Sunday, October 23, 2011
We Three Kings
In my youth, these three men were considered to be great actors.
Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Chinatown, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, Mean Streets, Good Fellas, Scarface.
And now, not so much. Oh, perhaps the occasional Kevorkian or About Schmidt, but on the whole.... Did they settle too easily for whatever came along? Were they not quite the actors we thought they were, did the style change? Like many actresses, did they need youth on their side.
Now we still get excellent work from Robert Duval, Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Dustin Hoffman. But these were more character actors than the three kings.
Is it the character actor that has the longer career? What do you think?