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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    HWBL, I agree with all you have written. I would also like to add, and please don't hit me, that I think Jack Nicholson is over-rated. He has been absolutely brilliant in many of his roles and a down right ham in others. As someone said on another thread, he seems more an exhibitionist than an actor. He DOES NOT leave his ego at the door when he walks into a role, which is an essential part of being an actor.
    LOL, don't worry, I agree about Jack. I think he may have
    been the first of that group of big talents around the same
    age/generation who started phoning in the same type of
    performances: he became a character. So, you can see
    that even truly gifted actors get typecast at some point
    in their careers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    ^^You hurt my feelings. I'm telling Al Sharpton. j/k

    And I don't know what my cousin was smoking when he said Cruise was better than Crowe.
    Are you sure he's not ill? Check his temp, lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    LOL, don't worry, I agree about Jack. I think he may have
    been the first of that group of big talents around the same
    age/generation who started phoning in the same type of
    performances: he became a character. So, you can see
    that even truly gifted actors get typecast at some point
    in their careers.
    Absolutely. If actors care a whit about their craft they should resist casting based on their perceived persona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    Are you sure he's not ill? Check his temp, lol.



    Absolutely. If actors care a whit about their craft they should resist casting based on their perceived persona.
    Nah, he's just married with three small kids who are driving him crazy. So, I chalk it up to stress.

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    In no particular order:

    Actors:

    Gene Hackman
    Denzel Washington
    Kevin Spacey
    Morgan Freeman
    Russell Crowe
    Joaquin Phoenix
    Anthony Hopkins
    Robert Duvall
    Daniel Day-Lewis
    Hugh Jackman

    Actresses:

    Helen Mirren
    Cate Blanchett
    Famke Janssen
    Susan Sarandon
    Jodie Foster
    Kate Winslet
    Sigourney Weaver
    Holly Hunter
    Rachel Weisz
    Francis McDormand

    Up and Comers (Honorable Mention):

    Emile Hirsch
    Keira Knightley
    Ashley Judd
    Edward Norton (forget the Hulk please)
    Natalie Portman
    Adrien Brody
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    I don't know. I can rely on my all time favorites which are included in the lists here. Then I think who today who really makes me laugh, breaks my heart and who I find so compelling I can't take my eyes off of them. I wish there were more women, but I find them more to be great technicians rather than really touching me.

    Daniel Auteuil
    Johnny Depp
    Isabelle Huppert
    Daniel Day Lewis
    Al Pacino
    Gerard Depardieu
    Annette Bening
    Maggie Smith
    Kevin Spacey

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    Okay, actresses (this may even be harder than actors).
    In no particular order:

    Kathy Bates
    Annette Bening
    Juliette Lewis
    Meryl Streep
    Cher
    Gena Rowlands
    Joanne Woodward

    Can't think of more right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    In no particular order

    Don Cheadle
    i'm so glad you mentioned him, i absolutely believe he's underrated!
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    Don Cheadle
    He was great in Crash and Traffic.

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    Jack Nicholoson.
    Tom Hanks
    Tom Cruise
    Dustin Hoffman
    Kevin Spacey
    James Earl Jones
    Martin Sheen
    Donald Sutherland
    Ed Harris
    Morgan Freeman

    Special Mention
    Al Pachino
    Russell Crowe

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    Women

    Laura Linney
    Frances McDormand
    Rachel Griffiths
    Jodie Foster
    Jennifer Connelley
    Meryl Streep
    Glenn Close
    Kate Winslet
    Helen Hunt

    Up and coming
    Natalie Portman
    Lauren Ambrose

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    Al Pacino
    Jack Nicholson
    Morgan Freeman
    Johnny Depp
    Harvey Kietel
    Robert De Niro
    Kevin Spacey
    Samuel L Jackson
    Tom Hanks
    Geoffrey Rush
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    Let's see:

    -Peter North

    -Danny Trejo

    -Robin Williams

    -Christian Bale

    -Will Smith

    -Denzel Washington

    -Morgan Freeman

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    I forgot about Denzel and DeNiro.

    Will Smith can be good, but he's uneven.

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    John North
    Ron Jeremy
    John Holmes
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    I forgot about Morgan Freeman & Don Cheadle.

    Since we're now doing actresses:

    Mariah Carey (Just kidding)

    Meryl Streep
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Angela Bassett
    Judi Dench
    Cate Blanchett
    Sissy Spacek
    Alfre Woodard
    Kathy Bates
    Rachel Weisz
    Emma Thompson

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