The British Invasion
I’ve been thinking a lot about the film All the President’s Men lately. Why? Well, besides it being one of my all-time favorite films, it is an incredible snapshot of what I think of as the Golden Age of American acting. In that cast and crew were (and would be) 10 Oscar wins, 18 nominations and double both those numbers for the Tony Awards. What’s really interesting is the various schools and generations of acting that were present: students of Miesner, Strassburg, Adler, Uta Hagen, the school of hard knocks. Actors born in the early part of the 20th Century to the 1950’s, all bringing their craft in the name of something greater and at the highest level, all American. The talent on screen in that picture is second to none. In this era of acting’s version of “The British Invasion”, where we find ourselves incredulously saying after so many great performances “ Really? He’s British?” We need to remember movies like All The President’s Men; that we were the bar setters and will be again. We need to value acting here like they do in England and continue to lift what we do both as a business and a craft. They Knight Actors! Wouldn’t it be great if we did the same? And if we did have Knighthood, I’d like to think there’d be a roundtable just from the cast of this great movie.