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The Many Faces of… Paul Dano

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This week I decided to take a look at the many roles of Paul Dano, who I first noticed in Being Flynn where he impressed me. I started noticing him other movies as well and am impressed by the number of great movies he has appeared in the last couple of years.

Paul Dano was born on June 19, 1984 in New York, but grew up in Conneticut. As he was growing up he did community theater. He appeared in the play Inherit the Wind and in 1998 had a small role in the TV show Smart Guy. His first movie was The Newcomers, followed by several other small movies. He landed a role in The Sopranos, playing Patrick Whaley in 2 episodes. After this he acted in The Ballad of Jack and Rose, followed by The King and Little Miss Sunshine. Daniel Day-Lewis was so impressed by him when he acted with him on The Ballad of Jack and Rose that he wanted him to act in There Will Be Blood. Other movies he appeared in were Meek’s Cutoff, Knight and Day, Being Flynn playing the son of a character played by Robert de Niro, Ruby Sparks, Loop, 12 Years a Slave and Prisoners.

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From left to right:
Smart Guy, The Newcomers, L.I.E., Too Young to Be a Dad, The Emperor’s Club, The Girl Next Door, Taking Lives, The Sopranos, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The King, Little Miss Sunshine, Fast Food Nation, Weapons, There Will Be Blood, Light and the Sufferer, Explicit Ills, Gigantic, Taking Woodstock, The Good Heart, Where The Wild Things Are, The Extra Man, Knight and Day, Meek’s Cutoff, Cowboys & Aliens, For Ellen, Flatscreen, Being Flynn, Ruby Sparks, Looper, 12 Years a Slave, Prisoners, Love & Mercy

What’s your favorite Paul Dano role?

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  • Mark Walker says:

    For a guy who can hold his own against DeNiro and Day Lewis, he’s too bad at all. I’ve been a fan of Dano’s for a while now. Nice highlight Nostra!

    March 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    • Movie Review World says:

      Excellent piece Nostra. Dano seems to grow with every role he takes on and the fact he can hold his own on screen like Mark says is testiment to his ambition and skill as a young actor.

      March 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm
      • Nostra says:

        Thanks a lot. Can’t wait to see how he will grow in his career

        March 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, I really enjoy his work as well and am looking forward to seeing more of him…

      March 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm
  • ckckred says:

    I’ve got to agree with Mark on There Will Be Blood. Dano really holds his own against Daniel Day Lewis.

    March 15, 2014 at 12:10 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, he was very good in that one

      March 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm
  • Steven Flores says:

    Right now…

    1. There Will Be Blood
    2. Ruby Sparks
    3. Little Miss Sunshine
    4. For Ellen
    5. Where the Wild Things Are.

    March 15, 2014 at 12:24 am
    • Nostra says:

      Have not seen number 4, but he was good in the other ones

      March 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm
  • stacybuckeye says:

    I have Being Flynn on the dvr, waiting. I saw him in Ruby Sparks and Prisoners lately, both very strong roles.

    March 15, 2014 at 5:03 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, he is solid in Being Flynn as well.

      March 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm
  • mummbles says:

    I think I like his character in Ruby Sparks the best. It was a very underrated movie and the relationship problems he has related to me in some ways. He is a good actor, thanks for showing Mr. Dano some love.

    March 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm
    • Nostra says:

      That was such an enjoyable fim, really had a great time watching it.

      March 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm
  • Courtney says:

    Nice highlights here, Nostra! He’s one of the most brilliant actors in his age group, and he hasn’t really skipped a beat in performances. Definitely an Oscar in his future.

    March 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, that would not surprise me Courtney.

      March 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

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