The Actors: Michael Douglas



With two excellent performances this year – the first being Ben in “Solitary Man” and his second turn as Gordon Gekko – I’ve always felt Douglas is a compelling actor.  I may be disappointed with the film he’s in, but I’ve never been disappointed with his performance.  Some people may see Douglas as a one note narcissistic actor, I see him as something a little more; I see Douglas as the poster boy for masculinity.  His next film is going to be the Steven Soderbergh directed “Liberace” where Douglas will undergo musical training and wear prosthetics to play the title character.  This may be one hell of a swan song.   Here are my top 10 Michael Douglas performances.

  1. Gordon Gekko, “Wall Street”/”Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
  2. Ben Kalmen, “Solitary Man”
  3. Dan Gallagher, “Fatal Attraction”
  4. D-FENS, “Falling Down”
  5. Grady Trip, “Wonder Boys”
  6. Nicholas Van Orton, “The Game”
  7. President Andrew Shepherd, “The American President”
  8. Detective Nick Curran, “Basic Instinct”
  9. Nick Conklin, “Black Rain”
  10. Robert Wakefield, “Traffic”

Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

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