God bless Hollywood bankruptcy. In an age where angles seem to have been completely eliminated from all celebrity interactions, when tweets of “heartwarming moments” and co-stars’ bromance compilation videos go viral right after hats off. , then there’s something new about some nice old natural mud. -slinging.
These are of course the exceptions: performers refuse to submit their off-screen characters to the stern maneuvering of PR professionals wearing bubble gloves. Just as often, you get someone like Sam Elliott calling your Best Picture lead a “bad guy.” Or Brian Cox branding Johnny Depp as “hyped” and “overrated”.
The newest practitioner of this dying art form is none other than Mickey Rourke.
In an appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored this week, Wrestler the star gave a wistful assessment of Tom Cruise, whose latest legacy Top Gun: Maverick recently became the highest-grossing film of the year, and the biggest hit of Cruise’s illustrious career.
“That doesn’t mean s*** to me,” Rourke grumbled.
“He has been doing the same productive work for 35 years. I don’t respect that. “
Rourke then contrasts him with the type of actor he really judges – Al Pacino; Christopher Walken; Richard Harris; Ray Winstone; Robert De Niro head. “I think (Tom Cruise) is irrelevant, in my world,” he added.
To be fair to Rourke, at least no one can accuse him of punching down.
Over the last few years, Cruise has become a popular cinematic force in his own right, nullifying suspicions (Rourke excluded) with his unwavering commitment to performing elaborate stunts. and – for most people – it’s all done practically.
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As mainstream cinema veered absently toward bland CGI superheroism, Cruise’s protagonist somehow managed to differentiate.
Every new one Mission Impossible entry is now complimented with praise. Top Gun: Maverick swept in and rescued cinema from the clutches of the pandemic.
Cruise is the head of his own cinematic cult — and perhaps that’s fair enough. Rourke, meanwhile, has been out of the mainstream spotlight since 2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
However, you can see where his complaints are coming from. Cruise is an uncanny and idiosyncratic performer – a man that even his die-hard fans would admit to being “intense”.
It’s also true that, stunts aside, Tom Cruise doesn’t really do much of a capital-A “Action”. Put him next to a young De Niro, and yes, of course he will look a bit short of range.
But it’s not just a matter of age, or even talent; modern actors like him Maverick co-star Miles Teller also took a much more traditional approach to character building.
Performers tend to talk a lot about their “process” when it comes to characteristics; Cruise’s process seems to revolve around trying to keep himself on the outside of whatever flying vehicle has the most lethal appearance.
Of course, 35 years is an exaggeration on Rourke’s part; it’s been less than two and a half decades since Cruise worked with craftspeople like Stanley Kubrick (in Close eyes), Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia), Michael Mann (Collateral) and Steven Spielberg (Minority Report; War of the Worlds).
Hell, Tropical Thunder came out in 2008, and I don’t think anyone would argue that Cruise’s bald, badass Les Grossman movie is just that he’s doing “the same effective part”.
But Cruise’s performance in recent blockbusters is largely interchangeable, possibly Mission Impossible or Top Guns or even Mummies.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with the one-size-fits-all approach to character work.
Cruise is sometimes described as our last true movie star; In some ways, he embodies a sense of personality-based acting before Brando, where audiences expect and accept consistency from one project to the next.
Will Rourke go to Jimmy Stewart to do the same work for years? Or John Wayne?
No, he’s, I’m afraid, fighting a losing battle here.
Cruise, through sheer willpower, has established himself as the darling of cinema’s 21st century, television’s own bare-faced general Custer giving the final stand for visual effects and spectacle. . “Irrelevant”? Hard. But there’s something refreshing to hear it say. (© Independent News Service)
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