Thursday, November 07, 2013

What Actor Can Make Any Line Zing?








Here's my choice. What's yours?

15 comments:

George said...

How about Clint Eastwood's "Make My Day"?

Anonymous said...

Magie Smith would definitely be on my list.

Also Gloria Grahame.

Jeff M.

David Cranmer said...

Mitchum would be one for me. I've seen him in some very bad films where he can still make dialogue zing. He rises above. But I'm not sure if that's what you exactly mean, Patti.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Maggie Smith is a wonderful actor. I liked her role in THE V.I.P.s opposite Rod Taylor. I'm also thinking of Judi Dench and Michael Caine.

Margot Kinberg said...

Great choices, Patti! Bea Arthur was great at 'zing' lines. And I love Robert de Niro's delivery.

George said...

And how about Jack Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth!"

Dan_Luft said...

Two fairly different actors: I've loved William Powell in everything I've seen him in. I like him less in dramas because I keep expecting him to say something funny. I also love Walter Matthau for the same reason though Matthau is much more slovenly. I guess Powell was a Felix Unger before there was one.

Charles Gramlich said...

I guess I'd have to pick Clint as well.

Richard said...

The first one that jumped into my mind is John Wayne in McLintock (1963):

“I haven’t lost my temper in 40 years; but, Pilgrim, you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won’t. I won’t. The hell I won’t!” – followed by a huge punch to the jaw.

I'm sure many others. Betty Davis was darn good at delivering a line, so was Robert Duvall and I like the way Bogart delivered.

Jerry House said...

Alan Rickman

Kieran Shea said...

Caine.





pattinase (abbott) said...

Great suggestions.

Anonymous said...

The others who came to mind were Bette Davis and George Sanders in ALL ABOUT EVE and Claude Rains in CASABLANCA.


Jeff M.

Cap'n Bob said...

Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, and Frank Morgan.

Ron Scheer said...

I could listen to Michael Caine read the proverbial phone book.