Tags: acting

Oooh, dear. That's not right

She may just be the female Christopher Walken

In an interview Christopher Walken once explained that he wanted to create a character that would eventually have people write characters toward.

"You know... we need a sort of slightly off center, almost crazy, kinda... you know... Christopher Walken-type. Um, hey... is Christopher Walken available?"

In character acting this is golden. Walken created a type. Other really great actors along that line are the dearly deceased Andreas Katsulas and Vincent Schiavelli.

Actresses have a much harder time at this because you want to create a character, not fall into a stereotype. But sometime the stereotype is great because it does guarantee work. One favourite in recent years who's gotten great exposure as 'the older woman' is Alice Drummond

But recently I was looking thru television actors to see what they'd done previously. As I mentioned, I've been heavily into Heroes of late. One of the Actresses on the show is Ali Larter. Ali plays Collapse ) Niki.

Looking thru her resume I also noted that she was in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Ironically, not really playing a character too far from what she does in Heroes. She's managed to create that, "No, no.. more intellectual than white trash, but strong... Really strong, like not afraid to cut you with a knife to defend someone or shut you up... I mean... is Ali Larter available?"

This is a good thing because this is a specific niche that she can use, grow, and develop in her current series and in other shows and films.

So just a general thumbs up for superior character work for Ali Larter.
Andrei in the office

Eye on actors

I've never been the largest fan of Jeffrey Tambor.

As an actor, I've often felt he's just shown up, done his lines, and moved on. Mostly he's been used for fill in roles.

Having more time on my hands I've been able to watch cable again and see some random movies I'd blown off the first time. This morning's flick was "Meet Joe Black" An interesting film with a fairly strong cast. My opinion of the film is on gold as I find myself writing this entry during the love scene. It was poignant and poetic, but I really feel like the director could have done more with the scene.

I started writing because Tambor has a scene with a supporting actor where the emotion for the scene can only be described as golden. I may have to reconsider his work.