Thanks to an almost non-existent marketing campaign, you may not know that Ed Harris has a new movie coming out this weekend. In fact, the only promotional material we could find was this Facebook page which links to this Facebook page and required some digging to find. We'll pause to let you check out the trailer to Phantom (that's the name of Harris' movie) before jumping back into this poll.
All caught up? Good. Now back to the poll.
If you're asked to name movies that Harris has starred in, chances are a number of box office hits are going to come to mind. It comes with the territory for a four-time Oscar nominated actor whose reputation of transforming himself into his characters has earned him the reputation as one of the most talented actors of his generation.
In this installment of You Choose, we're going to ask you to pick your five favorite Ed Harris movies. It's a lot harder than it sounds, so first, here are our five favorites.
One of the most beloved dramas from the '90s saw Harris co-star with Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton as NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz in a role that earned him his first Oscar nomination. Harris' "Failure is not an option!" line was so liked by the real-life Gene Kranz that he later used it as the title for this 2000 autobiography. To this day director Ron Howard names this movie as the favorite of all the films he has made.
(NOTE: There's one F-bomb in this clip. He's one angry villain.)
Harris turns villain in this classic Michael Bay flick filled with Sean Connery machismo and Nicolas Cage freak outs. The film took home an Oscar for Best Sound (lots of explosions and gunfire) and counts Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin as uncredited screenwriters.
The Truman Show
Aside from marking the beginning of Jim Carrey's foray into more serious films, Harris picked up his second career Oscar nomination playing the television show's creator Christof. To help him develop the character, director Peter Weir gave Harris a 10 page biography which consisted of the character's experience doing a film about the homeless for which he won an award. Talk about near real-life foreshadowing.
This 2001 film features some great acting. Not only did Marcia Gay Harden win a Supporting Actress Oscar but Harris earned his third career Oscar nomination for his portrayal of American painter Jackson Pollock. The film, which Harris also directed, was a very personal one for the actor. Harris' father had bought his son a book about the painter simply because he felt his son bore a strong resemblance and consequently, Ed Harris became fascinated with Pollock's life. He endured exhaustion which briefly hospitalized him and gained 30 pounds for the later scenes in the movie when Pollock is an alcoholic.
(NOTE: Some strong language here, but it's one of the most dramatic moments in the movie)
We assure you, this movie doesn't round out our top five because it involves a submarine (like Phantom). The James Cameron flick is one of Harris' early classics as he joins Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn as part of a civilian diving team that is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and encounter an alien aquatic species in the process. The long and problematic shoot almost killed Harris, literally. During underwater filming, Harris was holding his breath at the bottom of a submerged set. When he ran out of air, he gave the signal for more oxygen but his safety diver got hung up on a cable and couldn't get to him. Another crew member gave Harris a regulator but it was upside down, causing him to suck in water. A camera man came over, ripped off the upside down regulator and gave him the correct one. Later that evening, Harris broke down and cried. The cast began to refer to the shoot as Son of Abyss and Life's Abyss And Then You Dive.
There's so many other good movies that didn't crack this top five, but honorable mentions go out to The Right Stuff, Glengarry Glen Ross, Appalosa , A History of Violence and Gone Baby Gone.
OK, now it's your turn. Pick your five favorite Ed Harris movies from the poll below and share your thoughts on the actor's extensive filmography. Are there any that you would add as honorable mentions?