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American Actors vs Non-American Actors

Gothampc
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 10:01am
Recently, I was thinking about all the actors who I have thought turned in consistently good performances. And I realized my list was very short on American actors. Among the actors I enjoy seeing are Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Blethyn

Have American actors lost the ability to create a character? Are they more interested in fame than in acting?

Two who really grate my nerves at the moment are:

Meryl Streep - I don't see why everyone thinks she's a great actress. (She's no Emma Thompson). Early in her career, she played a couple of roles where she had to use an accent. That passes for acting? I don't see any inner life in her acting. To me, it's all surface. Plus, she's everywhere now, hamming it up.

Christian Borle - He was ok in Smash, but didn't do outstanding work. I thought his performance in The Sound of Music was a bit forced. It looks like he's trying to be the Sean Hayes of musical theater, so I guess we can expect his next project to be The Music Man. But I really don't see any inner life in his performances either.
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yankeefan7
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 12:35pm
I think Tom Hanks turns in pretty darn good performances in most movies and if I remember correctly did ok recently on Broadway.I would also add George Clooney who routinely receives good reviews.

Updated On: 1/18/14 at 12:35 PM
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South Fl Marc
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 01:25pm
Are you kidding me?

Cherry Jones, Rosemary Harris, Judith Ivey, Dana Ivey, Elizabeth Wilson, Mary Louise Wilson, Audra Macdonald, Diane Wiest, Frances Sternhagen, Alfre Woodard, Glen Close, James Earl Jones, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Matt Damon, F. Murray Abraham, Leonardo Di Caprio, Raul Esparza, Norbert Leo Butz, Denzel Washington, Sam Waterston.... to name just a few.

Gothamp, I didn't think my opinion of you could get any lower.... I was wrong.

Now living in DC. I really have to change my name on the board.
Updated On: 1/18/14 at 01:25 PM
yankeefan7
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 02:41pm
South Fl Marc - Cherry Jones is amazing, loved her in "Doubt" and of course her years as POTUS on "24". The others you mentioned are wonderful also but she made such a impression on me in "Doubt".
Gothampc
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 02:55pm
"Gothamp, I didn't think my opinion of you could get any lower.... I was wrong."

SouthFlMarc, join the line with all the others. Thankfully, my self-worth doesn't depend on what anonymous people post on a Broadway chatboard.

Of the people you mentioned, I will single out Dianne Wiest. Even though her Desdemona in the 1980s was the whiniest Shakespeare performance ever seen on the stage, I have seen her turn in some wonderful performances.

I want to reserve my opinion on Cherry Jones until I've seen some more of her work.
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yankeefan7
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 03:01pm
"I want to reserve my opinion on Cherry Jones until I've seen some more of her work."

Might be hard to do since she is primarily a theatre actress with few exceptions like the TV series "24".
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Jay Lerner-Z
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 03:06pm
Are you thinking of screen or stage?

In any case, you should think harder.

To add to the above list, surely you approve of Laura Linney, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco...etc.etc.etc.

Nationality has nothing to do with anything, in my opinion.
Gothampc
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 03:23pm
I saw Cherry Jones in The Heiress. I thought that entire production was a fine production. But I try not to judge based on a single character.

One on my list is Marcia Gay Harden. Her work in Angels In America was heartbreaking. She's also turned in good performances in Mystic River and Mona Lisa Smile among other movies. Her performances become three-dimensional people and she doesn't bring into her performance her personal "tics" that you see other actors use.

Jay Lerner-Z, I don't mean it to be an argument about nationality, but more about actor training. I think that the American actors are getting lazy and as Stanislavski said "live more for applause" than actually creating a character.
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JamesBroadwayWiner
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 03:38pm
You think Meryl Streep's acting is all surface???? Oh sweety nothing could be farther from the truth! She is absolutely brilliant. I'm genuinely sorry you don't see that.
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Reginald Tresilian
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 03:53pm
It's really a matter of taste. And like her or not, you certainly can't fault Streep for lack of training.

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Kad
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 04:00pm
You're waiting to see more of Cherry Jones' work? She's been working for three decades and has two Tonys. And will probably be nabbing a third this year.
Updated On: 1/18/14 at 04:00 PM
Phantom4ever
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Posted: 1/18/14 at 04:58pm
This thread is a great example of the low-level of discourse on this site. Just take a look at how my posters can't argue a point without an ad hominem attack. I get that it's easy to be nasty online, but this inability to argue without getting personal is quite pathetic.