Leave it to those folks at The Guardian to put a smile on my face at the end of a very long day. (Don't even get me started on how long it took to find Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright for our interview this afternoon. Long story short -- we wound up chatting in front of -- I kid you not -- at least 100 different guns. But more on that when it comes time to unload our delicious interview ... ) Back to The Guardian, and an article written by the always-enjoyable David Patterson. In it, he spits out a devilish rant calling for the three strike rule to apply to Oscar-winning actors (and actresses) who, after winning their golden statue, go on to star in back-to-back-to-back stinkers.
The two ladies immediately called out for their role choices are Halle Berry and Hilary Swank. After somehow finding a way to win the best actress Oscar for Monster's Ball, Berry went on to star in Gothika, Catwoman and the upcoming Perfect Stranger (which, apparently, is being referred to as "Color of Night-bad"). As Patterson puts it, "Sounds like she's had her three endings already, and just because she has a feline role in her recent past doesn't mean we have to give her the full nine lives." And then there's Swank; with two recent Oscar wins under her belt, you'd think she'd be itching for some quality material. However, Patterson (who must have been injecting snark straight into his ass as he wrote this) points out that films like The Core, The Black Dahlia, The Reaping, The Space Between and Insomnia weren't exactly considered top notch entertainment.
So, what do you do about this? Patterson feels the Academy should take back the awards of those who follow up their Oscar win with three duds. Three strikes and you're out, right? In fact, they could dedicate an entire ceremony to it, and have Patterson host. "I can just see the Academy Awards' head honcho or The Man from Price-Waterhouse snapping Sylvester Stallone's best screenplay Oscar in front of him, and really enjoying the sight of a tiny man crying in shame. I'd pay good money to see that - who wouldn't?" I'd rather pay good money to see these folks in a, well, good film -- but hey, I guess beggars can't be choosers.