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Reply #90 on: September 18, 2014, 03:21:32 PM
Last week BEE spoke with Tom Sizemore (9/15/14) about the place character actors hold in the current film industry. I wasnít going to post this but then this other thing came out on The Playlist today and it seems more relevant than before.

This subject has been on my mind for a while, a discussion Iíve had with friends ó that the changed film landscape in the US also has to do with a changed acting pool ó that with film projects say pre-2000 or mid 90s, all looks and types of people, not traditionally handsome or necessarily beautiful people, had an opportunity to act as leads or in large supporting roles (for a living), and maybe a lot of the leading actors of the previous generation werenít even considered (as) good looking before they became famous - it was their stardom that made them so. Would Keitel or DeNiro get all their roles today? Dustin Hoffman, or Cagney? Or Nicholson, even, given his hairline? Where would Lily Tomlin be? Or Shelley Duvall for that matter?

As Tobey Maguire and Ed Zwick mention in the following interview excerpt, the majority of opportunities for young American actors are primarily in network television, where attractiveness often trumps acting chops. Iím betting a lot of interesting faces who might have considered an acting career twenty years ago donít even attempt to make a go of it now, recognizing that that just isnít what the industry is anymore.

Quote from: Tobey Maguire and Ed Zwick
"Movies now have more to do with an aesthetic, than they do with a performance," Maguire said. "Growing up, it was always my ambition to work with great actors and great directors, and it was Leo[nardo DiCaprio]'s ambition, too, so that's what we were focused on and aiming for. Parts like those start to shape you as an actor, and they shape people's perception of you, too. Leo going into 'This Boy's Life' at 15 years old and working with Robert De Niro, that shapes the rest of his career ó and the studios arenít [making] many movies like that anymore.Ē

Ed Zwick, who directed "Pawn Sacrifice" and did the interview with Maguire, sees the rush of franchise projects as particularly damaging as well. ďThere's a poaching of young people where they're put into CW television shows, and they learn bad habits. They're given too much responsibility too quickly, and without the opportunity to work with these great directors that Tobey and Leo had. Young actors used to be cast as the third lead opposite stars like Spencer Tracy or Henry Fonda, and they had apprenticeships of a kind, learning their craft. That doesn't happen now.Ē

ďIf Leo and I were young now, I'd still aspire to work with great people, but those jobs don't exist anymore. I would feel like my only opportunities were in YA franchises and superhero movies. You can hold out for something better only for so long until you're like, Okay, I need a job!Ē

It depresses me. This is half the reason why the American film market has turned to shit.


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Reply #91 on: September 18, 2014, 03:57:33 PM
i think the market dictates price and always has


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Reply #92 on: September 18, 2014, 04:00:08 PM
Blah you know what I'm saying


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Reply #93 on: September 18, 2014, 04:36:49 PM
yeah. it's a big topic that requires outside perspective and i'm being short. my bad


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Reply #94 on: September 18, 2014, 06:37:23 PM
Listen to the interview, probably the most decent I've ever heard Tom Sizemore be
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Reply #95 on: September 22, 2014, 02:59:03 PM
The opening monologue on today's episode with Gerard Way is both horrifying and invigorating in the way that Ellis' early books were - words creating a menace and tone so singularly his voice/style. If you were ever a fan of his writing give it a listen.


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Reply #96 on: May 04, 2015, 01:39:38 PM
The podcast is back, first interviewee: Alex Ross Perry

Edit - now behind a paywall ($7.50/mo)


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Reply #97 on: May 13, 2015, 10:46:39 PM
Sizemore is great along with the rest of the cast in The Red Road, the writing is awful and the directing is limp but the interplay between the actors is gold


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Reply #98 on: June 04, 2015, 03:20:55 PM
It's free again

He also made a "short film"


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Reply #99 on: June 04, 2015, 03:39:28 PM
I know that Orpheus looked back because he's an anxious idiot. But why did that man looked back? Because he was scared he wasn't cool enough? Nice narration, though.
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Reply #100 on: June 04, 2015, 04:34:17 PM
It's free again

He also made a "short film"

Thanks, I love this podcast. The commercial was super meh, but some of the driving shots had a cool film look to them.
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Reply #101 on: December 09, 2015, 08:28:15 AM


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Reply #102 on: December 09, 2015, 09:36:18 AM
holy shit, Quentin Tarantino did the BEE podcast!? Very excitingÖ

http://podcastone.com/Bret-Easton-Ellis-Podcast
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Reply #103 on: December 09, 2015, 01:43:53 PM
It was pretty good. Bret is his usually insufferably smug self, and I generally disagree with about 70% of his opinions on pretty much everything, but Tarantino is fun and interesting when he's allowed to talk. Bret continues this amateur interviewer habit of talking too much and stacking questions, making this less of an interview and more of a Bret monologue where the guest occasionally chimes in.


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Reply #104 on: December 09, 2015, 02:19:08 PM
no matter how petulant and repetitive bret is in each show, i admire his balls for renouncing to his novelist ethos and opting for this new way of his of engaging with pop culture. it's fun.