Welcome to Movie Clip Wendesday. I'm your humble host while our gloriuos host Boxer takes a well deserved hiatus. Here's how it works, you look at the theme and find a clip that matches. In the comment section you post that you "are up" and we will all read it and comment.
My choice is Robert Duvall. The best actor I've ever been able to watch. This guy has range. Bad guy, I can do it, tough guy, got that too, everyman well I can do that as well. The thing to me that Duvall has over Pacino and DeNiro ( who always get the accolades as the "greatest") is that he can play whoever, whenever. Those other two yotes are the SAME guy every fucking movie with different accents. That's all they do. Duvall was Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird a bit part. He was the notorious Ned Pepper in True Grit he was in the Eagle Has Landed which is the movie Howard Hughes watched over and over until he died.
He was Joe Kidd in Joe Kidd he was the Great Santini. He played the dirty newspaper guy in my theme "movie you watch when know you want to be alone" (or something like that, The Natural). He was Max Mercer in that movie, the dirty reporter trying to get the shit on Roy Hobbs (played by Rob Redford). He was the crew chief for the dwarf Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder he was in the critically aclaimed and Acadamy Award winning Sling Blade and he carried the robotic Kevin Costner in Open Range.
But of all the characters (including Tom Hagen in The Godfather where he was HOSED for best supporting) my favorite is as Augustus McCrae in Lonesome Dove. Here's my favorite scene from the series. It's way over the three minute alottment but it describes Gus perfectly. As well as Captain Call play wonderfully by Tommy Lee Jones, the best character in the series.
Thanks for playing. I'm doing the best I can. We all miss Boxer. Just go with the flow my dear friends. If you've read the book, you know this scene. Gus doesn't really have a temper. But when the bartender disses him, he handles it like a champ. Call knows its coming and steps away, at about the 3:40 mark. He knows Gus is fucking pissed and not to get in the middle of it. It's cinematic beauty on the small screne. Enjoy. "Now besides the whiskey I think we'll require a little respect" You surly bartender you. It's where I get my saying "Here's to the sunny slopes of long ago". God, how many times have any of us wanted to whack a surly bartender? You never had too wack Wee Wille Montgomery. Nuff said.
Six times nominated for and Academy Award. He won for Tender Mercies. Four times nominated for an Enmy. He didn't win for Lonesome Dome he did win one for Broken Trail which is AWESOME.
Here's a Duvall on that. The western is "our Shakespeare" great line.
I'll have next week's theme this week. Look for it underneath the "MCW" logo.