Advice from a Legend

When Hollywood legends speak up, you should listen. Right Lindsay Lohan and company? Well, they probably have no clue who Christopher Lee is anyway.

Lee Slams Hollywood Teens

The problem today, and I think it’s a very dangerous one for the people concerned, is that there are quite large numbers of very young men and women from 18 to 30, and they are playing very large parts in huge films and they simply, through no fault of their own, don’t have the background and the experience and the knowledge to pull if off.

“And it’s dangerous for them because if they are in one failure after another, sooner or later people are going to say, ‘Well, he may have a pretty face but he’s not bringing the public in.’ So many of these good-looking – sometimes even pretty – boys and girls are getting these good roles and it’s not fair on them. At some point it’s going to catch up.”

Good words, Christopher Lee. People should listen (Are you listening yet, Lindsay Lohan and company?) when movie legends share their knowledge of the industry. Sure, H-wood has changed since the days of Hepburn and Tracy, but you can learn so much from their career and the choices they made. If you want to be a legend, those are the leads you should follow.

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4 thoughts on “Advice from a Legend”

  1. I think whay Mr. Lee said is very true. Most teens coming out of Hollywood right now suck at acting. Unless you are Elizabeth Taylor, then you had better not tackle huge roles at a young age: HINT TO LEO DICAPRIO!! For example, he was way too young to play Howard Hughes because of his inexperience as an actor. He completely sucked in that movie.

  2. Dakota Fanning is an example of an actress who I believe will continue to grow into her craft. I’m not sure if she is even a teen, but I could see her going the way of a Ron Howard because of her early start and exposure to talented actors. But I have to agree with Lee in that most of these kids aren’t experienced enough.

    And Austingop was right about The Aviator. I would have liked to see someone as distinguished as Brad Pitt perhaps try and tackle that role. Though Pitt may have the pretty boy image, a closer study of his entire body of work indicated to me that he would have been a formidable choice.

  3. Yes! I have to read the lobster blog… my life will officially be changed. Also, Becca, I was thinking of making us “Call me Crazt, But I’m a Lobster” t-shirts. I think its brilliant.

    I think that Leo DiCaprio was a good choice to play Howard Hughes (but not the best). For a movie that I absolutely hated (I was clutching the arms of the chair in the theater), the one good thing about “The Aviator” was Leo’s performance. Even though it got close to irritating by the end.

    It really doesn’t matter the age of the actor playing the role as long as the actor does a good job and can give value to the work. Leo DiCaprio did give a quality performance.

    Other actors who were child stars and went onto great things: Mickey Rooney, Natalie Wood, Judy Garland (although the Hollywood lifestyle caught up wit her), Ron Howard. Of course, these actors are all examples of Hollywood before it became a paparazzi frenzi, practically image based industry.

    One teen in today’s Hollywood who could be great is Evan Rachel Wood. Watch “Thirteen” and you’ll see what I mean.

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