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Post by Germangirl » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:06 pm

icelemt38 wrote:It's a shame that a lot of Hugh's earlier work like Erskineville Kings and Corelli aren't offered here in America, because for me his performances in those are just perfection. He was nominated for the AFI, Australian equivalent of an Oscar for his performance in EK and that was his first movie ever. I'm waiting for a role like that, the very raw character driven role for him to play and I kind of think in a movie version, Denny could be that role I've been waiting for. And he needs to do a movie musical pronto! But in regards to his American films, The Prestige and The Fountain and maybe Australia had great performances, and he charmed his way through Kate and Leopold earning the GG nod. I'm primarily a Hugh fan so he doesn't cease to amaze me pretty much ever (though I hated Xmen 3, lol) so whatever floats your boat I guess. (and I promise, this is the last Hugh post)

I can't can't can't wait for ASR movie, I think it has potential to be amazing stuff!
Totally - that could be Oscar material, if done right.
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by Laredo » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:36 pm

I like Hugh a lot , not saying he is bad in any of his films , most are good . He just still is Hugh first and the character second , thats all I'm saying .. Maybe as the drover he was most convincing . for Dan , I think Some Voices was his mos convincing performance . I'd like to see Kings and Correli
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Post by icelemt38 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:20 am

I totally understand Laredo, wasn't a personal attack or anything, I'll try to check out "Some Voices", and I agree that ASR movie could be a big awards contender.

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Post by Corellianjedi2 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:29 am

Definitely see EK and Corelli (or Rat Tamer, as the first episode is released in the US as.). Those are the two things that totally have me convinced Hugh is an incredible actor. Unfortunately some of the material he's been given in mainstream has not been as great as these two projects (though I still think he's great in most of them :))

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Post by chocolatecake » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:45 am

I agree. I think at the moment Hugh is a bit overexposed. Before he became so popular and out there I could lose him in the character. Lately, aside from Wolverine it is quite hard for me to see past Hugh. Though with Dan it seems it doesn't matter. I tend to always lose him. The first time I watched Casino Royale I kept thinking this guy is not acting that is who he is. A million internet hours later and I know that to be a lie. I think that might be another reason Dan likes to keep his two worlds seperate.

Laredo wrote:I like Hugh a lot , not saying he is bad in any of his films , most are good . He just still is Hugh first and the character second , thats all I'm saying .. Maybe as the drover he was most convincing . for Dan , I think Some Voices was his mos convincing performance . I'd like to see Kings and Correli

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Post by Germangirl » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:54 am

I think, we have seen this, but I stumbled over it and its just such a nice read.

'A Steady Rain' on Broadway: Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman walk Chicago's mean streets


NEW YORK — In the Broadway production of Keith Huff’s “A Steady Rain,” Daniel Craig, the man known for playing 007, is required to transform himself into Joey, a Chicago cop with a craggy face, mousy spirit, a demeanor as gray as a Midwestern sky in February, and a youth spent letting his best friend and future partner beat him up three times a day. Peering out confessionally from the stage of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, this guy tells us he didn’t complain because losing that friendship “would hurt more than anything.”
James Bond would throw a martini in the face of such a hinterland loser, but Craig shows up for his Broadway debut in a shapeless suit, sporting a tasteless mustache, a crude comb-over, a flawless Chicago accent, a psychologically battered visage and a remarkable weariness to his soul.
He looks exactly like a veteran, going-nowhere functionary at 35th and Michigan, or 26th and California, or wherever mostly decent people learn to subsume themselves to fit in and get by.
It is a most arresting transformation by this formidably skilled British actor. And for those of us who feared that the Broadway machine and high-wattage celebrities would torpedo the original, startling authenticity of Huff’s gritty, pulpy crime drama, which first ignited at Chicago Dramatists in 2007 with Chicago actors Peter DeFaria and Randy Steinmeyer in the cast, it is also a significant relief.
http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/ ... reets.html
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by trueblue » Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:04 am

Found this in a blog:

A hi-light of the trip was seeing A Steady Rain, the limited Broadway run starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. Talk about perfection in casting and ability, these men give a simultaneously warm yet chilling performance. One of the best pieces of theatre I've ever had the honor to attend.

http://austincabaret.blogspot.com/2009/ ... -york.html
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Post by Germangirl » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:43 am

A Steady Rain Delivers Great Character Dialogue
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Many who follow Broadway are sure to have heard the news of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig meeting on the stage this fall for "A Steady Rain". Many probably have heard all the wonderful reviews and buzz for this new dramatic play also. Well rest assured all you have heard is true, the two actors best known for their "on screen" performances have brought their talents to the Great White Way and then some. For anyone who loves a good police or crime drama then this is the show for you.

