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David Bowie
Actor, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987)
Roeg reuses all his old tricks, notably the oldest: casting a pop star with androgynous, unisex appeal in the lead—this time, David Bowie. But whereas Mick Jagger [in Performance] at least had some energy, however repugnant, Bowie comes across as an expressionless zombie. Correction: a zombie who, beyond a blank, has one expression that must do for both anxiety and bliss. It consists of suddenly baring the gums at the corners of the mouth — a horrible effect, like a nutcracker trying to smile... There must be a difference, at least histrionically, between the outer-space and the spaced-out, between the superhuman and the infrahuman, between enacting a certain impassivity and just being a blob.
(John Simon, National Review)
Actor, Basquiat (1996)
Bowie is ridiculous as Andy Warhol, who was Basquiat's friend and sometime collaborator. Droll, thin and twittish, Bowie comes across more like Miss Hathaway from The Beverly Hillbillies.
(Tom Gliatto, People Weekly)
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