Good and fun blogathons are rare. But Nostra, from My Film Reviews, has struck gold again with the newest participatory post.
Here are the directions:
“So what’s the idea behind the relay? I’ve created a list of what I think are the best actors. At the end of the post I, just like in a real relay race, hand over the baton to another blogger who will write his own post. This blogger will have to remove one actor (that is an obligation) and add his own choice and describe why he/she did this. At the end the blogger chooses another blogger to do the same.
The idea is to make this a long race, so that enough bloggers get a chance to remove and add an actor. We will end up with a list (not ranked in order) which represents a common agreement of the best actors. It will also mean that those who follow this relay race will get to know new blogs as well!”
The people who have contributed since the blogathons conception on March 13th:
Now, the actors who have been selected, and my single addition:
Robert De Niro
Max Von Sydow
My addition: Humphrey Bogart
My seemingly late inclusion of Humphrey Bogart is a bit surprising, considering he’s one of finest actors ever to hit the silver screen. Whether Bogart was starring in the darkly romantic Casablanca or the hard-nosed crime drama The Maltese Falcon, he has an acting range, an unparalleled skill few actors or actresses could (and will ever) ever match. Not to mention, he’s nearly defined the role of being sly, cool, pragmatic, and yet deviously charismatic.
My Removal: Gary Oldman
This was quite a difficult choice to select one of the many brilliant actors from this list, and take them out of the race. For some simple reasons, I chose English born actor Gary Oldman. First, not to his discredit, but in comparison to the filmographies of the actors around him, he simply doesn’t hold up. Secondly, despite that I have an everlasting respect for the man, I feel we have actors in this list, that sort of project the same emotion and performance on screen. Lastly, my main reason – and again not Oldman’s fault – I haven’t seen enough Chaplin, Brando, or Lewis, to consider removing them. And, well, the rest of the actors – from Nicholson to De Niro to Peck – are just so breathtakingly talented.
I pass the stick to Tyler @ The Southern Vision