Thursday, 24 June 2010

Best Supporting Actor 1976: Burt Young in Rocky

Burt Young received his only Oscar nomination for playing Pauly in Rocky.

Pauly is Adrien's loud, and obnoxious brother. Young is cast in his usual type as the low working class guy. He is given more to do than in many of his roles though, but still not that much. He mostly goes around the film acting like a jerk to either Adrien or Rocky, although he does this well enough it really is nothing very special.

He goes around the film just yelling at people and make jerky remarks, and Young does this with the right amount of jerkiness but then again it is pretty easy to act like just some jerk. He does have one moment where he does something else, and that is where Adrien yells at him back finally. Young does do a fine job of showing the actual pathetic nature of the bully but still it really is not anything special. His character really lacks a lot of development, and Young actually does not really do anything wrong in the role. It is just a role that requires very little of him. It is just an actor doing his usual type, there is nothing special about it, it is not bad, but not anything that really required any awarding.

4 comments:

Sage Slowdive said...

hahaha, love the Walter Brennens.

And I agree...

joe burns said...

I liked him a little more then you, but he wasn't great at all.

Fritz said...

I hated his performance but the reason may be that I simply hated the character.

Louis Morgan said...

Sage: Who else can represent supporting actors better than Walter Brennan:)

Joe: Well we agree that he was not great.

Fritz: Well his character certainly is unlikable.