Re: RARA-AVIS: Perfect Casting

Mark Sullivan (
Thu, 22 Jul 1999 18:39:55 -0400 (EDT)

Okay, Bill, is there any hardboiled protagonist for whom you wouldn't cast Tommy Lee Jones?

As for Keanu, I've always said he can do two things well, act stoned or act confused; if he's really pushing his art, he can do both at once. Which is why he was so good in Matrix, he really looked like he didn't have a clue about what was going on. He probably didn't, but it worked for that role.

He was probably at his best in River's Edge, where he acts both. It's a very hardboiled, and disturbing, tale based on that true story about a stoner who killed his girlfriend, then took his friends to see the body and it took several days before anyone told. The movie also features a great performance by Dennis Hopper, as an older guy who likes to have these stoners hang out at his place, with him and his inflatable girlfriend. He had killed his real girlfriend many years before.


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