William Hurt he was always a very peculiar actor, sometimes he had a calm demeanor, sometimes he was eccentric, but always curious and passionate about his profession. A true movie star who always delivered memorable roles for how he managed to build them, in a very personal and different way from the others, and no matter how big they were.
Hurt, who died this Sunday (13) at age 71, was one of those artists who seemed very cultured and at the same time empathetic, whether he played noble figures, saints or manipulative villains. The actor was known to have contempt for the Hollywood film industry, but he never showed contempt for his audience. So much so that he starred in popular superhero movies like General Ross in Marvel features like ‘The incredible Hulk’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ e ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.
His heyday was during the 1980s, when he played several roles that ranged from a scientist exploring the limits of consciousness, ‘hallucinating trips‘ (1980), to a grieving writer (‘the accidental tourist‘), in short, he never stopped working. He once said he was proud to find satisfaction in theater roles for $250 a week, and recently turned an appearance into an episode of the series ‘Mythic Quest‘ a moving insight into brotherhood and the bonds that unite us.
On the day of his departure, we decided to honor this great and unique actor who has given us unforgettable roles that deserve to be remembered and rediscovered. Seeing at least some of these films, you will understand why William Hurt always being so prestigious, even with his strong personality and being openly against the industry.
10 – Behind the scenes (1987)
Master James L. Brooks presents a clever satire of American television journalism. Three ambitious journalism professionals, played by William Hurt, Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter, are on the loose in the press room of a TV network where their lives become hopelessly intertwined. ‘Broadcast News’ (in the original) was nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress.
09 – hallucinating trips (1980)
In the plot, respected scientist and psychology professor Edward Jessup (William Hurt) decide to combine his experiences in sensory deprivation tanks with powerful hallucinogenic drugs, convinced that this can help unlock different states of consciousness. The experiments are successful at first, but as Jessup continues his work he begins to experience altered mental as well as physical states. William Hurt was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
08 – smoke screen (1995)
In the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York, Auggie Wren (Harvey Keitel) has been running a tobacconist for over ten years and has a peculiar habit: photographing his store from the outside every day. Although apparently the same, the photos depict details of each day. In his routine, Auggie meets Paul Benjamin (William Hurt), a disastrous novelist who has never published anything since his wife’s death, and Rashid Cole (Harold Perrineau Jr.), a young liar who is looking for his father. From the drama of the three, Auggie discovers that his daughter is addicted and is pregnant – they will have their lives intertwined and changed forever.
07 – The Children of Silence (1986)
James Leeds (William Hurt) is an idealistic sign language teacher who likes to use unconventional methods. At the school where he has just been hired, he meets Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin), a withdrawn and withdrawn woman who remains in school even after graduating. Realizing the young woman’s fear of the world, he tries to get closer and help her, and what was a professional challenge soon turns into a crazy passion.
She won an Oscar for Best Actress with Marlee Matlin, and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (William Hurt) and Best Supporting Actress (Piper Laurie).
06 – Mystery in Gorky Park (1983)
Directed by Michael Apted, we see in the story a Moscow police investigator (Hurt) needs to solve a triple murder that happened in Gorky Park. He suspects that no one really wants the case to be solved, and he begins to realize that it is some sort of conspiracy involving Moscow’s high society and its rulers. It was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
05 – City of shadows (1998)
In a city where it is always night, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes up alone in a hotel, to discover that he has lost his memory and the main suspect of being the author of brutal and bizarre murders. He is then relentlessly pursued by an inspector (William Hurt), while at the same time he has the help of Dr. Pehreber (Kiefer Sutherland) to understand what is happening. Won the Bram Stoker Award and Saturn Award.
04 – the accidental tourist (1988)
Macon Leary (William Hurt) is a methodical travel guide writer who is abandoned by his wife Sarah (Kathleen Turner) after the death of their only child. The tragic and dull life of the writer, who neither likes to travel nor to live, takes on a new light when he meets Muriel (Geena Davis), a young and extroverted divorcee.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 81% based on 32 reviews with the consensus that “Generous with its character’s weaknesses and strengths, the film is a thoughtful drama invested in a look at the complications of relationships.” .
03 – The reunion (1983)
The film shows the reunion of seven colleagues from the University of Michigan, ten years after graduation, due to the suicide of a mutual friend. From that meeting, they start a complex balance of their lives and many secrets and lies will be revealed. It received three nominations, in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close) and Best Original Screenplay.
02 – Burning Bodies (1981)
In a small Florida town, during a hot summer, Ned Racine (William Hurt), a talentless lawyer, becomes involved with Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), a beautiful and sensual married socialite, who is gifted with several physical attributes but devoid of any scruples. Ned is gripped by an overwhelming passion and Matty convinces him to murder her husband Edmund (Richard Crenna). So Ned finds himself inside an intricate plot full of threats and uncertainties, where the two plan to kill her husband to keep his fortune.
The film was also the directorial debut of Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the screenplays for Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back. George Lucas was one of the producers, but declined screen credit, as he believed the racy content of the plot would seriously reflect on his family reputation.
01 – Spider-Woman’s Kiss (1985)
In a prison in South America, two prisoners share the same cell. One is a homosexual and is in prison for immoral behavior and the other is a political prisoner. The first, to escape the sad reality that surrounds him, invents films full of mystery and romance, but the other tries to remain as politicized as possible in relation to the moment he lives. But this coexistence makes the two men understand and respect each other.
The film premiered at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, where Willian Hurt won the award for Best Male Performance and Babenco was nominated for the Palme d’Or, being later released in the United States on July 26, 1985 and in Brazil on April 13, 1985. next year. ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ received critical acclaim; with Hurt winning the Oscars and BAFTAs for Best Actor, in addition to being nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, losing to Between Two Loves.