Tuesday, 11 January 2011
The Culturine award for best actor goes to… Stephen Dorff, for Somewhere (2010) purely for the look on his face whilst his character watches his daughter ice-skate. I am sure other actors have stretched themselves further mentally and physically but Dorff’s face alone tells a thousand stories and pulls at heartstrings that exist exclusively in fathers of little girls. In one of my favourite scenes, with his face covered entirely in plaster, he still manages to generate a significant amount of empathy.
Dorff showed promise early on in his career with his roles in The Power of One (1992), Backbeat (1994) and a brave performance as Factory transsexual Candy Darling in I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). However, his career nosedived into straight-to-video-hell, (with the exception of John Waters’ Cecil B. Demented (2000)) and a bunch of forgettable action roles pushed Dorff to the bottom of the pile where his talent was completely forgotten about and his name on the DVD cover meant that the film should be avoided at all costs.
No longer a leading man, Dorff took on small roles in big movies such as World Trade Centre (2006) and Public Enemies (2009) and was able to demonstrate his range once again. Thankfully Sophia Coppola took notice and the actor that seemingly appeared to be fading away is now hopefully going Somewhere for real.