Grudge Match may not have been a fan favorite of the critics, but for many this was a fun throwback remembering two of their past favorite actors, at least that is how we viewed it. In this film, Robert DeNiro plays former Light Heavyweight Champion, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen, a braggadocios though successful man living in the past. DeNiro is able to flex his comedic chops, though not necessarily his muscles, as he physically just did not look up to this. Still, this is Robert DeNiro so we will give him a pass! The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: Grudge Match (2013) Actor: Robert DeNiro Why You Should Vote For Him: DeNiro is a legend, even in roles that are beneath him. Why You Should Not Vote For Him: With all due respect to DeNiro, there are more iconic fictional boxers than this.
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The role that launched Robert DeNiro’s career was as a slow witted Catcher who has terminal Hodgkin’s Disease. As Bruce Pearson, he showed limited intellect, and was not a star on his team, the New York Mammoths, though his closest friend was. DeNiro was often the butt of the jokes on the team, and was the focus of our sympathies. However, when the nature of his illness is unveiled, the team rallies around their comrade, and learn to win and become better people in the process. That sounds like a simple equation, but often those are the best stories told. As it stands, any film that launched the career of one of the greatest actors ever, deserves a look for our little Hall of Fame. The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) Actor: Robert DeNiro Position Portrayed: Catcher Played for: New York Mammoths Why you should vote for him: DeNiro was great, and it launched his career. Why you should not vote for him: Isn’t the Catcher usually the smartest player on the team? Seriously, something is off here.