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An amalgam of all of the above, Waits's best role has always been that of Tom Waits. Sift through his '70s chat-show appearances and watch the schtick take shape: He's an impish riddle eager to confound and please. Far from a cynical put-on, Waits has proved an amenable, durable construct, never more amusing than when turned back on itself (as in Coffee and Cigarettes). It's doubtful Waits will ever top his pseudo-candid performance on Fishing With John, the fishing-expedition show dreamed up by fellow jarmusch alum John Lurie. Rather than pawning off his persona to Hollywood, here he's making his own mischief—shoving fish down his pants and improvising songs that are sorta brilliant, totally dumb, and unmistakably Waits.

Whiskery and housebroken: Waits in Seven Psychopaths
CBS Films
Whiskery and housebroken: Waits in Seven Psychopaths

Accessories and affects: cool, clowning, all of the above

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7 comments
melonheadx13
melonheadx13

sorry, never heard of most of those movies.

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SamiaAsaad
SamiaAsaad

@khalidalmahmod I love this - thanks

Krizanovich
Krizanovich

@MGEmancipation He could have, you know, but scheduling difficulties.

Krizanovich
Krizanovich

@MGEmancipation no, but he plays the cute one.

 

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