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Thread started 12/07/19 4:10am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Is there any part of P's acting that you liked?

Prince's acting gets put down by critics and the public, even his own fans. But are there any scenes that Prince that you were impressed with and thought "He's not bad"?

I think his best acting was in "Under The Cherry Moon", though he maybe was in a good time in his life privately which reflected onscreen.

I also liked his acting in the "The One" music video. Again, he seemed happy which inspired some good acting.
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Reply #1 posted 12/07/19 6:03am

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I liked his interpretation of the Joker, or rather Gemini, in the Partyman video and think he could´ve played the Joker if he could´ve kept his ego and vanity under control. He had tremendous discipline and if he had really put his heart into it he could´ve played some interesting roles.

Though I didn´t like Graffiti Bridge I do like UTCM and Purple Rain, including the acting, to this day.

UTCM was a vanity project and Prince´s ego was massive in 1985/86 but like I said, with some good advice he could´ve pursued acting much longer than he did.

I also liked him in New Girl a lot , even though he was basically playing himself and not a different character.

There are musicians who became actors who are far, far worse than Prince when it comes to acting.

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Reply #2 posted 12/07/19 9:54am

PeggyO

I can't speak to his technique or talent but he had a magnetism that kept my eye on him.

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Reply #3 posted 12/07/19 11:05am

Strive

Prince would've been an amazing silent movie actor. The guy had facial expressions and body movement down to an art.

Too bad modern movies require nuance and exceptional storytelling. Those were his biggest flaws.


I've always wondered what would've happened if Prince took the role in The Fifth Element that was written for him. I'd guess he would use the leverage to make another studio movie instead of becoming a character actor.

[Edited 12/7/19 11:06am]

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Reply #4 posted 12/07/19 11:48am

jfenster

humour

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Reply #5 posted 12/07/19 12:04pm

PeggyO

Strive said:

Prince would've been an amazing silent movie actor. The guy had facial expressions and body movement down to an art.

Too bad modern movies require nuance and exceptional storytelling. Those were his biggest flaws.


I've always wondered what would've happened if Prince took the role in The Fifth Element that was written for him. I'd guess he would use the leverage to make another studio movie instead of becoming a character actor.

[Edited 12/7/19 11:06am]

Yes, facial expressions; eye rolling, eye-widening, lip-pursing, tongue-in-cheek etc. I think it was Miles Davis who said he was part Charlie Chaplin.

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Reply #6 posted 12/07/19 12:22pm

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jfenster said:

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Under The Cherry Moon would've been good if done as just a light comedy (even the death scene was unintentionally hilarious).

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Reply #7 posted 12/07/19 2:06pm

SoulAlive

I think his acting was good in Purple Rain.It's the other movies that showed his limitations as an actor.

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Reply #8 posted 12/07/19 3:07pm

noobman

I thought he was a decent actor.

I think he could have been a good character actor if he'd have been willing to defer authority to the director.

I wish he saw the acting as a "break" from having to be in control all the time... just chill and let someone else take control of the project... and just do the acting.

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Reply #9 posted 12/07/19 3:54pm

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He was ok in Purple Rain. Like, he wasn't great or anything but he did what was required of him for the movie it was.

I haven't seen Under The Cherry Moon in a while but from what I remember, again, I thought he was decent enough.

Graffiti Bridge is an absolute travesty and he was just as bad as everyone else.

I seen the Prince episode of New Girl expecting him to be cringy as fuck but he was actually the best thing about it. But that's not saying much. I've never seen a show with characters as hateable as that. So even though Prince was kind of bad in it, he stood above everyone else.
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Reply #10 posted 12/08/19 7:39am

macaylasdad

Prince was NOT a good actor. Not even accidentally.

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Reply #11 posted 12/08/19 9:32am

homesquid

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None. He couldn't act. He was always just himself.

