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  • Smileynate
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    A few weeks ago, there was a discussion on the “In Secret” thread on whether a reviewer’s note that Jessica Lange’s cosmetic surgery affected her believability as the character in a period piece was an inappropriate thing to comment on or not. 

    It got me wondering- is it fair, when an actor has had very noticeable work done, to note that it can play into your perception of their performance?  Or is that an off-limits, taboo thing to discuss.  This is not to argue about or pick on a certain actor but whether this physical aspect is appropriate for evaluation.

    For example, during Nicole Kidman’s botox heyday, I felt that her physical transformation into an almost china-doll robbed her of a lot of the passion and fire that I loved about her as an actor.  Even in more serious work, I never felt like I was watching anyone but Nicole Kidman and her porcelain skin.  Now that she’s dialed back on that (which she’s stated, and is noticeable), I’m able to really focus on her character and I’m not drawn out of the film like I had been for awhile. (example:  her great work in “The Paperboy”)

    Anyway- is it possible for obvious cosmetic surgery to affect an actor’s ability to play certain roles and be believable? 

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    babypook
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    Smileynate
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    Yes!
    Of course, for “The Fighter” the cosmetic surgery was believable to the performance, but it’s severely limited Mickey Rourke’s range IMO.  For example, if he was cast as the President of the United States in a thriller (or any politician) or in Richard Gere’s role in “Arbitrage” would you buy him in the role?  
    And would it be fair for reviewers and bloggers to note it in their evaluation of his performance? 

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    vinny
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    I’m going to say no. But I never notice those things anyway so I’m proably one of the few that doesn’t.

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    DominicCobb
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    It’s not fair game in evaulating the performance but it is fair game to mention as a critique of the film. Casting actors who “look the part” is always important. Cosmetic surgery is just another part of an actors looks, and while it might not be “fair” it can prohibit them from “looking the part.”

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    Stardust
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    #148103

    Of course it’s fair game. If they’re not believable/adequate because they can’t move their face then it’s 100% a valid criticism.

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    Rooney Mara
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    Nicole Kidman´s botox was very visible in Rabbit Hole but she still gave a hell of a performance and I couldn´t care less about the surgery.

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    CanadianFan
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    Yes!
    Of course, for “The Fighter” the cosmetic surgery was believable to the performance, but it’s severely limited Mickey Rourke’s range IMO.  For example, if he was cast as the President of the United States in a thriller (or any politician) or in Richard Gere’s role in “Arbitrage” would you buy him in the role?  
    And would it be fair for reviewers and bloggers to note it in their evaluation of his performance? 

    The Wrestler. The Fighter is pretty good, but the former is a masterpiece. 

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    Smileynate
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    [quote=”smileynate”]Yes!
    Of course, for “The Fighter” the cosmetic surgery was believable to the performance, but it’s severely limited Mickey Rourke’s range IMO.  For example, if he was cast as the President of the United States in a thriller (or any politician) or in Richard Gere’s role in “Arbitrage” would you buy him in the role?  
    And would it be fair for reviewers and bloggers to note it in their evaluation of his performance? 

    The Wrestler. The Fighter is pretty good, but the former is a masterpiece. [/quote]

    Haha oops!

    I know that it doesn’t always affect one’s perception of a film or a performance, but if it does, is it in bad taste to note that is part of the problem with the film/performance?  Do you just keep that to yourself, even if it prevents you from appreciating even an otherwise decent performance? 

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    Atypical
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    Yes, it absolutely matters. Especially for the worst offenders.

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    Laactingnyc
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    I think its distracting sometimes. For example Angelina Jolie looks strange in some of her roles with those big lips from botox…..

     

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    Pavel Romanov
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    I think it’s unfair that most of the criticism in regards to plastic surgery in Hollywood is directed at actresses with Mickey Rourke being the notable exceptioin. Michadel Douglas has obviously had a face lift but nobody ever mentions that when talking about him. 

    On the other hand with some poeple (i.e., Jessice Lange!!!) their bad plastic surgery is so notable that it has to be remarked on. 

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    Smileynate
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    I think it’s unfair that most of the criticism in regards to plastic surgery in Hollywood is directed at actresses with Mickey Rourke being the notable exceptioin. Michadel Douglas has obviously had a face lift but nobody ever mentions that when talking about him. 

    On the other hand with some poeple (i.e., Jessice Lange!!!) their bad plastic surgery is so notable that it has to be remarked on. 

    Agreed. I didn’t mean to frame the issue as just about women and actresses…the Lange debate got me thinking about it.  Unfortunately, I think that male actors are usually allowed to age onscreen, whereas until recently, women were considered washed up at 40 and were constantly being pushed to stay young.  There’s a scene in “Nip/Tuck,” which, of all the horrendous things I saw on there bugged me the most and that’s when the playboy doctor drew all over a thirtysomething actress’ body all of the things she needed to have done in order to stay relevant in Hollywood.  It disturbs me to this day.

    I mean, thank God that Douglas snagged the Liberace role- his face lift help make him MORE believable lol!
     

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    It’s really distracting when it’s a period piece, like Nicole Kidman in Australia.

    But you know what’s also distracting?  In period movies, actors with chiseled gym bunny bodies.  That’s just as bad as having a face-lift.

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    I think it makes a difference, and it shouldn’t. But I don’t really worry about it. Jessica Lange is a fire-breathing,brimstone-burningly brilliant actress, and I don’t care if she’s spent billions on plastic surgery because clearly plastic surgery doesn’t affect acting ability. 

    I will raise an eyebrow if someone like Kim Novak is cast as the grandmother in a slavery-era drama, but I will suspend disbelief and concentrate on the acting. But it can be very distracting for sure. 

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