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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 5th, 2006 - 01:06 am (Link)
Actually many women do seem to think that Keanu is a great actor. A lot of men too. In fact, he really isn't bad. I'd say he's better than D'Onofrio. I'm trying to remember which acting school it is, but one of them actually bases a class on the films of Keanu Reeves. In Keanu's case, most of the assumption that he is a dumb and untalented guy comes from his voice affect much more than his actual talent, but that isn't really fair. Marlee Matlin for instance has a bad voice due to her deafness, but she's still a great actress.

To be fair, I was being unfairly sexist there as there are also many men who think that Jessica Simpson is a good singer. In as much as you can compare these things, I'd actually argue that Simpson is a much better singer than D'Onofrio is an actor. I'll also suggest that D'Onofrio is a much better actor than Simpson is. But, talent aside, I don't think anyone would argue that more of SImpson's fame comes from how she looks, not how she performs.

Anyway, I won't claim that I am more qualified to judge acting than you are. D'Onofrio's suckiness or lack thereof is based purely on my opinions. But I will say that I can probably find more people who agree with me than people who agree with you. That's neither here nor there. Anyway, Meron or Marli or someone else with acting chops is welcome to step in here and lend an opinion.

What I will argue however is whether or not the writing of the character is good or not. And I will categorically say that it isn't. His character is written in a flat and uninteresting way. Your enjoyment of him is an aside. I enjoy many things that are bad. At the end of the day, however the things that make a story engaging and interesting to the majority of the populace are pretty easily criticized, and CI is definitely lacking in several of those, primarily due to the reasons I mentioned earlier. A good comparisson would be hard science fiction. While several sci-fi fans are very into them, the very things they enjoy (the in depth attention to detail at the expense of development of character) is the very thing that turns off the general populace and relegates it to nitch market. Good writing isn't about plot, its about character. If it can get plot brownie points on top of that, then so much the better. A character who can't make interpersonal connections is by definition hard to relate to by the majority of the audience, which is really what the writers number one goal is. Far better for the character to make negative connections than for him to exist in a vaccuum.

As evidence I submit the ratings for premiere week for the shows. The NBC network average for the week was a 10.4. CI and SVU both premiered on Tuesday and CI scored a 10.6 rating to SVU's 14.4. SVU also reran on Saturday for an additional 6.9. The highest show for the week was CSI with a 23.8. The clip show of last season's Lost pulled a 9. The Heroes premiere pulled a 14.1 and the rerun on Tuesday night (the lead in to CI) pulled an additional 4.9. As far as i can tell, the lowest rated first run show from the big 4 networks was the friday results show of Celebrity Duets with a 3.6. The main Law & Order show pulled a 10.0.

Now here's a prime example. I happen to enjoy L&O itself, but its been increasingly bad in the last couple of seasons and the two new characters they added this season are FAR from engaging. This is exactly what I mean by "I can like a show while acknowledging it isn't actually good." I'll even freely admit that the last couple of episodes of CI were slightly better written than the last couple L&Os. My reluctance to watch CI though comes from the fact that D'Onofrio is WAY more annoying than anyone on L&O. I actually find the Chris Noth episodes far more tolerable. Which is a good example because, at least last season, Anabella Sciorra was essentially the same character as D'Onofrio and yet far less annoying and it wasn't because of how she looks. At least I don't think so.

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