Building High-Performance Muscle™
Get a Life
 
Favourite/Worst Actors
 

spar4tee
Level

Join date: Sep 2010
Location: District of Columbia, USA
Posts: 9679

strungoutboy21 wrote:
Cimmerian wrote:
Professor X wrote:
spar4tee wrote:
Samir wrote:
I can't stand Nicolas Cage.

I just can't take him seriously. I laughed at his performance in the Wicker Man ... literally.



Dude, that was a comedy. I refuse to believe otherwise.

If you turn it to mute and play Loony Tunes in the background, tell me you won't pass out laughing.


Nic Cage is one of the finest comedic actors of his generation


My faves:
Christian Bale
Ed Norton
Max Von Sydow
Toshiro Mifune (if we're allowed to include dead guys)
James Earl Jones
Ellen Burstyn

Hate:
Julia Roberts
Nicole Kidman
Matthew McConaughey
Ben Stiller

Oh man that Nicolas Cage losing his shit video is pure win.

OMFGLOL you don't say

  Report
 

Marzouk
Level

Join date: Jul 2009
Location:
Posts: 3188

The scene in matchstick men when he's trying to get his prescription is awesome lol, and when he takes drugs for the first time in FACE/OFF

God bless Nicholas Cage.

  Report
 

Spock81
Level 5

Join date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, CAN
Posts: 3684

chillain wrote:
^^ the original book by Cormac McCarthy is pretty excellent as well

and if nothing else, you get more of a peek "inside" the mind of Chigurh



YEP! I Know! That was the first full book I actually had the patience to read since I was forced to read stuff in high school, ha-ha.

  Report
 

TigerTime
Level

Join date: May 2011
Location:
Posts: 1369

Clint Eastwood is my favourite. I've never really thought about a least favourite.

  Report
 

roybot
Level 1

Join date: Jul 2007
Location:
Posts: 6586

Marzouk wrote:
The scene in matchstick men when he's trying to get his prescription is awesome lol, and when he takes drugs for the first time in FACE/OFF

God bless Nicholas Cage.


My major problem with Cage is that he never lets you forget that he's an actor playing a role. Even in his 'everyman' roles he behaves in a way that he'd never get away with in real life. It's behaviour that he can get away with on a movie set as Nic Cage the actor, but not on the street. Very self indulgent.

  Report
 

BobParr
Level 3

Join date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec, CAN
Posts: 1479

roybot wrote:
Marzouk wrote:
The scene in matchstick men when he's trying to get his prescription is awesome lol, and when he takes drugs for the first time in FACE/OFF

God bless Nicholas Cage.


My major problem with Cage is that he never lets you forget that he's an actor playing a role. Even in his 'everyman' roles he behaves in a way that he'd never get away with in real life. It's behaviour that he can get away with on a movie set as Nic Cage the actor, but not on the street. Very self indulgent.


This is a great way to put it. I think the opposite is what distinguishes a great actor. You look at really good ones like Edward Norton or Kevin Spacey, and in every single role, you forget you are watching someone playing a role. I don't know what the trick is, but a good actor somehow seems completely natural and believable.

I think part of it requires not getting typecast. Especially with action stars, you never really forget it's whoever you're watching. Clint Eastwood is excellent, for example, but I never forget I'm watching Clint Eastwood playing a role. I suppose Bruce Willis is one of the ones who has been able to break away from that the most.

  Report
 

Viernes
Level

Join date: Mar 2012
Location: California, USA
Posts: 161

roybot wrote:
Marzouk wrote:
The scene in matchstick men when he's trying to get his prescription is awesome lol, and when he takes drugs for the first time in FACE/OFF

God bless Nicholas Cage.


My major problem with Cage is that he never lets you forget that he's an actor playing a role. Even in his 'everyman' roles he behaves in a way that he'd never get away with in real life. It's behaviour that he can get away with on a movie set as Nic Cage the actor, but not on the street. Very self indulgent.


Yeah. Look at him V Malkovitch in Con Air.

