Apples VS. Oranges.
I'll pick Clint Eastwood, instead. Or Al Pacino. Jack Nicholson. Anthony Hopkins. Ben Kingsley. Robert Redford.
As far as old movies, I would (and will) watch a Dustin Hoffman film purely because he was in it. If/when coming across old films from the 60's, 70's. I'll watch a film just because I see the name Dustin Hoffman. He was THAT good and in my opinion it wouldn't be much of a risk to watch a film he was involved with in the past. But that's changed in recent years because some of the films he's been in have been pretty lame. In spite of the raves, he's not infallible. I wasn't all that enthused with 'Tootsie' (80's) and 'Hook' was god-awful (but then again, that's not really fair because everyone can be involved in a few flops). He's really an interesting actor to watch because he devotes so much of himself to the role.. some may say 'obsessed'/'driven''/intense'.
I've read and heard that he can be difficult for cast and crew re: his temperament and second-guessing of his director and department heads; to the point of being much more of a hindrance to overall production(s). When other seasoned, dedicated, professional actors are thrown-off and had their timing and focus disrupted by another high-maintenance and manic actor (as has been documented re: DH), he loses his luster for me, personally. Forcing re-writes and dismissing ones director's blocking or script notes.. as well as demanding too much attention (taking it away from other actors) is cringe-worthy. He's not low-key and understated and he is one who seeks (demands) that all attention is on him. Hopefully he'll continue to direct because he may be best suited for working as a director = in charge.
I've really enjoyed Tommy Lee Jones' work because he has such a natural and believable appeal. Some actors (even great actors) don't have that ability to appear completely natural. For some, you can almost envision the written page as they're saying the lines but that's never the case with TLJ. Everything that comes out of his mouth sounds like something that man would say. His characters are mesmerizing..really engaging. For me, a semi-mediocre movie that I may take a pass on will be deemed watch-worthy if TLJ is also in the cast. He's professional, hits his mark, knows his lines and blocking, comes prepared, and works well with others. He isn't manic or crazed and cast(s) and crew(s) appreciate working with him.
Hundreds of talented people are involved in the making of a film; in various departments. It's mandatory that everyone respect and be willing to work collaboratively with everyone else. It isn't just about 'The Star" and everyone else takes a back seat. The actors I mentioned above ^ are all 'team players' and the best of the best.
· 6 years ago