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In Reply to: RE: Cruise as a macho tough guy is almost as unbelievable as posted by raingerz on April 27, 2020 at 22:17:12
Personally, from everything that I have read Reeves is a decent human being... as opposed to Cruise who lives life as a closet queen instead of admitting his preference...that coupled with his cult following for Scientology makes him fall into the category of bizarre... I thought the first John Wick movie was pretty decent.... the rest have been a HUGE mistake...
You can have an ultra-violent movie that is nonetheless entertaining. For example, see the Jason Bourne movies or something with Bruce Lee. Some even like Quentin Tarantino. But if it's just one gun massacre after another--which Wick seems to me to be--count me out.
and has basically based a career off writing one screenplay with his BFF Affleck....He is a terrible actor and not very talented IMO... If a movie has him in it, I pass... I LOVED the Bruce Lee series The Green Hornet! I never saw any of his movies... Up until recently, I had not seen a Tarantino movie that I liked, BUT I did enjoy Once Upon A Time.... I am STILL not fan, but I did enjoy that movie....
It's funny how everyone has their own opinion on who the worst actors are. In my case, I cannot stand Nicolas Cage, Matthew McConaughey, and Richard Gere. I think they're all one-note and nowhere near as cool as they seem to think they are. Sad to say, my opinion of Robert De Niro has slipped as well. It just seems like he's always playing himself, particularly with that clownish face of his.
Cage is an interesting study in self-destruction.
After his initial performance (to rave reviews, BTW) in Raising Arizona, starring opposite Hollie Hunter, he went off on a binge. Prior to that you could see his potential in Moonstruck....which I think earned Cher an Oscar....terrific bit of film.
Cage apparently at one time owned multiple houses and had a motorcycle AND auto collection as well as simply blowing a huge sum on nonsense.
As a result, his career suffered. He was in substantial TAX TROUBLE and ended up doing many films simply for the payday. When an actor does THAT, you can bet they are 'on the ropes'. Some of his works during this phase were AWFUL. Like that movie where he was on a motorcycle? I thought Lord Of War was OK, not up to snuff.
Too much is never enough
Cage grew up as well...Known to the locals as "Nicky" he was a bit of a juvenile delinquent always in trouble at school and basically anywhere he went. As I said below, he only got where he got because of his connections.... As you mentioned, he displayed some talent early on, but pissed it away on bad decisions in a professional life. It would seem that he didn't learn much in his youth.... My Brother-in-law just shakes his head and laughs when you mention his name....
any success were he not related to F.F. Coppola... DeNiro is a more complicated case. He has had some great parts and roles through the years. I've always liked him best in roles that went basically unnoticed... Ever seen Falling In Love? You should check it out if not...he is very good in it. There are other s of course. Matt Mc and Rich Gere same thing SOME effective roles...
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