- 10:45 AM, Jan 21
Often compared to Al Pacino and Marlon Brando for his unique looks and method acting, Adrien Brody, without doubt, has become one of the most respected actors Hollywood ever has. What most people probably do not know, the road to success indeed had been rocky for him to pass through as it took more than a decade to achieve the accolades and popularity he deserves. However, he satisfyingly managed to overcome all the hindrances during this journey, thus ultimately emerged as a celebrated figure whose achievement has surpassed other actors of his generation.
Inherited Hungarian, Polish, and Jewish blood from photojournalist Sylvia Plachy and retired history professor Elliot Brody, he was born on April 14, 1973 in New York. Since the family's surroundings was known as not-too-good environment, his parents decided to put the boy into acting class in their effort to keep him away from the bad influence of his peers. When his love for acting gradually flourished, he then was encouraged to enter Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing Arts while also attended a weekend program for young people at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During this time, he was regularly involved in some off-Broadway productions, even encountered his screen debut in PBS' TV movie, "Home at Last" (1988).
Landing several roles between the year 1988 and 1991 before his high school graduation, Adrien started to give full concentration in developing a professional acting career by the time he joined the cast of Steven Soderbergh's "King of the Hill" (1993). As his performance in this film garnered positive reviews, he subsequently earned wider opportunity that enabled him to acquire bigger parts like he had nailed down in "Angels in the Outfield" (1994), "Solo" (1996), and "The Last Time I Committed Suicide" (1997). Although the dark-haired actor indeed had gained people's notice, he still did not meet the desirable recognition he aimed for, not even from Terrence Malick's acclaimed work, "The Thin Red Line" (1998) which he previously thought as a perfect vehicle to create a buzz in film industry.
What made him very disappointed with this particular movie was the fact that most of his scenes were cut so that his part seemed to be a nearly speechless character. "I was so focused and professional, I gave everything to it, and then to not receive everything," he commented. "It was extremely