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Initial post: 13 Jun 2013 22:47:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2013 22:56:01 BDT
justin johns says:
Probably Edward G. Robinson. I never caught him, mind you he never won one Acting Oscar. He even had the judges fooled, they got so carried away with his performance that no judge even thought about judging him acting for an Award because there was no acting to judge thats the long and short of it. Mesmerising.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2013 22:55:11 BDT
Shazzerman says:
On your terms, I think Cary Grant is a better actor. Actually, on my OWN terms, I have long believed that Grant was the greatest actor of them all (and I'm a huge fan of De Niro, Pacino, Nicholson, and Gene Hackman). Edward G. was a genius actor too, though; just recently I watched him in "Double Indemnity", "Key Largo" and "Scarlet Street" - he was superb in all three.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2013 23:05:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2013 23:08:35 BDT
justin johns says:
i could also say charles laughton especially superb in hobsons choice and sparctacus, i think in that he was so much more relaxed than the great olivier but perhaps not his Henry the Eighth film, he was too wooden for me in that but then it was too early for him but to think he made the great hunchback a short time later.

Posted on 13 Jun 2013 23:19:33 BDT
Shazzerman says:
You could indeed. Loved him in Ruggles of Red Gap. Then again, there are those actors who always appeared relaxed on screen (unlike, as you say, Olivier). How about the great Spencer Tracy?

Posted on 14 Jun 2013 10:16:01 BDT
gille liath says:
If we're talking about *actors* - as opposed to movie stars - it's really hard to judge, because (like goalies) it's as much about what they *don't* do. But it's probably not any of the leading men mentioned so far, but 'somebody British like whatsisname'. Spielberg said it was Pete Postlethwaite. I think I'll go for Derek Jacobi, though, because he's done all kinds of different work and all brilliantly.

Cary Grant is an interesting one, because I find it baffling but I know he's Barry Norman's choice. A great star but, to me, not only does he not look like he's acting, he doesn't even look like he knows the camera's on - in other words he always looks as though it's just a run-through. Is that a good thing?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2013 10:37:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jun 2013 10:39:15 BDT
Movie stars had to learn to underplay any role, because the camera can go in close up, whereas in theatre everyone had to declaim to the rafters to put the part across to the audience. Michael Caine explained all this in his masterclasses on acting, with Clint Eastwood taking to extremes the deadpan, barely a flickering of any eye to register emotion.

I always thought John Hurt was great as he took on such a variety of strange roles, and being neither cinematic nor theatrical.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2013 10:56:15 BDT
gille liath says:
Yeah, he's good.

I think what movie stars need is really 'presence' - star quality, whatever that is exactly - rather than acting ability per se. There are people who could do both, though - Olivier was one, I think Jacobi is another. It's amazing after some of his self-effacing TV roles, to see how 'big' a performance he can give in Shakespearean theatre.

Posted on 15 Jun 2013 05:05:56 BDT
Michael Caine.

Posted on 2 Jul 2013 02:31:28 BDT
Sonya Graham says:
There's so many it's hard to decide, James Buscemi, Jean Reno, Sam Rockwell, De Niro, James Stewart.... But for me it would have to be Gary Oldman.

Posted on 4 Jul 2013 00:57:38 BDT
VICTOR says:
samual l jackson

Posted on 17 Jul 2013 03:47:38 BDT
Anita says:
Nino Manfredi

(Just to say that there are/were great actors outside English language films too. There are many great actors actually)

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 10:58:34 BDT
Denzil Washindton and Robert De Niro - also many of the cast of this is England - for real acting!!!

Posted on 2 Aug 2013 08:06:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2013 08:07:30 BDT
Roy says:
John Mills and Richard Attenborough

Posted on 2 Aug 2013 12:48:27 BDT
Jack says:
There are some good suggestions so far; Edward G. Robinson's nomination in particular. I would like to put in a word for Patrick Stewart, as his portrayal of Captain Picard went a long way towards helping me suspend my disbelief in the Star Trek universe. It was easy to believe that Picard had earned the right to captain the ship and hadn't been promoted to it by a script writer. (Compare and contrast with Joey's character in Lost in Space.)

Posted on 2 Aug 2013 19:32:04 BDT
Sunshine says:
Al Pacino and Samuel L Jackson

Posted on 2 Aug 2013 20:23:14 BDT
Marlon Brando

The Godfather

Apocolypse now

Posted on 4 Aug 2013 23:25:36 BDT
Jenny bb says:
Just love Jack Lemmon - always have - always will!
Modern blokes? Guy Pierce - not half bad.
Robert Carlisle - ace - in anything!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2013 14:44:13 BDT
Shazzerman says:
Lemmon's one of the best. He can be brilliant in BOTH comedy ("Some Like It Hot" etc) and drama ("Missing" one of my favourite Lemmon performances, "Glengarry Glen Ross", etc).

Posted on 6 Aug 2013 09:01:25 BDT
D. J. Foley says:
James Cagney. The Father of Modern Acting. Check out Public Enemy or White Heat. Genius.

Posted on 8 Aug 2013 11:47:49 BDT
Good actors? Well, the British count them 13 by the dozen. My vote is Alec Guinness.
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