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Reply #12 posted 12/08/19 11:42am

fen

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Honestly, I think that he showed a glimmer of promise in Purple Rain. Yes, he was essentially being himself, but considering that he had little more than a crash course in acting he wasn’t as bad as he might have been, and he had a certain magnetism on screen. To have improved he would’ve had to relinquish himself fully to the direction of others, and approach the whole thing with more modesty, nuance and seriousness. He was never going to join Ingmar Bergman’s troupe, but things might have been different. Most of the stuff that he directed himself was seriously cringe worthy. lol



Bowie wasn't necessarily great in The Man Who Fell To Earth, but it worked because he had the modesty to respect the talent of Roeg and genuinely collaborate.

[Edited 12/8/19 11:43am]

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Reply #13 posted 12/08/19 1:05pm

looby

Acting was not his gift, just let me put it that way.

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Reply #14 posted 12/08/19 3:53pm

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fen said:

Honestly, I think that he showed a glimmer of promise in Purple Rain. Yes, he was essentially being himself, but considering that he had little more than a crash course in acting he wasn’t as bad as he might have been, and he had a certain magnetism on screen. To have improved he would’ve had to relinquish himself fully to the direction of others, and approach the whole thing with more modesty, nuance and seriousness. He was never going to join Ingmar Bergman’s troupe, but things might have been different. Most of the stuff that he directed himself was seriously cringe worthy. lol





Bowie wasn't necessarily great in The Man Who Fell To Earth, but it worked because he had the modesty to respect the talent of Roeg and genuinely collaborate.

[Edited 12/8/19 11:43am]



Bowie was great in Labyrinth though.
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Reply #15 posted 12/08/19 4:19pm

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fen said:

Honestly, I think that he showed a glimmer of promise in Purple Rain. Yes, he was essentially being himself, but considering that he had little more than a crash course in acting he wasn’t as bad as he might have been, and he had a certain magnetism on screen. To have improved he would’ve had to relinquish himself fully to the direction of others, and approach the whole thing with more modesty, nuance and seriousness. He was never going to join Ingmar Bergman’s troupe, but things might have been different. Most of the stuff that he directed himself was seriously cringe worthy. lol



Bowie wasn't necessarily great in The Man Who Fell To Earth, but it worked because he had the modesty to respect the talent of Roeg and genuinely collaborate.

[Edited 12/8/19 11:43am]

Bowie was fantastic in The Hunger! smile

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Reply #16 posted 12/09/19 9:04am

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He has his moments and has a bit of screen presence. I could see him playing an offbeat Batman villain or something.

Always thought have beena good Willy Wonka

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Reply #17 posted 12/09/19 5:14pm

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herb4 said:

He has his moments and has a bit of screen presence. I could see him playing an offbeat Batman villain or something.

Always thought have beena good Willy Wonka



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Reply #18 posted 12/09/19 6:05pm

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With the right director Prince would have been pretty good.

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Reply #19 posted 12/10/19 6:57am

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homesquid said:

None. He couldn't act. He was always just himself.


Ice Cube made a whole second career out of it but yeah. He was adorbs in GB though n just in general really (except Rave DVD arrow) n a riot in UTCM 😀.
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Reply #20 posted 12/10/19 7:26am

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homesquid said:

None. He couldn't act. He was always just himself.


You don't know anything about acting, do you?

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Reply #21 posted 12/10/19 7:47am

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There was something pure and honest in Purple Rain. He was just kid literally then.

UCTM showed a few sparks of his funny side.

GB was a mess and he phoned it in.

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Reply #22 posted 12/10/19 9:03am

CAL3

Yeah, he was good. Just needed more experience and some guidance/training. I feel he delivered genuine performances in by PR and UTCM. Especially the latter.

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The petulance of The Kid is vividly conveyed in PR, as is the preening of Christopher Tracy. Probably with the right director, and a greater level of dedication to the craft, Prince could've achieved at least the level of say, Madonna (i.e. working with A-list and/or respected directors; stretching a bit to play non-musicians/non-extensions of his own personality).

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In GB, he exhibited what appeared to be an odd kind of non-acting -- it almost feels like he deliberately avoided creating anything resembling a character. Probably from taking on too many tasks he was distracted from delivering any kind of performance (some nice onstage moments, but that's not exactly a challenge for him).

