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GAME THREE: Julianne Moore Safe VS Woody Harrelson in The People vs Larry Flynt
Moderator: Craig of dark eye socket
Seed 5: Julianne Moore in Safe (1995) as Carol White
Seed 12: Woody Harrelson in The People vs Larry Flynt (1996) as Larry Flynt
More so than as a Boston bartender, a white man who couldn’t jump, a guy who accepts an Indecent Proposal, a Natural Born Killer or a bowling Kingpin, Woody Harrelson excelled in The People vs. Larry Flynt. He’s the type of actor with the right cracked spirit and gumption to fight screen battles as notorious Hustler creator and entrepreneurial free-speech crusader Larry Flynt, a role for which Harrelson bagged his first Oscar nomination. (He really should’ve won; scan the competition and tell me he wasn’t best in show that year). He sits high and mightily pissed off as Flynt, so clearly relishing the grand gestures, chewing on snappy dialogue (sounding gloriously like a submerged Jimmy Stewart in later scenes) and saucy interludes. His cocksure star person is subsumed into his performance just enough to let you know what a good time he was having. It’s a performance with a lot more fury and a lot less dither and fuss than the majority of such ‘big’, look-at-me-Oscar-voter turns. It’s not Flynt mimicry, nor is it noticeably overly methodical. Harrelson is pained, scrappy and all the time kicking against censorship with fervour; always an awkward and insouciant bastard, but someone who you want to vie for as well as take umbrage with. Under him the role becomes more than an opinionated firebrand in a wheelchair wearing handmade stars and stripes nappies. He’s more than a man shouting audacious statements to a rapt audience in a courtroom. It’s a bolshie performance, a lived-in performance and, most of all, an immensely joyous performance. As the man says himself in the film: “You don’t wanna quit me, I’m your dream client: I’m the most fun, I’m rich, and I’m always in trouble.”
GAME FOUR: Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas VS Irène Jacob in Three Colors: Red
Moderator: Paolo of Okinawa Assault Incident; Paraphrased Kulchar
Seed 4: Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) as Ben Sanderson
Seed 13: Irène Jacob in Three Colors: Red (1994) as Valentine
Moore vs Harrelson, Cage vs Jacob. Where are your votes going?