The First Time Ever Self Saw Your Face

Self was too young to see “The Graduate” when it first showed in movie theatres. By the time she actually got to see the movie, Dustin Hoffman had been famous for a couple of years. He was not a revelation to her.

But there were some actors who self was lucky enough to catch at the very beginning, and here’s a list:

Willem Dafoe, “Platoon”
Gene Hackman, “The French Connection”
Al Pacino, “The Godfather”
Keanu Reeves, “River’s Edge”
Charlie Sheen, “Platoon”
Meryl Streep, “The Deer Hunter”
Christopher Walken, “The Deer Hunter”

And here are a couple of actors who left self cold on the first couple of sightings, and the vehicles where said actors revealed something that endeared them to self’s heart forevermore:

Jason Bateman, “The Kingdom”
Adrian Brody, “King Kong”
Nicolas Cage, “Moonstruck”
Robert Downey, Jr., “Ironman”
Jennifer Garner, “The Kingdom”
Ethan Hawke, “Gattaca”
Scarlett Johansson, “The Other Boleyn Girl”
Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart”
Andie McDowell, “Sex, Lies and Videotape”
Edward Norton, “The Illusionist”
Gwyneth Paltrow, “Ironman”
James Spader, “Sex, Lies and Videotape”
Tom Wilkinson, “In the Bedroom”

And, while we’re at it, here are the writers (and the specific books) that turned self into a lifelong fan of said authors:

Nicholson Baker, A Box of Matches
Madison Smartt Bell, Master of the Crossroads
Nina Berberova, The Book of Happiness
T. Coraghessan Boyle, Drop City
Michelle De Kretser, The Rose Grower
Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’ Diary
David Guterson, Our Lady of the Forest
Brian Hall, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company: A Novel of Lewis and Clark
Tony Horwitz, Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Yasmina Khadra, The Swallows of Kabul
Henning Mankel, Faceless Killers
James McBride, Miracle at St. Anna
David McCullough, John Adams
Kyoko Mori, A Dream of Water
Brian Ascalon Roley, American Son
W. G. Sebald, The Emigrants
Jeffrey Steingarten, It Must Have Been Something I Ate (The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything)
Paul Theroux, Fresh Air Fiend
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, The Girl From the Coast
Claire Tomalin, Samuel Pepys: The Unequaled Self
Barry Unsworth, The Songs of the Kings
Sarah Waters, Fingersmith
Donald E. Westlake, Money for Nothing
Mo Yan, Red Sorghum

AND, and, while we’re still at it:

The best movie self has seen so far this year: “Into the Wild” (from Netflix)
The best novel self has read so far this year: Lorraine Adams, Harbor

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