Sep 29, 2008

Gods of Cinema: Paul Newman

Not to be a contrarian but I don't think Paul Newman was that great.
Before you start lobbying for my execution, let me explain. I admire his politics, I admire his social commitment and I think he was one of the handsomest men in the history of the world. As a movie star, yes, total charisma. Deserves to be in the pantheon of the Gods of Cinema. But I really liked him better as an actor as he aged. I loved him in The Road To Perdition, a very underrated movie. He was great chomping the scenery in The Verdict, but he wasn't always great when he was younger. He was very acty. Actor's studio acty. Please don't all kill me for saying this. Thank you.

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