Discuss James Woods

I don't know James Woods' entire body of work, but it seems that every role I can remember him doing, he's playing a jerk of some sort or other.

Which isn't to say he doesn't play those roles deliciously (The Specialist is among my guilty pleasures, it's not a great movie but his role is absolutely fun to watch). I even tweeted with him about that movie - he mentioned his great line "Get a new shirt" was ad libbed and, even after being directed not to say it, he kept shoving it in and it made it through editing!

About the closest I can consider his not playing a jerk was in The Hard Way, in which Michael J. Fox himself puts on a terrific display of acting chops, playing even more of a jerk than Woods' character who, while not being the most pleasant, yet is still the good guy, which makes for a change.

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You do realize you're implying my man James is a jerk, don't you?

@Satch_the_man said:

You do realize you're implying my man James is a jerk, don't you?

I do indeed. I, personally, do think he's a terrific actor, even if he tends to play the same type of character more often than not.

But, if I had a nickel for every time I heard people say he's not a good human being...

Oh. I never heard anybody say anything like that. I guess I'm in the scenario where I admire the actor's work so much, I just automatically assume that he's a good guy, too.

@Satch_the_man said:

Oh. I never heard anybody say anything like that. I guess I'm in the scenario where I admire the actor's work so much, I just automatically assume that he's a good guy, too.

I admire his work too, although, as my post suggests, I'm starting to find it rather uni-dimensional.

If you can find it, watch his interview on Howard Stern. It speaks to the notion of his real life persona. And you can also follow him on Twitter, where he revels in the bombastic, combative, inflammatory style that William F. Buckley forged as conservative rhetoric and that rubs a "snowflake" like me the wrong way more often than not.

@DRDMovieMusings said:

@Satch_the_man said:

Oh. I never heard anybody say anything like that. I guess I'm in the scenario where I admire the actor's work so much, I just automatically assume that he's a good guy, too.

I admire his work too, although, as my post suggests, I'm starting to find it rather uni-dimensional.

SPOILER

Woods played an alright guy in Cat's Eye -- he just couldn't stop smoking, that's all.

Well it was kind of jerky the way his refusal to stop smoking got his wife electrocuted, but... anyway. I've never been a smoker, so I won't judge the character.

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