In her big JerryMaguire confrontation scene with Tom Cruise, Kelly Preston’s acting takes off into a zone of anger so simultaneously hypnotic, horrifying and humane that you can’t tear yourself away from it
As an actress, Kelly Preston, who died Sunday at 57, was the soul of likability, and that’s no small thing. When she showed up in a movie, she lit it up; she also grounded it. (She had an earthly r…
’s fiancée in Cameron Crowe’s classic 1996 sports-agent drama, we felt, more or less, that we’d come to know Kelly Preston. So this was like seeing a born-again actress, with her softness ripped asunder.She’s introduced in a comical sex scene, though the joke comes from something witty on Preston’s part: Even in the heat of passion, her character, Avery, is perhaps doing a bit of acting, hyping her pleasure to seal the deal of a relationship. Her major moment arrives a bit later, after Jerry has been fired for writing a midnight manifesto preaching that his agency should try to be a
littleless profit hungry. The world has been knocked out from under him, so what he wants from Avery, his supposed life partner, is sympathy, loyalty and understanding. What he gets instead is…rage.In a scene that lasts a little under three minutes, she does more than rip Jerry a new one — she tears through a set of emotions as real as they are raw. Walking around a mostly empty gymnasium as she hands out folders before an NFL event, Avery looks Jerry in the eye and gives him a cold hard reality check. “You and I are sales people,” she says with defiance. “We
sell.” In other words: Why would you pretend to be something you’re not? It’s a question the movie very much needs to ask, since Jerry, at this point, is still trying to have his cake and eat it, too. He wants to be the king of the sports agents…anda nice guy.
It’s at that moment Preston’s acting takes off into a zone of anger so simultaneously hypnotic, horrifying and humane that you can’t tear yourself away from it. The words pour out with operatic ferocity, as she recalls how she and Jerry always said they would tell each other the “brutal truth.” (In her case that means:
“I don’t cry at movies. I don’t gush over babies…”) Her truth represents honesty without empathy. And that’s terrifying. But then Avery delivers the coup de grâce— that she really does love him. And as it hits her that she’s being dumped, we get a quick glimpse of that Kelly Preston open heart. For a moment, she’s wrecked. And then the savage is loose again. (The stage is now fully set for Renée Zellweger.)
We live in an age of free-fall capitalist ruthlessness, and “Jerry Maguire” was one of the first movies to capture it. It came out at a time when people were still congratulating themselves for having called the 1980s “the Greed Decade.” We were still waking up to the fact that our society, in the 10 years since the 1987 stock-market crash, had only gotten greedier. (The Internet, launched around the time that “Jerry Maguire” came out, would only make it more so.)
Preston, in “Jerry Maguire,” is the one who speaks that brutal truth by putting an honest face on it. And she enacts the entire mini-drama of Avery and Jerry’s relationship as if we were seeing the breakup equivalent of speed-dating: two people who maybe loved each other, who grounded their romance in salesmanship, who are honest except when they’re not, all driven by a woman who is sad in a way she’d scarcely admit and angry in a way that seemed bold at the time and that just seems forthright now. All of that is power-packed into Kelly Preston’s performance.
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RIP KellyPreston! My sincerest condolences to her family & friends 💔 I loved Kelly Preston in JerryMaguire. She was beautiful in this movie. KellyPreston Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh It must have been cold there in my shadownever have sunlight on your face You were content to let me shine, that's your way You always walked a step behind So I was the one with all the glory While you were the one with all the strength... RIP kelly
So are ya gonna edit her movie also, like you want to do w/ Dirty Harry, Forrest Gump & Indiana Jones-Temple of Doom What a bunch of pandering idiots. For your efforts our family & network of friends, co-workers are boycotting your idiotic magazine! nypost PageSix NewYorker Great movie, great role, great punch. RIP Kelly....
Kelly Preston, Actress in ‘Mischief,’ ‘Jerry Maguire,’ Dies at 57Kelly Preston, who appeared in films including “Mischief,” “Twins” and “Jerry Maguire,” has died after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57. John Tra… 🙏♥️😞 So...very..sad to read this. Our deepest condolences to family, friends, fans.
Kelly Preston, Actress in 'SpaceCamp,' 'Jerry Maguire' and 'For Love of the Game,' Dies at 57'She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,' John Travolta wrote of wife Kelly Preston's two-year battle with breast cancer Such a loss, such a bright and charismatic person. Deepest sympathies to her family. So sad to know this. May her soul rest in peace. Holy Shit!!!... I thought it was a parody when I first saw it...Shocked!! She was a great actress on her own... I loved her in Jerry McGuire
Kelly Preston Dies: ‘Jerry Maguire’ Actress Was 57; Spouse John Travolta Reveals DeathKelly Preston died today her husband John Travolta has revealed. The 57-year old Twins and Jerry Maguire star passed away Sunday after a long fight against breast cancer. Hawaii-born Preston’… 😟😧😲🥺🥺🥺 : ( So so sad...loved her movies in the 80’s. Grew up watching her. RIP 💔🙏🏻💔🙏🏻
'Jerry Maguire' actress Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, dies of breast cancer at 57Actress Kelly Preston has died after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her husband, John Travolta, wrote in an emotional post on Instagram. She was 57. Gee, maybe if they didn't believe in aliens, she would have received medical attention. 🙏❤️😭 Hopefully scientology recognizes cancer as a real thing and she got treatment. Shame her son wasn't so lucky.
Kelly Preston: Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Jerry Maguire’ ActorThe showbiz world is in shock at the death of “Jerry Maguire,” “Mischief” and “Twins” actor Kelly Preston, who died on Sunday at 57 after a two-year battle with breast cance… R.i.P 🙏🌈Kelly Preston is an American actress and singer born October 13, 1962 in Honolulu. Died July 13, 2020. RIP. One of my favorites. So sad. So sad. 😥