Sunday, August 21, 2011

august MOVIE MEME, day 21: my favorite underused actor

It's a tough word to define, but I see the term "underused" as a combination of both lacking in deserving roles and misuse.  Now, though I've loved the performances of this actress, I think that she's far too good to have stayed such a quiet presence in filmdom...

Laura Linney - I know that she's got three Oscar nominations under her belt, as well as three Emmys and two Golden Globes, but darnit... Laura Linney is underused!  The insanely talented woman has managed to lose for an incredible performance (You Can Count on Me), as well as to not become the big star she deserves to be.  She's easily one of the best working actresses around, and she was so lacking in parts deserving of her abilities, she had to do what many film actresses over 40 have had to do - seek out creative projects on the small screen.  Don't get me wrong - The Big C is spectacular, and Linney plays Cathy Jamison so wonderfully, but how has this multi-faceted and stellar performer avoided the Kodak stage for so long?

2 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Joan Allen, Laura Linney. Team up as sparring sisters. Make a movie. Win Oscars. PLEASE!

TomS said...

Nice choice of Laura Linney, so fine in "Tales of the City" and "Kinsey", too. Joan Allen also crossed my mind! Both of them are probably selective with their material (thank goodness).

Does anyone remember Jaye Davidson? Made only two movies, I think, (earning one Supporting nomination) and has since dropped completely from sight.

Cate Blanchett, too, should be seen more often, in meatier roles.... And Aaron Eckhart....