Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Michael Keaton prize for most diverse projects within a calendar year

A terrific interview with Michael Keaton last week in the Los Angeles Times reminds readers that this most supremely talented figure, best known as the title character in the 1989 Batman, made the raucous comedy Beetlejuice and the rehab drama Clean and Sober within in the same calendar year, 1988. Which other actors have demonstrated that kind of acting range in the same year?

The Michael Keaton prize for most diverse projects within a calendar year

Michael Keaton cranks up Henry Winkler in "Night Shift" (1982).
Michael Keaton cranks up Henry Winkler in "Night Shift" (1982).

A terrific interview with Michael Keaton last week in the Los Angeles Times reminds readers that this most supremely talented figure, best known as the title character in the 1989 Batman, made the raucous comedy Beetlejuice and the nuanced rehab drama Clean and Sober within in the same calendar year, 1988. Which other actors deserve the Michael Keaton prize for knocking it out of the park in two very different genres in the same year?

My top-of-head responses: Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress and Crimson Tide (1995) and Diane Keaton in First Wives Club and Marvin's Room (1996). Your nominations?  Alternatively, your favorite Michael Keaton performance?

 (I still haven't stopped laughing at his debut in Night Shift  as the morgue funnyman. That's 29 years ago.)

 

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