Friday, June 19, 2009

Being Frances McDormand

When I lived in New York City on the Upper West Side, I was a member of the New York Sports Club which was just down the street. Everyday I worked out and ran into the likes of Al Roker, who often had his cheery little daughter, and Frances McDormand. It was also there where I met and began dating a Swedish actor, Sven, who was one of the beautiful bodies in Die Hard with a Vengeance. He was a part of the meancing security team in the revengeful plot by Jeremy Iron's character, Simon Gruber. The relationship was short and sweet.

Frances McDormand was not a big movie star then I don't think. Or, she wasn't written of often as some others were. But there was something very inviting about this anti femme fatale movie actor that had intelligent eyes and an energy that was noticeable. We chatted every now and then on the bikes and while stretching. At the time she might have mentioned that she was an actor, but I had not seen her in anything at that point and there were a great many actors, stuggling and otherwise, living in New York.

But Frances McDormand is the real deal. She never ceases to amaze me. The characters she play are diverse and wholly consuming. They're sensitive, funny, fierce and completely believable. Think:

Mississippi Burning
Almost Famous

Most recently, I saw the very delightful well produced, directed and acted, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and was reminded of what a splendid superior talent McDormand is. Speaking of the movie, I loved the music too! The scene with "If I Didn't Care" by Jack Lawrence is a winner and Amy Adams and Shirley Henderson both deserve serious nods too. Henderson's performance was especially spellbinding; though brief, it was very noticeable.

There are not many actors in Hollywood today that are as diverse and talented as Frances McDormand. For me, she's up there with the very best. She's a real talent, my kind of talent.


Marion said...

Oh, I loved her in Fargo. That accent! I still laugh out loud just thinking of that movie. Well, lucky you to have had such a stud-muffin and yummy memories. You go, girl!

Judith Ellis said...

Oh, Marion, thank you for that! You have actually just made me laugh out loud for "just thinking of that" accent! LOL!

Regarding the "stu-muffin," he was indeed that. We remained friends thereafter.