Owen Wilson…best actor?

I’ve only seen a few of his movies so far (Rushmore, Wedding Crasher, Zoolander), but I’m really turning into a fan of this guy. They interviewed him in playboy this month and I think his best line was when he compared picking up women at weddings to fishing with dynamite (unfortunately for my single, female friends he wasn’t a guest at our wedding!) From a female’s point of view, he’s a pretty smart guy with lots of great points for the single men out there. Anyone else like him, or catch this interview?


Owen Wilson…Best actor? Um, I think you have him confused with someone else. I mean if you like him then that’s your thing, but he annoys the hell out of me and I refuse to accept that he’s anything more than a guy who makes a living playing dumb.

I’m a fan. He was great in Shanghai Noon.

He’s pretty good in most of the big comedic roles he’s been getting, but he absolutely shines in Wes Anderson’s films (in which he’s also frequently credited as a co-writer).

I like his brother Luke better.

To me, Owen seems like a guy who belongs in a remake of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

He was great in a little seen movie called Bottle Rocket. I also liked him in this other movie called Minus Man in which he plays a serial killer.

I find him really obnoxious, mainly because he seems to play the same obnoxious character in every movie I’ve seen him in (namely, Zoolander and The Royal Tenenbaums; I don’t remember him in Rushmore). I actually just saw about half of I Spy and didn’t find him that different in that film either).

My vote is a semi-cute one trick pony.

I’ve never seen him in anything other than a comedic role, but I really enjoy him. I think he does an excellent job, and his nose turns his face into something strangely attractive (I’m not sure I would find him attractive at all without the nose, actually)

I think he’s a pretty one-note actor, but it’s an amenable sort of note, and I generally enjoy his roles. I think he did manage to stretch a bit in The Life Aquatic, so maybe he’s learning more chops.

I thought he was amazing in Bottle Rocket, but a large part of his charm in that is that it was the first time I had seen him, so his quirkiness had yet to become commonplace.

As far as best actor (currently relevant), that goes to Sean Penn followed by Benicio Del Toro. Ed Norton and Kevin Spacey are up there as well, but every role they have seems kind of similar to me these days. (And I don’t plan on seeing Spacey’s biopic of Bobby Darin as it just doesn’t appeal, so the trend will probably continue.)

That pretty much sums up how I feel about him.

He plays himself rather well.

He’s definitely a one-note actor…but it’s so low-key that it seems to work. I think, considering the quality of the writing of the movies on which he’s co-written, his talents lie more in the field of writing and conceptualization. Either way, I’ve enjoyed his work thus far.

This reminds me of a post several months ago where someone posited that Jack White was the greatest guitar player. Ever.

I find Owen Wilson extremely annoying, and his voice grates on my nerves. I avoid movies he’s in, both because he’s in them and because that’s not the brand of comedy I like.

His best role was as a talking motorcycle opposite Jack Black.

I like him. He looks like he’d be a fun guy to hang around.

In my house, when el hubbo says, “Your boyfriend’s on TV,” he’s referring to Owen Wilson, Michael Ian Black and some other dude I can’t think of at the moment.

I would never, ever call him a good actor, though. He almost always plays the same role. I hated his accent in The Life Aquatic. Either way, I want to do naughty, naughty things to him and have him reciprocate.

For what it’s worth, I have been compared to Michael Ian Black, personality-wise. :slight_smile:

Yeah, like I read Playboy for the interviews… :rolleyes:


I’m not so sure about “BEST ACTOR”, it’s pretty hard to be a comedian and be taken seriously.

However I have a huge crush on Owen Wilson and think he is tremendously funny. My husband got to pick the movie one night (revenge for having had to watch “An Ideal Husband”) and he picked Shanghai Nights (or knights, whatever, the one where they go to England). I thought that he took a pretty insipid movie and made it really funny (“What in our history together makes you possibly think I could ever do that?”).

I don’t quite know what it is about him. I think I like his deadpan, laid-back delivery of lines. Some people have referred to him as just “playing himself”, and since I obviously don’t know the man, that could be true. However, I have long been of the opinion that it’s a lot harder to be a great comedian than a great dramatic actor. Comedians don’t get much respect… we laugh at them and dismiss them. Dramatic actors are put on Inside the Actors Studio to talk about their “craft”.

However I think that comedic actors (and stand-ups, for that matter), have just as hard or harder of a job to do, they always have to be on or ready with a joke or “act funny”, and if they have an off day and the movie isn’t funny, it’s a big problem, where as in drama you get all sorts of scenery-chewing actors who are then labeled GREAT (Sean Penn springs to mind… I have like him in precisely one movie (Mystic River), and loathed him in all the others because he takes himself so SERIOUSLY - I don’t feel like I’m watching the character, I feel like I’m watching Sean Penn being a GREAT ACTOR and I can’t get caught up in the movie. Kind of like Jon Lovitz’s character on SNL where he would strut around in a velvet robe and shout “ACTING! GENIUS!” Maybe he needs better directors, like Clint.) Wow, that was a long sentence. Sorry. I tend to go off on tangents.

In any case, I think the whole “best actor” thing is bogus, there are too many different types of acting and why does there have to be one best one? Perhaps instead of calling the award “Best Actor” at the Oscars and the other shows, it should be “And the winner for Best Performance by an Actor is…”

Owen Wilson. Funny. Interesting looking nose. Love the laid-back, nothing really bugs me thing that he does. Oddly the only movie I didn’t like him in was Bottle Rocket. I am bothered by this because I feel that I should have liked that movie; I loved Rushmore, Tenenbaums, haven’t seen Life Aquatic yet; having 1.5 year old triplets is limiting my movie-going lately as I don’t think people would appreciate their presence in the movie theatre.

In any case, my opinion is that Owen Wilson does what he does well. He’s kind of like one of the Rat Packers of old; he has his thing and he does it well; you didn’t see Frank or Dean going out for all these serious roles and trying to become GREAT ACTORS, yet they are now much more famous then many “best actors” of their time.

I would never have seen Starsky and Hutch in the movie theatre, if he wasn’t in it, even though I like Ben Stiller.

Should I rent the Life Aquatic? Is it similar to the previous movies by Wes Anderson, in style?

I like Bill Murray well enough although he is aging in an alarming way, as far as his face goes. But of course, 20-year-old Scarlett Johansson is naturally very attracted to him, right? Cause that’s the way it is, it doesn’t matter how old the men are, or even if they are remotely attractive, the ingenues always go for them (shuddering as I remember Sean Connery touching Catherine Zeta-Jones in Entrapment with his liver-spotted hands). I’m still waiting for the movie that has the 55-year-old woman of average looks who is pursued by the 22-year-old young buck who looks like a model.

Sorry to go off topic. I’ll summarize: Owen Wilson funny. I like. I see his movies. I hope he doesn’t try to go dramatic <cough>Behind Enemy Lines<cough>.


Yes, you should totally rent The Life Aquatic. Now.

I loved it. Initially, I didn’t love it as much as I did The Royal Tenenbaums, but it grew on me.

Seconded. He really showed his chops.