Mail: Harrison Ford
Readers respond to "Jerry Maguire," "Hamlet," and the Spice Girls
Your covers never fail to please me, but this time you’ve outdone yourselves (#367/368, Feb. 21/ 28). Harrison Ford is the sexiest man alive today, as well as 20 years ago.
COURTNEY T. BELLOT
I loved your Feb. 21/28 cover, a real Ford fan’s feast! But I didn’t love your closing comment on The Devil’s Own: ”Bradmania won’t hurt.” What about Fordmania? I think Mr. Ford’s track record speaks for itself. I, for one, am going to see the movie because of Ford, not Brad Pitt.
Your writer A.J. Jacobs says that the strangest Oscar nomination is Kenneth Branagh’s for Hamlet, since the script hasn’t changed from Shakespeare’s play. Does he have any idea what kind of work goes into making a good movie from a stage play? Hamlet is a phenomenal play, and Branagh’s adaptation is probably the most honest of all the film adaptations I have seen.
It seems as though the Academy nominated all the independent films this year in order to apologize for nominating a pig last year.
North Brunswick, N.J.
GOOD FOR GOODING
Three cheers for ICM, the agency that got Cuba Gooding Jr. the reading for Jerry Maguire. After years of struggling that most any Hollywood hopeful endures, he has finally gotten the recognition he deserves. With his undeniable good looks and talent, this actor should go far. My advice to movie producers is to show everyone more of Cuba.
SPICE OF LIFE
As a Spice Girls fan, I can say that Mike Flaherty got it right. While many Americans see the group as a British En Vogue, he correctly pointed out their true lineage — a female New Kids on the Block. He even got all of the nicknames right. These things are important! As for my favorite Spice? Emma ”Baby Spice,” of course.
Flaherty writes that the Spice Girls ”comprise a postfeminist palette of archetypes.” He then refers to their ”much-trumpeted message of ‘girl power,’ a mantra of female solidarity and strength.” Sounds like feminism to me.
Bravo for your article on TV redheads. My only complaint is the comment that Temporarily Yours ”seems to offer nothing but redheads.” If all these actors are right for the part, hair color shouldn’t matter. Redheads seldom have leading roles. It’s about time we got some respect.