Interesting article in Sunday’s The New York Times about the marketing blitz behind Channing Tatum, and how his agents, managers, lawyers, and publicists are trying to sell him as an A-list star. The story isn’t interesting because Channing Tatatum is interesting. Far from it. It’s the following bit that got me thinking:
“For over a decade now Hollywood has failed to mint a new heavyweight, the kind of actor who can anchor a blockbuster and repeat that feat over a prolonged period. Today’s A-list includes Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler, all of whom climbed into the cultural firmament 15 or more years ago. Daniel Craig may come the closest. James Bond made Mr. Craig a star six years ago, but his movies outside of that franchise (Cowboys & Aliens,The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) have been box office disappointments. In the last decade or so a cavalcade of men reached for the stratosphere and stalled: Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Edward Norton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Ryan Phillippe, Stephen Dorff, Garrett Hedlund, Tobey Maguire. Ryan Reynolds hit the skids with Green Lantern; Zac Efron is trying to rebound from Charlie St. Cloud. Others, including Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga) and Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), fade when taken out of their franchises. Christian Bale is more Claude Rains than Clark Gable.”
I’m shocked to discover that The New York Times doesn’t consider Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Ryan Reynolds A-list stars. I can see them maybe looking down on Zac and Taylor, as they have yet to really prove themselves outside the Teen Beat set, but saying CHRISTIAN BALE is not a leading man boggles my mind. And whoever wrote the article CLEARLY forgot about The Goz. Ryan Gosling opens movies, by God. And George Clooney. WHO COULD FORGET GEORGE CLOONEY? HE’S AS A-LIST AS THEY COME! Who else? A colleague of mine argues that Seth Rogan is A-list. And maaaaaaaaaybe James Franco, Andrew Garfield, and Steve Carell. Read the entire article here.