Classic, quirky or crap?
Some years ago, my English son and I had a Saturday night to kill in Manado and decided to go to the movies. Our choice was determined by my comment that any movie with David Carradine as its star was bound to be interesting.
Bearing in mind that Steve McQueen’s debut on the big screen was The Blob
, and that Johnny Depp was teen victim number whatever in the original Nightmare On Elm Street
, I was keen to display some parental guidance.
W’aduh, this was a pile of poo-poo; it was the worst edited portrayal of marionettes I have ever watched, and I’m including Aliens Ate My Zombie Stepmother.
in my list of How I Wasted My Time In A Fleapit .
And I haven’t been to a cineplex with my son since then.
I’m prompted to write this because three actors have new, apparently reasonably watchable, films on release this month. Your task, before checking your answers online and buying the pirated DVDs, is to match the quotes to these famous thespians.
A. David Carradine
B. Johnny Depp
C. Malcolm McDowell
"I have done a lot of crap, but crap is what you tend to be offered as a working actor ... And I like to keep working. I love it more now than I did when I was getting better parts. So, I don't get as good parts, so? It doesn't really matter. All I ever wanted was to be as good as you can be. I never wanted to be a star."
“I've created four Categories of (his) movies as follows: Totally Awesome Movies, Pretty Damn Good Movies, Worth Watching, But -- , and Truly Awful Movies. (In regards to that last rating, of course I don't mean (he) gives a truly awful performance in these movies, but only that the movies themselves are pretty pathetic.) I'm not even going to warn you about violence, sex, or foul language. If you object to any of those three items, you're watching the wrong movies!”
“He has a quicksilver, ungraspable quality as an actor - indeed some of his performances are little more than turns, or decal transfers laid upon films into which he is barely integrated.”