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Underappreciated actors – Keanu Reeves

John Wick, finally released on UK screens, is being presented as a comeback film for Keanu Reeves. The decline of a film star from a name in letters 5 feet high outside a cinema to letters centimetres high on DVD cases in Asda is something you only really notice as you get older.

Sometimes the slow drift from being a name that can open a movie in cinemas, to a name that can persuade some foreign investors to back a cheesy DTV saga about, I dunno, Roman Legionnaires vs. Ninjas is nearly imperceptible.

One morning you just wake up and think ‘hey, didn’t John Cusack used to be a movie star?’ Now he can’t even get cast in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

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Underappreciated actors – Jennifer Jason Leigh

When I decided to resurrect this series of blogs which I began (and lazily failed to maintain) for I didn’t want to set up too many rules. I didn’t want to just feature obscure performers (partly because there are other more knowledgeable film bloggers and writers out there to shine a light into those darker corners). I didn’t just want to talk about character actors as I wanted to give respect to film stars as well where I felt there skills and qualities were taken for granted. I also didn’t want to do the thing that most list articles end up doing, which is to narrow the field down to a collection of the same old fan favourites. It is too early to tell if I will succeed in this, after all this in only the second entry (technically third, but I’ll run a revised version of my Keanu-nu-nu-love at a later date). Continue reading

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Underappreciated actors – James Woods

So another in another regular blog feature I give you the first in an ongoing series on the great under-appreciated actors of our time. I’m going to start with an easy one, the great Jimmy Woods who played the character from whom this blog gets it’s name.

Underappreciated? Really? We all love getting a little Wood don’t we (Padre)? Continue reading