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Old 11th May 2009, 03:19 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Re: Best Actor

I think what makes an actor great is thier ability to 'become' different characters. When you look an an actor like Julia Roberts or Bruce Willis (sorry, wy, you rlist is just easy to see so I'm pullng straight from) they are very good in the roles they play, but don't really branch out into anything different. Bruce is always a smart-ass, and Julia is always weak on the outside with an inner strength (she cries alot too).

Then you have actors like Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchette, that take on roles that are opposite ends of the spectrum and play them well. That is what puts an actor into the best category fpr me.

Toni Collette is a briliant actress, and I think perhaps overlooked sometimes because she isn't a traditional beauty. (which is a whole 'nother diatribe)
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Old 11th May 2009, 03:36 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Toni Collette is a briliant actress, and I think perhaps overlooked sometimes because she isn't a traditional beauty. (which is a whole 'nother diatribe)

Oooh, she was good in Sixth Sense (along with your favourite Bruce)!
I hate it when ladies cry in movies/film (or any time) and I thought she did brilliantly when she was talking with her son Cole about her mother. Well, she was good all the way through the film.
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Old 11th May 2009, 04:04 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Re: Best Actor

There is only 1 best actor

And it has to be John Turturro. The only man to play a fully clothed ball-licking Jesus!

And if you haven't seen his 'Disco Stu' type character in 'The search for One Eyed Jimmy' then your eyes are still virgins.
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Old 12th May 2009, 05:39 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Re: Best Actor

Then there's Screen Presence. Not all actors have this, some have it in spades. It can be hard to separate acting ability from this special charisma. Examples: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, Laurence Fishburne (these are just a sample - many of the actors already mentioned have "it" ). These ones can all act as well, though, as evidenced by the fact that they have the ability to turn their screen presence "off", and play someone very blah or background as well as someone you can't take your eyes off.

Not every great actor has Screen Presence. You don't actually need it to be a great actor. For example someone like Steve Buscemi or Toni Collette, who have played some excellent roles showing fabulous mastery. The "quiet achievers" of the acting world.

Do you need both to be called a truly great actor?
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Old 12th May 2009, 12:00 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Re: Best Actor

No problem BS

See for me a good actor is someone who knows their strengths and weaknesses and plays to them and doesn't try to go beyond their capabilities just for a pay check. See Bruce Willis always plays a smart alecky tough guy but that is because he is good at that and I doubt he would try his hand at an 17th century Welsh farmer (Where as a not so good actor, just after the paycheck might go hmmm I'll give that Welsh accent ago or go hmmm I will make that movie about the german submarine and have everyone talk like an american hmmm)

Oh speaking of good actors Viggo Mortensen is another one, he gives his all to a role and does it very well.

Isn't John Turturro the "very very sneaky" guy from Mr Deeds?
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Isn't John Turturro the "very very sneaky" guy from Mr Deeds?
Yes he is, he is also Jesus from the Big Lebowski, and Barton Fink in Barton Fink, The Coen Brothers use him quite alot.
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He is a good actor, like Tony Shaloub.
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Old 12th May 2009, 12:15 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Yes he is, he is also Jesus from the Big Lebowski, and Barton Fink in Barton Fink, The Coen Brothers use him quite alot.
And speaking of Big Lebowski, there wasn't a weak actor in the group was there? Well, maybe Bunny, but she didn't have very many lines so it is easy to overlook that Tara Reed was even in the film. I've always been a fan of Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve buscemi, Julienne Moore, John Turturro, PS Hoffman, ...and the list of great actors could go on.
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I would like to see Othello The Movie with my favourite actors in it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Othello
Steve Seagal as Iago
Rutger Hauer as Desdemona
Mr Bean as Cassio

On a more serious point it's horse for courses (and cliches for afters). A number have touched upon range, I think Depp has it, Pitt attempts it (boy does he want his Oscar), Crowe has it and so on. Others are movie stars... Arnie was always Arnie; in the right movie that's what you want. John Wayne was always John Wayne but he was a character people liked to see, he was a movie star. Others like Al Pacino are ACTORS (avec intonation).
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Re: Best Actor

I remember Denholm Elliott being a very good supporting actor.
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Old 13th May 2009, 08:30 AM   #56 (permalink)
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people sure seem to like russel crowe but i just don't see it. i haven't enjoyed anything he's been in, and i really don't enjoy him nor do i see rnge - yes the characters are very different, but he still seems the same
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people sure seem to like russel crowe but i just don't see it. i haven't enjoyed anything he's been in, and i really don't enjoy him nor do i see rnge - yes the characters are very different, but he still seems the same

No way BookStop! Gladiator was cool!!!
(Although I must admit I haven't really enjoyed his performance in anything else he's been in).

I've heard LA Confidential is good but I haven't seen it(?)
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Old 13th July 2009, 11:48 PM   #58 (permalink)
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I just love Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp
They are far the best...
Then comes Paul Bettany and Malcom McDowell
And from actresses Meryl Streep
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Who do you think is the best Actor (male or female) out there?

I find it hard to go past Depp, Freeman and Washington.
The same for me, but also Keanu Reeves and Ryan Gosling - can't find the only one, all od them are great actors for me!
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Old 7th August 2009, 12:07 AM   #60 (permalink)
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I remember Denholm Elliott being a very good supporting actor.
Yes, he was great - one among a generation of English supporting actors who are superb - Michael Hordern, Donald Pleasance, Harry Andrews, Colin Blakely etc...

The two English-speaking actors who have impressed me most over a period of time are James Mason and Alan Bates.

Now I come to think of it, all my favourite actors are dead.
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