James Eugene Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, impressionist, musician, artist and cartoonist. He is known for his energetic slapstick performances. Carrey first gained recognition in America in 1990 after landing a recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color, his first leading roles in motion pictures came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, as well portraying the Riddler in Batman Forever and a lead role in Liar Liar. He gained attention starring in serious roles in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, with each garnering him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In the 2000s, he gained further notice for his portrayal of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and for the comedy Me, Myself & Irene, as well as Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Horton Hears a Who! and A Christmas Carol.
In the 2010s, he starred in Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Kick-Ass 2, reprised his role as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber To. Since 2018, he has portrayed Jeff Piccirillo in the Showtime series Kidding. Carrey was born in the Toronto suburb of Newmarket, Canada, to Kathleen, a homemaker, Percy Carrey, a musician and accountant, he was raised a Roman Catholic and has three older siblings: John and Rita. His mother was of French and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry. At age 10, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett of the Carol Burnett Show pointing out that he was a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on the show. Carrey lived in Scarborough, North York and Burlington, Ontario for eight years, attended Aldershot High School. In a Hamilton Spectator interview, Carrey said, "If my career in show business hadn't panned out I would be working today in Hamilton, Ontario, at the Dofasco steel mill." When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, "Those were where the great jobs were."
While Carrey was struggling to obtain work and make a name for himself, his father tried to help the young comedian put together a stage act, driving him to Toronto to debut at comedy club Yuk Yuk's. Carrey's impersonations bombed and this gave him doubts about his capabilities as a professional entertainer, his family's financial struggles made it difficult. The family's financial problems were resolved and they moved into a new home. With more domestic stability, Carrey returned to the stage with a more polished act. In a short period of time, he went from open-mic nights to regular paid shows, building his reputation in the process. A reviewer in the Toronto Star raved that Carrey was "a genuine star coming to life". Carrey was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who signed the young comic to open his tour performances. Dangerfield brought Carrey to Las Vegas. However, Carrey soon decided to move to Hollywood, where he began performing at The Comedy Store and, in 1982, appeared on the televised stand-up show An Evening at the Improv.
The following year, he debuted his act on The Tonight Show. Despite his increasing popularity as a stand-up comic, Carrey turned his attention to the film and television industries, auditioning to be a cast member for the 1980–81 season of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Carrey was not selected for the position, although he hosted the show in May 1996, January 2011, October 2014. In 1984, Carrey was in the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory. From 1990 to 1994, Carrey was a regular cast member of the ensemble comedy television series In Living Color. Carrey played the lead roles in Ace Ventura: The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Dumb and Dumber was a commercial success, grossing over $270 million worldwide, He received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in The Mask. Carrey portrayed the Batman villain The Riddler in the Joel Schumacher-directed superhero film Batman Forever; the film was a box office success. He reprised his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, released in 1995.
Like the original film, it poorly received by critics. It was a huge box-office success, earning $212 million worldwide in addition to breaking records, with a $40 million opening weekend. Carrey earned $20 million for The Cable Guy. Directed by Ben Stiller, the film was a satirical black comedy, in which Carrey played a lonely, menacing cable TV installer who infiltrates the life of one of his customers; the role was a departure from the "hapless, overconfident" characters he had been known for. However, it did not fare well with most critics, many reacting to Carrey's change of tone from previous films. Carrey starred in the music video of the film's closing song, "Leave Me Alone" by Jerry Cantrell. Despite the reviews, The Cable Guy grossed $102 million worldwide, he soon bounced back with the critically acclaimed comedy Liar Liar, playing Fletcher Reede, an unethical lawyer render
Nightcrawler is a 2014 American thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his feature directorial debut. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, a stringer who records violent events late at night in Los Angeles and sells the footage to a local television news station. Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton star. A common theme in the film is the symbiotic relationship between unethical journalism and consumer demand. Gilroy wanted to make a film about the life of American photographer Weegee, but switched focus after discovering the unique narrative possibilities surrounding the stringer profession, he wrote Louis as an antihero, based on the ideas of capitalism. Gyllenhaal played a pivotal role in the film's production, from choosing members of the crew to watching audition tapes. Filming took place over the course of four weeks, was a challenging process that included over 80 locations. To promote Nightcrawler, Open Road Films utilized viral marketing strategies, including a fictional video résumé on Craigslist and fake social media profiles for Lou.
