The Flying Maciste Brothers want to extend their heartfelt -- um -- hearty -- um -- hardy congratulations to their favorite living actor, Jeff Bridges --
-- for his win of the Best Actor Oscar this past Sunday night at the 82nd Academy Awards!!!
Jeff is someone whose 40-year on screen value has been consistently under-appreciated by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Forget your memory and just scroll down his entry on the IMDB for a list of dozens of exemplary, three-dimensional, very human performances he's left us on the Big Screen! From his first Oscar nomination at the age of 21 for THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) --
--to an unrecognizable turn as the villain with the chrome dome in IRON MAN (2008).
Everything else in-between and after has been equally extraordinary.
Finally, he wins big at the age of 60 for CRAZY HEART (2009).
Not to be confused with AMERICAN HEART (1992)...which he also starred in...
-- or Howard Zieff's magnificent (and forgotten) 1930's Hollywood comedy, HEARTS OF THE WEST (1975)...which he also starred in...
In fact, we Macistes would like to pay tribute to Jeff with a very pertinent (to any Destructible Man-iac) clip from that film:
So thank you for 40 years of sublime artistry, Mr. Bridges!
You'll forever be projected in our hearts and never mistaken for a dummy!
©Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr