“The Verdict”

September 27, 2008 at 7:55 AM (Uncategorized) (, )

No, this isn’t about the debate….which BTW I call a draw…

Nor is it my annoyance at the new wheechair….it’s already having footplate issues

It appears that Paul Newman has passed away.

He was originally from Shaker Heights Ohio, a Cleveland suburb next door to where I grew up.

He and his wife have done a lot for Kenyon College which they both attended…also in Ohio.

And he was fully engaged in doing some good….Newman’s Own raised incredible amounts of cash used to help others

Since I’m an actor junkie though, I want to direct people to what I see as the three best examples of his craft…

If you don’t even know who Paul Newman is….watch this one first, even though in black and white you miss the startling blue eyes…. “The Hustler” with an amazing supporting cast, where he is the distilled portrait of every newbie pool shark there ever was. (and I have to be shallow for a moment… he’s hawt. Purely gorgeous to look at. When you get both great acting ability and good looks…heaven)

A great uncle of mine was a pool shark for a living in the 1920’s and he said that movie was as close to the truth as Hollywood would ever get, except that there was no Prince-of-Darkness financier like the George C. Scott character.

Then, skip Butch and Sundance, which I think is overrated and off in it’s pacing, and head straight for “The Sting,” where you see him inhabit a merry, wise con man,who likes nothing better than the rush, and is having an even better time, because he knows the proceeds will help the family of a fellow con who died in the wrong place at the wrong time. And those blue eyes are in full view. Yum.

And “The Verdict,” This is great acting…as he tells the story of a resurrection of an alchoholic attorney who goes from pathetic to proud in a beleivable maze of emotions and events. That’s the one that cemented his praise for great acting…Frank Galvin, the attorney took the path that I wish my father had been able to achieve…but since it’s Hollywood…

The Verdict is in.

Newman was guilty of being a multitalented, genuinely good guy.

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