Nightcrawler premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, grossed $50.3 million on a production budget of $8.5 million. The film was met with widespread praise, with critics highlighting Gilroy's screenplay and Gyllenhaal's performance. Several critics listed Nightcrawler as one of the best films of 2014 and it received various accolades, including a Best Original Screenplay nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Petty thief Louis "Lou" Bloom is caught stealing from a Los Angeles construction site by a security guard, he steals his watch and leaves with stolen material. After selling the material at a scrap yard, Lou asks for a job, but the foreman says he does not hire thieves. While driving home, Lou pulls over. Stringers—freelance photojournalists—arrive and record two police officers pulling a woman from the wreck. One of the stringers, Joe Loder, tells Lou. Inspired, Lou pawns it for a camcorder and a police radio scanner. After two unsuccessful attempts at recording incidents, Lou records the aftermath of a fatal carjacking and sells the footage to KWLA 6.
The morning news director Nina Romina tells him the station is interested in footage of violent incidents in affluent areas. Lou hires an assistant, Rick, a young man desperate for money. To give his footage more impact, Lou tampers in one case moves a body; as Lou's work gains traction, he buys better equipment and a faster car as to reach incidents before his competitors. Lou coerces Nina into a date and threatens to terminate his business with her unless she has sex with him. A sexual relationship is implied; the next day he turns down a business offer from Loder, who beats him to an important plane crash story that night. Nina berates Lou to keep his end of their bargain. In retaliation, Lou sabotages Joe's van. Lou and Rick arrive before the police at the site of a home invasion in an affluent neighborhood. Lou records footage of the gunmen leaving of the victims in the house; the news staff fret over the ethics of the footage but Nina is eager to break the story. In exchange, Lou demands more money.
Police detective Frontieri questions Lou about his connection to the home invasion. He gives her edited footage of the incident; that night, he and Rick track down the gunmen. Alarmed, Rick demands half the money Lou stands to make, threatening to tell the police about Lou's crimes; when the gunmen stop at a restaurant, Lou phones the police. They exchange gunfire. One suspect is killed while the other manages to escape in the SUV; the police give chase with Rick tailing and recording. After the gunman's SUV crashes, Lou urges Rick to film the gunman; the wounded gunman is shot by police. As Rick lies dying, Lou films him and tells him that he cannot work with someone who has leverage over him. Nina expresses her devotion to Lou; the news team discovers that the home invasion was a drug deal gone wrong. Police try to confiscate the footage for evidence but Nina defends her right to withhold it. Interrogated by Frontieri, Lou fabricates a story about the men in the SUV following him. Lou buys new vans to expand his business.
Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom Rene Russo as Nina Romina Riz Ahmed as Rick Bill Paxton as Joe Loder Kevin Rahm as Frank Kruse Michael Hyatt as Detective Frontieri Pat Harvey as Herself According to Dean Biron of Overland, "Nightcrawler is a shattering critique of both modern-day media practice and consumer culture." Throughout the film, Nina sensationalizes news headlines in an attempt to increase viewership. PopMatters' Jon Lisi believes that, because of Nina's actions, the film targets journalists who exaggerate headlines in order to combat a decline in viewership. Ed Rampell of The Progressive offers similar commentary, stating: "Nightcrawler contends that ethnic and class biases are used to determine what is, is not, deemed'worthy' of news coverage. Local politics and related matters that affect viewers' lives get short shrift." As much as the film indicts modern journalism, Nightcrawler's director Dan Gilroy noted that his goal was for audiences t
As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James L. Brooks; the movie stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic and obsessive-compulsive novelist, Helen Hunt as a single mother with a chronically ill son, Greg Kinnear as a gay artist. The screenplay was written by Mark Brooks; the paintings were created for the film by New York artist Billy Sullivan. Nicholson and Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Actress making As Good As It Gets the most recent film to win both of the lead acting awards, the first since 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, it is ranked 140th on Empire magazine's "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time" list. Melvin Udall is a misanthrope, he has obsessive–compulsive disorder which, paired with his misanthropy, alienates nearly everyone with whom he interacts. He avoids stepping on sidewalk cracks while walking through the city due to a superstition of bad luck, eats breakfast at the same table in the same restaurant every day using disposable plastic utensils he brings with him due to his pathological fear of germs.
