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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Panheadless, Dec 30, 2011.
I liked him in Benjamin Button too.
Toooooooo easy! Singin' Clint takes home the all - time hardware.
Good one. I'll put her on my list. Who else could pull off Cruella DeVille?
stantheman, I knew there was something I liked about you!
Interesting point. Pssh.
"Great" is not that tough. The OP said "greatest," and that has obvious problems, so much so that I might waver from choosing Johnny Depp, but in favor of landing where?
I'd hire him to play me, difficult or not.
You gotta think hard about Paul Reubens.
Excellent, no list of best actors would be complete without those two. Another couple that I don't recall seeing:
Not American, but the highly under rated Ray Winstone
Eastwood,Norton,Downey jr.,Seymore- Hoffman,Clooney,Pitt,DiCaprio,Kilmer,Dinero,Harrelson,Tuturro,Penn,Duvall,(Martin)Sheen,Hanks,Sizemore,Bacon,Costner,Olmos,Gandolfini, Baldwin, Douglas,Cruise,Alda,Thorton,Freeman...tons of actors doing great work.
Got to be Clint Eastwood. I'm obsessed with the movie Josey Wales. I could watch it when I get up every morning,then during lunch and twice before I go to bed.
I put a vote in for F Murray Abraham, although the term ''the greatest" is really akin to the mundane concept of Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists list.
Jar Jar Binks.
DeNiro is almost in a separate class just by the level of commitment he brings to his work and even his lesser works are somehow fascinating in the larger scope.
That said, I can never get enough of Gene Hackmen.
Two new names for consideration: Steve Martin, Bill Murray. Discuss.
Michael Kenneth Williams
There are a few good choices here...Denzel, Hoffman, Penn, Eastwood,
but I have to go with Brad Pitt.
Ever since 12 Monkeys he's proven time and time again that he can actually portray a character, different characters with different back stories, no matter who the character is, despite his Redfordish good looks, and draw the viewer into the story. He also has the uncanny ability to convey a great deal of the message with just his eyes, which so many actors completely fail to do because they are more concerned with how they are delivering the lines than the message within the lines.
Too many of today's actors just play themselves, including most of the use-to-be great actors and recognizable names mentioned in this thread who have jumped the shark and just read the lines for big pay checks. Even Anthony Hopkins, British though he may be, is not nearly the actor he used to be. He's too busy chasing paychecks now.
How can a viewer ever get past the self parodied 'acting' of actors like Danny Devito, Deniro, Nicholson, even Bridges and Duvall - who nowadays just plays himself in every role? That's one of the reasons I like to watch films with unknown or even foreign actors...it's easier to believe their performance.
Surprisingly, though, George Clooney has been doing a great job lately. There is more to his acting skills that I had originally credited him for.
And if we were to include Non-American actors I'd give it, hands down, to Ben Kingsley.
Another vote for M.Streep. She's got the guys beat.
You mean Sir Anthony Hopkins?
I'm going to say Russell Crowe on the off chance he emigrates.
I still like to watch a lot of the old James Garner movies now and then. Robert Duvall is just plain awesome. And I think Brad Pitt deserved an Oscar for his accents in Snatch and Inglorious Basterds.
everybody deserved an Oscar for Inglorious Basterds.
Even Mike Meyers...
+1 for Bill Murray