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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard Sam Shepard ’s death was a major blow. His struggle with ALS was fought outside the public eye, and most of his fans never knew he was sick. In fact, Shepard’s career seemed to be going better than ever, thanks to a fruitful series of collaborations with Jeff Nichols (including MUD and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL). It’s a shame as Shepard was one...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe Powers Boothe never really got his due. A character actor par excellence, I’m sure that for awhile there it looked like he would become a full-fledged leading man. He made a big impression playing Jim Jones in “Guyana Tragedy”, for which he won an Emmy, and later starred in one of the first ever HBO series, “Philip Marlowe:...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Michael Parks

Michael Parks I was very sad to hear, last week, that veteran character actor Michael Parks had died (and don’t even get me started on Powers Boothe , who’ll be this column’s next subject). I actually saw Parks once, at a screening of RED STATE at Sundance, where he did a Q&A for the audience with director Kevin Smith , and he seemed very...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme Jonathan Demme ’s death is a huge loss – both to us film fans, as well as those who knew him personally. In the days since his death, former colleagues, assistants, friends, family, etc, all came forward with tales of how Demme was among the most gracious of Hollywood power players, with none uttering an unkind word about him. By all...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Scott Glenn

Scott Glenn Scott Glenn has been in some pretty outstanding films. One of his earliest was Robert Altman ’s NASHVILLE, and he also turned up in a small (but important) part in Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW, leading to his break-out turn as John Travolta ’s rival in URBAN COWBOY. At this point, Glenn got the star build-up, but for...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren With a career going back nearly fifty years, it's no exaggeration to say Helen Mirren ranks among one of our most iconic living actresses. Always known for her sharp wit, which has decimated many a poorly prepared chat show host (see her own a leering Michael Parkington during this famously sexist interview ), and even, recently, a theater attendee...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox Being a bad ass is about more than just brawn. Courage is a lot more bad ass than muscles, and Michael J. Fox, who’s struggled publicly with Parkinson’s Disease for twenty years, is an inspiration to anyone who’s ever faced adversity - all of us. But, as fits this column, he has made some great friggin’ movies. Fox, a...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton While the flub heard around the world dominated headlines the morning after Oscar Sunday, earlier that day the news broke that Bill Paxton , one of Hollywood’s most beloved character actors, had passed away. At only sixty-one, this was unexpected, as there hadn’t been any rumors of ill health. In fact, Paxton was particularly prolific over the...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne Laurence Fishburne has been a badass for longer than I’ve been alive. I mean, as far as subjects of this column go, it doesn’t get much cooler than the fact that Fishburne, at fourteen, lied about his age to get hired for APOCALYPSE NOW. The fact that he came of age while working in the jungle on a drug-fueled, wildly unpredictable set...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: John Hurt

John Hurt I was at Sundance when I heard that John Hurt had passed on. Being a long-time fan of one of Britain’s truly great actors, I was surprised that I’d never written him up for this column. Maybe it’s that I never associated Hurt with being “bad-ass”, but even a cursory look at his work reveals that he was all that and much more....
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Ben Affleck

In our last column , we examined the career of actor Brian Cox . This week’s subject is one of the biggest actor/directors of our era, but a controversial figure to be sure...   Ben Affleck For some reason, people seem to hold major grudge against Ben Affleck , and around the time his career as a young, twenty-something lead went kaput, people...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Brian Cox

  Last week, we took a look at the career of character actor Brendan Gleeson , so this week, we owe it to another of his prolific peers to highlight his mighty accomplishments in front of the camera...   Brian Cox Brian Cox is probably my favorite working character actor. Never a huge presence on the silver screen until he reached middle age, his work...
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