Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English-American actor, known for his intense method acting style transforming his body drastically for his roles. Bale is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globes, was featured in the Time 100 list of 2011. Born in Haverfordwest, Wales, to English parents, Bale had his first starring role at age 13 in Steven Spielberg's war film Empire of the Sun. Following a decade of leading and supporting roles, including in Little Women, he gained wider recognition for portraying the serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. In 2004, he lost 63 pounds for his role in the psychological thriller The Machinist. Within six months, he gained 100 pounds to star as Batman in Christopher Nolan's superhero film Batman Begins, he reprised his role in the sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Bale continued to take on starring roles, including in Nolan's period drama The Prestige, the western 3:10 to Yuma, the science fiction film Terminator Salvation, the crime drama Public Enemies.
He won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in the David O. Russell-directed biographical film The Fighter; this acclaim continued with his Oscar-nominated roles in Russell's black comedy American Hustle and in Adam McKay's satires The Big Short and Vice. For portraying Dick Cheney in the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Bale's personal life and personality has been the subject of much public attention, despite his desire to keep a low profile, he is a supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund, obtained American citizenship in 2014. Bale has been married to Sandra Blažić since 2000. Bale was born in Haverfordwest, the son of Jenny, a circus performer, David Bale, an entrepreneur, commercial pilot and talent manager. Bale has three sisters, his mother is English and his father was born in South Africa, to English parents. Bale has remarked, "I was born in Wales but I'm not Welsh – I'm English".
He spent his childhood in Wales and Dorset in England, Portugal. Bale acknowledged, he attended Bournemouth School, but left at age 16. Bale studied the work of actor Gary Oldman, citing him as "the reason I'm acting", his first role was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. A year he appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial, playing a child rock star. In 1984, he made his stage debut in The Nerd on London's West End with Rowan Atkinson. Bale's parents divorced in 1991, his mother and sister Sharon stayed in Bournemouth, Bale moved with his father to Los Angeles, California at age seventeen. Bale made his film debut as Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia in the made for television film Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna in 1986, followed by leading roles in the miniseries Heart of the Country and the fantasy adventure Mio in the Land of Faraway, in which he appeared with Christopher Lee and Nick Pickard, his performance as the boy Jim Graham in Empire of the Sun earned him widespread critical praise and the first "Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor" award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
The attention the press and his schoolmates lavished upon him after this took a toll on Bale, he contemplated giving up acting. But Kenneth Branagh approached him and persuaded Bale to appear in Henry V in 1989, which he found to be a good experience. In 1990, he played the role of Jim Hawkins opposite Charlton Heston in Treasure Island, a film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic book. Bale starred in the musical films Newsies and Swing Kids, the latter about teenagers who secretly listened to forbidden jazz during the rise of Nazi Germany. Bale was recommended by actress Winona Ryder to star in director Gillian Armstrong's 1994 film Little Women. Bale voiced Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disney's Pocahontas. In 1997 he played Arthur Stuart in Todd Haynes' tribute to glam rock. In 1999, Bale contributed to an all-star cast, including Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, portraying Demetrius in an updated version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In 1999, Bale played serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, director Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same title. Bale was dropped from the project in favour of Leonardo DiCaprio, but DiCaprio dropped out to star in The Beach. Bale was again cast in the role, he researched his character by studying the novel and prepared himself physically for the role by spending months tanning and exercising in order to achieve the "Olympian physique" of the character as described in the original novel. He distanced himself from the cast and crew in order to maintain the darker side of Bateman's character. American Psycho premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival to much controversy. Roger Ebert condemned the film at first, calling it pornography and "the most loathed film at Sundance." Nonetheless, he gave it a favorable review, writing that director Harron had "transformed a novel about bloodlust into a film about men's vanity." Of Bale's performance, he wrote, "Christian Bale is heroic in the way he allows the character to leap joyfully into despicability.
