View Full Version : Likening Today's Stars to the Golden Era's
06-05-2005, 12:45 PM
Some of the comparisons were decent, others made no sense at all. Freeman as Stewart? I don't see it. Jolee as Bacall? Not that one either. I do sort of see Kevin Spacey as an Orson Welles "The Third Man" sort of character though.
06-05-2005, 02:26 PM
Good article but you could never really replace the likes of Mitchum, Bogart, Cagney, etc..
There are other actors that could have been mentioned who fit into the mold.
Benicio Del Toro and Guy Pearce are two who come to mind.
06-05-2005, 03:20 PM
I don't think there is any comparison to be made between modern actors and Golden Era silver screen legends.
06-05-2005, 09:23 PM
Actually, I hadn't thought of it before, but I can see the comparison between Morgan Freeman and Jimmy Stewart. But Tom Cruise as the new Redford? Not so much...
06-06-2005, 05:57 PM
IMO, most of those comparisons are ludicrous. The reason we venerate Bogart as opposed to, say, Sonny Tufts, is because Bogart was unique, original, and unique original actors don't have contemporary replicants. Ideally, today's movie stars should be unique and original in their own rights, but... Does anyone really want to see a remake of "The Big Sleep" with Bruce Willis and Angelina Jolie? I don't (though I wouldn't mind a remake of "Double Indemnity" with Jolie, Tom Hanks and William H. Macy in the Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson parts -- providing they used the original script). Having said all that, though, the only actor out there (again, IMO) who has any of the qualities of Bogart is Wesley Snipes, who manages to project the same kind of simultaneous danger and humor as did Bogie.
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