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The Future of Hollywood

Steve Buscemi (Dec. 13, 1957) gets an adrenaline rush from acting that he compares to the days when he would plunge into burning buildings as a member of the N.Y.C. Fire Dept. Tim Roth (May 14, 1961) eschews mainstream studio movies, method acting, and even reading for roles; he opts instead for parts in art-house films, relies on instincts gleaned from seedy environments and real-life character-building experiences, and once gave an unorthodox audition under the influence after a night of bar-hopping with a young up-and-coming director. Michael Rapaport (Oct. 10, 1970) yearns to develop a career based on a reputation of renowned skill, preferring to become an actor who is called on because he can "kick ass," and not because of a pretty boy image. All three of these actors are analogous in their absolute and genuine love for acting, an unbridled passion that keeps each one developing his talent rather than relying on typecasting or the machinery of Hollywood-style publicity. Any one of these three thespians could rely on the momentum from their past efforts to afford them future work; rather, they take risks in their selection of movie parts and the development of their characters, driven by the desire to act and not by ambitions for celebrityhood.

It was Quentin Tarantino (Roth's bar-hopping companion) who tapped both Buscemi and Roth for roles in his indie cult classic Reservoir Dogs (1992), which earned both actors acclaim and garnered Buscemi an Independent Spirit Award; all three worked together again in the infamous Pulp Fiction (1994). Tarantino associate Robert Rodriguez has also worked with Buscemi and Roth for roles in Desperado and Four Rooms (1995), respectively. Steve Buscemi's talent has also been showcased in Trees Lounge (1996), which he wrote and directed and in which he starred, and, maybe most famously, in Joel and Ethan Coen's Fargo (1996). He will appear in the upcoming Con Air and will once again work with the Coens in The Big Lebowski (1997). Tim Roth earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Rob Roy (1995), teamed with the late Tupac Shakur in Gridlock'd (1997), and will be appearing in Hoodlum and Animals (1997).

Michael Rapaport's "quiet but forceful" debut in Zebrahead (1992) earned him the widespread acclaim of critics and an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well. Immediately, one could see that Michael possessed a control over subtlety that is the mark of a fine actor. His career continued with True Romance (1993), and later with Mighty Aphrodite, Kiss of Death and Higher Learning in 1995, and Beautiful Girls the following year. His roles to date have been distinguished by the diversity of his characters, an element to which the young actor aspires. Michael will next appear as part of the ensemble cast of Copland, as well as A Brother's Kiss (1997).

As an audience, we can expect these three to maintain careers based on intensity and artistic integrity.

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