Bale was approached to make a cameo appearance in anothe
Andrew Russell Garfield is a British-American actor. He is the recipient of several accolades, including a Tony Award, has been nominated for an Academy Award and two competitive British Academy Film Awards. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Epsom, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and in television productions, he made his feature-film debut in the 2007 ensemble drama Lions for Lambs. That year, his performance in the television film Boy A earned him a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, he came to international attention in 2010 with supporting roles in the drama The Social Network, for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin, the science fiction romance Never Let Me Go. Garfield subsequently gained wider recognition for playing the titular superhero in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel. In 2016, Garfield starred in Hacksaw Ridge and Silence, his portrayal of Desmond T. Doss in the former earned him nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
On stage, Garfield has played Biff in a 2012 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In 2017, he starred as Prior Walter in a production of Angels in America at the Royal National Theatre in London, a role for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor, he reprised the role on Broadway in 2018, for which he received the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Garfield was born in California, his mother, Lynn, is from Essex and his father, Richard Garfield, is from California. Garfield's paternal grandparents were from the United Kingdom. Garfield's parents moved the family from Los Angeles to the UK when he was three years old and was brought up in Epsom, Surrey. Garfield's father is Jewish, his paternal grandparents were from Jewish immigrant families who moved to London from Poland and Romania, the family surname was "Garfinkel". Garfield's parents ran a small interior design business.
His mother is a teaching assistant at a nursery school, his father became head coach of the Guildford City Swimming Club. He has an older brother, a doctor. Garfield was a gymnast and a swimmer during his early years, was an avid philatelist, he had intended to study business but became interested in acting at the age of sixteen when a friend convinced him to take Theatre Studies at A-level as they were one pupil short of being able to run the class. Garfield attended Priory Preparatory School in Banstead and City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead, before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Garfield began taking acting classes in Guildford, when he was 9, appeared in a youth theatre production of Bugsy Malone, he joined a small youth theatre workshop group in Epsom and took Theatre Studies at A-level before studying for a further 3 years at a UK conservatoire, the Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon graduating in 2004 he began working in stage acting.
In 2004 he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in Kes at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, won the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 2006 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Garfield made his British television debut in 2005 appearing in the Channel 4 teen drama Sugar Rush. In 2007 he garnered public attention when he appeared in the series 3 of the BBC's Doctor Who, in the episodes "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks". Garfield commented. In October 2007, he was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch", he made his American film debut in November 2007, playing an American university student in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, with co-stars Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. "I'm just lucky to be there working on the same project as them, although I don't expect to be recognised by audiences," Garfield told Variety in 2007. In his review for The Boston Globe, Wesley Morris considered Garfield's work "a willing punching bag for the movie's jabs and low blows".
In the Channel 4 drama Boy A, released in November 2007, he portrayed a notorious killer trying to find new life after prison. The role garnered him the 2008 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. Amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle wrote that "there is no doubt about the intelligence and sensitivity" of Garfield's portrayal. Minneapolis Star Tribune's Christy DeSmith echoed Biancolli's sentiment, citing his "detailed expressions" as an example. Writing in The Seattle Times, John Hartl noted that Garfield demonstrated range in the role, concluded: "Garfield always manages to capture his passion". Joe Morgenstern, the critic for The Wall Street Journal, dubbed Garfield's performance "phenomenal", assessing that he "makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality". In 2008, he had a minor role in the film The Other Boleyn Girl, was named one of the shooting stars at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2009, Garfield held supporting roles in the Terry Gilliam film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the Red Riding television trilogy.
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times thought that Garfield gave a stand out performance in the latter. In 2010, Garfield co-starred opposite Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley in Mark Romanek's dystopian science fiction drama Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 200
The Cooler is a 2003 American romantic drama film directed by Wayne Kramer. The original screenplay was written by Frank Hannah. In old-school gambling parlance, a casino "cooler" is an unlucky individual a casino employee, whose mere presence at the gambling tables results in a streak of bad luck for the other players. Unlucky Bernie Lootz has little positive going for him: he lives in a dreary place—a studio apartment in a run-down motel near the Las Vegas Strip. Kaplow had paid Lootz's casino debts, Bernie has been working off that large debt to Shelly for several years and the debt is nearly paid off. Lootz is weary of the casino business, tells Kaplow he is leaving Las Vegas soon, his future success as a luck "cooler" is changed when cocktail waitress Natalie Belisario takes an interest in him, his luck—and that of those around him—takes a turn for the better. What Bernie doesn't know yet is that Shelly has paid Natalie to seduce him into staying and working at the Shangri-La. What Shelly doesn't know is that Natalie has fallen in love with Bernie, vice versa.
