You're Such A Critic

YOU'RE SUCH A CRITIC

November 18, 2005

THE QUESTION

We've got the sixth new face in James Bond's tuxedo (blond, no less). Three different actors have played Batman onscreen in recent film versions. Ice Cube smoothly stood in for Vin Diesel in a XXX sequel. So, with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - the next mega-film in the series - hitting theaters today, we wonder: Could any other actor wear Daniel Radcliffe's cloak?

WHAT YOU SAY

When I first read this week's question, I thought I had come up with an immediate response: "No! Of course not!" But then I got to thinking.

I can't profess that I have seen all six James Bonds, or the XXX series, or even all of the Batman films. But what I do know is that although secondary actors are never "as great" as the primary ones, they get the job done.

Seeing how upset the fans were that a new Dumbledore was put in place of the late Richard Harris, I can't imagine the reaction of a change in Harry's role. I would encourage Radcliffe to take this opportunity to its full extent, and when he feels he can no longer play his role as Harry Potter, somebody else will surely fill the spot.

LAUREN YOFFE, OWINGS MILLS

I think no one can fill Daniel's shoes for the role of Harry Potter. It has been him who brought the character to life and only he can make the character seem real.

KATIA BRUNO, ORANGE, N.J.

THE NEXT QUESTION

From now through Jan. 1, holiday films - good, bad, offbeat or indifferent - will be everywhere. Which begs the question: Which holiday chestnuts are so universal in their message (It's a Wonderful Life) or so funny (A Christmas Story) or askew (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Bad Santa) that you'd be willing to sit through them in, say, July?

Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "Such a Critic" in the memo field) to arts@baltsun.com.

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