Keith Huff has written the story about two childhood friends in their mid years. Not only are they long time friends but also share the same career path as Chicago police officers. The story goes on the explain just how different the two are in personality now. For example, Denny's character enjoys the family life, owning a home and taking care of his children. Joey could not be more different as he remains single and more or less alone. He is still out drinking in excess and hasn't grown up into maturity quite as well. Huff's story moves beyond the traits of the characters and into the plot of A Steady Rain.

The plot really picks up steam with the introduction of an occurrence that both men shared. Denny and Joey each tell their very different accounts of what occurred on the streets of Chicago one evening as they ran into a dangerous serial killer. The story moves on to tell each of the character's accounts of that night while pushing not only the boundaries of their friendship but also their loyalty to each other.

A Steady Rain does not give much to the ways of "eye candy", the show does not boast huge and extravagant Broadway production values. It remains true to its storyline and uses not much else than Jackman and Craig to deliver the outstanding dialogue which they do in spades. The stage has not much more than a couple of wooden police style chairs and some integration style police lighting. It is not for any high production or set design that has been drawing audiences to the play each night but rather to see two great actors play out a fantastic story and screen play. So much so that "A Steady Rain" did bring in a gross of 1,167,954 dollars its first week on Broadway. This set a record for highest grossing week by a non-musical Broadway production.

While many will likely pass on A Steady Rain to take in the many musicals on Broadway, which bring out all the bells and whistles for those looking to get away from such and catch a great play then this is the one to catch. With two huge names in cinema on the stage, a wonderful story built around intriguing dialogue and drama, which brings you right in while never letting go, it would be a shame to pass up. Put all that besides extremely positive reviews from New York City's toughest critics and audiences and you are sure to not be disappointed.
http://www.articletrader.com/entertainm ... logue.html
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Post by Laredo » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:26 pm

I just had a thought . do they ever put non musical stars on floats on thanksgiving parade ?
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Post by tbossmc2000 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:39 pm

After seeing ASR I understand what drew Daniel to the project.
I can also see where this would make a wonderful movie as there are so many colorful charters to the play.
I want to thank all the D2D members that have seen the play for not giving anything away. It was full of surprises, twist and turns and excitement that I can't even describe.
Both actors were spot on and did not disapoint. I think Daniel has settled into his part and is at the top of his game. It shows in his intenseity of his charter.
Hugh Jackman does such a good job as Denny.
My best friend went with me and she was so in to it, we are still having conversations about it.

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Post by Cyanaurora » Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:55 am

Laredo wrote:I just had a thought . do they ever put non musical stars on floats on thanksgiving parade ?
Oh My! I hadn't thought about DC and HJ being on a float. I would love to see that.

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Post by Germangirl » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:30 am

Cyanaurora wrote:
Laredo wrote:I just had a thought . do they ever put non musical stars on floats on thanksgiving parade ?
Oh My! I hadn't thought about DC and HJ being on a float. I would love to see that.
I could see Hugh doing that... :lol:
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Post by JEC57 » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:12 am

Germangirl wrote:
Cyanaurora wrote:
Laredo wrote:I just had a thought . do they ever put non musical stars on floats on thanksgiving parade ?
Oh My! I hadn't thought about DC and HJ being on a float. I would love to see that.
I could see Hugh doing that... :lol:
Daniel might for charity maybe??....especially if he has Hugh with him and they make it a joint effort based around the play. Imagine the wonderful photos from that. :shock: :D
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Post by tbossmc2000 » Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:06 pm

Hugh would do it because of his children. Doing it for the play, I don't see it. The play closes soon.
It just isn't Daniel's style. Hugh is more comfortable being in public.
It's a coin toss.

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Post by Corellianjedi2 » Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:25 pm

tbossmc2000 wrote:Hugh would do it because of his children. Doing it for the play, I don't see it. The play closes soon.
It just isn't Daniel's style. Hugh is more comfortable being in public.
It's a coin toss.
I was thinking the same thing. I can't see it being all that fun to get up in the wee hours of the morning to ride on a float for an hour in the cold. :(

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