Joe Pesci is an iconic actor who would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer should such a thing exist in the acting world. Well, I suppose it does exist and he is enshrined with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Either way, Pesci has played some iconic roles over the years. That led me to think, which is his best one? I kept coming back to Vincent Gambini in My Cousin Vinny. As such, the two sides of my brain went to battle over that very question.
Opening Statements – A Case For Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny
Usually, in a civil case (I ain’t interested in any ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ mess) the plaintiff goes first. Not today, my friends.
Sometimes the movie quote says it better than we ever could:
Given the dynamic roles Joe Pesci has played, it seems clear that no one in their right mind could declare a “best” role for Joe Pesci. My apologies for wasting the court’s time.
Joe Pesci is one of the greatest actors of all time. That’s not conjecture, it’s pure facts. But one other thing is abundantly clear. In My Cousin Vinny, he took it to another level. He combined the comedy of Home Alone with the ferocity of Goodfellas. Simultaneously crushing two of the best roles ever is cool and tough.
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