He takes an interest in his waitress, Carol Connelly, the only server at the restaurant who can tolerate his behavior. One day, Melvin's apartment neighbor, a gay artist named Simon Bishop, is assaulted and nearly killed during a robbery. Melvin is intimidated by Simon's agent, Frank Sachs, into caring for Simon's dog, while Simon is hospitalized. Although he does not enjoy caring for the dog, Melvin becomes attached to it, he receives more attention from Carol. When Simon is released from the hospital, Melvin is unable to cope with returning the dog. Melvin's life is further altered when Carol decides to work closer to her home in Brooklyn so she can care for her acutely asthmatic son Spencer. Unable to adjust to another waitress, Melvin arranges through his publisher, whose husband is a doctor, to pay for her son's considerable medical expenses as long as Carol agrees to return to work, she is overwhelmed at his generosity. Meanwhile, Simon's assault and rehabilitation, coupled with Verdell's preference for Melvin, causes Simon to lose his creative muse.
Simon is approaching bankruptcy due to his medical bills. Frank persuades him to go to Baltimore to ask his estranged parents for money; because Frank is too busy to take the injured Simon to Baltimore himself, Melvin reluctantly agrees to do so. Melvin invites Carol to accompany them on the trip to lessen the awkwardness, she reluctantly accepts the invitation, relationships among the three develop. Once in Baltimore, Carol persuades Melvin to take her out to have dinner. Melvin's comments during the dinner flatter—and subsequently upset—Carol, she abruptly leaves. Upon seeing Carol, frustrated, Simon begins to sketch her, semi-nude, in his hotel room, which rekindles his creativity, he once more feels a desire to paint, he reconnects with his parents, but is able to tell them that he'll be fine. After returning to New York, Carol tells Melvin, she regrets her statement and calls to apologize. The relationship between Melvin and Carol remains complicated until Simon persuades Melvin to declare his love for her.
Melvin goes to see Carol, hesitant, but agrees to try and establish a relationship with him. The film ends with Carol walking together; as he opens the door at an early morning pastry shop for Carol, he realizes that he has stepped on a crack in the pavement, but doesn't seem to mind. In 1996, James L. Brooks flew Geoffrey Rush from Sydney to Los Angeles to audition for the part of Simon Bishop, offered him the role, but Rush declined it; the soundtrack features instrumental pieces composed by songs by various artists. Zimmer's work was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score -- Comedy; as Good as It Gets was a box office hit, opening at number three at the box office with $12.6 million, earning over $148 million domestically and $314 million worldwide. It is Jack Nicholson's second highest earning film, behind Batman. Chicago Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote that what director James Brooks "Manages to do with as they struggle mightily to connect with one another is funny, painful and truthful—a triumph for everyone involved."Praise for the film was not uniform among critics.
While Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, he called the film a "compromise, a film that forces a smile onto material that doesn't wear one easily," writing that the film drew "back to story formulas," but had good dialogue and performances. The Washington Post critic Desson Howe gave a negative review of the film, writing that it "gets bogged down in sentimentality, while its wheels spin futilely in life-solving overdrive."Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 85% of professional critics gave the film a positive review based on 78 reviews. Metacritic gave the film a score of 67 out of 100, based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating favorable reviews; the film was nominated for and received many film awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and a Golden Globe award for Best Picture-Music or Comedy. As Good as It Gets on IMDb As Good as It Gets at the TCM Movie Database As Good as It Gets at AllMovie As Good as It Gets at the American Film Institute Catalog As Good as It Gets at Box Office Mojo As Good as It Gets at Rotten Tomatoes As Good as It Gets
Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is a retired English actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years. Day-Lewis has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most respected actors of his generation, one of the greatest actors of all time. Despite his traditional training at the Bristol Old Vic, Day-Lewis is considered a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. Displaying a “mercurial intensity“, he would remain in character throughout the shooting schedules of his films to the point of adversely affecting his health, he is one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only six films since 1998, with as many as five years between roles. Protective of his private life, he gives interviews, makes few public appearances. In June 2014, he received a knighthood for services to drama.
Day-Lewis announced his retirement in 2017, following the completion of his starring role in Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis shifted between theatre and film for most of the early 1980s, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, before appearing in the 1984 film The Bounty, he starred in My Beautiful Laundrette, his first critically acclaimed role, gained further public notice with A Room with a View. He assumed leading man status with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Day-Lewis has earned numerous awards throughout his career; those awards include Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the Best Actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in In the Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis has won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards.
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis was born in Kensington, the second child of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His older sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, is a television food critic, his father, born in the Irish town of Ballintubbert, County Laois, was of Protestant Anglo-Irish descent, lived in England from the age of two, was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. Daniel's mother was Jewish. Day-Lewis' maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Balcon, became the head of Ealing Studios, helping develop the new British film industry. Two years after Day-Lewis' birth, he moved with his family to Crooms Hill in Greenwich via Port Clarence Middlesbrough, he and his older sister did not see much of their older two half-brothers, teenagers when Day-Lewis' father divorced their mother. Living in Greenwich, Day-Lewis had to deal with tough South London children. Identified as Jewish and "posh", he was bullied, he mastered the local accent and mannerisms, credits that as being his first convincing performance.
