Thursday, October 24, 2019

Review of Joker

I saw "Joker" and I must say, that this film will be talked about and referred to forever. Although the Joker character is linked to the Batman series, it is a stand alone story of a character inflicted with some kind of tourett's disorder affliction that leads him to strike back at society that has tortured him.
      Joaquin Phoenix gives a performance that should win 10 Oscars. Rarely do you see an actor play such a extreme character and take it to it's limit. Joaquin Phoenix is in a class all by himself. I will include Christian Bale in that class.
        On the other hand, I was disappointed in Robert De Niro. Although this is the same person that starred in "Raging Bull, "Taxi Driver" and "Godfather II, it is not the same actor. It is a shame to watch him" pick up a check".

Monday, May 14, 2018

What now?

Well, I just turned 73 years old and what to do now? My acting career is just about over. I was cast in a 2 character play that did not have a director but I thought the writing had some merit, so even though it was to be done as part of a Fringe festival, and that is what it is, the fringe of show business. Being that there was no director and also that I did not feel that this young women who was listed as the writer actually wrote the piece, there was some very perceptive insights into older man ways and thinking ,that she was not that intelligent. So I took it upon myself to pick the other actor because on this fringe level, I was afraid she would get some inadequate actor and for a 2 character play with 50 pages of dialogue, I did not want to take the chance.

So, because I am out of touch with actors, I called on the one actor that I was still in touch with and was adequate enough. I never really liked the guy, always felt he was jealous of me because I had a decent career and he did not. Well, my worst fears about this guy came true, I couldn't stand to be around him but I thought I would stick it out . Not to go into details but I had an idea about solving a problem that the play had. The story was about this guy hoarding for many years. Under the Fringe rules, the play had to be struck after every performance as the next 1 act play was to go on. So, I thought,it would be impossible to create the enviorment under the Fringe guidelines so I thought, why not mime everything and leave it up to the audiences imagination to create the enviorment in their mind.

Well, the other actor, that I cast, said he was against it, without even trying it out to see if it can work. We had a argument and the writer decided to recast my role. I think, I wanted out anyway because it was not fun with this guy and the writer did not have a clue. The

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

our lady of 121 street

Been doing a play for the last few weeks, our lady of 121 st at the victory theater kin burbank. The part of vice ranting against the world at a funeral.

The part gives me the opportunity to step onthe accelerate like I used to do back in the day in NY. The parts of had in la have been in second gear, not only tv and films but even theater out here. So while I am not the lead, no one that sees this play will forget me.nice to be around calls these young people as I ma more than double the age of most of them and that includes the crew. Had some problems with some but most of all I get along 0with most and am enjoying myself.

So maybe someone will offer me a real job off this otherwise, it could be the last as I will not pursue but will take all offers.

Who becomes an actor?

There seems to be 2 types of actors that inhabit the Hollywood TV & Film culture.

TYPE A : These are the actors that pursue acting for the love of the acting itself. To make dialogue written by someone else and make it your own. To be a king, a bum, a killer or even a president or pope. Happy to do this every night for 2 hours on stage, using a child like ability " to make believe".

Once the acting but bites, they are in it for life. To make a living as an actor is complete success for these actors. If stardom comes, they will take the money but always gravitate toward projects that stimulate their imagination and acting talent.

TYPE B: Many of these pick acting or theater because it is the easiest coarse. They do a couple of amateur plays in college and feel their live theater experience is complete. After college, they head straight for Los Angeles, Ca. to pursue an acting career and hopefully be chased by paparazzi as they go by in their limo. Most end up waiting tables or leave La ,broken.

But many stay and clutter the market so much , that many directors of a list films are forced to cast theater actors from other countries in American characters because these days most actors are type b and do not have the acting skills to properly portray the character.

While many type a's have lucrative careers, many are uncomfortable with the pandering that is required in Hollywood.