While it may seem after 100 plus years of film making that we have a plethora of stars nothing could be farther from the truth. A true cinema star is far and few between. The Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe cannot be found today. With the recent loss of Elizabeth Taylor an era of real movie stars has faded. Many fine actors turn out terrific films today but that ideal of true move star quality is now a rare bird.
Perhaps a few can qualify. Denzel Washington is a good example. With a body of work both eclectic and elegant Denzel Washington carries a quiet actor quality of old Hollywood stardom. His roles are set in a range of box office grandiose, like “American Gangster” and character driven like “Pelham 123.”
Scarlett Johansson is an actress with the possibility of becoming an iconic movie star. From the start a noticeable beauty she has grown into acting feats such as “A Love Song for Bobby Long”, “Lost in Translation and “Ghost World.”
A blending of film presence, acting ability and off beat beauty isn’t enough if the drive and purpose aren’t present on screen and off.