Additional complications arise when Shelly, a relative old-timer who resents the Disneyfication of Vegas, resists the efforts of new Shangri-La owner advisers, including Ivy League graduate and condescending upstart Larry Sokolov, to update the casino hotel property and bring it into the 21st century. Lootz learns his seldom-seen adult son is back in town, with his wife, is interfering with the operations at the Shangri-La. Though Shelly still has the backing of certain mob associates, such as gangster Nicky Fingers, the growing power of the new young Ivy League casino owners is lessening his power grip on the casino and the business he loves. William H. Macy as Bernard "Bernie" Lootz Alec Baldwin as Sheldon "Shelly" Kaplow Maria Bello as Natalie Belisario Shawn Hatosy as Michael "Mikey" Lootz Ron Livingston as Larry Sokolov Paul Sorvino as Buddy Stafford Estella Warren as Charlotte Arthur J. Nascarella as Nicky "Fingers" Bonnatto Joey Fatone as Johnny Cappella Ellen Greene as Doris MC Gainey as Highway Patrol Officer Michelle Lopez as the Red Headed Craps Player "cooled" by Bernie Timothy Landfield as The Player The film premiere was at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Cooler was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Deauville Film Festival, among others, before going into limited release in the United States. During that limited release, The Cooler was shown in Reno, Nevada. In an episode of the Sundance Channel series Anatomy of a Scene, director Wayne Kramer and members of his cast and crew discussed various aspects of The Cooler. In order to show Bernie's evolution from loser to winner, costume designer Kristin M. Burke dressed him in suits and clothes that progressively became better fits. Early in the film, the character resembles a boy dressed in his father's oversized clothing. By the end, Bernie is not only wearing the right size suit, but he has accessorized it with a brightly colored shirt and tie that represent his sunnier disposition. Lighting schemes designed by cinematographer Jim Whitaker contributed to documenting Bernie's progression. In early scenes, his face is kept in the shadows, but he is filmed in a spotlight and backlit to make him stand out from everything behind him.
The Golden Phoenix Reno, scheduled for a total condominium refurbishment, was used as the interior of the Shangri-La. The Golden Phoenix was closed for building rehab in 2006, since has been undergoing a conversion to condominiums, which are named The Montage. Golden Phoenix Reno casino employees were used extensively in the filming of The Cooler; the hotel buildings demolished during the closing credits are the Aladdin, the Sands, the Landmark, the Dunes hotels. The song "Almost Like Being in Love", used to mark Bernie's transition from mournful sad sack to winner, was written by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner for the stage musical Brigadoon. According to the 2006 documentary film This Film Is Not Yet Rated, the MPAA rated the film NC-17 because of a glimpse of Maria Bello's pubic hair during a sex scene. An edited version rated. A director's cut has been broadcast by Cinemax; the Cooler, budgeted at under $4 million, grossed $8,291,572 in the United States and $2,173,216 in foreign markets for a total worldwide box office of $10,464,788.
The Cooler earned about $40 million more with online sales. The film received positive reviews from critics with considerable praise for Alec Baldwin's performance. Writing for The New York Times, A. O. Scott said, "The setting... is a little tired, the premise is pretty hokey. Mr. Kramer, rather than trying to discover anything new, is content to recycle familiar characters and story lines; the script... and the direction are skillful, if gimmicky... Luckily this picture is rescued from cliché by the quality of the acting, Mr. Kramer wisely gives the actors room to work."Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 77% "Certified Fresh" rating based on 171 reviews with the consensus reading: "A small movie with superb performances." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 69/100 based on 36 reviews indicating "generally positive reviews". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said the film "has a strange way of being broad and twisted at the same time, so that while we surf the surfa
The Dark Knight (film)
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, co-produced, co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second installment of Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, starring an ensemble cast including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman. In the film, Bruce Wayne / Batman, Police Lieutenant James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are menaced by an anarchistic mastermind known as the Joker, who seeks to undermine Batman's influence and turn the city to chaos. Nolan's inspiration for the film was the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Two-Face's origin; the "Dark Knight" nickname was first applied to Batman in Batman #1, in a story written by Bill Finger. The Dark Knight was filmed in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong.
