Not whatsoever commenting on his political views here ::cough::, but the more I revisit the first four years, the more I'm convinced of his genius. Ten years on, what male actor in a drama would you pick out of today's television lineup exercising that level of craftsmanship?
D'Onofrio--obviously--but, much as I hate to say this, Goren--and any of the excellent contemporary actors on the L&O franchise that I enjoy so much--don't give me the same sense of seriousness of purpose that I see in the Ben Stone character, aware as I am that we are talking about *acting.* Perhaps I'm nostalgic for '90s serious and rationalism--who ever would have thought?!
"I didn't take this job to get noticed"--the sadly fictional Detective Alex Eames
I've been getting the chance to watch the first seasons for the first time and I have to say I'm enjoying watching Stone, I'm not sure if I'd be able to sit through the second half of the episode if it weren't for him. He has an integrity and a level of seriousness you'd expect an ADA to have. He's a great character and I'm only upto Season 2! So yippee, because I know I've got more to see.
Wendy Hugs ;D
"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." Marcus, Babylon 5