Saturday, November 04, 2006

Charlie Chaplin to D.W. Griffith: "I don't know about you, but I'm starting to get dizzy"

From a much-reprinted press release earlier this week:
"Tom and Paula are the modern versions of the iconic founders of United Artists - Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and D. W. Griffith - and our partnership with them reaffirms our commitment to providing creative talent with a comfortable home at United Artists and a dedicated distribution partner in MGM. United Artists is once again the haven for independent filmmakers and a vital resource in developing quality filmed entertainment consistent with MGM's modern studio model."
All of which suggests a grest new game: What contemporary celebrities can be lauded as inappropriate equivalents to silent stars?
Jennifer Aniston is the modern Clara Bow.
Paris Hilton is the modern Greta Garbo.
Madonna is the modern Nazimova.
The Wayans Brothers are the modern Laurel and Hardy.
Any contributions defining the modern Buster Keaton, William S. Hart, Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson or Fatty Arbuckle are welcome.


Robby Cress said...

I don't think there is anyone quite like Buster Keaton, but the closes contemporary comparison I can make would be Jim Carrey, or at least the early Jim Carrey with his slapstick gesticulations and zany facial expressions.

Rob Cress

Robert said...

My own casting suggestions weren't meant to be serious, of course, and I think that if he could be a bit less manic, Carrey could probably make a fair Keaton. Nonetheless, I've always thought the only living performer who could truly resurrect the great Stone Face is Bill Irwin.