It’s Oscar night. And while the world is getting ready to celebrate the acting prowess of Daniel Day-Lewis and Robert DeNiro, I would like to take a moment to recognize one of the most under appreciated actors out there: John Goodman.


Sure John Goodman doesn’t have the widest range. But in his sweet spot as the affable, potentially unstable, and usually fairly loud friend, he is always at his best. Just look at Raising Arizona, Sea of Love, and most recently Flight as great examples of his work.


Without a doubt though, his most memorable charter continues to be that of Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski: “I don’t roll on Shabbos!” – classic!


Goodman doesn’t just always play the supporting role though as evidenced by The Babe, King Ralph and The Flintstones. Okay – those might not be the best examples. But he is an Emmy Award winner for his 9-year run on Roseanne and is memorialized for a new generation as Sulley in Monsters Inc.


And in the last two years, he has appeared in 3 movies nominated for best picture: The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Argo. Not bad for an actor that is now over 70 years old. I feel like it was just yesterday I could hear him belting out “NERDS!!!!!” or seeing him turn drag as Linda Tripp.


But those days are way behind and Goodman continues to deliver again and again. Look out for John Goodman this year as he reprises his role as Sulley in the Monsters Inc. sequel and in the new George Clooeny movie The Monument Men which co-stars Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray.


2 Responses to Movieraiders Salutes John Goodman

  1. John says:

    Lutz, great post – and great call for recognizing Goodman. Lebowski was his greatest moment, and my favorite scene was when he squared off with John Turturro (another Coen brothers favorite). I think Turturro stole that scene though. Arachnophobia was not mentioned – which of course was a typical Goodman offering as Delbert McClintock the exterminator, but I think he was the best part about that movie. I first came to admire Goodman in his role as the troubled Offensive Tackle friend of “the Grey Ghost” in Everyone’s All American and for his role as the detective in “The Big Easy” – which brings me to another point. Goodman has been teamed up with a lot of actors. I just gave two Dennis Quaid examples, but of course he worked with Denzel in both Flight and in Fallen. He was with Turturro in the Coen movies. He was with Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona and in Always, James Cromwell in the Babe and Nerds, I could keep going. One last note on Goodman – I would say that 1/3 of his roles are as cops. He makes a very good cop. Goodman is awesome…he has only gotten better with age.

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