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(Cracked)   Hate it when movies seem too fake? Here are five true stories that were removed from movies because they were too realistic   (cracked.com) divider line 58
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2012-09-04 10:59:37 PM  
It's amusing. After watching Valkrie, I had to look up the "based on a true story" part, as I sat that there thinking,"C'mon, Cruise went in and demanded all of these changes to make Von Staffenburg this ultimate hero guy." It was like watching Captian America: Based on a True Story.

I was flabbergasted at how much of Von Staffenburg's badassery they had to cut out just to bring it down to "remotely plausible badassery." And that doesn't even cover the finger thing discussed in the article. His story is really and truly an amazing story of giant brass balls.
 
2012-09-04 11:42:09 PM  

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I'm not judging anyone who likes any of this: it's probably just something in my own brain, that some actors I only see as themselves, not as their characters.


That is interesting. I can understand someone dumb doing it for all actors, not able to overcome first impressions, or however you'd describe it.

I'll grant it for people with lasting roles. Say John or Aeryn from Farscape. That's not an impression, that's a farking mold.
I'll even grant it for some character actors with no range, recycling the same role over and over in unrelated projects.

But, imo. I liked The Matrix and it's sequels, they were deep-ish action movies without really requiring deep thought, a popcorn action flick before it was a popular excuse to enjoy baysplosion type movies. Anyhow Reeves was perfect. Started as a mousy and shy and stonerish hacker, and grew into the role, deadpan fighter with a heart of gold. The whole movie was a bit of trope, a seriously acclaimed actor might not have fit as well. Look at many of the other characters, all too varied archetypes. Reeves was perfect, but not really a great actor. Don't need great skills though if you're cast right.

Cruise is one of those actors with zero range. He pretty much plays himself. Arrogant playboy, (over) confident, etc I did like him in eyes wide shut, but then again, he was himself, lost in a world he didn't quite know. I see it as great manipulation of an actor's faults. Similar to his part in Legend. Can't say as any of his other stuff really stands out, many of them were the same characters. Spy/Soldier/killer/etc. I did like his serious deadpan where he was the hitman that hired the taxi driver(Jamie Fox). Always reminded me of Bruce Willis in the Jackal, which was similarly creepy.

Gene Hackman does a lot of the same arche-types but is really a good actor. Enemy of the State, (Any given Military Officer Role), to pompous Lex Luthor, all different characters, all done well.

My list of a couple bad in that niggling can't see them in different lights actors:
Jaime Fox (I think part of it is his face structure, he always looks like he pretending to feel mad/scared/whatever. As opposed to Denzel Washington, who I see and he actually looks like he's angry, mad, happy, or whatever he's doing in a given scene).
Tymothy Olyphant (howeverthehellyouspellit) Went over this in another thread. Basically looks like the same overtestosteroned and confident jock from high school with the built in good looks. He may have squinty eyes from working in the sun, but will never have the hard earned thousand yard stare of Clint Eastwood(practically living in the sun in the days of his westerns) of R. Lee Ermey(obvious service record).

Johnny Depp. An odd member of the list, as some of his movies are great(you really get the character at any rate). Pirates, Nick of Time, Edward scissor hands, once upon a time in mexico, all different roles...maybe a couple others, but a majority are re-hashes of other roles, good or bad. Can't blame him, everyone wants him in damn near everything, but damn if I simply can't watch some of his movies. It's a shame because he can act, he just can't all the time. Part of it is the over exposure phenomenon like I mentioned, actors from long standing series is a part I'm sure. Maybe some foppish character would have been a good movie if we hadn't seen him as Jack Sparrow for so many movies.
 
2012-09-04 11:44:30 PM  
As a dislaimer:
I'm on painkillers and muscle relaxants. Sorry if TL:DR and/or too chaotic. My affinity for stream of consciousness gets the better of my urge to be doing other things so I kinda ... ramble.
 
2012-09-04 11:48:52 PM  

omeganuepsilon: I'm on painkillers and muscle relaxants. Sorry if TL:DR and/or too chaotic. My affinity for stream of consciousness gets the better of my urge to be doing other things so I kinda ... ramble.


This is fark. We respect you more if you post while drunk or on drugs.
 
2012-09-05 12:39:22 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Klaus von Stauffenberg was a tall blond Prussian aristocrat with a distinguished military history and a noble family. He was portrayed in the movie by this:

[cache.gawker.com image 250x303]

A short dumpy actor with a squeaky voice who believes in space aliens. How sad is that.


A much better portrayal in the proper language:

www.tv3.cat
 
2012-09-05 01:19:20 AM  
Oh, well if Real-Life Omar's pals swear he really did jump from a sixth-floor window, I guess that proves it.
 
2012-09-05 02:41:28 AM  

pion: omeganuepsilon: I'm on painkillers and muscle relaxants. Sorry if TL:DR and/or too chaotic. My affinity for stream of consciousness gets the better of my urge to be doing other things so I kinda ... ramble.

This is fark. We respect you more if you post while drunk or on drugs.


I always seem to forget that. Typically if I'm...imbibing..i'm enjoying real life.
/now that i'm out of the service at any rate
 
2012-09-05 03:06:42 AM  

poot_rootbeer: Oh, well if Real-Life Omar's pals swear he really did jump from a sixth-floor window, I guess that proves it.


Article said "witnesses". I'm guessing the shooting was a crime scene and the writer (for the local paper at the time) covered it because the police responded, and so knows what he is talking about.
 
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