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Study of an Actor: Michael Douglas

by John H. Nomedal
Study of an Actor: Michael Douglas by John H. Nomedal
In spring 2010 I watched a bunch of Micheal Douglas movies, because being a fan of the first Wall Street film, I knew that the Wall Street sequel was soon coming out (this was before they pushed film’s opening date from May back to October) and that it was up for a premier at Cannes.I’ve thought that if i had Michael Douglas’s acting specter freshly in my mind, I would somehow see more clearly if he went further this time with both his acting and the Gordon Gekko on screen. So these are in my opinion Michael Douglas seven best roles! :D 1. Oliver Stones Wall Street (1987) : Gordon Gekko, the villain with the oily slick hair. He’s a smooth… Read more

In spring 2010 I watched a bunch of Micheal Douglas movies, because being a fan of the first Wall Street film, I knew that the Wall Street sequel was soon coming out (this was before they pushed film’s opening date from May back to October) and that it was up for a premier at Cannes.I’ve thought that if i had Michael Douglas’s acting specter freshly in my mind, I would somehow see more clearly if he went further this time with both his acting and the Gordon Gekko on screen. So these are in my opinion Michael Douglas seven best roles! :D

1. Oliver Stones Wall Street (1987) : Gordon Gekko, the villain with the oily slick hair. He’s a smooth talking wall street hot shot with an explosive temper, sophisticated wit who’ll do anything to earn a buck. Its interesting to see that this character goes from being the one that Michael Sheen’s character Bud Fox looks up to as a kind of role-model, to a corrupt greedy villain that nearly transform Buddy Fox to man alike himself.
What he taught me: “Greed is good”.

2. Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down (1993): William Foster, is an ordinary working man with a crew-cut and fixed-framed-glasses, gone rebel on a day where the society seems to go against him. Fosters fights the decadent society that wants its citizens to be someone they’re not. He wants to make change but the society doesn’t want him to do so. What He Taught me: “You think I’m a thief? (…). I’m not the one charging 85 cents for a stinking soda! You’re the thief. I’m just standing up for my rights as a consumer”.

3. Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction (1987): Dan Gallagher is the perfect husband, the perfect father with a perfect advocate-desk-job, but an encounter with Alex turns Dan’s perfect life in fatal danger! Its interesting to see this characters desperate actions to make things go back to the way it was before he met this femme fatal, and it was interesting to see myself rooting for Dan, the most irresponsible character in the film. Dan is unfaithful one day he’s perfect wife is out of town, he cant deal with the fact that not everybody shares the same point of view on what is a “on night stand” and whats “love at first sight”. What he taught me: “You play fair with me, I’ll play fair with you”.


I will write this finished very soon…
+ make two more lists of Study of an Actor: Dustin Hoffman and William Hurt, coming soon!

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