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Widescreen: the end of stardom

Does the popularity of 3D films and the fashion for casting unknown actors spell the end of stardom? No—and here’s why not

By Mark Cousins   March 2010

Clockwise from top left: Lawrence, Monroe, Brando, Valentine – faces we long to touch

The movie stars that we see on the big screen are portraits of human beings. The shock, if you meet an actor in real life, is that they’re not a portrait. You look for the brushstrokes, but there are none. Looking at a film star in real life is like seeing double. When Amitabh Bachchan—the most famous movie star in the world—walks into a room, you see a very tall, articulate Indian gentleman. But you also see someone made out of film-star hair, clothes and…

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