It’s hard to think of a major American actor who looms quite like Vince Vaughn. Short men face all kinds of discrimination, but on a movie screen they do okay: Tom Cruise is miniature in the flesh but just the right size for a horizontal frame, and nobody watching him go through his action-movie paces will feel a subconscious anxiety that he’s about to hit his head on the top of the screen. The taller-than-average actor, on the other hand, is often a slightly unsettling presence, floating somewhere up above his co-stars, defying cinematic gravity and pushing at the limits …
This article appears as “Southern Noir” in the June 1, 2020, print edition of National Review.
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