Actors try to reinvent themselves all of the time, often to mixed results. After a disastrous fall from grace, Robert Downey, Jr. reinvented himself as a sarcastic action star. He’s now making hundred of millions of dollars as a man in a robot suit. After years of a successful comedy career, Jim Carrey tried to reinvent himself as a dramatic lead. He recently scraped the bottom of the comedy barrel and returned to a 20-year-old role in Dumb and Dumber To. This perception shift is difficult to pull off, but it is essential to producing an eclectic body of work. In Foxcatcher, the new film from director Bennett Miller and co-writers E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, two pre-categorized performers look to shed their respective classifications, and both performers are exceedingly successful in this endeavor.
Some context for this post: the 20th Los Angeles Film Festival is taking place right now in Downtown Los Angeles at the Regal Cinema in LA Live. I, being the budding cinephile, am attending, and seeing as many different films as I can manage. This is my account of Day Four of the fest – the first of the two weekend days, and a very busy one at that. There, doesn’t a little background knowledge make everything a little easier to understand? You’re welcome.