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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation Part 3


Votes Actor
29 Bill Murray
29 Sean Penn
Mystic River (18), 21 Grams (1), Both (7), Unspecified (3)
12 Paul Giamatti
10 Ben Kingsley
8 Jack Black
8 Russell Crowe
7 Johnny Depp
2 Javier Bardem
2 Bruce Campbell
2 Nicolas Cage
2 Tom Cruise
2 Tommy Lee Jones
2 Bill Nighy
2 Nick Nolte
2 Kurt Russell
2 Peter Sarsgaard
2 Billy Bob Thornton
Kevin Bacon
Paul Bettany
Hayden Christiansen
George Clooney
Peter Dinklage
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Colin Farrell
Ralph Fiennes
Leandro Firmino
Remy Girard
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Olivier Gourmet
Johnny Hallyday
Ed Harris
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Jude Law
Choi Min-Sik
Mickey Roarke
Tim Robbins
Jean Rocheforte
Mark Ruffalo
Campbell Scott
Ken Watanabe


Votes Actress
14 Naomi Watts
12 Cate Blanchett
The Missing (10), Unspecified (2)
11 Scarlett Johannson
9 Diane Keaton
6 Hope Davis
6 Charlotte Rampling
6 Samantha Morton
6 Jennifer Connelly
4 Patricia Clarkson
Pieces of April (2), Station Agent (1), Unspecified (1)
4 Jamie Lee Curtis
4 Ellen DeGeneres
4 Keisha Castle Hughes
4 Charlize Theron
3 Sarah Bolger
3 Nicole Kidman
Human Stain (1), Unspecified (2)
3 Frances McDormand
3 Evan Rachel Wood
2 Oksana Akinshina
2 Marcia Gay Harden
2 Holly Hunter
2 Laura Linney
2 Parminder K. Nagr
2 Meg Ryan
Monica Bellucci
Angela Bettis
Bolger Sisters
Agnes Bruckner
Neve Campbell
Zooey Deschanel
Deborah Harry
Shirley Henderson
Melissa Leo
Valérie Lemercier
Lindsay Lohan
Alison Lohman
Helen Mirren
Connie Nielsen
Nora Jane Noone
Gwyneth Paltrow
Sarah Polley
Nikki Reed
Ludivine Sagnier
Uma Thurman
Eileen Walsh
Renee Zellweger
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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon