April 30, 2010 |
There's a kind of wicked irony around every corner in "The Good Heart," where nothing and everything turns out exactly as it should in this story of second chances and the duck that got away. The film stars Brian Cox and Paul Dano as two mismatched souls who end up in the same hospital room, both having barely cheated death and only one happy about it. But instead of two ships passing in the night, circumstances conspire to toss them into the same lifeboat, metaphorically speaking, of course, since the story unfolds mostly in a New York City dive bar of the seediest sort.
October 22, 2006 |
IT'S Sunday evening at a pub in the borough of Camden, and an oblivious young man has just bumped into Brian Cox, jostling the actor's ginger beer and lightly splashing his cardigan sweater. If this minor collision had involved just about any of the characters Cox has assayed on-screen -- gangsters, cops, paramilitaries, cranks, killers, heavies almost to a man -- you can bet that the young offender would be in for a withering tongue-lashing at best, a plug through the heart at worst.
September 30, 2001 |
In "L.I.E.," Brian Cox plays a pedophile. The 55-year-old Scottish actor has also portrayed a cannibal (Hannibal Lecter in the 1986 film "Manhunter") and a Nazi (Hermann Goering in TNT's 2000 cable miniseries "Nuremberg"). But a child molester? Even the most open-minded actor would surely pause before considering such a role. "I find the film difficult to watch," admits Cox, the father of two grown children. "It becomes very unsettling, but ultimately it's a very rewarding film."
August 4, 1999 |
Scanned from top to bottom, the sublimely characterful face of Brian Cox begins around the eyebrows like Albert Finney's; continues downward, around the corners of his mouth, like Edward G. Robinson's; and ends up south of the mouth like Finney's again, especially when the chin's lowered and the eyes above it scan the room for a new target. The actor belonging to this particular mug was last seen locally two years ago, in the Mark Taper Forum production of "Skylight."
August 1, 1999 |
Brian Cox is just making a point, but still, when he tells you that he doesn't like the way you're rolling that pen in your hands or the way you're eating, you tend to want to put your pen, as well as your fork, down. Maybe it's the way the actor burrows into you with his penetrating blue eyes, his craggy features taut with tension. Or the way his barrel-chested physique suddenly shifts, panther-like, in his seat. It's more than a little unsettling.
April 22, 1991 |
Hannibal Is Back: Just in time for the May ratings sweeps, NBC has resurrected "Red Dragon: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter," the 1986 film that features the sinister character played by Anthony Hopkins in the current movie, "The Silence of the Lambs." It will air May 3, opposite the final episode of "Dallas" on CBS. The movie, which NBC previously broadcast in 1989, stars Brian Cox as the psychotic killer. William L. Peterson and Dennis Farina co-star.