Daniel Day Lewis, Eric Schweig, Talent

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Posted by Bill R on January 27, 1998 at 08:48:24:

Here is my meaningful post of the day. GGGG's are slow on the uptake, but it finally occurred to me how many different movies DDL has been in, such as Mohicans, The Crucible, The Boxer and others. Part of the
reason it took me so long to pick up on it is due to DDL's very extraordinary ability to shift his look and actions to match entirely different personalities without a lot of makeup. In the crucible he was the perfect minister torn by doubt, desire and duty to God. He had an entirely different look from our Beloved Hawkeye with long hair blowing in the wind as he races across that clearing to save Cora. In Mohicans he exudes the look and personality of the self-reliant and confident frontiersman. I have not seen The Boxer, but am sure DDL has once again become the personality required. This ability takes extraordinary talent and that versatility makes him stand out.

As to Eric, the man is another great talent in my mind. He of course plays the Native American with style and honesty and sensitivity...but there is a bigger talent under there and I hope those who direct and cast continue to recognize it and develop it. He strikes me as a very intelligent and sensitive man, with many sides to his personality, but is always true to what he is at any given moment. I wanna see MORE of this man!! Period film or not. Though, I think, he has done as much or more for the cause of the Native American as Russell Means has, but in his own way. A quieter way. One that may have a better chance of reaching Americans and changing paradigms than a strident tone would.

Bill R

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