In life, he has been known to speak of himself as much a disorderly character in his younger years in trouble for shoplifting and other petty crimes. In 1968, Day-Lewis' parents, finding his behaviour to be too wild, sent him as a boarder to the independent Sevenoaks School in Kent. At the school, he was introduced to his three most prominent interests: woodworking and fishing. However, his disdain for the school grew, after two years at Sevenoaks, he was transferred to another independent school, Bedales in Petersfield, Hampshire, his sister was a student there, it had a more relaxed and creative ethos. He made his film debut at the age of 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday, in which he played a vandal in an uncredited role, he described the experience as "heaven" for getting paid £2 to vandalise expensive cars parked outside his local church. For a few weeks in 1972, the Day-Lewis family lived at Lemmons, the north London home of Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard. Day-Lewis' father had pancreatic cancer, Howard invited the family to Lemmons as a place they could use to rest and recuperate.
His father died there in May that year. By the time he left Bedales in 1975, Day-Lewis' unruly attitude had diminished and he needed to make a career choice. Although he had excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre in London, he applied for a five-year apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, he was rejected due to lack of experience. He was accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years along with Miranda Richardson performing at the Bristol Old Vic itself. At one point he played understudy to Pete Postlethwaite, with whom he would co-star in the film In the Name of the Father. John Hartoch, Day-Lewis' acting teacher at Bristol Old Vic, recalled: There was something about him then, he was quiet and polite, but he was focused on his acting—he had a burning quality. He seemed to have something burning beneath the surface. There was a lot going on beneath that quiet appearance. There was one performance in particular, when the students put on a play called Class Energy, when he seemed to shine—and it became obvious to us, the staff, that we had someone rather special on our hands.
During the early 1980s, Day-Lewis worked in theatre and television, including Frost
Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral and political crisis, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, modernized the U. S. economy. Born in Kentucky, Lincoln grew up on the frontier in a poor family. Self-educated, he became Whig Party leader, state legislator and Congressman, he left government to resume his law practice, but angered by the success of Democrats in opening the prairie lands to slavery, reentered politics in 1854. He became a leader in the new Republican Party and gained national attention in 1858 for debating and losing to national Democratic leader Stephen A. Douglas in a Senate campaign, he ran for President in 1860, sweeping the North and winning. Southern pro-slavery elements took his win as proof that the North was rejecting the Constitutional rights of Southern states to practice slavery.
They began the process of seceding from the union. To secure its independence, the new Confederate States of America fired on Fort Sumter, one of the few U. S. forts in the South. Lincoln called up volunteers and militia to restore the Union; as the leader of the moderate faction of the Republican Party, Lincoln confronted Radical Republicans, who demanded harsher treatment of the South. Lincoln fought the factions by pitting them against each other, by distributing political patronage, by appealing to the American people, his Gettysburg Address became an iconic call for nationalism, equal rights and democracy. He suspended habeas corpus, he averted British intervention by defusing the Trent Affair. Lincoln supervised the war effort, including the selection of generals and the naval blockade that shut down the South's trade; as the war progressed, he maneuvered to end slavery, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Lincoln managed his own re-election campaign, he sought to reconcile his damaged nation by avoiding retribution against the secessionists.
A few days after the Battle of Appomattox Court House, he was shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, on April 14, 1865, died the following day. Abraham Lincoln is remembered as the United States' martyr hero, he is ranked both by scholars and the public as among the greatest U. S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, as the second child of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky, he was a descendant of Samuel Lincoln, an Englishman who migrated from Hingham, Norfolk, to its namesake Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1638. Samuel's grandson and great-grandson began the family's westward migration, passing through New Jersey and Virginia. Lincoln's paternal grandfather and namesake, Captain Abraham Lincoln, moved the family from Virginia to Jefferson County, Kentucky, in the 1780s. Captain Lincoln was killed in an Indian raid in 1786, his children, including eight-year-old Thomas, Abraham's father, witnessed the attack.
