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On the Rise Aaron Tveit

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On the Rise: Aaron Tveit

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On the Rise: Aaron Tveit

Among the many young stars who’ve recently made the leap from stage to screen, like Spring Awakening’s Lea Michele and The Book of Mormon’s Andrew Rannells, Aaron Tveit finally seems to be having his well-deserved, medium-bridging moment. Already something of a revered superstar in the theater world, the prolific Tveit (pronounced te-vate) has been doing curtain calls for most of his life, including during his time at Ithaca College, when he won a role in the national tour of Rent. Then there was his turn as Link Larkin in the national tour of Hairspray, which, in 2006, yielded his Broadway debut. A role in the Three Musketeers came after, and then, in 2008, a now-celebrated performance as troubled son Gabe in Next to Normal, a Pulitzer-Prize winning work. There was a role in Wicked, a role in the musical version of Saved!, and in 2009, the landing of the coveted lead in Catch Me If You Can, the Broadway rendering of Steven Spielberg’s portrait of Frank Abagnale Jr. For playing the charming, jet-set conman, who wooed women out of their clothes when not shedding his own, Tveit, now 29, garnered nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League, and was also up for a Fred Astaire trophy for Best Male Dancer on Broadway. He’d become an indisputable hotshot of the New York stage, and this was all before Tom Hooper came calling with an offer to star in last year’s Les Misérables.

15 Famous Movie Impostors

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15 Famous Movie Impostors
15 Famous Movie Impostors

This week sees the release of the so-wild-it-must-be true documentary The Imposter, which tells the tale of Frédéric Bourdin, an international master of disguise who, in the 1990s, impersonated a missing Texas boy, one of countless identities the chameleonic subject assumed. Bourdin’s story may be all too real, but his is one of many impostor tales we’ve seen committed to film, as so much suspense rests on characters not being who they seem. In the cases of stars in drag, stars undercover, and stars on the run, viewers are usually in on the incognito secret. Sometimes, though, the ruse is so convincing that everyone is fooled, swept up by the yank of the proverbial rug.

5 for the Day: Christopher Walken

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5 for the Day: Christopher Walken
5 for the Day: Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken started out as a dancer, and he manages to bring that sense of movement into his performances. That nervous energy comes from a busyness, a kind of restlessness, as if his characters are somehow about to jump out of their skin. Even when he’s sitting on the edge of the bed in Annie Hall, it’s as if he’s thinking of driving really fast and getting into that car crash.