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William Fichtner might not have achieved the status of household name yet, but to those familiar with his work, he inspires as much loyalty from fans as he does from the directors and producers that have repeatedly cast him in their films over the years.
Focusing on his more geek-centric films, I'll let his body of work and the sheer range and variety of his performances sell the quality of the man. He's certainly an actor I've admired and followed for many years now.
I'll freely admit that The Perfect Storm quite possibly should have made this list, but while I enjoyed the film and Fichtner's performance, there wasn't much I could find to write about it, other than that it's a solid enough drama, »
With the Oscars fast approaching, Oscar snub stories have hit a fevered pitch. Did those wily Coen Brothers snag Chris Nolan’s Best Director nod? Did female filmmakers get the shaft (again)? How did Scott Pilgrim vs. The World not score a single tech nod? (The answers are: No. Yes. The Academy is made up of geezers.)
While pondering these craftsmen left out in the cold of the award season spotlight, I couldn’t help but think on one particularly egregious snub – that of Jeff Bridge’s beard, a truly undervalued supporting player.
Let me be clear. I love Jeff Bridges. His lack of vanity makes him an absolute joy to watch, and I think he deserves all the accolades he’s garnered and more. I just feel he should admit his greatest advocate over the past few years, the collaborator whose added to some of his greatest portrayals, is his beard. »
- Kristy Puchko
William Fichtner is an actor who's fast cementing his reputation as a legend, with his latest film, Drive Angry 3D, proving that he's effortlessly able to shine in any kind of genre film, drawing full attention to his performance, even when facing off against someone as charismatic as Nicolas Cage.
For me, he displays the same kind of edgy skill I've always admired in actors such as Christopher Walken and James Woods, excelling at dark comedy one minute, then switching to loveable and harmless, before being absolutely terrifying.
I was saddened to learn this morning that Betty Garrett, the great star of stage, screen, and TV, passed away yesterday at the age of 94 after suffering an aortic aneurysm.
Garrett was one of those rare people — like, say, Jack Valenti — who happened to be a witness to and/or participant in a remarkably high number of historic events of the 20th century. She was a member of Orson Welles’s famed Mercury Theatre company, and was with him on the night that he shook up America with his infamous radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” (1938); she was Frank Sinatra’s leading lady in two of the earliest great M-g-m musical-comedies, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (1949) and “On the Town” (1949); her career was greatly hurt by the Hollywood Red Scare after her husband, the Oscar nominated actor Larry Parks, refused to name names before the House Committee »
- Scott Feinberg
Following last week’s press screening of Drive Angry 3D at London’s swanky Charlotte Street Hotel, William Fichtner joined the crowd of competition winners and critics for a Q&A about not only the film, but his career so far, his love for cars, the differences between TV and film (having worked extensively in both) and any future work in the pipeline. While a February 21st embargo means we can’t talk about the film just yet, here is a summary of Fichtner’s discussion with the crowd.
Fichtner began by saying he had not actually seen the finished film yet; he had a chance to recently but decided to go the gym instead!
On Drive Angry
- Shaun Munro
5 items from 2011
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