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Gary Oldman AS Winston Churchill vs. Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill

 
 
Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 02:35 am
Would you please explain when I should use "Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill" and when "Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill"?

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centrox
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 02:53 am
Gary Oldman is not Winston Churchill. The latter person died in 1965. Oldman is an actor in a film. However, when advertising a film, you might use an emphasised "is" to suggest that an actor's portrayal is so convincing that a viewer might almost forget that it is an act, e.g. Richard Burton IS Mark Antony!


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centrox
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 03:57 am
You can say
Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in the film "Darkest Hour".
or
The film "Darkest Hour" stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.
layman
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 07:18 am
@centrox,
Yeah, once it has been established that the context is a film, a play, or whatever, people will often say "is," with it being clear that it's not to be taken in a literal sense.

In this same context, "as" just means "plays the role of."

The meaning conveyed is the same, either way.
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