who are your favorite actors (craft & persona)?

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  1. Brahman

    Brahman Mel Van Peebles

    Feb 1, 2003
    make two lists of your favorites... one based on craft and the other based on persona. an actor can be on both lists if you want. i'm listing 10 for craft and 5 for persona and including my two favorite performances for each.

    my faves based on craft:

    - henry fonda (12 angry men, once upon a time in the west)
    - paul newman (the hustler, hud)
    - gene hackman (the french connection, scarecrow)
    - robert deniro (raging bull, the king of comedy)
    - al pacino (dog day afternoon, scarface)
    - philip seymour hoffman (punch-drunk love, capote)
    - jason robards (the ballad of cable hogue, once upon a time in the west)
    - john malkovich (in the line of fire, being john malkovich/the glass menagerie)
    - jack nicholson (the shining, one flew over the cuckoo's nest)
    - james coburn (affliction, pat garrett & billy the kid)

    my faves based on persona:

    - steve mcqueen (bullitt, the cincinnati kid)
    - lee van cleef (the good, the bad, and the ugly, day of anger)
    - toshiro mifune (yojimbo, sanjuro)
    - clint eastwood (fistful of dollars, the good, the bad, and the ugly)
    - bruce lee (enter the dragon, fist of fury aka the chinese connection)

    mifune, mcqueen, and van cleef all deserve recognition for their craft... especially mifune
  2. Riz

    Riz Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    -Chiwetel Ejiofor
    -Philip Seymour Hoffman
    -Tom Hanks (yeah, I said it)
    -Peter Sellers
    -Kirk Douglass

    -Harrison Ford
    -James Stewart
    -Bill Murray
    -Tom Hanks
    -John C. Reily
    -Michael Keaton
  3. Brahman

    Brahman Mel Van Peebles

    Feb 1, 2003
    damn, my dude slipped my mind

    - george c. scott (dr. strangelove, the hustler)

    still haven't seen 'patton', which is in my collection [chicka]

    [funny] you still remember how i feel about tom hanks? a good but very overrated actor. his talent is nowhere near being equal to his status. what he's got going in his favor is an all-american everyman quality that many love, great script selection, and starring in big budget movies with a moral (the type of film the academy loves). all of these things combined give him an advantage that allows him to deliver an average performance but still get heaps of praise, both public and critical, for it because (1) people love seeing tom hanks which brings box office success, (2) the movie as a whole is well-written giving him good lines to say and character development outside of his own craft, and (3) movies that get a lot of recognition from the academy tend to bring recognition to the actors.

    however, picking him for craft is a lot better than picking john wayne for persona. i was expecting to see that from you, lol
  4. Nam Dekan

    Nam Dekan i got a tip in my pocket

    Mar 31, 1998
    nicholas cage (lord of war, raising arizona)
    john goodman (big lebowski, barton fink)
    phillip seymor hoffman (punch drunk love, boogie nights)
    mathew broderick (election, glory)
    johnny depp (blow, fear and loathing)
    benicio del toro (fear and loathing, traffic)
    robert deniro (raging bull, goodfellas)
    denzel washington (training day, malcolm x)
    john turturro (barton fink, quiz show)
    steve buscemi (ghost world, reservoir dogs)
    kevin spacey (american beauty, big kahuna)

    christopher walken (annie hall, king of new york)
    bill murray (lost in translation, hamlet)
    charlie chaplin (modern times, the great dictator)
    luis guzman (boogie nights, oz)
    don cheadle (traffic, boogie nights)
  5. Riz

    Riz Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    To be honest I think he's good at the persona he created, but the actual persona isn't really anywhere near my favourite... if that makes any sense.
  6. The Jeus

    The Jeus _________

    Nov 5, 2002
    I could probably come up with a better list, but off the top of my head:
    Henry fonda
    william demarest
    william h macy
    jeff bridges
    jeff daniels
    Billy Crudup
    Martin Landau
    Joan Allen
    Jon Cusack
    Jennifer Connelly
    Robin Williams [sometimes]
    Joel McCrea
    Barbara Stanwyck
    Robert Duvall
    Gene Hackman
    Joseph Cotten
    Diane Keaton
    Jack Nicholson

    Jack nicholson
    cary grant
    woody allen
    Orson Welles
    Brittany Murphy
    Reese Witherspoon
    Billy Bob Thornton [sometimes]

    Jimmy Stewart falls somewhere in between
  7. chickenwang

    chickenwang (the) state of the art

    Nov 8, 2003
    denzel washington (all)
    johnny depp (pirates, blow, ed wood, scissorhands)
    jason statham (snatch, transporters, italian job)
    brad pitt (se7en, fight club, snatch, 12 ••••••s)
    nick cage (mainly cause of adaptation, matchstick men & leaving las vegas)
    quentin tarrantino (he counts)
    guy pearce (monte cristo, memento, la confidential)
    kevin spacey (a time to kill, american beauty, la confidential, utterly AMAZING in se7en)

    zach braff
    ryan reynolds
    jack nicholson (even though he's a bandwagoning sports fan)
    christopher walken
    ed norton
  8. -Oz-

    -Oz- ^^^^^

    Sep 28, 2003
    I dont really have favorites, or care really.

    Alot of people are quick to say Deniro, Pacino and Nicholson because those choices automatically make you look sophisticated, but really...its all about the movie...they all have tons of boring and or bad movies.

    Anyway, the only actor I really might see a movie, just cause their in it, is Edward Norton.
  9. Brahman

    Brahman Mel Van Peebles

    Feb 1, 2003
    have anti-pseudointellectuals become the new pseudointellectuals?

    it seems like people who accuse "a lot of people" of trying to appear smart or sophisticated for liking some form of entertainment are trying to appear smart or sophisticated themselves because of their supposed elevated bird's eye view and ability to "see through the fakery"

    what on earth makes a person a pseudointellectual or pseudosophisticate for liking some of robert deniro, al pacino, and jack nicholson's best films? most of em wouldn't even be considered high art and are readily accessible to practically any filmgoer.
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