Actor George Mackay arrives for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards in London in this February 2, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Luke Macgregor/Files
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MacKay, whose first film role came at age 10 as one of the Lost Boys in a 2003 version of "Peter Pan", is building a reputation as a versatile, up-and-coming character actor who can play just about anything -- as long as the part suits someone whose entire demeanour, from his large eyes to the elongated oval shape of his face, says "soulful".Unlike Britain, the distances between cities are so vast, and it is so dark at night, that MacKay said at times he felt like he was in "a sea of blackness".In the meantime, MacKay couldn't ask for a better demonstration of his versatility than his two current films in Britain -- "Pride", on general release, and "Bypass", showing this month at the London Film Festival.MacKay said he enjoys it when he can portray characters like Joe and Tim.Whatever the movie, and no matter what kind of reviews it receives, MacKay almost always garners praise.It's the thrill of the craft, which is something that MacKay said he learned from his role model, the British actor Eddie Marsan, seen recently in the movie version of "War Horse", that convinced him to become an actor full-time when he left school.Up until then, and ever since his debut in "Peter Pan", there had been steady work but he hadn't made the full commitment until he got one of the lead roles in the 2012 film version of the World War One family drama "Private Peaceful".
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