Actors serve at the pleasure and the mercy of the roles they inhabit. Throughout the watery character study “Still Life,” the ace English character man Eddie Marsan operates like a minimalist treasure hunter, seeking out little nuggets of truth and humane wit where he can find them.
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Many of us first reckoned with Marsan in Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008), in which he played Sally Hawkins’ scary driving instructor. Certainly the actor, puffy of face, limpid of eye and always a little moist around the lips, has size and power, and even in terrible stuff like the Guy Ritchie “Sherlock Holmes” movies, where he’s the boobish copper Lestrade, he’s