Story. The most intricate part of the film process. It’s the basis, the blueprint, and so much more. The story draws the actor to a film. What the film has to say grabs the cast, crew, investors, and audience.
Story and purpose tend to get overlooked, for explosions and girls in bikinis. After a while, what draws actors in is money and blowing stuff up. This allows mediocrity. And films like Knight and Day and Sex and the City 2 are made.
The summer used to be a time for blockbusters. But currently, this summer we only have Betty White’s Hot in Cleveland that’s worth watching in terms of television and only a hand full of films, such as Inception and Toy Story 3, which seem to be worth a dime.
Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. These two are talented actors, and each has started quite the talk in Hollywood. But why? They aren’t you typical starlets, yet you throw two out of three together in a movie and you get $62.8M dollars in the box office (Inception’s opening weekend with Gordon-Levitt and Page). Why do people enjoy these two? Are they the temporary flavor or here to stay?
Loveable. Talented. Funny. Honest. Trustworthy. Respectable. And the list goes on. One of the most commendable things about these actors is their choice of stories. That is what attracts them to a film. When Gordon-Levitt and Page decided to do Inception, it wasn’t because they knew it was going to be a summer blockbuster. But rather, it was because the two young actors believed in the story being told and that on top of that, predictions are risky. As hard as Hollywood and the media try, they can’t always predict what films will become summer blockbuster hits. What attracted Page and Gordon-Levitt was the story. They were intrigued and wanted to be involved. Both actors have an eye for a quality story. They understand and appreciate the art of film.
Additionally, both the youthful Gordon-Levitt and Page are known for their films in the Indie circuit. If you have not seen Ellen Page in Hard Candy or An American Crime or Juno, you are depriving yourself of an incredible cinematic experience. These films that jump-started Page’s career show range and talent in the young actress. And each film, in its own way, required her to full immerse herself in intense roles.
Gordon-Levitt has dominated the Indie world. Diversity. He has it. We all have seen and loved his quirky teen years with 10 Things I Hate About You and 3rd Rock From the Sun and most recently 500 Days of Summer. But have you seen and appreciated the intensity of Manic, Stop-Loss, and Brick?
Both Gordon-Levitt and Page have carried movies that gained them massive respect and talk among their peers. Oscar talk surrounded Page after her incredible performance in Juno, a performance which secured herself a Best Actress nomination. And viewers shouldn’t be soon to forget Gordon-Levitt’s 500 Days of Summer that was the non-traditional love story making big waves among audiences and critics alike last summer.
These actors don’t do it for their moment in the limelight. Neither seems to care too much for the cameras either. Gordon-Levitt and Page represent a new generation of young actors who are in truly in the film business because they are passionate. They are in it for the love they feel in creating movies, in telling stories. These actors are always looking to expand their craft and take it to new levels. They are eager to work and learn from the talent around them. In fact, Page is scheduled to star in a new series on HBO coming up this year with Diane Keaton. Page took a smaller role just to work and learn from one of the best.
Hollywood is in for a change. There indeed is something special brewing and percolating among the newest rising stars. Keep watching out for these actors. They will not fizzle out like the latest blockbuster. They are the young talent of Hollywood that are here to stay.