My Two Ultimate Hollywood Heroes

Lightning struck twice, and the gates of inferno opened up and cast out two of this lifetime’s ultimate bad ass movie icons…

Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr. These two may not exactly be at par with each other in terms of achievements, but they sure are both certified beasts.

It’s a tough question coming across a comparison between two big names in the movie industry. Two of the most brilliant actors of this era, at that.

And if I am to choose between these two, I honestly wouldn’t know who to pick.

Don’t they just look alike?

For me, Pacino and Downey are both exceptionally talented, and have done so many variety of great roles in their respective acting careers and genres.

Al Pacino has always been my baby. I consider him the greatest actor in all of film history. He has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of Hollywood movies. With the roles he played in award winning films like The God Father, Scar Face, Carlito’s Way, Scent of a Woman, Donnie Brasco, City Hall, The Insider, Frankie and Johnny, S1mone, The Devil’s Advocate, The Recruit, You Don’t Know Jack, no doubt, he is a living legend.

Pacino has been nominated and has won many awards including eight Oscar nominations (winning one), 15 Golden Globe nominations (winning four), two Emmy Awards for his work on Television and two Tony Awards for his work on the Stage, in 2007 the American Film Institute awarded Pacino with a lifetime achievement award.

Pacino however, has always seemed a bit limited by type-casting. Always the Mafia role. Can we really see Al Pacino doing comedy? It’s not his strength, but Pacino has been there done that. Starring roles at comedy films such as “Author! Author!” and “S1mone”, but the critics have usually panned the movies. He also starred at an Adam Sandler Film Jack and Jill, playing the role as himself. It was not something to look forward to exactly but he did add some humor to the role when appropriate.

Robert Downey Jr, on the other hand, has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. He has done more diverse work in his career, and has managed to stay new and fresh even after three decades in the business.

I like the overall image of Downey, however bad ass he may seem to be. Reputed for not being especially humble. He is prominent for sarcastic humorous deliveries while remaining completely stone-faced. He frequently plays intelligent but eccentric characters, and often those egotistical but likable jerk roles of him has won d hearts of many. I guess it has won me over too.

Robert Downey Jr. has made one of the greatest comebacks ever and he has some terrific movies that appeal to a wide range. He had too many ups and downs in his career, most of which was attributed to his substance abuse, but he was able to rise above it all. Plus he has no problem poking fun at his past.

In 1992, Downey received an Academy Award nomination and won the British Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Chaplin. He earned nominations and awards in Zodiac, Iron Man, Only You, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes.

Talking about versatility, i wonder hmm…  Could Al Pacino play Ironman? Could he have played Chaplin anywhere near the way Downey did?

The same way I really can’t see Robert Downey Jr in the Godfather, or Scar Face, or Carlito’s Way despite his being a real life bad ass… I think I’d laugh!

For someone who has historically been a serial monogamist, it’s a bit out of my element standing in the position of being torn between two.  Having said all these, I seriously still could not decide who among these two beacons own my heart.  So this post clearly did not address my issue after all.

Choosing between Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr, I couldn’t even point my finger on, to tell who’s better than who, because their versatility seem to have made them somewhat interchangeable. What I know is that deep down inside, there is a spot to be won. Let’s park this in the mean time.

An interesting question though to ponder on instead is whether we would ever see Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr. together in one film?

Now that would be a real treat.


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