Saturday, March 23, 2013
The best actor with the worst career:
F. Murray Abraham
The public has spoken and though the competition was daunting, only F. Murray Abraham showed up on more that 50% of the ballots cast, edging out Nicolas Cage, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Eric Roberts.
Their career paths are different. Cage shows up in "major motion pictures" for the most part, and for the most part they are really bad. Gooding has pretty good taste in dramas but horrible taste in comedies, though that may be unavoidable these days given how many comedies are so low brow. Roberts didn't win an Oscar like the rest of these guys and does a remarkable amount of work, a lot of it on TV, occasionally with a minor role in a big budget film like The Dark Knight.
Of this group, only F. Murray Abraham starred in Blood Monkey. This is one of many roles that gave him an edge the other actors couldn't match.
Did you know one of his early roles was as the apple in the Fruit of the Loom commercials? Clearly, he understood the concept of "hey, it's a paycheck" long before he won an Oscar for Amadeus.
One can only hope he will make a film with Halle Berry in the near future and I can be sure to miss it.
Thanks to all who stopped by and voted.