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4/8 - Shakespeare in Serbia: Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus

. . . Fiennes said ““I wouldn’t know how to be baroque with a camera. I want honest camerawork to reflect the scene that is going on. I loved how Istvan Szabo shot which was very simply capturing the actors.”

. . . and Gerard Butler as enemy Tullus Aufidius. Though Butler has used up some of his allowance of public goodwill by choosing films based on paycheck and profile (there can be no other excuse for The Ugly Truth, The Bounty Hunter or indeed Law Abiding Citizen), he starred in a stage production of Coriolanus earlier on in his career, and made a good job of it by all accounts. It behooves us all to remember he was once an actor, before he became a red carpet harbinger of bad movies.

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I'd like to stick this writer in a garbage can.

Gerry hasn't used up anything. He has pleased

his movie going public and delivered magnificent

performances in all the movies mentioned.

Law Abiding deserved an Oscar, I'm still trying

to figure out why it didn't get one. Maybe they

are saving LAC for next year.

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

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That fooking critic needs to bloody well piss off! I think LAC was Gerry's best acting job to date! I think these jerks (trying to "behave") are jealous because Gerry is a complete package (talent, looks, brains).

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While I may agree somewhat with his assessment, this author is overly harsh in his critiques. I don't think Gerry has had a STARRING vehicle yet, to display how good he truly is. We've seen glimpses in everything (often overshadowed by the gossip, fluff, explosions, etc), I hope Coriolanus, it's cast & crew with their cumulative RESPECTED talent will give his the attention we know it deserves.

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Wow. This was harsh. I strongly disagree with the characterization of Gerry as choosing movies based on paycheck and profile. I think he picks roles that will be fun, different, and challenge him. I guess I can understand a critic bashing TUT and BH (even though I think they were both AWESOME, for what they were), but LAC? I thought that movie was a triumph (watching it right now in fact).

I'm looking forward to Coriolanus, and I hope Gerry's performance causes this critic and others like him to devour a huge steaming dish of crow.

Steph

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I don't know if some critics are so harsh with Gerry's movie choices because they expect more from him because he is capable of so much more or if they are just a bunch of jealous idiots. They really know how to push our buttons and they really have pushed mine. Gerry is the most versatile actor out there and can do any gendre with expertise and there are not too many like him out there, if any. Other actors will try different types of movies & some of theirs fail big time,but you do not hear this type of critical remark. I have enjoyed every movie he has done because he has brought something different in each of them and some I would never have seen if it had not been for Gerry. As far as LAC, this was one of Gerry's finest performances...this guy can bite my......bu.. :tantrum:

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I agree with you milol. You don't hear other actors so consistently panned regardless of the project, as you do with Gerry. And the amazing thing is... Gerry's movies make money!!! The critics hate them, but with the exception I believe of Gamer, all his recent films have been successes at the box office!

*Sigh* I want Gerry to get the respect he deserves. Let's stay hopeful that Coriolanus will be critically acclaimed and will be a step in the right direction.

Steph

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I'm looking forward to Coriolanus, and I hope Gerry's performance causes this critic and others like him to devour a huge steaming dish of crow.

Steph

Ah, Steph, "Crow" is a dish best served COLD! I think Cariolanus will open many eyes to Gerry's ability and there will be many dishes of cold crow served to many critics....I'd like to help spoon feed them!

Suzie

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Ah, Steph, "Crow" is a dish best served COLD! I think Cariolanus will open many eyes to Gerry's ability and there will be many dishes of cold crow served to many critics....I'd like to help spoon feed them!

Suzie

That just goes to show how much culinary knowledge I possess!! ;)

Steph

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Wow. This was harsh. I strongly disagree with the characterization of Gerry as choosing movies based on paycheck and profile.

Steph

Personal Opinion Alert!!!

I will most likely get rotten food tossed my way, but so be it. IMO The Bounty was a paycheck and profile choice. Look at all the 'press' he and JA generated, and I'm sure he didn't work for scale!

I will be so happy when Coriolanus is released!!!

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Personal Opinion Alert!!!

I will most likely get rotten food tossed my way, but so be it. IMO The Bounty was a paycheck and profile choice. Look at all the 'press' he and JA generated, and I'm sure he didn't work for scale!

I will be so happy when Coriolanus is released!!!

Nah, no fruit... just a piano! :duck: Just kidding, of course. An opinion's an opinion. I just thought he probably thought the story was cute, wanted to do a project with JA (for any number of reasons), and wanted to try out a different kind of comedy that he hadn't done before. Then again, I've been accused of being too idealistic sometimes.

Steph

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Though Butler has used up some of his allowance of public goodwill by choosing films based on paycheck and profile (there can be no other excuse for The Ugly Truth, The Bounty Hunter or indeed Law Abiding Citizen), he starred in a stage production of Coriolanus earlier on in his career, and made a good job of it by all accounts. It behooves us all to remember he was once an actor, before he became a red carpet harbinger of bad movies.

POOH POOH!

This is down right insulting and my problem with this whole thing is....they are comparing fun movies with Highbrow Shakespeare which to be honest with you all....I'd rather watch a fun movie or thriller like LAC any day! If in fact this movie is done in Shakespearean dialog I will not be at the theater! Don't think it will work and mostly don't think it's going to be the ultimate role that we're all hoping for! This my Dear friends is JMO so if you want and have any pianos left you throw one my way!

:lalala: Frannie

And the writer of that article needs to be introduced to Gerry's fans! :( At first I thought those were statements made by RF! :doh:

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Fresh out of pianos, Frannie. :p

I think it's okay to have some hesitations about the Shakespearean dialogue with the modern setting... but I dunno, I have a good feeling about it. I think it's going to work, and I can't wait to get in the theatre and see, either way. Worst comes to worst, it's a totally different kind of role for Gerry and a chance for us to (again) see his range and versatility.

:)

Steph

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I think it will be classic shakespearean dialogue in the movie which will be cool IMO. I want to hear Gerry recite Shakespeare in that sexy accent of his. The classic dialogue works in the modern version of Romeo + Juliet, so I think it will work in this movie. Maybe check out a book about Coriolanus that may translated to regular English so you may understand it. Gerry could speak pig latin for all I care and I'd still go see it...LOL

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Well I'll most likely give in and go but I KNOW I won't get the Hubs to go with me... He isn't into Shakespeare lingo...:lalala: Probably have to do this one all by my lonesome...I really do hope I'm wrong and that I will love it! So far I was wrong about a couple ...didn't think I would like .....What to Heck do I know anyway! :doh:

:wave: Frannie

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Check out the latest blog from 30ninjas. Their on the set blogger describes the scene very well. I think the original dialogue works.

Coriolanus Blog: Day On Set — Fists and Batons Flew, Stunt Men Were Thrown All Over The Street

Leave a comment and let them know GALS is excited. Include in your comment our URL www.gerardbutlergals.com

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