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Discussion in 'The Batcave' started by The Man of Steel, Dec 20, 2007.
My Favorite is Michael Gough
Funny you made this thread because just last night I was thinking about who I liked best. Michael Gough would be my first instinct, but I want to give Cain another shot in TDK before deciding.
You need to include William Austin from the old movie serial.
I believe the character was modeled after him in the comics later on.
Then there is that guy who played him on Birds of Prey. He didn't do to bad either.
Anyway, I am just sending out random thoughts.
I Forgot about William Austin, My bad
yeah, I'm gonna give Caine another chance, I'll pick again after I see TDK
What, no Efrem Zimbalist jr. - the guy played him for about 15 years nearly
sorry, I Forgot
No biggie, just thought I would put it out there. I think his interpretation was spot on for it's time in the comics, but doesn't match the character today.
Yeah, love Cain but just have to get used to a more "street" Alfred than a prim/proper one.
If that makes any sense.
Like Gough and Caine but prefere Cain as he seems to be a bit funnier and has more of a part in Batman Begins
He is really good
I like Caine's Alfred but Gough was the best Alfred.
I don't think there's ever been a bad Alfred.
My favourite is Gough.
You also forgot Ian Abercrombie but all have been excellent. I personally think Michael Gough was the best though.
Oh, Michael Gough of course.
No doubt about it t:
I liked Caine in BB but I could never get over the idea of a butler with cockney accent.
I lean a little more towards Cain. He seems to play more of a father figure, well at least more direct than MIchael Gough. But then again that has nothing to do with them , it's how they write them. So now i say Gough for the looks and Cain for how he was written. Not sure is that makes sense :s
I voted Michael Caine on the poll, but I still hesitate. I always loved Gough's Alfred, he seemed the good mentor wishing to reason Wayne in order to orientate him in his decisions, but Caine's Alfred also concretely saved Wayne's life from the fire and told those fun remakrs, like the Rolls Royce line.
Both are great, nuff said
Michael Caine, mainly because he feels more relevant.
Agreed, Caine's Alfred was much more in line like the Breyfogle Batman run in the '80's where, if It came down to it Alfred Might get the drop on you.
You know you're a fanboy when you wish they had given the Alfreds' black hair.
Never saw Birds of Prey so I had no idea Mr. Pitt played an Alfed. My vote goes to Gough though it was the little things like the smart alecky yet classy demeanor he had to picking up after Bruce during his party in BATMAN, and the concern that he had for Dick Grayson in Batman Forever that made him Alfred to me.
like ive stated many times, caine's alfred, while probably haveing the, ahem, strongest personality, just didnt come off as Alfred to me. michael gough, now i grew up with him as alfred, but believe me if caine was half as good as gough was, i would probably have chosen him. but gough was definetly the classic obedient butler while caine, with a very strong and annoying cockney accent, was far too rough around the edges to be a classy butler. i remember reading that nolan wanted to "break the mold" of the gentle obidient butler and make him all tough and stuff. they wanted to also do the same thing with the frank langela perry white, make him not so loud and obnoxious, so in Superman Returns, hes alot calmer and softspoken. so basically from what i can tell, alfred and perry white both swapped roles, so now its alfred who is the tough talkin guy and perry white is the quiet one. strange... well, i prefer the gentle version of alfred who gave good advice without pushing it into bruces face, like gough did. caines alfred never became likeable for me. too harsh. so my vote of course goes to michael gough for a brilliant performance. of course i cant forget about napier, but he was used more for jokes and stuff, not very serious, so i dont know, unless your a huge 60's show fan, i dont know if i'd count him. but he was great at what he did for that show. hey, the score is tied now!