Thomas worked at odd jobs in Kentucky and in Tennessee, before settling with members of his family in Hardin County, Kentucky, in the early 1800s. Lincoln's mother, Nancy, is assumed to have been the daughter of Lucy Hanks, although no record documents this. Thomas and Nancy married on June 12, 1806, in Washington County, moved to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, they produced three children: Sarah, born on February 10, 1807. Thomas Lincoln leased farms in Kentucky. Thomas became embroiled in legal disputes, lost all but 200 acres of his land in court disputes over property titles. In 1816, the family moved to Indiana, where the survey process was more reliable and land titles were more secure. Indiana was a "free" territory, they settled in an "unbroken forest" in Hurricane Township, Perry County. In 1860, Lincoln noted that the family's move to Indiana was "partly on account of slavery", but due to land title difficulties. In Kentucky and Indiana, Thomas worked as a farmer and carpenter, he owned farms, town lots and livestock, paid taxes, sat on juries, appraised estates, served on country slave patrols, guarded prisoners.
Thomas and Nancy were members of a Separate Baptists church, which forbade alcohol and slavery. Overcoming financial challenges, Thomas obtained clear title to 80 acres of land in what became known as the Little Pigeon Creek Community. On October 5, 1818, Nancy Lincoln died of milk sickness, leaving 11-year-old Sarah in charge of a household that included her father, 9-year-old Abraham, Dennis Hanks, Nancy's 19-year-old orphaned cousin; those who knew Lincoln recalled that he was distraught over his sister's death on January 20, 1828, while giving birth to a stillborn son. On December 2, 1819, Thomas married Sarah "Sally" Bush Johnston, a widow from Elizabethtown, with three children of her own. Abraham became close to his stepmother, whom he referred t
Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone in 1999, was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him as the lead in the war drama Tigerland in 2000, he starred in Schumacher's psychological thriller Phone Booth where he plays a hostage in a New York city phone booth, the American thrillers S. W. A. T. and The Recruit, establishing his international box-office appeal. During that time, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's science fiction thriller Minority Report and as the villain Bullseye in the superhero film Daredevil. After starring in the independent films Intermission and A Home at the End of the World, Farrell headed Oliver Stone's biopic Alexander and Terrence Malick's The New World. Roles in Michael Mann's Miami Vice, the adaptation of John Fante's Ask the Dust, Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream followed, underscoring Farrell's popularity among Hollywood writers and directors.
Farrell starred in the black comedy film Horrible Bosses, for which he received critical praise, along with the comedy-horror film Fright Night and the sci-fi action film Total Recall, both remakes, McDonagh's second feature, the black comedy crime film Seven Psychopaths. He starred in the Niels Arden Oplev action film Dead Man Down, as Travers Goff in the period drama Saving Mr. Banks. In 2014, Farrell starred as Peter Lake in the supernatural fable Winter's Tale, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. In 2015, he starred as Detective Ray Velcoro in the second season of HBO's True Detective, starred in the film The Lobster, for which he was nominated for his second Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 2016, he played Percival Graves in the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Farrell was born in Castleknock, Ireland, the son of Rita and Eamon Farrell, his father ran a health food shop. His uncle, Tommy Farrell played for Shamrock Rovers.
Farrell has an older brother, Eamon, Jr. and two sisters and Catherine. Claudine works as his personal assistant. Farrell was educated at St. Brigid's National School, followed by secondary school at Castleknock College, an exclusive all boys private school and Gormanston College in County Meath, he unsuccessfully auditioned for the Irish musical group Boyzone around this time. Farrell was inspired to try acting when Henry Thomas' performance in E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial moved him to tears. With his brother's encouragement, he attended the Gaiety School of Acting, dropping out when he was cast as Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC drama about a young English priest who becomes part of an Irish rural community; as an 18-year-old travelling in Sydney, he was at one time suspected for attempted murder. The police sketch looked remarkably like him and he had described blacking out during the night in question, his only alibi was a journal kept by his friend that explained the two had been across town that night, taking MDMA. Farrell had roles in television shows and films, including Ballykissangel and Falling for a Dancer in 1998 and 1999.
He made his feature film debut in English actor Tim Roth's directorial debut The War Zone, a drama about an incident of child abuse, starring Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton as parents of a girl Farrell's character dates. Farrell appeared in Ordinary Decent Criminal with Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino, a film loosely based on the life of Martin Cahill. In 2000, Farrell was cast in the lead role of Private Roland Bozz in Tigerland, an under-released film directed by American Joel Schumacher, he got the part on the basis of his charm. Emanuel Levy of Variety said that Farrell "shines as the subversive yet decent lad whose cynicism may be the only sane reaction to a situation". Michael Holden of The Guardian wrote that Farrell was "too much the hero" to fit the classic rebel archetype properly, but he did not mind. Tigerland earned $139,500. Farrell's next American films, American Outlaws and Hart's War, were not commercially successful, his 2002–2003 films, including Phone Booth, The Recruit and S.
