Could Johnny Depp be considered the Lon Chaney of this generation?

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  1. StephenA

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    As alot of you know, Lon Chaney was dubbed the man of a thousand faces due all the characters he played and the makeup alot of the characters required.

    I got to thinking, and it seems to me that Johnny Depp is the closest to Lon Chaney in this genration's movie actors. I couldn't think of anyone else, though there probably is.

    Among some of the movies that I thought of that got me to thinking of this more are:

    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Don Juan DeMarco
    Ed Wood
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Edward Scissorhands
    Blow
    From Hell
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Donny Brasco

    So what do you all think? If not Johnny Depp, who do you think is today's version of Lon Chaney?
     
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    Gary Oldman.
     
  3. James T

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    As much as I like Johnny Depp, I gotta agree that Gary Oldman is the "man of a thousand faces." There were tiems when I knew I was watching movie with Gary Oldman in it, but I didn't recognize him(either his performance or his appearance).
     
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    lol ... i often think the same thing.

    depp and oldman are, by far, two of my fave actors. those guys can pull off any role and make it stick!

    i look at oldman in leon, true romance, and the fifth element and just go "wow"....
     
  5. StephenA

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    I didn't think of Gary Oldman. He's definitely another that is great at looking so different in all his roles.
     
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    I thought Walt Flanagan was the Lon Chaney of the 90's?
     
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    In Kevin Smith's movies, yea. But other than that, I'm not really sure you can count him, though I could be wrong.
     
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    I'm always amazed at Jim Broadbent's ability to melt into a character. Having said that, I go out of my way to see Depp movies. He's a fantastic actor that always picks really interesting projects, and fits into them perfectly.
     
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    I would have said Johnny Depp at the beginning of this thread but now must agree with Gary Oldman as the top choice. Both are absolutely amazing but Gary has the edge in this category.
     
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    Gary by far.

    I am not sure Depp even belongs on such a list, he has this offbeat persona that comes through the few roles I have seen him play, and which seems to be who he is in real life. In some respects, he has always been that bohemian in Chocolat for me.

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    Depp is very, very good, but I think Oldman is the greatest character actor of his generation by a long shot, probably the greatest character actor since Olivier.
     
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    i dunno. it seems to me that all oldman does these days is play the same sort of morally compromised character in most of the films he's been in the latter half of his career. for example:

    Sin
    The Hire: Beat the Devil
    Hannibal
    The Fifth Element
    Lost in Space
    Airforce One
    Murder in the First
    Léon
    Romeo is bleeding (arguably)
    True Romance

    which isn't to say that he's not a consummately capable actor, or anything, just that it seems as though his parts have been perhaps less diverse than depp's.

    and i assume that diversity is the defining characteristic in question here, NOT acting ability...
     
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    In the long run, I'm going with Depp. I love them both and they are probably my two modern day favorites.
    Depp continues to surprise me. He seems to a man very in love with his craft and is always trying something different. In my opinion, I think the Chaney comparison fits Depp much more than Oldman. By these few roles only,

    Blow
    Fear and Loathing
    Edward Scissorhands
    Pirates
     
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    oldman's characters may not have been as diverse, but his acting ability has been stand-out. he really sells the roles.

    wouldn't that be the defining characteristic of acting?
     
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    Lon Chaney was known for his combination of diversity and quality. Arguably, I'd say Depp has both right now moreso than Oldman.
     
  16. Zen Butler

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    yes, the ted it would. I would never take anything away from Oldman's ability. He is simply amazing. IMO, it just seems Depp is never satified, is always improving and branching out.
     
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    yeah ... right!

    i mean, any actor who bases his role (pirates) on keith richards ... now c'mon ... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    that's it the ted! not talking to you for a week.
     
  19. Ted Lee

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    insert maniacal laughter here....
     
  20. 2 others that change there look a lot are Balthezar Getty and Jared Leto
     

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