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Beitrag#16  04.02.06 - 12:17   Antworten mit Zitat

Endlich mal ein angemessener Artikel.

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Posted on Sat, Feb. 04, 2006
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Death gave few props to skilled character actor Penn
By Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Pray that your own death is treated with more dignity than Chris Penn’s.

When the actor died last week in his Santa Monica, Calif., home, the breaking news reports informed us that the brother of Sean Penn was dead. Subsequent stories focused on his recent weight gain and used “Corky Romano” as a primary example of his cinematic contributions.

Perhaps the mainstream media are aging. Or maybe every journalist born between 1963 and 1980 had the day off. Because Chris Penn’s obituary was treated by some with the schadenfreude of the latest child-actor drug bust, he was robbed of the respect he had earned during 2 1/2 decades as a talented and successful character actor.

Sustaining popularity through three different career highs – his mainstream teen comedy/drama stage in the mid-1980s, the Tarantino years in the early 1990s and the recent past when he enjoyed cult status – Penn never disappeared for long.

In the 1980s, Penn had one iconic starring role (“The Wild Life”), playing the same lovable borderline psychopath he would revisit on many occasions on a smaller scale. But from his first years onscreen to his last, Penn quickly found his comfort zone with fourth or fifth billing, taking cliched parts, such as the best friend (“Footloose,” “All the Right Moves”), or the town bully (“Pale Rider”) and using his abilities to make them unique and memorable.

Many of Penn’s early roles carried at least a hint of menace, which became more prominent during his best work in the 1990s – playing foulmouthed crime-family member Nice Guy Eddie in Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” and foulmouthed cop Nicky Dimes in “True Romance,” written by Tarantino.

Arguably his greatest role – and certainly his most nuanced – came in Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts,” in which he played a pool cleaner whose wife’s employment as a phone-sex operator has driven him to the brink. He also appeared in “Mulholland Falls” and “The Funeral,” movies that didn’t achieve the potential of their great casts, although Penn excelled in both and won a best supporting actor award at the Venice Film Festival for the latter role.

Penn seemed to have a knack for selecting work. An uncommonly high percentage of his films became cult classics – the types of movies that may not set box-office records but sell lots of DVDs and appear in a constant loop late at night on cable. And his bombs (anybody remember “Josh and S.A.M.”?) tended to be gone and forgotten two weeks after they first appeared in theaters.

And yet, when he was found dead, it was as if he were the Billy Carter of Hollywood – spending his life getting busted on Sunset Boulevard and bumming cash off his Oscar-winning brother.

“Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn, was found dead at his Santa Monica condominium, authorities said,” read one of the first wire stories from The Associated Press. The Times Online UK eliminated Chris Penn’s name from the headline of his obituary, choosing the more wordy “Sean Penn’s Younger Brother Found Dead.”

Bloggers commenting on the event deliberately picked Penn’s worst movies to sum up his career, as if “Corky Romano” and “Beethoven’s 2nd” were the height of his success.

It was an unfair end to a unique career. Very few character actors – Joan Cusack, Steve Buscemi, maybe Bruce Campbell – are instantly forgiven by the public for their pay-the-bills roles while still getting invited to participate in high-profile projects.

Penn made some bad movies in the past few years, and starred in “The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire,” a TV series that was canceled after only four episodes. But he also made a guest appearance playing himself on last season’s hippest TV show (“Entourage”), while voicing a bad cop and Samuel L. Jackson’s partner in the hippest video game (“Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”).

It must be tough being a leading man, sustaining relevancy when one bad interview, one bad film choice or one bad performance can derail a career. But it’s even harder when you have only a few minutes to make a cinematic impression – often forced to make your mark with a single movement, look or line of dialogue.

Chris Penn accomplished that as well as anybody.


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Beitrag#17  24.02.06 - 13:39   Antworten mit Zitat

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Chris Penn's Autopsy Revealed
24 Feb 2006

Valium, morphine, marijuana and codeine were all found during an autopsy that was performed on actor Chris Penn following his sudden death in January.

Chris, the younger brother of actor Sean Penn, was found dead in his Santa Monica, California home on January 24th. The 40 year-old's body was discovered by his maid.

The official cause of death is heart disease, but the coroner did confirm that several other drugs were in the actor's body at the time of death.

Chris Penn is best known for his role in the film Footloose, with Kevin Bacon. He has also been seen in the films Starsky & Hutch, Mulholland Falls, Rumble Fish, All the Right Moves and Rush Hour, but is perhaps most famous for the role of Eddie Cabot in the Quentin Tarantino film Resevoir Dogs.


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Beitrag#18  09.03.06 - 13:23   Antworten mit Zitat

Soweit ich weiß hat er doch auch in "Karate Tiger 4" mitgespielt. In der 5-Mann-Kampfsportnationalmannschaft der USA gegen die Koreaner. Er hat da den typischen Cowboy-Ami gespielt... sogar ziemlich gut Gleichgueltig
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Beitrag#19  09.03.06 - 14:24   Antworten mit Zitat

Jupp, hat er. Eigentlich der falsche Film fuer ihn...

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Beitrag#20  09.04.06 - 17:41   Antworten mit Zitat

Armer Kerl. In Reservoir Dogs war er in der Tat gut in True Romance nicht wirklich überzeugend als "Dummer Bulle". Wahrscheinlich weil man es ihm nach Reservoir Dogs einfach nicht abnimmt.

Echt, sind da schon so viele tot!? Ok, der Film wird langsam alt, aber doch nicht so alt...


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Beitrag#21  09.04.06 - 18:53   Antworten mit Zitat

Zitat pitchfork hat Folgendes geschrieben:
Echt, sind da schon so viele tot!? Ok, der Film wird langsam alt, aber doch nicht so alt...


Nicht der film ist alt, sondern ein teil der darsteller war schon alt, als der film gedreht wurde. Edward Bunker, der den Mr. Blue spielte, ging auf die 60 zu. Und Lawrence Tierney, der Joe Cabot verkörperte, war damals schon über 70.


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