The problem is that the list is so good to begin with. Who could we possibly take off? E very single one of these actors are top notch and to take any one off is an insult to them.
One thing is for certain, if I choose a man, I won't be taking a woman off, because the list has one more man than women, so if I choose another man, a man will have to go.
Right off the bat, two actors I thought of that were missing from the list. There are new actors that are quite good, (Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence) but I don't think they have proven themselves to be quite at this caliber yet. The two that occurred to me immediately were Juliete Binoche and Sean Penn. But when there was an email "Greatest Living Actresses" I chose Binoche-- should I repeat myself? And if I chose Penn, who would I replace him with?
The two that I could consider taking off are Tilda Swinton and Robert Duvall. Not that they are not both absolutely great, among my favorites. But Swinton doesn't have many of my favorite performances. Duvall... well, he has one of my favorite performances of all time, 1997's The Apostle. And, of course, he is a classic actor, I prefer watching him over DeNiro or Pacino. But in the category of "What have you done for me lately" he slips some.
I will choose Sean Penn. Not because he is better than Binoche, but because I don't like to repeat myself. Penn has been consistant in his work since the 80's, choosing a variety of roles. Lately he gave an amazing performance as Harvey Milk. So he goes in. And, as much as I hate to do it, Duvall goes out.
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