My 30 favorite screen villains – PT2 (20-11)

April 12, 2018 Alan Royle 0

20        JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Commodus in GLADIATOR (2000) I have often wondered if Joaquin Phoenix resents Russell Crowe for stealing his thunder in Gladiator. Crowe was so good in the title role that Joaquin tended to be forever in his shadow which must have been frustrating because Phoenix really gave […]

My 30 Favorite Movie Villains: PT1

April 8, 2018 Alan Royle 6

  Here is part one of my list of the 30 performances by movie villains I have enjoyed the most down the decades. That does not mean I have chosen the scariest or even the best-acted roles; just the ones I have enjoyed watching the most. I have seen every […]

Robert Shaw – Thanks for the memories.

October 6, 2017 Alan Royle 4

ROBERT SHAW (1927 – 78)                                             I suppose we all have our favourite character actors. I have several, but near the top of the list is Lancashire-born Robert Shaw. […]

50 TOP MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS PT 2 (25-1)

July 14, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  25        JOE PANTOLIANO I enjoyed Joe Pantoliano as Guido in Risky Business (1983), Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988) and as Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993). My only criticism is his over-use of expletives in the roles he chooses. Perhaps, I am just showing my age. 24        AUSTIN […]

50 TOP MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS PT 1 (50-26).

July 12, 2017 Alan Royle 1

    50 GREAT MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS Most of the truly great movies owe much of their success to, not just their leading players, but to the quality of the character actors who support them. We all have our favorites, but here is a selection of mine. You may not […]

Tom Sizemore – a great talent wasted.

July 5, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    Tom Sizemore – Saving Private Ryan Tom Sizemore’s drug problem was common knowledge in the movie business when he was given the chance to perform in Saving Private Ryan (1998) by Steven Spielberg. ‘Steven said he was going to give me a second chance, but that he would have […]

Character Actors ( Pt 2) – Today’s Best?

May 14, 2015 admin 2

      10     Joe Pantoliano  was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and was 32 before he hit it big playing the ruthless pimp Guido in Tom cruise’s first major success Risky Business in 1983. Since then he has played opposite many of the top Hollywood actors in […]

Character actors – the great faces?

May 10, 2015 admin 0

  For the next few days I am going to focus on character actors, beginning with what I believe are (or were) the ten most ‘interesting’ faces. The old adage, ‘his face was his fortune’, applies as much to character actors as it does to the stars. If you are […]