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Old 27-07-2013, 19:19
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Forest Gump
Saving Private Ryan
Castaway
The Green Mile
Toy Story series
Big Fish (I think it is called)

He was even meant to do The Shawshank Redemption!

He has turned into one of my fave actors with Leonardo Dicaprio and Robert Deniro!
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Old 27-07-2013, 19:48
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Yes. I think that he is an amazing actor with a great range. I think it was on here that I read someone post about how they considered the likes of John Wayne and Rock Hudson to be stars, as they acted in films but played themselves with learned lines, whereas someone like Tom Hanks is a proper actor as he actually acts and nothing of the man himself bleeds through to his performances.

For example, take Forrest Gump. THAT is acting. His portrayal of the title character is beautiful, heartfelt, touching and at times amusing. He fully deserved that Best Actor Oscar, IMO.

Another one of my favourite roles of his is as Viktor Navorski in The Terminal. To successfully pull off a role like that takes effort. I read that Rita Wilson, his wife, coached him in Bulgarian during the shooting of the film. (Her father was Bulgarian, and he reportedly based his portrayal of Viktor on him) Personally, I think that The Terminal would not have been half the film it was without Hanks' involvement.

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Old 27-07-2013, 19:50
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Not really. Nohing against him, and he's certainly been in some very successful films, but there's nothing about him that I find particularly exceptional or alluring.
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Old 27-07-2013, 20:03
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Yes. I think that he is an amazing actor with a great range. I think it was on here that I read someone post about how they considered the likes of John Wayne and Rock Hudson to be stars, as they acted in films but played themselves with learned lines, whereas someone like Tom Hanks is a proper actor as he actually acts and nothing of the man himself bleeds through to his performances.
Would you consider him to be a method actor?

Not really. Nohing against him, and he's certainly been in some very successful films, but there's nothing about him that I find particularly exceptional or alluring.
Who would you call great actors then?
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Old 27-07-2013, 20:15
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Would you consider him to be a method actor?
Yes, I would. He is, quite frankly, absolutely brilliant and Hollywood would be much poorer without him. Apparently for the filming of Cast Away, he gained fifty pounds to make him look pudgy, and then afterwards they halted production for a year so Hanks could lose the weight needed and grow his hair and beard for the island scenes.
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Old 27-07-2013, 20:42
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Who would you call great actors then?
I'm usually more a fan of screen presence rather than acting methodology tbh. So it could be anyone, with of without great acting talent, as long as their performance fits the movie that's all I care about. You can have someone who has great screen presence whose natural expressions fit the role perfectly, is that great acting? no, yet he/she is perfect for the role. That's not to say I can't recognise genuine great acting when I see it, I just don't get hung up on it. Having said that, one performance which has stayed me for years is DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
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Old 27-07-2013, 20:44
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One of the greatest actors? Probably no.

One of the greatest film stars? Definitely yes.
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Old 27-07-2013, 20:44
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He's not even amongst the best 3 American actors IMO.
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Old 27-07-2013, 21:10
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Fantastic actor without a doubt

I never cared for his performance in Philadelphia though. I didn't find him believeable to be playing a gay man dying of aids. Where as he was was born to play Forrest Gump and made the performance was iconic and beloved to this very day.

One of this underrated performances for me has to be in The Terminal which is a fantastic film.
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Old 27-07-2013, 21:44
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100% probably number 1 and top 3 of all time
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Old 27-07-2013, 23:56
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I suppose it all boils down to the script he's working with.

He is a very good leading man though. Always able to project what his character is thinking/feeling very clearly.

Captain Phillips looks like one his more interesting roles.
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Old 28-07-2013, 00:01
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I would say Johnny Depp, Gene Hackman, Alec Guiness, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, De Niro & Burt Lancaster blow him out of the water.

He's good, but imo he's not in the league of those mentioned above.
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Old 28-07-2013, 00:03
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Fantastic actor without a doubt

I never cared for his performance in Philadelphia though. I didn't find him believeable to be playing a gay man dying of aids. Where as he was was born to play Forrest Gump and made the performance was iconic and beloved to this very day.

One of this underrated performances for me has to be in The Terminal which is a fantastic film.
I never thought that was a believeable gay film full stop!
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Old 28-07-2013, 00:17
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He's a good actor but ranking them is a matter of personal preference.

For me, no, not in my top 3.
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Old 28-07-2013, 00:33
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As others have said, it's all subjective. People have different tastes and appreciate different qualities.

Personally, I've always preferred older movies over newer movies, and classical actors of yesteryear over today's crop. Just personal taste.

That being said, yes, I rate Tom Hanks. Liked his earlier light comedy movies; Big, The Burbs, Turner & Hooch, even liked his girly movie efforts; Sleepless in Seattle, You Got Mail. The movies in the OP speak for themselves.
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Old 28-07-2013, 01:05
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Yes, I would. He is, quite frankly, absolutely brilliant and Hollywood would be much poorer without him. Apparently for the filming of Cast Away, he gained fifty pounds to make him look pudgy, and then afterwards they halted production for a year so Hanks could lose the weight needed and grow his hair and beard for the island scenes.
That is true, the production team worked on another film then did Cast Away back to back, imagine if he hadn't lost weight

I'm usually more a fan of screen presence rather than acting methodology tbh. So it could be anyone, with of without great acting talent, as long as their performance fits the movie that's all I care about. You can have someone who has great screen presence whose natural expressions fit the role perfectly, is that great acting? no, yet he/she is perfect for the role. That's not to say I can't recognise genuine great acting when I see it, I just don't get hung up on it. Having said that, one performance which has stayed me for years is DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
I'm just about to watch that now, how weird, I adore "This Boys Life"

One of the greatest actors? Probably no.

One of the greatest film stars? Definitely yes.
Please explain the difference
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Old 28-07-2013, 09:06
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I can't wait for Saving Mr Banks. He plays Walt disney and I bet he is bound to be oscar nominated. It seems like a fantastic film anyway.
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Old 28-07-2013, 10:59
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Please explain the difference
You can be a great film star without being a great actor. Look at John Wayne, for example, or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both incredibly limited actors, but both fantastic film stars.

I'm not saying Hanks is as limited as those two (who are extreme examples) but it makes my point.
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Old 28-07-2013, 11:58
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You can be a great film star without being a great actor. Look at John Wayne, for example, or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both incredibly limited actors, but both fantastic film stars.

I'm not saying Hanks is as limited as those two (who are extreme examples) but it makes my point.
Definitely true and Arnie is a prime example.
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Old 28-07-2013, 12:25
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Dicaprio was better than him in Catch me if you can but his a great actor but not in my top 10.
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Old 28-07-2013, 12:41
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Any Robert Deniro fans, had me hooked after his film HEAT!?
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