When you watch the terrifically inventive and talented MICHAEL KEATON on screen, there’s more than a little magic on display.

I recently highlighted the new film with the superbly dynamic MICHAEL KEATON in my post Watch this Birdman fly and that could soon be a prophetic statement if he walks away with the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar in March. He’s currently the frontrunner for the award so fingers crossed.

Michael Keaton as Riggan Thompson in Birdman

as Riggan Thompson in Birdman

But right now, with the critical acclaim he’s received for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s film Birdman, it feels a good moment to celebrate this actor whose incredible inventiveness has always made me think that the quality he brings to the characters we’ve seen him play is magic.

KEATON has always been an actor I’ve hugely admired for that real lightness of touch that he seems to display in all of his movies making his performances all look so effortless, whether it’s a broad comedy or a serious drama or a thriller, whatever the role.

His performances over the last five years, in such diverse fare as the remake of Robocop and alongside Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg the wacky comedy The Other Guys have been great but in more of a supporting capacity, which is why it’s so tremendous to see him back on the screen in the leading role of the somewhat washed-up superhero actor Riggan Thompson in Birdman.

Most of KEATON’s key performances in his career to date are mentioned in the interview in The Guardian below but let’s just run through some of my faves:

a certain demonic and iconic Beetlejuice

the drug addict trying to reform in Glenn Gordon Caron’s drama Clean and Sober

Michael keaton as Peter McCabe opposite Andy Garcia in Desperate Measures

as Peter McCabe opposite Andy Garcia in Desperate Measures

his glorious double-edged killer opposite the great Andy Garcia in Barbet Schroeder’s thriller Desperate Measures

a landmark Batman reuniting him with Tim Burton

the bumbling constable in Kenneth Branagh’s version of Much Ado About Nothing

a by-the-book FBI agent in the pair of Tarantino films Jackie Brown and Out of Sight

his terrific stay-at-home Dad in the comedy Mr Mom

an absolutely terrifying tenant battling with Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffith in the thriller Pacific Heights

a truly hilarious voicing of Barbie’s partner Ken in Toy Story 3

his harassed editor up against the story of his career – and Glenn Close – in Ron Howard’s ensemble drama The Paper

And now MICHAEL KEATON is a leading man once again and in the interview, he talks about how much he’s enjoyed being able to do such varied work in his career,

“experimenting here, trying at this, failing at that, being good in some things, not so good in others. It’s kind of amazing…”

All I can say is, long may it continue, Mr Keaton! Have a read…

MICHAEL KEATON – Oscar bound?