I’m not usually negative. Not that I’m saying I’m going to be in this post. But I am a realist. With that said, Hollywood is known for making films, actors and life seem timeless. When you watch films like The Godfather, you see Al Pacino at such a young, but recognizable age and usually don’t wonder that the film is almost 38 years old. Or when you see films like The Breakfast Club and you’re still waiting for a sequel to be made to see if they’re still friends on Monday, even though it’s been 25 years since its release. Now that I’ve gotten my point across that films make us forget about time. I want to note out three great actors, directors and producers we all know. And if you don’t, then stop reading this, how dare you not know!
Moving on! Here we go. These three actors have made films that have changed the film industry. And forever have craved their name in Hollywood History. We’ve all seen films like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest or The Shawshank Redemption. Dirty Harry, The Shining or Driving Miss Daisy. Or other films like Gran Torino or the Departed or Bruce Almighty/Even Almighty. In every one of these films these actors played their roles with such deliverance that I can not even imagine anyone else playing the role. Now I’ve been typing away for over two paragraphs and I still haven’t gotten to the reason I’m making this post or even the people’s names I’m taking about. But I’m pretty sure you might have a guess.
Clint Eastwood. Jack Nicholson. Morgan Freeman.
Three of the most iconic actors in past and recent film history. They’ve been making films when Classics for us were Friday Night Premieres for them.
Now I can go into the history of each of them, but that’s not the point. What I want to make clear is that these men have been craved in films. We see them only in films. And we think that’s them. Young and alive. Truth of the matter is, each one of them is over 70 years of age. Clint is 80! And both Jack and Morgan are 73.These men are old. Sounds disrespectful to say, but it’s truth. Though, they only seem to age one years worth for every ten!
(Now, you always hear people cry and mourn and say how well they respect an actor after they passed, but rarely do you see it when they’re alive. Heath Ledger was a great actor. Of course he wasn’t this huge movie god, but still his films were unique with him in a role. I could not imagine someone else in 10 things I hate about you or The Patriot or (of course) The Dark Knight. We all acknowledge their work, but no one gives it that posthumous respect that it should have gotten when they’re still alive.)
Hopefully you’ve gotten the point of this post. Actors may live forever in the films they’ve made classical for us. But time catches up with Hollywood. And if the time of these men that I look up to so greatly comes before any of us want it to, then;
Mr. Eastwood, Mr. Nicholson and Mr. Morgan, if you’re reading this (even though I have a better chance of having a snowball stay frozen in Hell) Thank you for dedicating, enjoying and sharing your life to the films you make and to the millions of people who cherish that very fact.