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Oscars 2012: Kenneth Branagh on some great expectations

February 27, 2012 |  4:10 pm

Kenneth Branagh knows all too well the burden that comes with playing multiple Oscar winner Laurence Olivier — and then earning an Oscar nomination for that work.

"Laurence was a great academy icon, he won best actor with 'Hamlet,' he won best picture with 'Hamlet' ...," he said Sunday before the Academy Awards. "This community knows his work very well. High expectations of anyone who would try and play him.

To Branagh, who notched a supporting actor nod for "My Week With Marilyn," walking down that red carpet in Hollywood was in a sense walking the same path trod by Olivier and Marilyn Monroe.

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"It feels like a bit of a completion of that journey into showbiz past."


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