Mar 22 2012
Kevin Spacey is a great actor, and if you peruse his IMBD resume, you can tell the guy has great range. In the mostly “meh” Superman Returns, he was the perfect casting choice for Lex Luthor. He looks and acts the part to a T: Luthor is incredibly manipulative, sardonic, intelligent, successful, and—at his core—pretty goddamn evil. Five years later, and Horrible Bosses gives us Dave Harken, who is essentially the same brand of prick. Luthor has no problem killing off billions of people in the name of…real estate (?), and Harken is equally remorseless when it comes to the prospect of killing dudes in cold blood. Both characters are aloof megalomaniacs who have perfected the art of dickishness, and even if Spacey’s portrayal of them is mostly identical, it totally works both ways.
What the director must have told him on the first day of shooting: “So remember when you were trying to kill Superman and whatnot a few years back with a Kryptonite island? New script, more hair.”
Fun fact: Spacey edged out Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeff Bridges for his role in Horrible Bosses.
Boy oh boy, it was like Christmas morning when I first made this connection (all on my own, thank you very much, but apparently I wasn’t the first). Devito played a disgusting, despicable little man-beast in Batman Returns, and that’s hardly a far cry from It’s Always Sunny’s Frank Reynolds. These characters don’t resemble each other all the time, of course; just when Frank’s at his grossest or weirdest.
What the director must have told him on the first day of shooting: “Just…just do what you do, man. You’re beautiful.”
Fun fact: The pilot for this awesome show was shot on a $200 budget.
In Lars and the Real Girl, Gosling plays a socially inept (and possibly psychotic) introvert, and he genuinely values his alone time. In Drive, the (unnamed) driver has a pretty damn similar personality, and he also goes out of his way to seek isolation. This one might be a bit of a stretch, I’ll admit, but if you watch these two characters side by side, I’d say the latter is a darker, unmustachioed version of the former.
What the director must have told him on the first day of shooting: “OK, dude, remember that Notebook stuff you did back in the day? That’s not what I want. I want a violent Lars who smiles less. Here, check out these sweet gloves.”
Fun fact: Gosling was raised Mormon. Huh.
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