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Two Hollywood actors from a Different Age and Genre, Richard Burton and Nicholas Cage

December 30, 2011  by: Madan G Singh  Points: 15   Category: Movies    Views: 610

Nicholas Cage and Richard Burton are both great actors though of a different age.


Richard Burton

As an actor I think there is no peer of Richard Burton. He was an English actor who was accepted by Hollywood and is now recognized as one of the greatest actors to grace the celluloid screen. Burton at one time was the highest paid actor in Hollywood and was nominated 7 times for best actor award for the Oscars, but he somehow never won the award. It was rumored that the US Academy of Arts and Motion picture Sciences was reluctant to give the award to a non-American.

Burton acted in many historical films notably Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor, Becket, Rommel. He also portrayed some superb roles in the Sandpiper, Who's afraid of Virginia wolf, where eagles dare, the wild geese and many more. There is no doubt that Burton did justice to all his roles.

Burton was born in 1925 and died in 1984 in a career spanning 40 years on the stage and the screen. Burton had strong political views and once claimed 'he was a communist' and criticized Churchill. For this he was never considered for knighthood. I have seen reruns and CDs of almost 20 of burtons films and I can't help marvel that here was an actor who cam from another dimension.

Burton had many love affairs but his marriage and love for the American actress Elizabeth Taylor over rode everything.

Nicholas Cage

Nicholas cage is the reigning star of Hollywood. I first saw his film the Vampire and I was taken in by a very effective portrayal of a vampire by Nicholas Cage. About 2 years back his Ghost Rider captivated me.

Cage was born in 1965 and has acted in nearly 60 films. He is the big budget star who has built up an endearing image as a fine actor. In addition his films at the box office have been big hits. His notable hits are Moonstruck, The Rock, city of Angels, Snake eyes, Bringing out the dead and a hoist of other films.

Cage has had financial troubles and has been sued by his ex-wife. He has been married thrice.

But all said and done Nicholas Cage has a brought in a new era as far as acting is concerned. He was also the Academy award winner as Best actor for his role in Leaving Las Vegas. In February 2011, the actor claimed credit for a new method of acting which he referred to as "Nouveau Shamanic". He plans to write a book on this.

There are many more that I admire notable being Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn and Bruce Willis from the present lot, but that will be for another article.


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