So, I had originally intended for today’s post to be a simple “Style Snapshot”, as I’ve done in previous posts. You see, I was re-watching that 1953 gem, Lili, and naturally I was struck by something costume-y… in this case, Mel Ferrer’s shirt:
“What about it?” you ask. Well, it’s a nice shirt! It’s beige/off-white/cream/ecru/taupe/sand (why are there so many words for that colour?). It’s well-fitting, as befits anything pre-1960s. 😉 And it has epaulettes!
It’s no secret by now that I have a bit of a thing for military style. 🙂
At any rate, that was probably going to be pretty much the extent of my entire post… until my perspicacious viewing companion happened to remark off-handedly, “He looks a bit like Jack from Miss Fisher.”
*light bulb of inspiration*
Does he ever!! I had one of those “THAT’S whom he was reminding me of!” moments – and then I began squirrelling around on the ‘net, to come up with the following series of lookalike shots of Mel Ferrer & Nathan Page….
(We interrupt our scheduled programming to inquire whether you’ve yet had the pleasure of viewing Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries? If yes, bravo! If no, please do yourself a favour and retrieve the entire set of DVDs with all haste from your local library! You may thank me later. :))
And an extra disclaimer: Lili (the sweet, innocent, utterly naïve character played by Leslie Caron) is absolutely NOTHING like Phryne Fisher (played by Essie Davis)…. And when I say nothing, I mean nothing. Night & day. Antonyms.
However, that doesn’t mean they can’t have a slightly similar look at times, as you’ll see! But it’s the Mel Ferrer – Nathan Page resemblance that’s incredibly striking.
And by the way, if you’re vaguely wondering why you’ve heard of Mel Ferrer before, I do hope that it’s because you’ve seen his wonderful performances in such films as Lili, Scaramouche (post to come on that later), and War & Peace. But more likely, it’s because of one of the two following random facts:
- His surname is the same as that of José Ferrer (to whom he was not related)
- He just happened to be married to the much more famous Audrey Hepburn
Despite his well known status as “Mr. Hepburn”, his acting truly deserves to be appreciated in its own right – as does his handsome visage! So here goes – Mel Ferrer, and Mel Ferrer 2.0 (aka Nathan Page):
Resemblance proven! I rest my case. 🙂
~ Costume Design (Lili): Mary Anne Nyberg ~
~ Costume Design (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries): Marion Boyce ~