Tuesday, September 14, 2010

MCW "The greatest actor of your lifetime."

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.

Happy MCW

I'll have next week's theme this week.  Look for it underneath the "MCW" logo.


Princess said...

Hey Madman,
Great career history On the great Mr Duval.
There is a Smorgasboard of old farts showing at the palais...
I'm just not as specific...
Happy MCW... and you are doing a great job by the way...Thanx!

Buzz Kill said...

Great choice. My favorite Duval character has to be Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore from Apocalypse Now.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like
[sniffing, pondering]
victory. Someday this war's gonna end...

I didn't have time this week to do this theme, but you know it would have been - Clint Eastwood.

Happy MCW!

Pam said...

Duvall was certainly in my consideration for this week's theme, but no blog jinx from me! I adore him. What about him in the Old Lions movie (I think that is the name) ... where he and Michael Caine end up taking care of the kid? One of those actors who doesn't even need to say a line to act -- every movement, blink of an eye, shoulder shrug -- total character development.

Happy MCW! I'm up with my choice of the day!

moi said...

For me, it was between Robert Duvall and Tom Hanks. I went with Hanks. But Duvall is close, so close.

Happy MCW and you're doing a terrific job!

Aunty Belle said...

ohmigoodness! I almost posted Duval meself!!

I loved yore clip--laughed out loud several times-- the philosopher cook is a scream.
( doan faint: Aunty ain't never seen Lonesome Dove. Thinkin' Uncle would love it an' mayhap we's gonna git a copy)

But now, akshully, ANY movie wif' TLJ and Rob Duval is a winner.

Duval in The Apostle was very fine actin'....an he wuz director too. Reckon he ain't had all the awards he has truly earned.

Happy MCW (an youse doin' a FINE job, an I bet'cha Boxer Babe thinks so too)

Joanna Cake said...

Loving Duvall and Eastwood and totally agreeing with you about Pacino and De Niro playing the same character - that's something I also pick up on at mine.

I had a feeling people would go for those guys so I decided that I really wanted to go for someone different to try to avoid last week's Blog Jinx :)

See what you think?

Milk River Madman said...

Thanks, my creativity is at a low. Been busy at work and waiting til the last minute to think of anything new.

BK, Eastwood would have been perfect for. Your mentioning of Duval in AN is just another of his fine roles. "smells like victory" is an iconic line.

Totally forgot about him in "Secondhand Lions". Loved how he kicked those kids asses and then sat them down to tell them how to be men.

Moi, Like me some Hanks as well. Is "Bachelor Party" his best role or did Zmed steal the show?

Aunty, you definately need to watch it. Best fiction done on TV IMO.

JC, Heading your way to check things out.

Thanks all for playing. Maybe "Best film editing".


sparringK9 said...

great choice. i do mean great. I LOVE the smell of napalm in the morning. smells like......*victory*

he is very hot in that scene.

did you see second hand lions? he does a great beat down of some arrogant pups in a bar.

oh, i see buzz beat me to it...even with the head shake on the victory delivery.

happy MCW

Rhacodactylus said...

I know the category was "Actor," but I have to throw out Meryl Streep as an option.

Milk River Madman said...

You can throw out Meryl Streep all you want. Won't get an argument from me.

Karl said...

Good afternoon MRM,

The scene with the bartender was great. I don't remember seeing this movie in the theater, did I just miss it?

"You can throw out Meryl Streep all you want." Bawahahaha

Anonymous said...

You've got it right. Duval is it. From Arthur "Boo" Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird" to "Apostle" to "Lonesome Dove" to "Tender Mercies" - I've loved him in all those roles. Oh - and "Secondhand Lions" - I don't think there's a movie he's made that I didn't love him in it. He gets my vote hands down.

Milk River Madman said...

Karl, I thought that joke was lost. Glad you got it. Total slam on Meryl.