This week's Monday Movie Meme from The Bumbles is all about movie screen legends. The topic came from a classic movie buff, The Gal Herself, but instead of focusing on the "no-brainers", like Meryl or Denzel, we are turning our attention to the younger set. Who is out there, rambling around, that you think has the potential to be a legend 20, 30, 50 years from now? Would you have been the one to spot the potential in Tom Hanks when he was starring in Splash or Big?
I struggled with this question more than I should have, but I took it seriously. Because there are good actors (Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Amy Adams), then there are the ones that make you all tingly (Viggo, Clive, George), but in this exercise, I really wanted to scrutinize the ones with depth, the ones we will never forget. I practiced restraint and limited myself to two females and two males:
1. Edward Norton - I didn't even have to think about the topic for three minutes when Ed came to mind. It really doesn't matter what movie he graces, he is captivating. Don't get me wrong, he is easy on the eyes, but it is his acting that consistently causes me to sit with my mouth hanging open when I am watching him. He first came to my attention with his role in Primal Fear (a movie I own on my iPod for convenient watching). Trust me on this one...his performance is brilliant. Follow that up with The Illusionist, Fight Club, and American History X, and you will have yourself an entertaining weekend.
2. Leonardo Di Caprio - It almost pains me to put Leo on this list, because for years I scoffed at him. I thought him a punk, a twerp, a little boy trying to pretend he is a big, method movie star. I will swallow my pride and admit that he actually has some serious acting chops. He was pretty impressive with What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but really came into his own with The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, Shutter Island and most recently Inception. I can't take a thing away from him, he has a grit that moves me.
3. Cate Blanchett - I consider Cate the next Meryl. She is classically beautiful, poised and graceful. She consistently makes good decisions, and she puts her all into every one of them, whether she is playing a minor role of Galadriel in Lord of the Rings, or carrying a movie playing Queen Elizabeth. Most notable in my mind was her role in Notes on a Scandal, where she portrays a teacher that has an affair with a student. Gut wrenching performance. She was also pretty spot-on as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator.
4. Julia Roberts - Isn't Julia already a legend? I will reserve judgement on Eat, Pray, Love (probably for the best as I have a little bit of an attitude on that movie) but I believe she has already made her mark...Erin Brokovich was nothing less than a marvel. Some of her movie choices have been questionable, but she still brings a certain effervescence and light to everything she does. She is likable; the girl next door.