Somewhere between Casino and Meet The Parents, Robert de Niro, the amazing thespian, disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.
The 72-year-old acting legend, as we knew and loved him, shuffled off this celluloid coil by way of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Little Fockers and Grudge Match—hanging up his acting stripes and artistic integrity in favor of some good, old fashioned, filthy lucre.
In the wake of his departure, de Niro left a gaping void in the world of cinema, and a legion of cinephiles wept tears of remorseful longing into their super-sized bags of popcorn.
However, mourn no longer fair moviegoers of this great land!
Praise be Allah, we have a replacement talent ready and waiting in the aisles—someone more than capable of filling the great de Niro of yesteryear’s shoes….. someone raw, hungry, gritty, multifaceted, enigmatic… someone with hypnotic screen presence….someone capable of transporting us on a cinematic journey to parallel no other.
Ladies and gentleman, meet Courtney Stodden, the actress—the Robert de Niro of the Millennial generation…. the Travis Bickle of the 21st century….. the Jake La Motta of modern times.
Y’all may not be familiar with the 21-year-old’s body of thespianic work—seeing as she’s best known for being that 16-year-old chick with huge tits who married that 51-year-old creepy dude from The Green Mile—however, fear not, she’s introducing the world to Courtney Stodden, the actress, by way of a spellbinding video performance that she posted on her website earlier this week.
Now, let us warn you, Courtney Stodden doesn’t mess around when it comes to her acting reel—there’s no lame-ass Proactive advertisements; no bit part, two line sitcom appearances; none of that little league walk on bullshit…. oh no, Courtney Stodden, the actress, goes right in for the kill—with a challenging and gritty role even Meryl Streep would be hard pushed to emulate.
In her 2 minute, 22 second long cinematic masterpiece, Stodden portrays Tamra Munn, a crack addicted prostitute living on the streets of Oklahoma City—a character she developed herself apparently, after doing some research into crack addicted prostitutes living on the streets of Oklahoma City—as you do.
Courtney Stodden, the actress, explains:
While doing some research online regarding crack addicted prostitutes living on the streets of Oklahoma City, I was moved by one woman's story in particular. Afterward, I was inspired to see if I could ultimately do her justice by "playing" her in an acting scene. Thus, I created the character, "Tamra Munn" … and thought I'd share her with you.
And share Tamra Munn with us she does….. Tamra Munn, resplendent, in all her tweaking, greasy haired, filthy hoodied, shifty eyed, heavy smoking glory…..
In typical Stodden fashion however, even in the midst of insurmountable levels of despair and depravity, we are afforded a glimmer of hope, a tiny chink of light, shining through the dark, dank, depressing day-to-day fight for existence that poor Tamra is clearly resigned to in life.
She may be beaten down, she may have been sold by her mammy to a truck stop loser for the price of a dime bag and a Popeye's chicken family meal for two, she may be forced to face adversity and horrors unimaginable to anybody who doesn’t watch the Lifetime channel—but......but..... Tamra still manages somehow to nurture that shred of inner dignity she has left, buried deep down in that grimy, crack addled hooker body of hers... still manages somehow to dig deep and find the money for a Scores’ stripper worthy and impeccable French manicured nail extension set.
It’s the little things folks….. it’s the little things….
Meanwhile, critics have been raving about Stodden’s Oscar worthy performance.
Inside the Actor’s Studio host, James Lipton, tells Popdust exclusively, “I was so entranced by the portrayal of an Oklahoma City crack addled prostitute by Courtney Stodden, the actress, that I found myself asking her for a blow job back stage.”
And even the late, great, Roger Ebert gave Stodden a very stiff and firm two thumbs up from beyond the grave.