January 2, 2008

Wednesday Wisdom

Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.

Katharine Hepburn


  1. Sharp lady that Katie.

    That classy woman could act in her sleep. Always a pleasure to watch. Unlike supposed "great" actors like Nicholson who appears to walk through films nowadays playing Jack. The Departed was a top film - if only in that it demonstrated that Leonardo DiCaprio could really act - notwithstanding Jack walking through his role. Perhaps I'm being a tad hard?

    By God but I'm over all the parties and food. Having hot dogs tonight: the hight of haute cuisine!

  2. Have to agree Father, Nicholson phoned it in for The Departed (a shame, because everyone else turned up for work, prepared), ditto a range of other recent films (the one with Diane Keaton .. yetch ... not to mention that he was entirely unconvincing).

    DiCaprio showed that he was a true actor in the making way back when he did "What's Eating Gilbert Grape". Unfortunately he was side-swiped and high-jacked by the excretable "Titanic".

    A big difference for DiCaprio in "The Departed", to my mind, was that he had become, finally, a man, as well as having grown into the actor that he always should have been. That whole baby-face thing, while a genetic blessing of sorts, has held him back in acting terms.

    He was OK in Blood Diamond too, but the script was ridiculous, cheesy, tripe.