Nolan used IMAX 70 mm film cameras to film some sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. Warner Bros. created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers highlighting screenshots of Ledger as the Joker. Ledger died on January 22, 2008, some months after the completed filming and six months before the film's release from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and movie-going public. A co-production of the United States and the United Kingdom, The Dark Knight was released on July 18, 2008 in the United States and on July 25, 2008 in the United Kingdom. Film critics considered it one of the best films of its decade and one of the best superhero films of all time; the Dark Knight appeared on 287 critics' top ten lists, more than any other film of 2008 with the exception of WALL-E, more critics named The Dark Knight the best film released that year. With over $1 billion in revenue worldwide, it became the highest-grossing film of 2008 and is the 38th highest-grossing film of all time, unadjusted for inflation.
The film received eight Academy Award nominations. In 2016 it was voted 33rd among 100 films considered the best of the 21st century by 117 film critics from around the world; the Dark Knight Rises, the final film in the trilogy, was released on July 20, 2012. A gang of criminals rob a Gotham City mob bank, murdering each other for a higher share of the money until only the Joker remains, who escapes with the money. Batman, District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Jim Gordon form an alliance to rid Gotham City of organized crime. Bruce Wayne believes that with Dent as Gotham's protector, he can retire from being Batman and lead a normal life with Rachel Dawes – though she and Dent are dating. Mob bosses Sal Maroni and the Chechen hold a videoconference with their corrupt accountant, who has taken their funds for safekeeping and fled to Hong Kong; the Joker interrupts the meeting to warn them that Batman is unhindered by the law, offers to kill him in exchange for half of their money. The mob bosses disagree, Gambol places a bounty on the Joker.
The Joker kills Gambol, taking over his gang. The mob decides to take the Joker up on his offer. Batman finds Lau in Hong Kong and brings him back to Gotham to testify, allowing Dent to apprehend the entire mob; the Joker threatens to kill people unless Batman reveals his identity, starts by murdering Police Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb and the judge presiding over the mob trial; the Joker tries to kill Mayor Anthony Garcia, but Gordon sacrifices himself to stop the assassination. Dent kidnaps one of Joker’s henchmen and threatens him with a deadly game of heads or tails using Dent's lucky coin. Dent learns. Bruce decides to reveal his secret identity to prevent more deaths. Before he can, Dent falsely announces that he is Batman. Dent is taken into protective custody. Batman comes to Dent's rescue and Gordon, who faked his death, apprehends the Joker, securing a promotion to Commissioner. Rachel and Dent are escorted away by detectives on Maroni's payroll. Batman interrogates the Joker, who reveals that they have been trapped in separate locations rigged with explosives and that Batman must choose one to save.
Batman races to save Rachel. Batman realizes that the Joker has sent him to Dent's location instead. Both buildings explode, disfiguring Dent; the Joker escapes with Lau. The Joker kills Lau and the Chechen. Coleman Reese, an accountant at Wayne Enterprises, deduces that Bruce is Batman and threatens to publicize the information. Not wanting Reese's revelation to interfere with his plans, the Joker threatens to destroy a hospital unless Reese is killed within an hour. All hospitals are evacuated and Gordon travels to secure Reese; the Joker, disguised as a hospital nurse, discovers Dent's ward and hands him a gun, convincing him to
No Country for Old Men (film)
No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western crime thriller film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel of the same name. A cat and mouse thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, it follows a Texas welder and Vietnam War veteran in the desert landscape of 1980 West Texas; the film revisits the themes of fate and circumstance that the Coen brothers had explored in the films Blood Simple and Fargo. No Country for Old Men premiered in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival on May 19; the film won 76 awards on 109 nominations across multiple organizations. The American Film Institute listed it as an AFI Movie of the Year, the National Board of Review selected the film as the best of 2007. More critics included No Country for Old Men on their 2007 top ten lists than any other film, many regard it as the Coen brothers' best film; as of February 2018, various sources had recognized it as one of the best films of its decade and still one of the best films of the 2000s.
