It’s brought up all the time. “I wish [insert name] worked more.” It’s repeated by anyone who has an opinion about film or television. Actors and actresses that ooze talent from everything they touch however, are not seen or utilized correctly in today’s cinematic and TV world. In many cases, limited screen time in all they do is a factor and are quickly labeled “character actors.” Doesn’t change that we want to see these individuals more than we already do.
Meryl Streep and Jessica Chastain for instance, have always come to bat for Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, who is fresh off her first Emmy nomination in Lead Actress in a Drama Series for ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.” On one of our last podcast episodes, we spoke in length about the career of “True Detective’s” Rachel McAdams, who should be a bigger name by now.
Here is today’s simple enough question for you…what three actors or actress do you want to see in films more than you already do (or in more quality films)? We have an extra step for you as well…name three directors who you want to see make more movies!
Here are the names that jump out at me. There’s always more worth discussing:
- Linda Cardellini – magnificent in her brief role in “Brokeback Mountain” but has now been caught up in the Marvel universe. I want a great starring role for her. She could be a future Best Actress nominee/winner.
- Debra Winger – she was a staple of the Oscars in the 80’s and 90’s, and even managed a virtuoso turn in Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married,” one of the best acting ensembles of the 2000’s. Hollywood would probably just use her as the “mom” or “grandma” by this point but they’re losing her talent. Get on it.
- Elyes Gabel – He was a staple in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” and is sprinkled throughout HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Scorpion.” An outstanding talent that has such potential. Please someone realize it and give him a vehicle to run with.
- Todd Field – This has been my number one for some time. This actor turned director has helmed two spectacular films: “In the Bedroom” and “Little Children.” He has another one on the horizon (“The Creed of Violence”) and I cannot wait.
- Ava DuVernay – “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma” are achievements that we frankly didn’t deserve. Powerful and insightful filmmaking that you don’t see too often. I pray that the success of “Selma” opened the door for more projects in the future. Can’t wait to see more.
- Sean Durkin – Some people may say, “who?” But if I say “Martha Marcy May Marlene” it may come screaming back to you. Listen, his first feature film wasn’t a home run by any means but it raised such interesting questions and garnered a fantastic performance out of Elizabeth Olsen. I’d love to see him venture off into another project, with his own signature stamps that he performed so well.
Share yours in the comments below!