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Thu October 31, 2013

Such Characters

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:18 pm

In this final round, led by puzzle guru Art Chung, contestants are given the names of two actors who have played the same role in different movies, and they must name the character. For example, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both played Vito Corleone from The Godfather trilogy. Who was a more convincing mob boss? We'll let you figure that out on your own.

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion so let's bring back the winners from our previous quizzes. From Battle Hymn of the DCs, Kevin Balenger. From Whee! Jonathan Bettle. From the Ian MacKaye mini-game Andrew Howard. From National Treasure, Gautam Hans, and from Urge to Merge Arthur Adams.

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EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Art Chung to crown our winner.

ART CHUNG: This final round is called Such Characters. Contestants, I'm going to name two actors who have played the same role in different movies and you have to name the character. For example, if I said Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro, you would say Vito Corleone, "The Godfather." We're going to play this spelling bee style so one wrong answer and you're out.

You'll only have a few seconds to give me the answer and the last person standing will be our grand winner. Remember, you have to name the common role played by both actors. And here's a hint. Some of the roles are fictional characters but others are historical figures. Here we go. Kevin. Daniel Craig and Sean Connery.

KEVIN BELANGER: James Bond.

CHUNG: That's right. Jonathan, Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavil.

JONATHAN BETTLE: Superman/Clark Kent.

CHUNG: That is correct. Twice.

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CHUNG: Andrew, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.

ANDREW HOWARD: Spock.

CHUNG: Spock. Logical and correct. Gautam, Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

GAUTAM HANS: Willy Wonka?

CHUNG: Willy Wonka is right. Arthur, Bella Lugosi and Gary Oldman.

ARTHUR ADAMS: Dracula.

CHUNG: Dracula. You got it.

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CHUNG: We're back to Kevin. Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield.

BELANGER: Spiderman.

CHUNG: Spiderman or Peter Parker. That's correct. Jonathan, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

BETTLE: The Joker.

CHUNG: The Joker. You got it. Andrew, Cate Blanchett and Judy Dench.

HOWARD: The queen?

CHUNG: Be more specific.

HOWARD: Queen Elizabeth II.

CHUNG: I'm sorry; I can't accept that.

HOWARD: Oh, no. No?

CHUNG: Gautam, do you have an answer?

HANS: Elizabeth I?

CHUNG: Yes, Queen Elizabeth I. I'm sorry, Andrew. You're out.

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CHUNG: Arthur, Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.

ADAMS: Catwoman.

CHUNG: Catwoman is correct.

ADAMS: I tried to do the purr.

CHUNG: Points for style. Kevin, George Clooney and Frank Sinatra.

BELANGER: The character in "Ocean's 11."

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CHUNG: Do you know the first name?

BELANGER: Absolutely not.

CHUNG: Oh, OK. Jonathan, do you know the first name?

BETTLE: I think it's Danny Oshi - Ocean.

CHUNG: That is correct. That is correct.

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CHUNG: Gautam, Errol Flynn and Kevin Costner. I have to give you three seconds.

HANS: Robin Hood?

CHUNG: That's correct. That's right.

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CHUNG: Gautam gave a fist pump for that. Well deserved. Arthur, Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore.

ADAMS: Clarice Starling.

CHUNG: That is right. Nice.

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CHUNG: Jonathan. Peter Sellers and Steve Martin.

BETTLE: The Pink Panther.

CHUNG: Well, yeah, do you want to correct that?

BETTLE: Inspector Clouseau.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Gautam, Margaret Hamilton and Mila Kunis. Three seconds. I'm sorry, your time is up. Let's go to Arthur. Do you know the answer?

ADAMS: The Wicked Witch of the West?

CHUNG: That is correct, Arthur. Thank you.

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CHUNG: We are down to two players, Jonathan and Arthur. Jonathan, Robert Redford and Leonardo di Caprio.

BETTLE: Oh, the Great - the Great Gatsby.

CHUNG: We'll take that. Jay Gatsby is correct.

BETTLE: Jay Gatsby.

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CHUNG: Arthur, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

ADAMS: Indiana Jones.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. That's not right. Jonathan, if you know the answer you'll win this game.

BETTLE: Jack Ryan.

CHUNG: That's right.

EISENBERG: Oh! Well done!

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EISENBERG: That was a great competition but it came to you, Jonathan. You are our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner and you win an amazing prize. Ian MacKaye will have you over for a cup of tea.

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EISENBERG: Not coffee, but a cup of tea and some conversation. So congratulations.

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EISENBERG: Thank you, Washington, for showing us such a great time.

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