Thursday, June 30, 2005

Dakota Fanning is an Alien

And I mean this in the best possible way. If she had been my student back in the day when I had students like that, I would have eaten her up with a spoon, I am sure. But there's something about this kid that is positively freaky. On screen she's eerily talented and real, often with this sort of layer of dark colors, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if she eventually did a total Jodie Foster. But what baffles me when I see her on talk shows is that she totally seems to know what's going on and is extremely articulate for an eleven-year-old while at the same time being appropriately giggly and cheerful. So is she just like, some weird kind of acting genius, totally able to compartmentalize her work from her real life, or is there a Dakota Fanning E! Hollywood True Story in her future as well? Is she such a great actress that we only think she's giggly and cheerful when really she has a secret life as an axe-murderer? I honestly can't tell. And usually - I'm pretty good at telling. If I may.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

she really freaks me out in that way that the kid who saw dead people freaked me out. preternatural emotional intelligence. just proves that kids understand a lot more than we realize.

dakota fanning worked with michelle pfeiffer early on and for years she was eerily michelle pfeiffer-ish and speech and manner. make of that what you will...

Anonymous said...

oops. that should be "in speech and manner." and this has been hutchie. over and out.

Betsy said...

Something about her freaks me out even more than the kid who saw dead people freaked me out. Maybe she's just a little sponge and picked up Michelle's isms. I was like that. Let's just hope she doesn't pick up Tom's isms.

DAM said...

The kid is an anomaly, that's for sure. Very poised for a child her age. Drugs in her future? Continued success? I haven't a clue, but it's worrisome that she worked so closely with Cruise.

Personally, the kid freaks me out. I was pretty articulate at that age, and very self assured, but I was no Dakota Fanning. There's just something about her age and her demeanor that clash.

DAM said...

ETA: Simply because I was intellectually advanced (not boasting at all. I think my intellectual level has remained the same.), I worry about child actors. They are indulged. They are pushed to get roles. They don't live a normal kid's life, whatever normal is.

I've thought about this somewhat. A friend's niece was pushed. She ended up dealing with a pusher later in life. If I had a kid interested in acting, I'd surely support them. They could act in community theater all they wanted. But the spotlight at such an early age has got to dim their vision of reality somewhat.

Betsy said...

I'm coming to believe that the spotlight at any age dims people's reality; see "Dear Tom" and "SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UUUUUUP!!!" I definitely think community theater for a kid is a better way to go, absolutely. But what I always wonder - we do need kids in movies - well, we do have some pretty far out technology these days, maybe they could have virtual kids.

DAM said...

I like your idea of virtual kids. Better than virtually fucked up kids who become insane adults.

hutchie said...

there have been more than a few times when i've pleaded with my director to cast puppets as the little cratchit children, rather than work with human children. tiny animatronic tim.

Betsy said...

Wow, no kidding!

adorasvitak said...

would it be great if Adora Svitak writes a movie script to have Dacota act out? Adora Svitak published her first book at age seven, it has been transalted into Chinese, soon to be in korean and other languages, wrote more than 355,000 words of stories and poems, check out her site www.adorasvitak.com for an amazing ride.

Anonymous said...

would it be great if Adora Svitak writes a movie script to have Dacota act out? Adora Svitak published her first book at age seven, it has been transalted into Chinese, soon to be in korean and other languages, wrote more than 355,000 words of stories and poems, check out her site www.adorasvitak.com for an amazing ride.

Anonymous said...

Are you all friggin' nuts?