Hollywood Take 2: Mature Men in Hollywood

1 Sep

Because mature men in Hollywood tend to organize, manage, and direct most of the Hollywood product we see; sometimes it’s a good idea to take pride in their presence and availability.  Many times wise, frequently eccentric, yet almost always experienced you may find yourself mentored by these seniors and you will likely find yourself better for it.  After all they have seen more, made the greatest number of decisions, and fortunately if we’re lucky they supply us with tales we might either live by or at least help us refine our own contradictory opinions.  Here’s to older men, we hope we’re as good at listening, as they are generous when they share by speaking to us.

Essential stories;

Third Hobbit Film Release Date

Clint Eastwood’s Controversial RNC Speech


Speaking of mature male actors how can we neglect to mention Sir Ian Murray McKellen?  In case you know the name but can’t place the character he also played Albus Dumbledore for the Harry Potter franchise and Erik Lehnsherr or Magneto for the X-men franchise. Of course if you are a science fiction or fantasy fan these characters may satisfy your interest in his career. But you should also know he’s Cambridge educated thespian that has appeared in many a well-recognized play. According to Wikipedia [1]:

…a member of the Marlowe Society, appearing in Henry IV (as Shallow) alongside Trevor Nunn and Jacobi (March 1959), Cymbeline (as Posthumus, opposite Margaret Drabble as Imogene) and Doctor Faustus

And this only scratches the surface of both his career in theatre and film.  Most importantly for this week, reported by the Hollywood Reporter.com, Deadline.com, and Variety.com, Warner Brothers entertainment finally provided the release date for the last prequel film of the “Lord of the Rings” or the third of the “Hobbit” film’s. On July 18, 2014 we should expect to see Sir Ian reprise possibly his most revered character as Gandalf.   Of course you might be better acquainted to the character as “Gandalf the Grey,” “Gandalf the White,” “the Grey Wanderer,” “the Grey Pilgrim, ” “Mithrandir,” “Tharkûn,” “Incánus,” “Gandalf Greyhame,” “Stormcrow,” “Lathspell,” “the Grey Fool,“ “the Enemy of Sauron”, “the White Rider,” or “Olórin” according to the arwen-undomiel.com. One of the most powerful characters in contemporary fantasy we enjoy his acting so much we rarely have time to specify why Sir Ian is always the first and last name sought after when casting these roles.  Satisfied by his performances, I think we’re too assured to bother working to answer such a trivial question.




Reported in the Hollywood Reporter.com, Deadline.com, Variety.com and many others; Hollywood continues to take sides regarding this year’s Presidential election campaign.  Depending on your political affiliation, you may have either found actor Clint Eastwood’s Controversial RNC speech  inspiring or as I suggested earlier eccentric. Standing and acting as though he was having a conversation with Barack Obama (represented on stage as a empty chair), Clint spoke and improvised what he presumed the President’s replies would be.  Regardless of your take on the 82 year old’s performance, many didn’t expect a presentation of that kind at an event as typically formal as the Republican National Convention.

Big Hollywood.com claimed that ‘Actor’s Studio’ star James Lipton claimed, “Eastwood’s speech was not funny,” [and was] “vulgar” [3].  According to a Hollywood Reporter.com article by Jordan Zakarin contrary to the criticism [4] the Romney campaign quickly issued a statement saying that Eastwood was “ad-libbing,” “had praise for Eastwood’s effort,” yet it was also reported that many of the Romney staff were wincing backstage.  Also reported in the Hollywood Reporter even CNN’s Piers Morgan described the event as a ‘Hollywood Meets Politics Trainwreck’.

Again regardless of your response to the stage work, it’s difficult to tell what Eastwood’s response is to President Obama when he continues to exact contradictory performances in the media every two years.



Necessary references:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_McKellen#Career

[2] http://www.arwen-undomiel.com/character_bios/gandalf.html

[3] http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/08/31/lipton-eastwood-unfunny-vulgar

[4] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/clint-eastwoods-rnc-speech-chair-romney-developments-367203


3 Responses to “Hollywood Take 2: Mature Men in Hollywood”

  1. Open Book September 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM #

    Yeah! Watching Clint was painful. He’s is right bankers are much more trust worthy then attorney’s. Banks really care more about people then money. I really think Clint Eastwood seemed too lit to know where he was or what he was doing. I think when your drunk everything is funny.

    • Comic Relief September 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM #

      I guess being drunk might be an excuse.

  2. littlebells September 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM #

    I realize this is not on topic, but I would just like to recognize how sad I am that we have lost the great actor Michael Clarke Duncan. He is a very mature man and I loved his acting. Rest in Peace Mr. Duncan and thank you for all of your amazing roles and films.

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