Monday, April 07, 2014
A few weeks ago I saw LE WEEKEND, a film about a older British couple on a weekend in Paris, and was amused by Jeff Goldblum's performance. He was playing a character very like himself, but who does it better? He was the smart narcissist that really had a heart beneath all the pomp. He managed to seem completely absorbed by both the person across from him and himself, seemingly flirting with both. It's as if the person across from him functions as a mirror .
Great little movie. Smart, surprising, surly.
He also played himself equally well in THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
A lot of actors used to play themselves (Cary Grant, John Wayne, Clark Gable) but it is rarer today.
My favorite Goldblum performances are in BETWEEN THE LINES, THE FLY, THE BIG CHILL and his time spend on the TV show TEN SPEED AND BROWN SHOES.
What actors play themselves to perfection?