Just as everyone has an opinion, a favorite meal and a nose — albeit a fake one at times — so too does everyone have a birthday. Even celebrities. Here at Birthday Bash, it’s my mission to salute the fine actors, filmmakers and other Hollywood heroes that are celebrating their special day this week. After all, it’s cheaper than mailing a cake.
This week, we're celebrating a former feline fatale, a pair of New England-born brothers and two classic cinema lovers.
Ben & Casey Affleck (August 15): Not only were the Affleck brothers born in the same month, they were born on the same day -- albeit some years apart. Ben and Casey are both accomplished Hollywood personas on their own, but their career highlights reside in their mutual collaborations: the pair starred together in "Good Will Hunting" alongside Matt Damon, and Ben made his directorial debut with "Gone Baby Gone," a Boston-set crime drama starring younger brother Casey.
Ben's already proven himself a highly capable director, while Casey's performance in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" proved his merit as an actor. How cool would it be to see them switch roles for a film project?
Antonio Banderas (August 10) and Melanie Griffith (August 9) : As one of Hollywood's long-lasting romantic pairs, there's no shortage of reasons to celebrate the birthdays of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. Sure, these actors might be a little past their prime at ages 52 and 49 respectively, but just go back and watch films like "Bonfire of the Vanities," "Now & Then," "Desperado" and "Evita" for plenty of Crush-worthy moments.
The accomplished Hollywood actors first appeared together in the 1995 film "Two Much." Is it too much to wish for another on-screen reunion? Maybe their characters from "Milk Money" and "Assassins" could cross paths. That would be a weird, weird film.
Halle Berry (August 14): Don't let that lousy "Catwoman" movie tarnish your opinion of esteemed actress Halle Berry. With an Oscar-winning turn in "Monster's Ball" and a trio of super-powerful performance as Storm in the "X-Men" movies, there's no question that Berry is well worth the Birthday Bash shout-out.
While I'm hardly alone in hoping that Berry's feline-frolicking days are over, I'd love to see her return to the "X-Men" universe at some point in the future — a sentiment that Brett Ratner recently seconded to MTV News.
Come back next week for another installment of Birthday Bash!