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Inventory: The Second(-Billed) City: 19 great Chicago character actors

28 March 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Chicago is a “that guy” kind of town, its very history shaped by political machines and criminal syndicates whose leaders all resembled character actors of one type or another. It’s also home to venerable ensemble theater companies such as Steppenwolf and improv comedy institutions like Second City, which has made it a crucible of talent that’s produced scene stealers on screens big and small. Mind you, Chicago and its suburbs have produced plenty of big stars with local roots—your Harrison Fords, your John Malkoviches, your John Cusacks, your Jennifer Hudsons, your, uh, Jim Belushis. But our metropolis of underdogs has a deep self-identification with the perpetually second- and third-billed, the sort of hometown pride that could make Dennis Farina a bona fide local celebrity and inspire a popular Italian beef joint to plaster pictures of Joe Mantegna on its wall. As part of The A.V. Club »

- Erik Adams, Danette Chavez, Leonardo Adrian Garcia, William Hughes, Gwen Ihnat, Sean O'Neal, Katie Rife, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Esther Zuckerman

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‘Snatch’ Review: One Punch From Brad Pitt Had More Power Than Crackle’s New TV Show

16 March 2017 3:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s been 16 years since Guy Ritchie’s London crime story, “Snatch,” first debuted in the U.S., and, while the black comedy pulled in a decent sum, its primary accomplishment was of a cult fandom (and earning Guy Ritchie a shot at the big time). With that in mind, I don’t feel too bad for only remembering a few key moments from a film built on a sharp wit and distinct characters:

Alan Ford’s thick, creepy glasses; Dennis Farina’s crass American foil to all those classy Brits; Jason Statham proving he can do more than just beat the hell out of his co-stars; the tragic fate of Benicio del Toro’s Franky Four Fingers; and, of course, the sole iconic element of Ritchie’s first major studio film (aside from ultra slo-mo fight scenes): Brad Pitt’s gibberish-spouting gypsy boxer with a devastating right hook, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Snatch’ Review: One Punch From Brad Pitt Had More Power Than Crackle’s New TV Show

16 March 2017 3:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been 16 years since Guy Ritchie’s London crime story, “Snatch,” first debuted in the U.S., and, while the black comedy pulled in a decent sum, its primary accomplishment was of a cult fandom (and earning Guy Ritchie a shot at the big time). With that in mind, I don’t feel too bad for only remembering a few key moments from a film built on a sharp wit and distinct characters:

Alan Ford’s thick, creepy glasses; Dennis Farina’s crass American foil to all those classy Brits; Jason Statham proving he can do more than just beat the hell out of his co-stars; the tragic fate of Benicio del Toro’s Franky Four Fingers; and, of course, the sole iconic element of Ritchie’s first major studio film (aside from ultra slo-mo fight scenes): Brad Pitt’s gibberish-spouting gypsy boxer with a devastating right hook, »

- Ben Travers

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