CasI love films that have four prolific actors in either one set piece, to indulge with dialogue, laughs, and tears, or are just the focal points of a great story. Here are some examples I’ve thoroughly enjoyed during my film watching life and examples of what I mean:
- Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) – Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
- Elia Kizan’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) – Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter
- Mike Nichols’ “Closer” (2004) – Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman
- Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” (2011) – Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly
Typically, these films center around love or marriage as a baseline for the drama. Not all of them are flat out masterpieces, and are with their fair share of problems, but I can’t help but enjoy in most cases, a master’s class on acting from at least one of the cast members. They’re usually set up to be a showcase for some great performances.
Your Circuit Community question today is this…cast your dream film in which four of the actor’s are either set in one place or are the focal point of the story. You don’t have to have the actual adaptation or film in mind, but if you do, please share with us. To make it even more interesting, create a separate list of actors and actresses who are no longer with us, that you would have loved to see act off one another.
In your ideal world, assembling these four would result in all of them nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
Here are mine:
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Kate Winslet
- Viola Davis
- Jeffrey Wright
- Brock Peters
- Rita Moreno
- Jack Lemmon
- Janet Leigh
Share yours in the comment section.