W. A. T. Were well successful at the box office. Of Phone Booth, Ebert wrote that it is "Farrell's to win or lose, since he's onscreen most of the time, he shows energy and intensity". Philip French of The Observer praised Farrell's performance. In S. W. A. T; the actor starred in an ensemble cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Olivier Martinez and Jeremy Renner. Alan Morrison of Empire wrote, "Farrell can be relied upon to bring a spark to the bonfire. That's true of." Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times criticised Farrell's accent, writing that he "employ a wobbly American accent that makes him sound like an international criminal a step ahead of the authorities". Ebert and the New York Times's A. O. Scott disagreed on the actor's effectiveness in The Recruit. Phone Booth earned $46.6 million, S. W. A. T. $116.9 million and The Recruit $52.8 million at the box office. Farr
American Beauty (1999 film)
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, a 42-year-old advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari. Annette Bening stars as Lester's materialistic wife and Thora Birch plays their insecure daughter, Jane. Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney feature. Academics have described the film as a satire of American middle-class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction. Ball began writing American Beauty as a play in the early 1990s inspired by the media circus that accompanied the Amy Fisher trial in 1992, he shelved the play after realizing. After several years as a television screenwriter, Ball revived the idea in 1997 when attempting to break into the film industry; the rewritten script had a cynical outlook influenced by Ball's frustrating tenures writing for several sitcoms. Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen took the script for American Beauty to the fledgling DreamWorks studio, which bought it for $250,000, outbidding several other production bodies.
DreamWorks served as its North American distributor. American Beauty marked acclaimed theater director Mendes' film debut. Spacey was Mendes' first choice for the role of Lester, though DreamWorks urged him to consider better-known actors; the studio suggested several actresses for the role of Carolyn until Mendes offered the part to Bening without the studio's knowledge. Principal photography took place between December 1998 and February 1999 on sound stages at the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California and on location in Los Angeles. Mendes' dominant directorial style was deliberate and composed. Cinematographer Conrad Hall complemented Mendes' style with peaceful shot compositions to contrast with the turbulent on-screen events. During editing, Mendes made several changes. Released in North America on September 17, 1999, American Beauty was positively received by critics and audiences. Reviewers praised most aspects of the production, with particular emphasis on Mendes and Ball. DreamWorks launched a major campaign to increase American Beauty's chances of Academy Award success.
The film was nominated for and won many other awards and honors for directing and acting. Lester Burnham is a middle-aged office worker, his wife, Carolyn, is an ambitious real estate broker. The Burnhams' new neighbors are retired United States Marine Corps Colonel Frank Fitts and his near-catatonic wife, Barbara; the Fitts' teenage son, obsessively films his surroundings with a camcorder, collecting hundreds of recordings on video tapes in his bedroom. He secretly deals marijuana, using a job as a part-time bar caterer to help keep it secret from his father. Having been forced into a military academy and a psychiatric hospital, Ricky is subjected by Col. Fitts to a strict disciplinarian lifestyle. Jim Olmeyer and Jim Berkley, a gay couple who live nearby, welcome the family to the neighborhood. Lester becomes infatuated with Jane's vain cheerleader friend, Angela Hayes, after seeing her perform a half-time dance routine at a high school basketball game, he starts having sexual fantasies about Angela.
Carolyn begins an affair with Buddy Kane. Lester is told he is to be laid off, but instead blackmails his boss and quits his job, taking employment serving fast food, he buys his dream car and starts working out after he overhears Angela tell Jane that she would find him sexually attractive if he improved his physique. He begins smoking marijuana supplied by Ricky, flirts with Angela whenever she visits Jane; the girls' friendship wanes. Lester reacts indifferently. Buddy ends the affair. Col. Fitts becomes suspicious of Lester and Ricky's friendship and finds his son's footage of a nude Lester lifting weights, which Ricky captured by chance. After watching Ricky and Lester through Lester's garage window, Col. Fitts mistakenly concludes they are sexually involved, he beats Ricky and accuses him of being gay. Ricky falsely goads his father into expelling him from their home. Carolyn is shown sitting in her car. Ricky goes to Jane. Ricky tells Angela she is boring and ordinary. Col. Fitts confronts Lester and attempts to kiss him, but Lester