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Discussion in 'Archive: The Amphitheatre' started by Katya Jade, Oct 20, 2002.

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  1. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jan 19, 2002
    Since my previous thread, [link=]Your Favorite Actors - Who and Why?[/link], was turning into more of an appreciation thread, I decided close that one and start this to host a discussion of various actors. Please note, the term "actors" includes both male and female performers.

    To start, I will be going through each actor mentioned in the previous discussion thread. If you have suggestions on who you'd like to discuss, please PM me.

    Please remember that this will be a discussion of each actor's work, not an appreciation thread. I encourage your input and discussion (even if you don't like the actor presented) on each person listed.

    So, let's start with Gary Sinise:

    You should recognize him from:
    [ul][li]Forrest Gump[/li][li]Apollo 13[/li][li]Ransom[/li][li]The Green Mile[/li][li]Reindeer Games[/li][li]The Stand[/li][li]Truman[/li][li]George Wallace[/li][/ul]
    Sinise grew up in Highland Park, Illinois and co-founded the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago.

    He has been nominated for Tony awards (theater) for A Streetcar Named Desire, Buried Child and The Grapes of Wrath. He's also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Forrest Gump as well as SAG, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

    In my opinion, Sinise is one of the most versatile and important actors of his generation. Watching his films, stage productions or tv roles is a study in the passion of acting and his ability to invest you emotionally in his character and the storyline.

    While Forrest Gump is probably one of his most recognized roles, one of my personal favorites is Ransom. In that film, Sinise created a character with depth and sincere movitives rather than playing it as a stereotypical bad guy.

    Please discuss. :)

  2. xie

    xie Jedi Knight star 5

    May 25, 2002
    Lieutenant Dan!

    He was amazing as Lieutenant Dan!
  3. Terr_Mys

    Terr_Mys Jedi Grand Master star 6

    May 19, 2002
    Just a quick question - does this discussion apply only to male actors, or female actresses as well? (As the term 'actors' is generally used collectively for both ;))
  4. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jan 19, 2002
    I'm using "actors" universally for both male and female performers.
  5. Rogue1-and-a-half

    Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Nov 2, 2000
    I think a hosted discussion is the way to go actually. Keeps things more focused and gives it more of a discussion feeling rather than people just posting random thoughts. Good move. And I love you. [face_love] :p

    By the by, we going to have some classic actors in here also? :D

    Okay, Sinise. Love the guy. He's got a tremendous screen presence somehow and he's never less than memorable. He was great in Apollo 13 and he was perhaps the best thing about Forrest Gump with his heart on his sleeve turn as the emotionally shattered Lootent Dan. His performance in Truman was a beautiful thing and he adequately gave an emotional insight into the mindset and emotions of a man who helmed the country during a true era of crisis.

    I note your comments on Ransom with some delight. An underrated film all around, Ransom boasted great performances from it's leading triumverate (Gibson, Russo and Sinise). You mention his depth and sincerity, which is always a good thing in a performance. Perhaps it's this ability that makes him such a wonderful actor. He always makes you feel it. And, forever since I first saw it, the scene where he ups his pistol and yells, "Stop! Police!" after a long and arduous interior struggle remains one of the most shocking and transfixing moments in cinema history.

    I always like to see Sinise. He never really disappoints.
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