He's the bumpkin M-vitch is the psycho. and they don't really play it like an "everyman"

  Report
 

Iron Dwarf
Level

Join date: Feb 2008
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 16335

BobParr wrote:
You look at really good ones like Edward Norton or Kevin Spacey, and in every single role, you forget you are watching someone playing a role. I don't know what the trick is, but a good actor somehow seems completely natural and believable.



Exactly.
Guys like Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, and John Malkovich come to mind.

  Report
 

roybot
Level 1

Join date: Jul 2007
Location:
Posts: 6586

Iron Dwarf wrote:
BobParr wrote:
You look at really good ones like Edward Norton or Kevin Spacey, and in every single role, you forget you are watching someone playing a role. I don't know what the trick is, but a good actor somehow seems completely natural and believable.



Exactly.
Guys like Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, and John Malkovich come to mind.


Anthony Hopkins said that he recites his lines 300 times to ensure that his delivery is effortless and natural. I suspect that there's more to it than that.

  Report
 

orion
Level 5

Join date: Jun 2005
Location: Austria
Posts: 24418

roybot wrote:
Iron Dwarf wrote:
BobParr wrote:
You look at really good ones like Edward Norton or Kevin Spacey, and in every single role, you forget you are watching someone playing a role. I don't know what the trick is, but a good actor somehow seems completely natural and believable.



Exactly.
Guys like Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, and John Malkovich come to mind.


Anthony Hopkins said that he recites his lines 300 times to ensure that his delivery is effortless and natural. I suspect that there's more to it than that.


I suspect that the attitude that makes him practice hundreds of times is that "it".

  Report
 

roybot
Level 1

Join date: Jul 2007
Location:
Posts: 6586

orion wrote:
roybot wrote:
Iron Dwarf wrote:
BobParr wrote:
You look at really good ones like Edward Norton or Kevin Spacey, and in every single role, you forget you are watching someone playing a role. I don't know what the trick is, but a good actor somehow seems completely natural and believable.



Exactly.
Guys like Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, and John Malkovich come to mind.


Anthony Hopkins said that he recites his lines 300 times to ensure that his delivery is effortless and natural. I suspect that there's more to it than that.


I suspect that the attitude that makes him practice hundreds of times is that "it".


Yep.

  Report
 

Iron Dwarf
Level

Join date: Feb 2008
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 16335

roybot wrote:
Iron Dwarf wrote:
BobParr wrote:
You look at really good ones like Edward Norton or Kevin Spacey, and in every single role, you forget you are watching someone playing a role. I don't know what the trick is, but a good actor somehow seems completely natural and believable.



Exactly.
Guys like Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, and John Malkovich come to mind.


Anthony Hopkins said that he recites his lines 300 times to ensure that his delivery is effortless and natural. I suspect that there's more to it than that.


That's surprising to me, but shouldn't be considering the practicality of such a practice.
My assumption was that he was given license to ad-lib and therefore "appear" natural.

I respect him much more now. EXCELLENT work ethic.

  Report
 

roybot
Level 1

Join date: Jul 2007
Location:
Posts: 6586

Iron Dwarf wrote:
My assumption was that he was given license to ad-lib and therefore "appear" natural.


That's exactly what the majority of screen actors do. Many find it hard to memorize dialogue precisely in the time they have and are bailed out by multiple takes.

There are performers who rely too much on the medium to cover them. It works...as long as they don't venture into live theater.

  Report
 

Viernes
Level

Join date: Mar 2012
Location: California, USA
Posts: 161

roybot wrote:
Iron Dwarf wrote:
My assumption was that he was given license to ad-lib and therefore "appear" natural.


That's exactly what the majority of screen actors do. Many find it hard to memorize dialogue precisely in the time they have and are bailed out by multiple takes.

There are performers who rely too much on the medium to cover them. It works...as long as they don't venture into live theater.



Yeah, I've read that Mamet eats film actors alive with the cadence of his plays.

Also, (this might be pure legend/conjecture) during opening night he'll stand in the wings and make adjustments, like if there's too long of a silence inbetween dialogue and someone from the audience coughs, he writes that cough out for the following performance by elimitating or shortening the pause.


That kind of stuff impresses me.

  Report
 

roybot
Level 1

Join date: Jul 2007
Location:
Posts: 6586

Viernes wrote:
roybot wrote:
Iron Dwarf wrote:
My assumption was that he was given license to ad-lib and therefore "appear" natural.


