English: Morgan Freeman at the Cannes film festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It seems that since Roger Ebert is older now and have experienced some serious health conditions, that some review his credibility as not so credible, with regards to his assessments of Movies and Actors. The man’s mind is keen and Hollywood does not Laud his Critiques for nothing. He is highly regarded. I like him because of the way he dissects a movie and the objective opinions that he gives that often ran in line with my own. So if he is one of my favorite Critics, at least I know why.
He posed this question about Morgan Freeman’s great acting abilities as being the Best American Actor. At this point I can’t say who is the best to me and wouldn’t if I really had a decision but one thing is for sure, he is definitely up there with perhaps the Top Five.
Mr. Freeman is subtle and has a Dialect to behold, even though I understand his upbringing and can identify with many of those who came from where he did and where he lived off and on for the younger part of his life. But I really had to think about the suggestion that he could be the best Actor. My first conviction came with Street Smarts where he plays, no doubt, a Pimp, quite wealthy and living in The Hollywood Hills. This movie is good and the only testament of how good a movie is is how the main character carries it and not the topic. A movie can be about a girl chasing her Dog around town, as long as there is a believable Direction of the movie, but most of all, the girl’s acting to make it a believable, though simple subject.
Then I watched him in the Shaw shank Redemption and finally Seven with some other of his movies in between and decided that Mr. Freeman is one of the most subtle and effective Actors I have seen. I classify him with the Robert DeNiro’s and Al Pacino’s. These men don’t even have to have the Starring roles to make an impact.
So judging who is the best, in the world, I have heard for years that it is the late English Actor Sir Lawrence Olivier. I could see this in him when I sat down and really keyed on his acting ability rather than the handsomeness of his face. One of the finest Acting jobs I have seen is the very old “Rebecca” co-starring the still living Joan Fontaine, who is in her advancing 90s. Peace.