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Old 10-08-08, 10:49 AM
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The ED HARRIS Appreciation Thread

Aside from Tommy Lee Jones, actor Ed Harris has been around a very long time, but didnít become A-List until much later in his career. I mean, this guy was an up-and-comer back in 1982 with Creepshow (which I nearly forgot he was in) and 1983 with The Right Stuff, but didnít really become a superstar untilÖwell, I would say when he got his first Oscar-nomination in 1995 for Apollo 13, but thatís just opinion. He had good roles in 1991ís Glengarry Glen Ross (as a screamer), 1993ís The Firm and Needful ThingsÖthing is, while his career was really good in the 1990ís, his career was great in the 2000ís! This guyís career just keeps getting better and better, and shows no sign of slowing down Ė not with Apaloosa that came out this year and Gone Baby Gone from a year ago.

Share your favorite Ed Harris moments. Iím sure there are many.
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His best moments are the resuscitation scene("FIGHT!!! FIGHT!!!") in The Abyss and the blooper reel from The Rock.
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I'll always love his delivery of a line in Glengary Glenross. "Anybody who talks to that asshole is a fuckin' asshole."
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I'll second The Abyss.

Pollock was pretty good too, if I remember correctly the dinner table scene was notable.
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Yeah, as much as I hate Bay and his films, Harris' role in The Rock was pretty badass. He was good in History of Violence and Appaloosa too...
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Publicity helps the overhead by bringing in more crowds, more suckerheaded American driftwood that can't tell the difference between me and Jim Jones, or Charles Manson, or the Great Wallenda. That kid... that kid thinks I'm Evel Knievel!
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I still eat TV dinners as fast as possible because that's what Ed did in Milk Money.
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He was great in Alex Cox's Walker (1987) "Making the world safe for God, science and hygiene"
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Let's not make it worse by guessin.
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He was great in Alex Cox's Walker (1987) "Making the world safe for God, science and hygiene"
GREAT movie.

And how can this Ed Harris thread go ten posts without his foul-mouthed greatest hits from the Criterion version of The Rock?
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Originally Posted by Zen Peckinpah View Post
And how can this Ed Harris thread go ten posts without his foul-mouthed greatest hits from the Criterion version of The Rock?
It was mentioned in the very first reply.



I can't imagine better casting for The Right Stuff. Ed Harris was a spitting image of a young John Glenn.
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Originally Posted by Doughboy View Post
His best moments are the resuscitation scene("FIGHT!!! FIGHT!!!") in The Abyss and the blooper reel from The Rock.
uhm...right here, bro...already mentioned..
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no one mentions jacknife?
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no one mentions jacknife?
Or Under Fire.
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Or The Truman Show?????

Seriously, the film may have been overrated at the time, but Harris was friggin' BRILLIANT! I watched it again last month and his performance as evilly Machiavellian and lovingly parental at the same time was a thing of wonder. Love that guy.
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It's $15,000 the minute he takes his last breath.
You bring me his motherfuckin' rat head it's $30,000.
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Ed Harris is one of those underrated actors you could always count on. History of Violence was the role that really made me witness greatness at work. Glengarry Glen Ross Apollo 13, The Rock, Truman Show.

I'll be checking out Appaloosa tomorrow.
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Publicity helps the overhead by bringing in more crowds, more suckerheaded American driftwood that can't tell the difference between me and Jim Jones, or Charles Manson, or the Great Wallenda. That kid... that kid thinks I'm Evel Knievel!
One of my all time favorite movies.
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Ed Harris was one of those actors that i never really cared for...but the more i have seen him the more i have come to appreciate his talent. He has been in some movies that whilst not loved by most, i find to be really pretty good movies. Needful Things and the Abyss to name but two. I recently re-watched The Right Stuff and he is excellent in it as John Glen. He was awesome in Glengary Glenross (but then so were all the cast), and he was great in A Beautiful Mind (and boy do i hate Ron Howard movies). For me though i still get a big chuckle every time i see his crazy dance in Creepshow.
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I still remember that scene of the Border Patrol agent opening the back of that truck to look for illegals, and a very young Ed Harris waiting behind door #2 with a sawed-off double barrel to the chest. This was in the old Charles Bronson film, a good one by comparison to many of his, 'Borderline'.

His role as that German sniper in 'Enemy At The Gates' made that movie for me. That was a real guy he played too. That actual German sniper was some piece of work.

His small role in the TV movie of 'The Stand' lent so much credibility to it. Quoting some of my favorite Yeats stuff in the progress of his part.

Did Ed Harris play Orrin Porter Rockwell in a film? Where am I remembering that from?
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His role as that German sniper in 'Enemy At The Gates' made that movie for me. That was a real guy he played too. That actual German sniper was some piece of work.
not so much...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwin_K%C3%B6nig
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First scene I thought of too. Excellent movie.

He was good in Gone Baby Gone also.
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I was lucky enough to meet Ed Harris last month at a screening of Appaloosa. He was super nice and was pretty amazed when I had him sign my Japanese Creepshow poster. He's one of those 100% solid, dependable actors that you can always trust to deliver a great performance. Not a whole lot of guys can give you that kind of assurance these days.
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