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Standing Ovation

Jamie Harris on Richard Harris in 'This Sporting Life'

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Jamie Harris on Richard Harris in 'This Sporting Life'
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My father's turn in "This Sporting Life" was a fantastic performance. He was an animal. He was a brooding man. The '60s really had that brooding, strong man. He's playing a rugby player in Northern England, and it's just this phenomenal animalistic performance—which you don't really get anymore. The male lead has changed so much. This society doesn't need or want that strong male anymore. They want the more-feminine type, the less-threatening type. And that's a massive change. In the '60s, the really great actors were daunting. They dominated everything they did, whereas it doesn't seem to be so necessary now.

Jamie Harris is an actor whose credits include "In the Name of the Father," "La Femme Nikita," "The Prestige," and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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