Welcome to the first episode of the Road Trip Chronicles. For those who haven’t listened from the beginning, Mike and I first started playing the recasting game as a way to kill time on long car rides. Last month we took a road trip up to Boston (from Philly) and decided to record a couple of episodes on the way. The sound didn’t come out as good as we would have liked, but the episodes are fun.
This week we recasted American Beauty. This movie won 5 academy awards, Best Picture and Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Writing (Alan Ball) and Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall). Along with Annette Bening being nominated for Best Actress, Chris Cooper, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari and Thora Birch offer great performances.
You don’t really see a lot of movies like this being made anymore. The changing landscape of Hollywood seems to have eliminated this kind of mid-budget, dialogue heavy, film, and that’s disappointing. These kinds of movies are when you can really see the craft of acting. Its slow pace and long uncut shots allow for the actors to really work with the dialogue and flex their muscles. I think that’s why so many actors always end up gravitating towards stage acting, no matter how rich or famous they get. When really great actors are given time and room to explore a role and a script, that’s when you get the true essence of who they are as an actor and you tend to get some really special moments.
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