Movie actors are making the making the move to television faster than you can write an article about it, whether to better their careers, give 'em a kick in the pants or just because the material is that good.
Winona Ryder is in an upcoming miniseries and just joined an untitled Netflix series and Kevin Costner was thinking about joining an Amazon production. Actors know their chance to truly develop characters is found on the small screen.
We think these actors should give it a whirl, too. Let us know if you agree.
Nic Cage won the Acadamy Award for Leading Actor in 1996 for his portrayal
of a man who decided to kill himself by way of alcoholism in Leaving Las Vegas. He was
nominated again for his role in the dark comedy Adaptation. It's been downhill ever since
for the prolific actor. Whether it's his choice of material or something else, this once
successful and respected actor has lost his edge. Television is just waiting for him, 10-13
hours of well-written scripts could allow him the opportunity to showcase his brilliance once
Speed, Point Break, The Matrix trilogy. Can you imagine any of these films
being successful without Keanu Reeves? Just think about Speed 2 for the answer to that
question. Then why, given the blockbuster status Reeves once achieved, can't he do much
better than John Wick now? Because we're in the time of TV now, and it's time for Reeves
to do for TV what he did for blockbusters. Grace it with his presence.
Annette Bening has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including
her roles in American Beauty, The Grifters and Being Julia. Her most recent nomination
was for The Kids Are All Right in 2011, an independent flick that didn't get a lot of traction at
the box office. She still does great work, but people need reminded of her force.
Television has a way of doing that!
Yes, Michael Keaton was just nominated for an Oscar for his role in
Birdman. However, many people will readily admit Birdman wasn't a great movie, and they
voted for his overall body of work rather because the performance afforded them the
opportunity rather than on individual merit. Hey, I only read the trades, I don't give the
interviews or write the stories (well, not those stories, anyway). Let's see the Michael
Keaton of The Dream Team, Beatlejuice, The Other Guys and Birdman have his chance to
shine with a leading role in a dark comedy. Wouldn't he be great in Fargo Season 3?
Where in the heck is Orlando Bloom? He's a master of the ensemble cast
(think Pirates of the Carribbean or The Lord of the Rings), but has yet to really stand on his
own as a leading man. His romantic endeavors have fallen flat. Maybe there's something
he can do on a cable series that would afford him the chance to stand out from the crowd.
He has the looks and the acting skills, just not the right venue as of yet.
More attention has been paid to Renee Zellweger's appearance over the
last couple of years than to her talent, and considering what she have us in the past with
performances such as those in Jerry McGuire, Bridget Jones's Diary and her best actress
in a supporting role winning role in Cold Mountain, that's a real shame. I'd like to see her in
something the likes of Web Therapy or HAPPYish.