Conventional wisdom says Hollywood doesn’t have as many true movie stars as it used to, with the brightest stars’ wattage trending down ever since the days of Humphrey Bogart. Even in the 21st century, however, when devastatingly-good looks and charisma meet in one earthy vessel who makes good career choices, tickets get bought. A lot of tickets. These ten beautiful people’s films have generated over two billion apiece at the box office.
Scarlett Johanssen and Liev Schreiber in Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge”
When Arthur Miller’s play “A View From the Bridge” was first staged in 1955 as a one-act, it met with only moderate success. This was after the Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman” had already solidified his reputation as one of the most talented writers of the time, and only two years after the resounding success of “The Crucible.” So in 1956, one year after “A View From the Bridge” opened, Miller added second act and the one-act version was never seen again. The play is now considered to be one of his most notable works and has been performed over the last 50 years to much success, especially the 1987 production at the National Theatre in London starring Michael Gambon and the 1997 Tony Award-winning revival with Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney and the late Brittany Murphy. And while I never saw those productions, I think the casting director for the current production at the Cort Theatre struck the right notes with Liev Schreiber, Jessica Hecht and Scarlett Johansson in the roles of Eddie Carbone, his wife Beatrice and their niece Catherine.