A preview for a new flick, a dull looking thriller called Righteous Kill is on line. It's only of note because it stars the once significant thespians Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. It looks like a retread of a million other cop movies, with a little Heat vibe. Of all the projects they could do together, why this? Maybe they were itching g to work with the director of Fried Green Tomatoes (Jon Avnet).
While watching those two in the trailer, as they stalk around in their leather jackets, in deep thought looking for clues, I got to thinkin'. How many times have I seen them play cops? Or criminals?
As I looked into it I found that they also had a couple other “types” that they specialize in.
* Many of the roles could fall in to two categories but didn’t do any crossovers.
Serpico * Cruising * Sea of Love * The Recruit (CIA or something) * Heat * Insomnia * Righteous Kill
The Panic in Needle Park * The Godfather * The Godfather Part II * Dog Day Afternoon * Scarface * The Local Stigmatic * Dick Tracy * The Godfather: Part III * Gigli * Carlito's Way * Donnie Brasco * The Devil's Advocate (Satan) * Angels in America (TV) (I’d call Roy Cohn a criminal) * Rififi (in the works)
Author! Author! * Chinese Coffee * People I Know
Born To Win * Mad Dog and Glory * Midnight Run (retired) * Cop Land * Backdraft (arson investigator) * Showtime * City By The Sea * Flawless (security guard) * The Good Shepherd (Fed) * Meet the Parents / Meet the Fockers (retired) * 15 Minutes * Righteous Kill (2008)
Mean Streets * The Godfather Part 2 * Taxi Driver * Raging Bull * The King of Comedy * Once Upon a Time in America * Brazil * The Untouchables * Angel Heart (well, Lucifer) * Goodfellas * Cape Fear * Casino * Heat * The Fan * The Score * Jackie Brown * Ronin * Great Expectations * Analyze That/Analyze This * The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle * Frankie Machine (in the works)
The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (impersonates) * True Confessions * The Mission (priestly) * We’re No Angels (impersonates) * The Bridge Of San Luis Rey * Sleepers
Greetings * Sam’s Song * Hi Mom * The Last Tycoon * Mistress * Guilty by Suspicion * What Just Happened? (2008)
Bang The Drum Slowly * Bloody Moma * New York, New York * Awakenings * Stanley & Iris * Frankenstein
Marvin’s Room * Hide And Seek * The Godsend