Diane Lane: Is she a household "STAR" yet?

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  1. Martin Jeeves

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    I loved DIANE LANE's amazing performance in "UNFAITHFUL" (especially the scene on the train
    after her first tryst).

    Do you think that this film has now finally made DIANE LANE a 'star'?

    In my opinion, "A Walk On The Moon" should have made her a star as well.

    After "A Walk On The Moon", "The Perfect Storm", "Hardball" and now "Unfaithful" (4 hits on
    the row - not including "My Dog Skip" and "The Glass House")would you say that she is finally a
    household name?

    What do you think her Oscar chances are?

    Thanks,

    M.J.
     
  2. Martin Jeeves

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    I guess that something like this is open to personal opinion, but I would have thought that most people with a passing interest in films would know of her now surely?

    I mean, "Perfect Storm" and "Unfaithful" were quite big. And IMHO her role in "Unfaithful" was very memorable regardless on your thoughts on the film itself.
     
  3. Patrick Sun

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    Uh, no. Diana Lane is a very good actress, but not a star. A star can open films based solely on her name/marquee value. For actresses, that's Julia Roberts at the current time.
     
  4. Jason Seaver

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    Nope, no way Diane Lane is a "star" or "household name". Good actress, yep, and probably deserving of much more recognition, but she's probably only achieved That Guy (well, That Gal) status.

     
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    I think Diane Lane is an extremely respected and highly regarded actress both within the industry and those who have seen her best performances. Unfortunately, being a household name has NOTHING to do with being a great actress. A female celeb could go out and get snapped with Tom Cruise and become a household name, but she wouldn't be anywhere near as respected as Diane Lane is. If I was a performer I'd love to be in Diane Lane's position. Respected, earning a real nice living ($$$$$'s), and yet at the same time able to live her own life. Cool.

    I'm thrilled for her critical recognition in Unfaithful. It was a great performance. As for Oscar, well it's a long way off, but it's a possibility (IMH0).
     
  6. Patrick Sun

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    Sadly enough, Britney Spears is more of a household name...
     
  7. Mark Palermo

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    I don't know, I'd expect that most casual moviegoers know who Diane Lane is. She may not have star-power, but I think she's a household name.

    Mark
     
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    In my mind, Diane Lane's not at all a movie star.

    She's something better:

    She's a character actor.

    I'm not knocking anyone's talents, but I'd take one William H. Macy, Diane Lane, Cathy Moriarty, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes, John C. Reilly, William Fitchner (or the dearly-departed JT Walsh) over a half-dozen Tom Cruises.
     
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    I think Mark Pfeiffer summed it up perfectly. No way is she a household name, as if you asked 100 people at the mall who Diane Lane is if they could picture her or name a single film she was in. I bet in a lineup of other role playing actresses people still wouldn't be able to pick her out.
    I don't know Scott, I think Cruise is excellent so I wouldn't agree...but I know where you are coming from at least. [​IMG]
     
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    She could be a star in my household any time! [​IMG]
     
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    I thought she's a household name and star after "A Little Romance"[​IMG] .
     
  14. Trevor Bateman

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    I find this an interesting debate. This is what I think as a fan of Diane Lane.

    Arguments For:

    1: "Unfaithful" has made Diane Lane as famous and popular as she has ever been. More so than in the early 80's when she was Coppola's favourite.

    2: She has had ALOT of publicity lately. Big articles in big publications like "Time", "Entertainment Weekly", "Premiere", "Empire", "Movieline", "New York Times", "L.A. Times", "Esquire" etc etc. EVERY ONE of these articles ang her praises as a great actress, and ALL of the reviews for the film also sang her praises for her performance in it (even if they didn't like the film).

    3: It was her face on much of the publicity for "Unfaithful". I think it is also fair to say that she had the 'lead' role of the adulterous in the film. She also had more screentime than Richard Gere as well. She got a lot of media and critical 'buzz' and 'carried the movie' very well I thought.

    4: When "Unfaithful" first came out, my local Blockbuster Video Store had a whole display wall devoted to Diane Lane and her past films which means she has at least a sizable fanbase.

    Arguments Against:

    1: Now, would "Unfaithful" have been as popular ($53 million so far in US, over $85 million worldwide) if she didn't have a known male co-star (Richard Gere) and a known controversial director (Adrian Lyne - Fatal Attraction) along side her?

    Answer: Probably not, as "Unfaithful" was marketed toward the older mostly female audience which is really Gere's
    playground.

    2: Would a film be a comercial 'hit' on Diane Lane's name alone?

    Answer: Very doubtfall unless it was a really great movie which got alot of publicity. In my opnion ONLY Julia Roberts can 'open' a film on her name alone. NOT Cameron Diaz (The Sweetest Thing flopped), NOT Angelina Jolie (Life Or Something Like It flopped), NOT Sandra Bullock (Murder By Numbers flopped), and NOT Diane Lane either. However, she is about to get the chance to prove us wrong as she is to 'star' in the lead role of Disney's romantic comedy "Under The Tuscan Sun".
    Read about it here: Unfaithful star to run to the Sun

    6: Is she a 'household' name?

    Answer: Nope. I think most who are interested in films would have heard the name and seen the face, but from what I've read in all the many recent articles on her and interviews with her - I get the impression that Diane Lane is not an actress who is driven by fame or stardom.

    Lastly, I have to agree that she is very respected and probably earns more than you or I ever will. Especially when you see how hard it is to make it to any degree in Hollywood I think she's done very, very well for herself. And long may it continue, she is certainly enjoying a "high point" at the moment which is GREAT. Oscar nomination? Maybe.
     
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    Household name or not. She is a brilliant actress who I has given film fans some great performances.

    She's a star in my book!

    Later.
     
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    The first movie I remember seeing her in was Stallone's "Judge Dredd". I liked her in that [​IMG]
     

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