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Crush

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:20 pm · March 20th, 2009

Hope DavisAlright, I’ve got to confess an undying love here and now, a lingering sort of obsessive interest, both cerebral and, of course, physical, in an actress that can do no wrong.  Ever.  I’m talking to you, Hope Davis.

There, I said it.  Sure, you’re 45 (as of Monday, so Happy Birthday) and I’m 27, plus, you’re married with children.  So running off with some silly blogger is probably not your cup of tea.  I get it.  But now you know.  Just consider it.

In all seriousness, though, I thought Davis and her trademark comedic timing pitch-perfect in the New York production of “God of Carnage,” which I saw earlier this evening after missing the Ralph Fiennes-starring London leg last summer.  Marcia Gay Harden was equally entertaining and James Gandolfini really sold the money lines in an intriguing performance.  Jeff Daniels was perhaps a tad histrionic, but I couldn’t take my eyes off Davis.  And even though I’ve always been something of a fan of her decidedly accomplished work, it didn’t quite hit me until tonight’s show just how much of an under-appreciated talent she continues to be.

And to circle it back, am I alone in thinking she’s a total fox?  Maybe it’s just a crush.




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  • 1 3-20-2009 at 11:29 pm

    The InSneider said...

    I’m not a die-hard but there IS something very sexy about her — I think it’s because she radiates intelligence, intelligence is power, and power is sexy. What do you think?

  • 2 3-21-2009 at 12:38 am

    John K said...

    There was a period of time in the late 90′s – i.e. after I first saw “Next Stop Wonderland” (dear lord, she was sexy in that movie) – when I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you. Not that she isn’t still attractive now, but I will admit that I have moved on since then.

    That being said, I remember a previous post about the best actors/actresses currently working who have yet to get an Oscar nomination. She’s certainly in the top ten.

  • 3 3-21-2009 at 12:48 am

    Neel Mehta said...

    While maybe deserving of awards attention, I kind of like the fact that she remains relatively anonymous, basking in the adoration of the select few. (She does have a Golden Globe nom.)

    Even when she’s serious, she’s just so much fun. Her very presence in a movie, no matter how small the role, is going to bring something to the table.

    May I suggest a double feature of MUMFORD and CHARLIE BARTLETT? Similar themes, and she’s in both.

  • 4 3-21-2009 at 1:11 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Did your date ditch you Kris?

  • 5 3-21-2009 at 1:34 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    No, I totally get where you’re coming from on this, Kris. As Jeff said above, the aura of intelligence is a major factor, but there’s a kind of eccentricity there that’s very appealing.

    It’s gotta be Catherine Keener for me, though.

  • 6 3-21-2009 at 8:51 am

    The Other Ryan said...

    I’m in love with her, too. Ever since American Splendor. Glad to see I’m not the only one who appreciates her.

  • 7 3-21-2009 at 1:33 pm

    Rob Scheer said...

    So glad you caught “God of Carnage” while in town! My apartment’s about 200 feet from the theater, and it almost feels like a tease that it’s so close, yet I CAN’T just go see it every night.

    Totally agree with you about Davis in it though — I never knew her and Marcia Gay Harden could be so fucking funny.

  • 8 3-21-2009 at 2:25 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Catherine Keener! Right on Guy!

  • 9 3-21-2009 at 6:23 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Jesus, Rob, you must be rolling in it.

  • 10 3-22-2009 at 3:25 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Harvey Pekar’s wife from American Splendor? Don’t really see the appeal, but different strokes, I guess…

  • 11 3-22-2009 at 4:02 pm

    Walter said...

    Mmm…yeah, I’ll go with you on this one. Strangely enough, it was Infamous that made me take notice. She’s not my Number One Lady (that’s Drew Barrymore), but I wouldn’t say no.

  • 12 10-03-2011 at 6:36 am

    JF said...

    yep, ‘Next Stop Wonderland’ sold me on her and i’ve been on that (pardon the pun) train of thought ever since.