Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Four Dawson's Creekes Today

Of the original four Dawson's Creek characters (James Van der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson & Michelle Williams) all the actors have had a chance to hit the silver screen at one point or another.

I always thought that Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson would be the two starlets to make the conversion.

Katie Holmes has had some great opportunities for "serious roles" in films namely Go, Wonderboys, Pieces of April, Batman Begins and now Thank You For Smoking. (Holmes was poorly cast for the role of Heather Halloway in Thank You For Smoking, but that's not neccesarily her fault).

But you've got to wonder if in the same way that Tom Cruise's scientology obsession and tabloid garabage is going to keep Holmes from getting good parts? (It's believed that tabloid fodder has hurt Mission: Impossible III's success). If it's hurting Tom it's got hurt Katie too, right?

But obviously Holmes has had her day in the sun...and it'll surely continue. But so far the other Dawson's Creeker who I thought would "make it" hasn't since the show went off the air in 2003.

Joshua Jackson had the most early success with the Might Ducks trilogy...then Cruel Intentions, Apt Pupil, Urban Legend and The Skulls...he seemed perfect for Teen Star success story...but everything else since has been small and unnoticed. (He does have a role in Emilio Estevez's project Bobby I briefly mentioned in this article about Linday Lohan. But it's hard to tell if the role has any wieght.)

James Van Der Beek's shining moment had to be Varsity Blues, but otherwise he looks like he has downsyndrome and so I don't expect to hear his name for anything that significant (for his next project he's headlining in a horror film called The Plague.)
Michelle Williams...now this is the true story. It's still wierd to me that just a few years after Dawson's Creek goes off the error that Michelle Williams is now considered "Academy-Award Nominee Michelle Williams." And it's odd that she could potentially be the most famous actor to come off the show. Who would have thought it.

This all comes with the news that Michelle Williams will be one of the voice over talents in the 2007 film Where the Wild Things Are. Okay, I know this is a kid's movie, what's the big woop, Joshaua Jackson had a voice role in the cartoon "Racing Stripes."

But this is certainly not Racing Stripes. This adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's story is being directed by Spike Jonze, the former MTV music video guy who bumped his film-guy stock when he directed Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (Jonze is lucky to have the opportunity to direct Charlie Kaufman's works).

Where the Wild Things Are already has a power cast with voice over work Benicio del Toro, Forrest Whitiker, Catherine O'Hara and now Michelle Williams! Also two time academy award nominess (Being John Malkovich and Capote) Katherine Keener is the only "live" character announced yet...the boy has not been announced.

Kind of crazy how this cast of a WB teen drama would be thrown so many opportunities.

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Lesley said...

I agree with you there--Michelle Williams came out of nowhere. Did you see The Station Agent? Fantastic film; she gives a great, understated performance.

Kimberly Ann said...

James Van Der Beek looks like he has downs-syndrom... you're a funny guy!

Interesting post...

RC said...

lesley, i did see the station agent...a few times actually and you're absolutly right about how great the film is. Michelle Williams does do a good job in her small role.