Who will be this generation’s silver screen legends?

August 21, 2012

Last night my husband and I watched My Week with Marilyn, which is an excellent film, by the way, and it got me wondering; who will be this generation’s silver screen legends? Who will leave the reputation of lighting up the screen a la Marilyn Monroe or Vivien Leigh?

It seems that in recent years Hollywood has focused more on special effects to draw audiences rather than talented actors. The Dark Knight Rises and Bourne Legacies are far more numerous than The King’s Speeches in Hollywood. Having said that, some actors do shine in whichever movie they’re in.

For the gentlemen, my first thoughts were Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio. Both of these fine actors light up the screen and add depth to any character they play. For the ladies I found it trickier to come up with some names. I had thought of Meryl Streep at first, but as my husband pointed out, she is not of my generation, fine actress though she is. Perhaps Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett or Renee Zellwegger? I imagine only time will tell.

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