Watching Sylvester Stallone and his motley crew in Expendables 3 last night, I found myself thinking how my attitude has changed towards certain actors and celebrities (still feel the same about this guy though!).
I must admit the first in the series was, to me, a bit naff, but when someone commented that it was supposed to be tongue in cheek (there’s a brilliant line about Schwarzenegger wanting to be President), I watched it through different eyes, and could see the funny side.
E 2 was much better, and this latest offering action packed from start to finish.
When it was announced that there was to be a Rambo 4 in 2008, I wondered how on earth they were going to depict the story as 25 years had passed and he was no longer a young man.
IMO it is one of the best movies of his career (though I found the leading lady irritating).
I have a lot of respect for Stallone, having seen interviews and the extras on several DVD copies of his movies. The man knows what he wants, what he expects, and is safety conscious. Also, he does not expect his co-stars to do anything he wouldn’t do himself.
The Terminator is one of the best Sci-Fi movies ever. I have watched it at least 30 times, and still think it’s going to get her at the end.
Years ago, our video and DVD collection contained most of Arnie’s movies (Twins and Junior NOT included). The last really good role we saw him in was True Lies, but since then either the material has just been lousy or he’s past his sell by date as I find him ‘tired’.
Mel Gibson used to be a favourite too.
We have the Mad Max trilogy, Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, and of course the Lethal Weapon series to name just a few.
He’s the Bad Guy in E3 and like Van Damme in E2, I was glad to see the back of him.
Mr Gibson is no longer one of my Mr Populars, the reason simply being the character he portrayed in What Women Want.
I was never a fan of Tom Cruise to start with (not that he’s in E3, but you never know he may buy in to show up in E4 or E5), though he has been in a few films I have enjoyed such as The Last Samurai and Collateral.
When they cast him as Jack Reacher, Lee Child lost an avid fan (me), and Mr Cruise lost all sense of credibility. For those of you not familiar with the character, Jack Reacher is 6’5 and Tom Cruise is 5’9.
Richard Gere starred in both Pretty Woman and Internal Affairs in 1990, two totally different roles. He was great in Pretty Woman, and I hated his guts in Internal Affairs.
My favourite film of his at the moment is Shall We Dance (2004).
But this is the proof of a good actor, one so totally believable in their portrayal that you love them one minute and thoroughly despise them the next. It’s not the actor, but the character they play, though sometimes I wonder how much the two overlap.
Then you have to ask yourself who are todays equivalent of those brilliant Hollywood Greats of yesteryear like Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Audrey Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracey, David Niven, Robert Mitchum, John Mills, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Stewart Granger, James Coburn and the like.
Sadly, all of us, celebrities or not, are getting older, and watching E3 and remembering the cast at their most youthful, I found it sad that there are few actors today that would stand the test of time like these guys, hamming it up or not.
Mind you, Harrison Ford summed it up perfectly:
‘I haven’t had so much fun for years’.