The Guardian's John Patterson wrote: "the Coens' technical abilities, their feel for a landscape-based Western classicism reminiscent of Anthony Mann and Sam Peckinpah, are matched by few living directors", Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said that it is "a new career peak for the Coen brothers" and "as entertaining as hell". In 2016, it was voted the 10th best film of the 21st century as picked by 177 film critics from around the world. In Texas, 1980, hitman Anton Chigurh strangles a deputy sheriff with the handcuffs he is in to escape custody and uses a captive bolt pistol to kill a driver and steal his car, he spares the life of a gas station owner who guesses the result of a coin Chigurh flipped, revealing Chigurh's modus operandi: killing those who cannot guess his coin flip. Poaching pronghorns in the desert, Llewelyn Moss comes across the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad, he finds several dead men and dogs, a wounded Mexican man begging for water, two million dollars in a briefcase.
He takes the money and returns home. That night, Moss returns to the scene with water, he is pursued by two men in escapes. At home, he sends his wife, Carla Jean, to stay with her mother drives to a motel in Del Rio, where he hides the case in his room's air conditioning duct. Chigurh, hired to recover the money, arrives to search Moss's home, where he uses his bolt pistol to blow the lock out of the door. Investigating the break in, Terrell County Sheriff Ed Tom Bell observes the blown-out lock. Following an electronic tracking device hidden in the money, Chigurh goes to Moss's motel room and kills a group of Mexicans who are waiting to ambush Moss. Moss has rented a second room adjacent to the Mexicans' room with access to the duct where the money is hidden, he retrieves the briefcase just before Chigurh finds it empty. Moving to a hotel in the border town of Eagle Pass, Moss discovers the tracking device, but Chigurh has found him, their firefight spills onto the streets, killing a civilian, both are wounded.
Moss flees across to Mexico. Finding Moss injured, a passing norteño band takes him to a hospital. Carson Wells, another hired operative, fails to persuade Moss to accept protection in return for the money. Chigurh stitches his own wounds with stolen supplies and sneaks up on Wells at his hotel. After Wells unsuccessfully attempts to barter for his life, Chigurh kills him in his hotel room. Moss telephones the room and Chigurh answers, who promises to kill Carla Jean unless Moss gives up the money. Moss retrieves the case from the bank of the Rio Grande and arranges to meet Carla Jean at a motel in El Paso, where he plans to give her the money and hide her from danger. Carla Jean is approached by Sheriff Bell. Carla Jean's mother unwittingly reveals Moss' location to a group of Mexicans, tailing them. Bell reaches the motel rendezvous at El Paso, only to hear gunshots and spot a pickup truck speeding from the motel; as Bell enters the parking lot, he sees Moss lying dead. When Carla Jean arrives, she chokes up upon discovering.
That night, Bell finds the lock blown out. Chigurh hides behind the door after retrieving the money. Bell sees that the vent has been removed. Bell visits his uncle Ellis, an ex-lawman, tells him he plans to retire because he feels "over-matched". Ellis clarifies. Weeks Carla Jean returns from her mother's funeral to find Chigurh waiting in her bedroom, as per his threat to Moss, she refuses his offer of a coin toss for her life, stating that he cannot pass blame to luck: the choice is his. Chigurh checks his boots for blood; as he drives through the neighborhood, a car crashes into his at an intersection and Chigurh is injured. He bribes two young witnesses for their silence and flees. Now retired, Bell shares two dreams with his wife. In the first, he lost some money. In the other, he and his father were riding through a snowy mountain pass; the role of Llewelyn Moss was offered to Heath Ledger, but he turned it down to spend time with his newborn daughter Matilda. Garret Dillahunt was in the running for the role of Llewelyn Moss, auditioning five times for the role, but instead was offered the part
Mystic River (film)
Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery crime thriller drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney; the screenplay, written by Brian Helgeland, was based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The film was produced by Robert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt, Eastwood, it is the first film. The film opened to widespread critical acclaim, it was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor. Penn won Best Actor and Robbins won Best Supporting Actor, making Mystic River the first film to win both awards since Ben-Hur in 1959. Three boys, Jimmy Markum, Sean Devine, Dave Boyle, play hockey in a Boston street in 1975. Spotting wet concrete, they start writing their names into it when a car pulls up with two men, one pretending to be a police officer and the other a priest. One gets out and berates the boys for their actions, tells Dave to get into the car.
