Ed Harris

Ed Harris

His role as John Glenn in 'The Right Stuff' (1983)
Complete this list: Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Miranda Richardson, Toni Collette, Eileen Atkins and . . . No, complete it with a MALE actor, a male actor who's bright, sensitive, courageous and strong enough to survive and shine amidst the greatest female cast in decades (if not ever). That's what they had to do with The Hours, about the effect of Virginia Woolf on successive generations of women. They had to find that man, a REAL man who would have presence but wouldn't dominate. Russell Crowe? Too rough, too moody. Tom Cruise? Too megalomaniacal - did you see the posters for Vanilla Sky? No, they needed a guy of actorly presence and great human dignity, who could convince but not feel the need to steal every scene. It HAD to be Ed Harris.Harris spent the first 15 years of his career as a guy everyone liked but no one could remember. Perhaps this was due to his rare talent and intelligence. Always imbuing his characters with conflicting personalities and desires, Harris never appeals directly to our baser instincts. When he's a hero, he has dreadful failings too. Thus people don't want to BE him like they want to BE Mel Gibson - because he's acting the part of a real person and isn't simply a Celebrity Actor playing himself. And when he's a villain, he has a clearly recognisable good side, or at least understandable. Everyone chuckles about the comedic nastiness of Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter, they quote his lines. Hey, they gave him an Oscar and let him turn up on countless chat-shows doing that funny thing with his mouth. Yet, as Blair Sullivan in Just Cause, Ed Harris was the most convincing psycho-killer in recent memory and no one mentions it. This isn't simply because Just Cause is not a great movie, but because Harris was too disturbed, too turbulent, too REAL. Yet his incredible ability paid off in the end. Since Just Cause he's been Oscar-nominated on three separate occasions.Source: tiscali.co.uk
I listen to National Public Radio, which, to me at least, presents the most rounded view of things.More Ed Harris quotes [10/30/2006 12:10:00]
I chose films made by people I wanted to work with, about subject matter I thought was intriguing.More Ed Harris quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's about being open to the moment of creation, not manipulating it, and trusting that you may not know where to go.More Ed Harris quotes [10/30/2006 12:10:00]
You look at a guy like Lance Armstrong, and you have to be inspired. I sat next to Kirk Douglas the other day, and he's inspiring for fighting through his stroke.More Ed Harris quotes [10/30/2006 12:10:00]
I'd rather win it than have somebody else's name called out-it's only natural.More Ed Harris quotes [10/30/2006 12:10:00]

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