You must see Billy Crudup in 2004's STAGE BEAUTY. You'll gasp at his remarkable acting range and commitment to character. Based on a real life story, Crudup plays leading 17th century actor. Ned Kynaston was celebrated for his portrayals of female characters on the British stage. In this age of diversity and gender inclusion, STAGE BEAUTY is one to look at again. Claire Danes plays the dresser to the acclaimed actor. She'd like to perform on stage too, but a law bans women from such artistic freedom. Meanwhile, the actor is in love with another man, but they must keep their relationship a secret. Crudup is amazing in this film. Click onto this link to see a trailer for STAGE BEAUTY: https://youtu.be/wkxo0oqGMwU.
In Manhattan, I attended a critics' screening for the 2014 indie drama, GLASS CHIN. I don't think this film opened wide but I sure did dig its pulp fiction rhythm and good performances. Corey Stoll plays Bud, an ex-boxer who trains new boxing talent. Bud leads a low-rent life and, because of this, he's in cahoots with a slick shark of a Manhattan entrepreneur. Bud gets framed for murder. In this thriller, the hard luck boxer will have a shot at redemption. If he wants it. I loved the silky, seductive, understated menace of Billy Crudup as the entrepreneur. Click onto this link to see a trailer for GLASS CHIN: https://youtu.be/T6czkjsMbfY.
This weekend, the ALIEN franchise continues. Billy Crudup plays a member of the crew. Wow. It was in 1979 when we saw a poster showing a large, unusual, cracked egg emitting a strange light with the caption: "In space, no one can hear you scream." ALIEN raised the stakes on the sci-fi horror genre. ALIEN: COVENANT is the new adventure. Please, Lord, let it be better than PROMETHEUS. Take a look at this featurette.
When I interviewed Billy Crudup, I was a regular on "Good Day New York," the Fox5 weekday morning news program in New York City. I introduced myself to him before the camera started rolling. He smiled and said that he already knew who I was. He said he used to watch me on VH1 in the late 80s and enjoyed my work. How cool is that? Go enjoy my movie rental tips for some exceptional Billy Crudup acting. If you see ALIEN: COVENANT over the weekend, let me know how it is.