willfully deny access to it, preferring to write the sort of actorish set-pieces that are generally more entertaining for the performers than spectators.
The play's actorish comedy emerges easily and sometimes with bruising force -- the quick dismissal of Richard's "He cannot live" to an early victim: No crisis of conscience there!
Baka's depiction of a man gone bad is full of repetitive, actorish tics and pales next to his punk murderer in Kieslowski's "A Short Film About Killing." Wajda's staging feels suffocated by TV conventions.
Murphy is infinitely more enjoyable here than in her actorish turn in "Don't Say a Word," while Garcia is frustratingly plain as the grownup Jason.
Continuing his preference for little-known or nonprofessional actors, Olmi has assembled a mixed cast of Italians and Central Europeans, and while the post-synced dialogue imposes a slightly flat studio sound, the expressive faces, free from actorish mannerisms, contribute greatly to the film's arresting solemnity.
(A scheduling conflict with a rival Shakespeare -- "Umabatha: The Zulu Macbeth" at Shakespeare's Globe -- meant I had to miss the "Henry V" portion of the sequence, although performer William Houston's biting if rather actorish command of the verse was on abundant display as Prince Hal in "Henry IV.")