august MOVIE MEME, day 15: an actor I’m ashamed to hate
And the titles keep getting a little too extreme. I’m not entirely “ashamed” per se of my feelings for the following two actors. And then again, I don’t actually hate them either. In fact, I’ve found them both tolerable on some occasions. (And hate is just such a mean word, right?)
First off, Mr. Paul Giamatti. An Oscar-nominated actor, I’ve never truly understood his acclaim. I’ve never seen his breakthrough role in American Splendor, mind you, but I’ve seen the two facets of his acting abilities: gruff grumpy-gus and hammy emphaticon. The former was utilized in Sideways, in which I’m fairly certain he was at least partially playing himself? Or maybe I just insulted his real-life personality. Either way, I found his performance entirely one-note and blank. And then there’s the latter, perfectly utilized in his Oscar-nom’d role in Cinderella Man. He just must have one of those faces that read hammy no matter what. Insanely over-the-top. On to Philip Seymour Hoffman. He’s redeemed himself a bit, for me, in films like The Savages and Mary and Max, but his other ridiculously cartoonish performances, including his Oscared role in Capote, are just too grating for my tastes. And don’t even get me started on Charlie Wilson’s War. How do you feel about these two gents? Am I missing something, or do they perplex you as much as they do me?