The men hold Dave captive and sexually abuse him for four days. Twenty-five years the boys are grown and, while they still live in Boston, have drifted apart. Jimmy is an ex-con running a neighborhood store, while Dave is a blue-collar worker, still haunted by his abduction; the two are still related by marriage. Jimmy's 19-year-old daughter Katie is secretly dating a boy Jimmy despises. Brendan and she are planning to run away together to Las Vegas. Katie goes out for the night with her girlfriends and Dave sees her at a local bar; that night, Katie is murdered, Dave comes home with an injured hand and blood on his clothes, which his wife Celeste helps him clean up. Dave claims he fought off a mugger, "bashed his head on the parking lot", killed him. Sean, now a detective with the Massachusetts State Police, investigates Katie's murder, his pregnant wife, has left him. Over the course of the film and his partner, Sergeant Whitey Powers, track down leads, while Jimmy conducts his own investigation using his neighborhood connections.
Sean discovers that the gun used to kill Katie was used in a liquor store robbery during the 1980s by "Just Ray" Harris, the father of Katie's boyfriend. Harris has been missing since 1989. Brendan feigns ignorance about Ray's gun, but Sean believes it was still in the house. Sergeant Powers suspects Dave as a possible perpetrator because he was one of the last people to see Katie alive, he has a wounded hand, although he continues to tell his wife he got it while being mugged, he tells the police a different story—soon Jimmy becomes suspicious of it. Dave continues to behave strangely, which upsets his wife to the point she is afraid he will hurt her. While Jimmy and his associates conduct their investigation, Dave's wife tells Jimmy about Dave's behavior, the bloody clothing, her suspicions. Jimmy and his friends get Dave drunk at a local bar; when Dave leaves the bar, the men follow him out. Jimmy tells Dave that he shot "Just Ray" Harris at that same location for ratting him out and sending him to jail.
Jimmy informs Dave that his wife thinks he murdered Katie and tells Dave he will let him live if he confesses. Dave tells Jimmy that he did kill someone that night, but it was not Katie. Jimmy threatens him with a knife; when Dave falsely admits to killing Katie, thinking he can escape with his life, Jimmy kills him and disposes of his body in the adjacent Mystic River. While Dave is being killed, Brendan confronts his younger brother Ray Jr. and his friend John O'Shea about Katie's murder. He beats the two boys and threatens to kill them if they do not admit their guilt, but when John takes the gun and is about to shoot him and Powers arrive just in time to stop it; the next morning, Sean tells Jimmy the police have Katie's murderers --. She was killed by Brendan's brother, "Silent Ray" Harris, his friend John in a violent prank gone wrong; the kids saw a car coming which happened to be Katie's. John aimed the gun just to scare her; the car veered onto the curb and Katie ran into the park. Silent Ray and John pursued her.
The beating Katie received was from Silent Ray. Once she was beaten, John shot her again. Sean asks Jimmy if he has seen Dave, because he is wanted for questioning in another case, the murder of a known child molester. A distraught Jimmy thanks Sean for finding his daughter's killers, but says, "if only you had been a little faster." Sean asks Jimmy if he is going to "send Celeste Boyle $500 a month too?" Sean reunites with his wife and his daughter Nora, after apologizing for "pushing her away". Jimmy goes to his wife and confesses, she comforts him and tells him he is a king and kings always make the right decision. At a town parade, Sean sees Jimmy and mimics firing a gun with his hand, to let Jimmy know he is watching him. Principal photography took place on location in Boston. Eastwood stated. Mystic River was well received by critics, with the performances and direction receiving widespread acclaim; the film has an 87% approval rating based on 195 reviews from critics at the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
At the website Metacritic, which utilizes a normalized rating system, t
Ken Watanabe is a Japanese actor. To English-speaking audiences, he is known for playing tragic hero characters, such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima and Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in The Last Samurai, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō, he is known for his roles in Christopher Nolan's films Batman Begins and Inception. In 2014, he starred in the reboot of Godzilla as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, will reprise his role in the sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, he lent his voice to the fourth and fifth installments of the Transformers franchise Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight, as Decepticon turned Autobot Drift. He made his Broadway debut in April 2015 in Lincoln Center Theater's revival production of The King and I in the title role. In 2015, Watanabe received his first Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical at the 69th Tony Awards for his role as The King.
