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Who was the better in his prime?
Sir Laurence Olivier
Spencer Tracy
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    Vote and Discuss

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    How do you define “prime”? Physical prime? Or skill prime, because that changes everything before I can answer.

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    How do you define “prime”? Physical prime? Or skill prime, because that changes everything before I can answer.

    Obviously dear they are actors not MMA fighters.

    The point of matter will be skill prime,acting prime.

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    Obviously dear they are actors not MMA fighters.

    The point of matter will be skill prime,acting prime.

    I’m willing to bet either of them could take you out if you pissed them off enough. Esp Olivier.

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    I’m willing to bet either of them could take you out if you pissed them off enough. Esp Olivier.

    ofcourse they can.

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    I don’t know much about Tracy but at least Olivier was prominent in both screen and stage.

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    Both of them were so freaking good it comes down to a matter of preference, and i cant choose between them. They were also drawn to different kinds of films.

    If you’re unfamiliar with Tracy I highly recommend you check out his work. You can throw a dart at any of his films and he’s magnificent in all of them.

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    They were about as different of actors as you can get. Olivier was from the highly stylized British tradition and Tracy infamously was from the school of just say your lines and don’t bump into the furniture.

    Impossible to choose a favorite.

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    Interesting comparison – on one hand they were quite different but on the other hand there are plenty of roles either of them could be cast in.

    As great as both were, Tracy was a more natural movie actor. Even in his more forgettable movies and roles, you can never tell he’s acting; he just fully becomes the character without losing his unique and instantly recognizable star presence.

    Olivier sometimes acted on screen as if he was on stage, leading to a result that was less than effortless – just look at his strained ass next to Marilyn Monroe’s mind-blowing smoothness in The Prince and the Showgirl.

    Yes, I know, “in their prime”, in other words Wuthering Heights/Rebecca/The Entertainer etc versus Fury/Adam’s Rib/Judgment at Nuremberg etc.

    My vote is still on Tracy. Even when Olivier was in his prime, you could always tell he was ACTING.

    Who would you say was better, Hammad?

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    Interesting comparison – on one hand they were quite different but on the other hand there are plenty of roles either of them could be cast in.

    As great as both were, Tracy was a more natural movie actor. Even in his more forgettable movies and roles, you can never tell he’s acting; he just fully becomes the character without losing his unique and instantly recognizable star presence.

    Olivier sometimes acted on screen as if he was on stage, leading to a result that was less than effortless – just look at his strained ass next to Marilyn Monroe’s mind-blowing smoothness in The Prince and the Showgirl.

    Yes, I know, “in their prime”, in other words Wuthering Heights/Rebecca/The Entertainer etc versus Fury/Adam’s Rib/Judgment at Nuremberg etc.

    My vote is still on Tracy. Even when Olivier was in his prime, you could always tell he was ACTING.

    Who would you say was better, Hammad?

    I have been watching these 2 1900s born Giants from past 2 months as my Film History teacher suggested.

    My opinion is exactly same as you.Both are great but Olivier sometimes wasn’t able to differentiate between Stage and Film even at his best.

    Spencer Tracy who I believe is underrated today never seemed as he was acting.He was raw natural talent.

    Both were totally different actors.

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    Sir Laurence Olivier i think

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    They were about as different of actors as you can get. Olivier was from the highly stylized British tradition and Tracy infamously was from the school of just say your lines and don’t bump into the furniture.

    Impossible to choose a favorite.

    Captains Courageous vs Hamlet.

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