As the world girds itself for the final season of Lost, they have something else to get ready to say good-bye to besides the greatest TV show of the last decade. They can say good-bye to Matthew Fox, because he says he's done with television after this. Now, we're all for the man wanting to do more with his career, but we're not sure swearing off the medium he's been working in for so long is the way to go. Here are just a few reasons why Fox may want to issue a retraction.
1. He's Great on Television
Seriously, look at his resume -- Party of Five was his first regular TV gig, and after six years and 142 episodes as Charlie Salinger it had made his career. He had a failure in the short-lived series Haunted, in which he played a detective who can see murdered ghosts, but it was a mere pit stop on the road to playing Jack on Lost, another hit in which he was the most famous face, and arguably the most important character. He was clearly meant to be on TV, and we can chalk the failure of Haunted up to supernatural forces that wanted to save the concept for his Po5 co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt.
2. He's Not Great in Movies
Or, rather, he's in not-great movies. We Are Marshall? Sap-fest. Vantage Point? Intricate but repetitive. Speed Racer? Overcooked train wreck. We'd say he needs to pick better movies, but we're not sure his everyman persona will make him good for anything other than generic action movies and dull romances. That said we'd totally watch him in a generic action movie (he had a small part in Smoking Aces, which was pretty cool), but we'd rather someone gave him an action TV show, so we'd get a taste every week.
3. Forcing a Transition to Movies Never Works
David Caruso left NYPD Blue, made Jade and a string of noir-ish flops, then came crawling back to have a hit with CSI Miami. Julianna Margulies walked away from ER, made Ghost Ship and Snakes on a Plane, and is now winning awards for The Good Wife. Taking a break to make a few movies is one thing, but by saying that's all he's doing, Fox is setting himself up to fail, and he could be cutting himself off from some of the most fulfilling work of his career.
4. Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth
We're sure TV schedules can be grueling, what with night shoots and the like, but think about it -- Fox just had a guaranteed gig for six years that forced him to live in Hawaii. Hawaii! Sure, it's not a soundstage in Los Angeles a few miles from his house, but it's freaking America's paradise. With movies, he'd be in a different place every month, and there's no guarantee the next cast/crew/director will be as pleasant to work with as the last. At least with TV he's got consistency. That's why movie actors take roles on TV in the first place -- so they don't get stuck in Prague for six weeks with Uwe Boll.
5. You're No George Clooney
No offense, Matt, but it's true. Clooney is perhaps the most glowing example of someone successfully transitioning from TV to movies, and we're talking about a guy who possesses loads of natural charm. (Leonardo DiCaprio and Bruce Willis also spring to mind.) You're charming in your own way, but you can be a little wooden, and there are more big movie stars who ended up as big TV stars than vice versa. Play the odds.
Of course, he could also be talking about stage acting. What do you think of the fantastic Mr. Fox getting out of TV for good?
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