He is the first Japanese actor to be nominated in this category. Watanabe reprised his role at the London Palladium in June 2018. Watanabe was born in Niigata, his mother was a school teacher and his father taught calligraphy. Due to a number of relocations for his parents' work, he spent his childhood in the villages of Irihirose and Sumon, both now part of the city of Uonuma, in Takada, now part of the city of Jōetsu, he attended Niigata Prefectural Koide High School, where he was a member of the concert band club, playing trumpet, which he had played since childhood. After graduation from high school, in 1978 he aimed to enter Musashino Academia Musicae, a conservatory in Tokyo. However, he had never received a formal musical education, because his father had collapsed when he was in junior high school and was unable to work, there was difficulty in finding the money for tuition; because of these problems, Watanabe gave up trying to enter the conservatory. After graduating from high school in 1978, Watanabe moved to Tokyo to begin his acting career, getting his big break with the Tokyo-based theater troupe En.
While with the troupe, he was cast as the hero in the play Shimodani Mannencho Monogatari, under Yukio Ninagawa's direction. The role attracted popular notice. In 1982, he made his first TV appearance in Michinaru Hanran, his first appearance on TV as a samurai in Mibu no koiuta, he made his feature-film debut in 1984 with MacArthur's Children. Watanabe is known in Japan for playing samurai, as in the 1987 Dokuganryu Masamune the 50-episode NHK taiga drama, he played the lead character, Matsudaira Kurō, in the television jidaigeki Gokenin Zankurō, which ran for several seasons. He has gone on to garner acclaim in such historical dramas as Oda Nobunaga, Chūshingura, the movie Bakumatsu Junjo Den. In 1989, while filming Haruki Kadokawa's Heaven and Earth, Watanabe was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, he returned to acting while undergoing chemotherapy treatments, but in 1991 suffered a relapse. As his health improved his career picked back up, he co-starred with Kōji Yakusho in the 1998 Kizuna, for which he was nominated for the Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2002, he quit the En theatre group where he joined the K-Dash agency. The film Sennen no Koi earned him another Japanese Academy Award nomination. In 2006, he won Best Lead Actor at the Japanese Academy Awards for his role in Memories of Tomorrow, in which he played a patient with Alzheimer's Disease. Watanabe was introduced to most Western audiences in the 2003 American film The Last Samurai, set in 19th Century Japan, his performance as Lord Katsumoto earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Watanabe appeared in the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha; that same year, he played Ra's al Ghul's decoy in Christopher Nolan's Batman film reboot, Batman Begins. In 2006, he starred in Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima, he has voiced Ra's al Ghul's decoy in the Batman Begins video game. He has filmed advertisements for American Express, Canon and NTT DoCoMo. In 2004, he was featured in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People edition. In 2009, he appeared in The Vampire's Assistant.
In 2010, he co-starred in Inception, where he stars as Saito, a mark-turned-benefactor businessman of the film's heist team. In 2014, he starred in the Hollywood blockbusters Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction. In 1983, Watanabe married Yumiko. In September 2005, following two years of arbitration, he and Yumiko were divorced, he got to know Kaho Minami. Around the time of his divorce the two began dating, were married on December 3 of the same year, their marriage was announced by their agencies on 7 December, just after they had attended a New York City premiere of his film Sayuri together. Watanabe formally adopted Minami's son from her previous marriage to director Jinsei Tsuji, for a time the three of them lived in Los Angeles. In order to increase the amount of time the family could spend together, considering Ken's work requiring him to travel so much, they returned to Japan. Minami and Ken did not hold any wedding ceremony, but in 2010 they announced that they had held a ceremony on August 1 in Los Angeles.
Watanabe has an adopted son. His oldest son, Dai Watanabe, is