I started watching Prison Break this season on a whim, and William Fichtner is blowing me away with his portrayal of Alex Mahone. Somehow he is able to be both intimidating and dangerous and brittle and emotionally vulnerable all at the same time, often during a single line reading. Mesmerizing stuff. Even when he’s not speaking but just standing as part of a group, he thrums with energy and makes me want to pull the camera around so we can see what he’s doing. If I knew nothing about the show, I’d wonder why the writers are laboring over those two wooden bald brothers when this is the interesting guy right here.
Now I want to watch Fichtner’s other performances, but looking over his filmography, I see a number of movies that make me think you’d have to pay me for my time spent (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon), so I’m wondering…any Fichtner fans want to make any recommendations? If he’s really good in the two aforementioned movies, I’ll watch them – I know from Prison Break he can easily rise above the material – but I don’t want to just go in blind, you know?
I’ve already seen Black Hawk Down (and really liked it and remember his performance well) and Crash (and don’t remember him in it at all).
Is Invasion worth renting?