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Robert DeNiro 7 38.89%
Jack Nicholson 6 33.33%
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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Exactly funkyou. Like I said, this thread was the best actors, not favorite actors.

Hugh Jackman puts my ass in the movie seat but I'd never consider him an extremely talented actor and one of the best of all time.

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Exactly funkyou. Like I said, this thread was the best actors, not favorite actors.

Hugh Jackman puts my ass in the movie seat but I'd never consider him an extremely talented actor and one of the best of all time.
I dunno he is pretty awesome in Happy Feet. Dancing, elvis impersonating, penguins get me every time.




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For me it was close between Pacino and Deniro. I think you underestimate the versatility of Pacino. Look at Dog Day Afternoon, Godfather I&II, Serpico, Scarface, Frankie & Johnny, Scent of a Woman, Carlito's Way, Devil's Advocate, Insomnia, Any Given Sunday, etc... These characters all show versatility at least equally of Deniro if not more so. IMO of the list you have given Nicholson is the least versatile actor of the 3 and I only hesitated from dissmissing him as a contendor because of his character's complexity in "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest". Just my insight on the subject. Pacino FTW
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If not more? Dude, did you not read the list of films I mentioned for DeNiro? He has been in nearly everything and the differences in roles are far and beyond Pacino's resume. Aside from maybe Brando or Johnny Depp, there isn't an actor with a more versatile career than DeNiro's.

As good as Pacino is, and I know he is very good, his roles are often one dimensional. Godfather 1 and 2, Carlito's Way, Dog Day Afternoon, all criminals or drug lords. Serpico, Insomnia, Heat, The Recruit, law enforcer. And Justice for All, Devil's Advocate, Glengarry Glen Ross, law/business. The only real versitile performances where he ventured out of his norm were Scent of a Woman (great performance) and Simone...and we all know how that turned out to be,

And let's just compare performances here. Is the performance in Insomnia, Any Given Sunday, especially Any Given Sunday, and The Devil's Advocate even noteworthy as far as is acting ability? It's very average stuff, especially when all the guy is does is yell and shout in Devil's and Any Given Sunday. In fact, people just look at those performances in Devils and Sunday as campy fun, which it is. And I think we all can agree, Patch was merely decent in Insomnia and Williams stole that film away from him.

You can say it's equally as versatile, but to say more so is just completely untrue. One way to look at is aside from a few exceptions, I could see DeNiro play any role that Pacino did because DeNiro has been there and done that as far as what Patch is known for. I cannot say the same thing the other way around.

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Yes unfortunately he is type cast. I do see your point though. I like them both as actors.
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If not more? Dude, did you not read the list of films I mentioned for DeNiro? He has been in nearly everything and the differences in roles are far and beyond Pacino's resume. Aside from maybe Brando or Johnny Depp, there isn't an actor with a more versatile career than DeNiro's.

As good as Pacino is, and I know he is very good, his roles are often one dimensional. Godfather 1 and 2, Carlito's Way, Dog Day Afternoon, all criminals or drug lords. Serpico, Insomnia, Heat, The Recruit, law enforcer. And Justice for All, Devil's Advocate, Glengarry Glen Ross, law/business. The only real versitile performances where he ventured out of his norm were Scent of a Woman (great performance) and Simone...and we all know how that turned out to be,

And let's just compare performances here. Is the performance in Insomnia, Any Given Sunday, especially Any Given Sunday, and The Devil's Advocate even noteworthy as far as is acting ability? It's very average stuff, especially when all the guy is does is yell and shout in Devil's and Any Given Sunday. In fact, people just look at those performances in Devils and Sunday as campy fun, which it is. And I think we all can agree, Patch was merely decent in Insomnia and Williams stole that film away from him.

You can say it's equally as versatile, but to say more so is just completely untrue. One way to look at is aside from a few exceptions, I could see DeNiro play any role that Pacino did because DeNiro has been there and done that as far as what Patch is known for. I cannot say the same thing the other way around.

Onme thing in Pacino's defense is that he may have played many characters on either side of the lkaw but he manages to make each and every one of them unique. No one would confuse Serpico with his chararcter in Insomnia.

He ussed to use the full range of his actiung skills to make seemingly similar characters completely disparate. Both De Niro and Pacino have been trading on past glories for quite a few years. Hell, since Heat neither has really made anything near a great film. De Niro relies on twitches and Pacino relies on chewing up the scenery.

Its a pity that two such great actors cannot find decent roles. Maybe that is more of a reflection on the movie industry's attitude to "more mature" actors and actresses.




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