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Reply #23 posted 12/10/19 9:16am

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The Enigma and the Jaimie Starr acting. Wasnt a fan of the elder statesmen, the guitar heroics acting, the teacher acting. I like the enigma performance and the 180 of the street Jaimie Star act(ing).

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Reply #24 posted 12/10/19 11:14am

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EmmaMcG said:

fen said:

Honestly, I think that he showed a glimmer of promise in Purple Rain. Yes, he was essentially being himself, but considering that he had little more than a crash course in acting he wasn’t as bad as he might have been, and he had a certain magnetism on screen. To have improved he would’ve had to relinquish himself fully to the direction of others, and approach the whole thing with more modesty, nuance and seriousness. He was never going to join Ingmar Bergman’s troupe, but things might have been different. Most of the stuff that he directed himself was seriously cringe worthy. lol



Bowie wasn't necessarily great in The Man Who Fell To Earth, but it worked because he had the modesty to respect the talent of Roeg and genuinely collaborate.

[Edited 12/8/19 11:43am]

Bowie was great in Labyrinth though.

lol

"You remind me of the babe (what babe?)
The babe with the power (what power?)
The power of voodoo (who do?)
You do (do what?)
Remind me of the babe"

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kingricefan said:

fen said:

Honestly, I think that he showed a glimmer of promise in Purple Rain. Yes, he was essentially being himself, but considering that he had little more than a crash course in acting he wasn’t as bad as he might have been, and he had a certain magnetism on screen. To have improved he would’ve had to relinquish himself fully to the direction of others, and approach the whole thing with more modesty, nuance and seriousness. He was never going to join Ingmar Bergman’s troupe, but things might have been different. Most of the stuff that he directed himself was seriously cringe worthy. lol



Bowie wasn't necessarily great in The Man Who Fell To Earth, but it worked because he had the modesty to respect the talent of Roeg and genuinely collaborate.

[Edited 12/8/19 11:43am]

Bowie was fantastic in The Hunger! smile

I'm ashamed to say that I've never seen that - I'll check it out.

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Reply #26 posted 12/10/19 1:56pm

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fen said:

EmmaMcG said:

fen said: Bowie was great in Labyrinth though.

lol

"You remind me of the babe (what babe?)
The babe with the power (what power?)
The power of voodoo (who do?)
You do (do what?)
Remind me of the babe"


Stolen from The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947).

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #27 posted 12/10/19 3:06pm

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One of his biggest drawbacks on screen is that he seems too self conscious/self aware and always seems to be posing or preening no matter what he's doing. Even the little segues in the SoTT movie feel stilted and forced and the audience I watche it with were giggling during those parts. He was somewhat like this in real life so it's really just Prince being himself but that's not really acting.

He also comes off as if everything he says or does is supposed to be overly poignant and Very Important And Deep which comes off as unrealistic.

As musicians go, I've seen worse (Mick Jagger, Madonna) but also much better (Bowie, Tom Waits, Sinatra, Henry Rollins). Prince's very presence is so overpowering and his manner so flamboyant though that you can never really suspend disbelief that you're watching an actual character and not Prince with a capital "P".

If you cast him in something like Moulin Rouge, Phantom of the Opera (or Phantom of the Paradise), Dreamgirls, a Little Richard biopic or some sort of fantasy/alternate world setting it could work.

He actually gave one of the better performances in PR I felt, for what's that worth, minus a few wobbly line deliveries.

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Reply #28 posted 12/10/19 3:12pm

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The video for the One
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Reply #29 posted 12/10/19 3:53pm

kingricefan

fen said:

kingricefan said:

Bowie was fantastic in The Hunger! smile

I'm ashamed to say that I've never seen that - I'll check it out.

For a movie that was made way back in 1983 it holds up very well. The soundtrack isn't dated (Tangerine Dream did it) and it stars a quite young Susan Sarandon. Bowie doesn't have much screen time and he's hidden behind alot of makeup effects after his initial scenes but he's good when he's there. I may have to pull out the dvd and do a re-watch!!

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