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The first image is from 1938, the second from 1959. Since Laughton was always portly, there's not such a great difference as you would see in other people ageing: there would be a greater difference with a more youthful image of laughton in the late 20's or in his first time in Hollywood (1932)... Or inded a 1935 image, a time where he had lost some weight.However, if you check this link you'll see images from a teenage laughton: now there's a significant difference! ;D
A genius. I agree, Gloria, he seemed a little chubby even in boyhood, tho - but then again, he was pretty much ageless in the movies.
Laughton always believed himself to be hideously ugly (cf Quasimodo); a kind of anti-Cary Grant
That might be the quid of the question: he believed so, and there is no doubt that such belief helped him shape many of his characters, which have an undercurrent theme of not fitting in a world where outsiders (i.e. Quasimodo) are not welcome: he would often find a voice for the alien, the maverick and the underdog, and kudos to him for that.Another thing is what other people thought about his looks, and here opinions are more diverse than one would expect: Marilyn Monroe once said that Laughton was the sexiest man she'd ever seen, and Marlene Dietrich said that she'd rather play a love scene with Charles than with anyone else... I believe that both were ladies with good taste.And personally, I have always found him very, very cute ;p, but them I'm biased (And I find cary Grant very cute, too)
The big difference in the two pictures is that there's a puckish sense of mischief in the eyes of the man in the first that would ill-befit the dignified gentleman in the second.
Actually, shortly before the second picture was taken, Laughton acted in "Witness for the Prosecution" where his eyes are pretty mischievous as he is smuggling cigars (while pretending to be a dignified gentleman who obeys his nurse)
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