That's exactly what the majority of screen actors do. Many find it hard to memorize dialogue precisely in the time they have and are bailed out by multiple takes.

There are performers who rely too much on the medium to cover them. It works...as long as they don't venture into live theater.



Yeah, I've read that Mamet eats film actors alive with the cadence of his plays.

Also, (this might be pure legend/conjecture) during opening night he'll stand in the wings and make adjustments, like if there's too long of a silence inbetween dialogue and someone from the audience coughs, he writes that cough out for the following performance by elimitating or shortening the pause.


That kind of stuff impresses me.


Yeah. The discipline of stage acting transfers to screen acting well, but a seasoned screen actor may pick up bad habits that can't be hidden in live performance. I believe the story about Mamet using a cough from the audience as a pacing cue. Health problems aside, coughs are an subconscious sign of boredom. If a silence is too long, the audience fills the silence.

  Report
 

SkyzykS
Level 2

Join date: Apr 2004
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posts: 9038

I agree with most of the favorite actors, but no mention of Benicio del Toro? Some of his performances are phenomenal.

Odd fact- He went to school with a buddy of mine over in south central PA.

  Report
 

Iron Dwarf
Level

Join date: Feb 2008
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 16335

SkyzykS wrote:
I agree with most of the favorite actors, but no mention of Benicio del Toro? Some of his performances are phenomenal.

Odd fact- He went to school with a buddy of mine over in south central PA.



Excellent actor. Had no idea he was from my home state.

  Report
 

FrozenNinja
Level 4

Join date: May 2009
Location: California, USA
Posts: 1325

No love for JEREMY IRONS? Dude is awesome, Jim Cavizel, Jeffery Donavan

  Report
 

Spock81
Level 5

Join date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, CAN
Posts: 3684

FrozenNinja wrote:
No love for JEREMY IRONS?



OH YAH!! I have loved him since he was the voice of scar in the lion king!

  Report
 

JLone
Level 3

Join date: Dec 2008
Location:
Posts: 2169

Spock81 wrote:
FrozenNinja wrote:
No love for JEREMY IRONS?

OH YAH!! I have loved him since he was the voice of scar in the lion king!

Honorable mention since he was in Die Hard w/ a Vengeance

  Report
 

Spock81
Level 5

Join date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, CAN
Posts: 3684

JLone wrote:
Spock81 wrote:
FrozenNinja wrote:
No love for JEREMY IRONS?

OH YAH!! I have loved him since he was the voice of scar in the lion king!

Honorable mention since he was in Die Hard w/ a Vengeance



He was also in this sex dream I had a few weeks ago!

  Report
 

Gerrard08
Level 5

Join date: Nov 2011
Location:
Posts: 84

Top 5 Actors

Eastwood
Newman
Crowe
Freeman
Hackman

  Report
 

roybot
Level 1

Join date: Jul 2007
Location:
Posts: 6586

Gerrard08 wrote:
Top 5 Actors

Eastwood
Newman
Crowe
Freeman
Hackman



If Paul Newman was still with us, they could have made a film where he stars alongside Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Hugh Jackman and Gene Hackman with cameos from Jeff Speakman and Scott Speedman.

Directed by George Tillman.

  Report
 

BCFlynn
Level

Join date: Oct 2011
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 413

Russell Crowe is the best
Jeremy Renner is great

Will Smith blows dog balls

  Report
 

Chris Colucci
Contributor

Join date: Jan 2005
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 6249

Favorites
Sigourney Weaver - Can do it all: drama, action, thriller, comedy.
Natalie Portman - Sincere/believable in whatever she's doing.
Val Kilmer - He can still bring it when he wants to.
Ben Foster - Super intensity, and we share a birthday.

Least Favorite
Josh Hartnett - 30 Days of Night (another great Ben Foster performance) was the closest I've come to liking him in anything. Other than that, he just seems awkward and out of place.
Sasha Baron Cohen - Simply not funny, and staying in-character while promoting each film is tiresome.


And for whatever it's worth, Nic Cage's last good movie was 8mm.

  Report