Mr. Reindeer wrote:
Jonah wrote:A lot of the TP actors in general - male and female - never seem to have gone on to much.
Many of the TP cast—many of whom were completely unknown before the show—went on to have very successful careers as TV guest/recurring players and in some cases as film supporting actors, many working continuously up to the present day. That’s nothing to sneeze at. They’re working regularly and making a living from their art. They didn’t become movie stars, but most TV actors don’t. Look at Bryan Cranston, who has mostly been doing Broadway and supporting roles in movies since Breaking Bad ended, or Aaron Paul, who has struggled to find success in film and is now back to TV, or Jon Hamm and the cast of Mad Men. It’s just the nature of the beast. People who actually made the transition to film like Will Smith, Steve Carrell, Jennifer Aniston, Bruce Willis, Pierce Brosnan are the rare exception.
I agree there's a big difference between being an actual MOVIE STAR and having a successful career. I do think that Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston straddle the line between the two more than most, though, because of the level of their success. Interesting to note their different paths. Hamm recently starred ostensibly popular things like Baby Driver and Tag along with the rare highbrow piece like Marjorie Prime, whereas Cranston's major movie roles are all engineered for potential Oscar success. I finished a rewatch of Breaking Bad last week and remarked that the worst thing about it is that - while I believe Cranston delivered one of the finest performances in TV history - it turned Cranston into some kind of movie star, and ever since he's been racking up the Trumbos and the Last Flag Flyings, giving very good performances in decent, would-be-award-winning films that nonetheless don't excite me in the slightest (compared to his portrayal of Walter White).
Audrey Horne wrote:And yes, watch Breaking Bad. Easily the best one hour drama for me in entirety. They were making it up season to season and it is seamless and beautiful, a true hat trick. I loved Mad Men but hated the finale so it lost me. The Wire, amazing but a little shaken last season. And ironically, while I love Twin Peaks, it’s more for the aesthetics, best cast of characters and potential... I don’t the story is very good or tight past the first season (only parts).
Breaking Bad definitely bears the distinction of being the most consistent and consistently visceral drama that I've ever seen. But it's so plot-driven that I always have to rank it below The Wire, Sopranos, & Mad Men, as I just think there's more there in those other series.
Agent Earle wrote:That The Wire's last season jumps the shark is one of the biggest blunderings of popular opinion.
I think it may get off to a slow start, but I think the final five or so episodes are great. I also think that what you're looking at there is no longer utmost realism, but satire regarding the system, and once it gets its hooks in it's a quite powerful display of what the series was always about: people just trying to do the right thing, but not being allowed to do so.
Back on topic, once again I don't see Kyle's statement in that interview meaning one thing or another. It doesn't offer to prove or disprove anything or alter my perception of this wacky situation in the slightest.