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Analysis

This is where the fun starts. I hope. The categories in this analysis are restricted to those that apply to both Lance and Robert, to ensure a fair outcome.

Scoring System: 1 Point is added to the tally for each win. In the case of a draw, both actors receive a point each.

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Statistics - based on the films I have seen.

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LANCE
ROBERT
Film Genre
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Action
37%
50%
Thriller
20%
25%
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Character
-
-
Good
55%
62%
Bad
35%
38%
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-
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Deaths
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Gunshot
52%
71%
Novelty
30%
29%
Death rate
43%
43%

Film genre

Action
They've both starred it lots of them. Lance has been in 19 and Rob's total is currently at 8. If we do the math on that, Lance's career thus far has been comprised of 37% action and Rob's 50% action. Even though Lance has been in more, he's also done plenty of other genres to spread out his talents, thus resulting in a lower percentage. Rob is obviously keen to get a tough guy reputation, with half his films I have seen so far being action.

Rob's roles in action films tend to be more hands on, he's usually the lead and does a lot of his own stunts. Lance too has been know to do his own stunts but often he's just a bad guy who gives orders and shoots a few people.

LANCE
ROBERT
0
1

Thriller
Sometimes it's hard to define a film clearly as a thriller. Often thrillers have action or horror elements as well. Lance has starred in quite a few thrillers (approx. 10, or 20%). Rob has a bit of work to do here (he's currently on 4, or 25%), but I'm sure if he keeps acting for another 20 years he'll catch up to Lance easily. But again, if we look at the percentages, Rob narrowly comes out on top again!

LANCE
ROBERT
0
2

Kids
Things are pretty even here. Lance has starred in Super Mario Bros, an adaptation of a computer game; Rob has starred in Double Dragon, also an adaptation of a computer game.

While I'm on the subject of computer games, Lance has lent his vocal talents to an upcoming Playstation 2 release, Run Like Hell. Rob has also featured in a computer game - the T2 game. Lance's character in RLH is called "Nick Connor". Interestingly, Rob's T-1000 character is out to kill the "Connor's" in T2.

Lance did a voice for Disney's Tarzan (animated). Rob's voice features on The Real adventures of Jonny Quest, also animated.

*Newsflash* Rob's voice is used in the computer game The Dig. I think this means Rob's a winner!

LANCE
ROBERT
0
3

True Story
Both have starred in "based on a true story" type films. Lance was in The Right Stuff and Dog Day Afternoon, and even portrayed Abe Lincoln. Rob starred in Fire in the Sky.
Lance wins on numbers alone.

LANCE
ROBERT
1
3

TV Series
Hmmm. I wonder what I should order for lunch...Agent Doggett does his best impersonation of Twin Peaks' Gordon ColeBoth Lance and Robert have had their biggest success with television roles. Lance as Frank Black in Millennium, and Robert as Agent Doggett in The X Files. Coincidentally, both TV series are created by Chris Carter. Supposedly Mr. Carter had Lance in mind for Millennium, and was also very keen to have Robert on The X Files. Perhaps Mr. Carter is on to something here? hmmm...

Also, Lance has appeared in an episode of The X Files ("Millennium" - season 7)

Both actors have appeared in episodes of Tales From The Crypt.
Looks like it's another draw.

LANCE
ROBERT
2
4

 

Sci-Fi
It's not a huge part of their back catalogues, but both actors have had major success in sci-fi films. Lance's roles in Aliens and Alien³ have endeared him to the sci-fi community. Similarly, Rob received acclaim for his role as T-1000 in Terminator 2. Lance a narrow winner here.

LANCE
ROBERT
3
4


End of Round 1: At the conclusion of "Film genre", Lance is on 3 and Robert is just ahead on 4.

Deaths

Gunshot
This is by far the most common form of death, given the high action-film ratios of both actors. Lance has a gunshot death rate of 52%, but Rob is a clear winner here with a gunshot death rate of 71%.

LANCE
ROBERT
3
5

Heavy Artillery eg. rocket, grenade, tank.
Lance is an easy winner in this category, having been killed by a grenade in Hard Target, and WWII nerve gas in No Contest II. Robert has yet to aspire to such grandiose death scenes.

LANCE
ROBERT
4
5

Novelty Deaths
These deaths can overlap with other categories, but the actor will get bonus points if it's a novelty death. And only I get to decided whether it's "novelty" or not !

Lance's novelty death rate is 30%, compared with Robert's 29%. This is close, but Lance is the winner - just take a look at some of these deaths:
- W.W.II nerve gas in No Contest II
- Lack of blood in Knights
- Grenade down the pants in Hard Target
- Razor sharp pendulum and spikes in The Pit and the Pendulum
- Torn in half in Aliens
- Pecked to death by birds in The Visitor

LANCE
ROBERT
5
5

Overall Deaths
In the overall death rate both actors are the same - 43%. Unbelievable! The symmetry between Lance and Robert is spooky.

LANCE
ROBERT
6
6

End of Round 2: At the conclusion of "Deaths", it is even on 6 points each

Dialogue

Robert has some kind of Southern accent, resulting a lot of "nuddins" and the irritating yet slightly endearing "Agent Mouldah".

Lance is renowned for his vocal abilities. The deep gravelly voice is a pleasure to listen to. When he yells though, he can be hard to understand. Lance is also fond of the "Jesus! God Damn!" combo when he is angry. If he is really angry he'll add a grunt to the end of it, resulting in one of the funniest things you'll ever hear. Lance wins this category hands down.

LANCE
ROBERT
7
6


End of Round 3 : At the conclusion of "Dialogue", Lance is in the lead with 7 points.
Improvisation

Lance is adept at improvisation, and is so skilled in making his bloopers appear part of the film, that many of them are preserved on celluloid. Two of his outstanding efforts are in No Contest II and House 3.

Rob on the other hand appears to have either made no blunders, or has had them edited out. Either way this is bad, because there is less for me to laugh at.

Lance wins this round easily.

LANCE
ROBERT
8
6


End of Round 4: At the conclusion of "Improvisation", Lance is still leading with 8 points. Rob is still on 6 points.

 

Characters

In it's simplest of forms, characters are either good or bad. I don't really have a preference, as it depends entirely on the film, although I will say that bad guys are usually better dressed and more amusing than good guys.

Lance has played a good guy 55% of the time. Rob beats him on 63%.

LANCE
ROBERT
8
7

There is also the unusual combination of the good-bad guy, or the bad-good guy. I have excluded these subtypes from my stats. However, Lance has played more of these roles than Rob, and it takes a certain skill level to pull off two faces at once, if you know what I mean. Bonus point to Lance for being enigmatic.

Lance's 100% bad guy rating is 35%, while Rob is just slightly ahead on 37%.

LANCE
ROBERT
9
8


End of Round 5 : At the conclusion of "Characters", Lance is still leading on 9, despite Rob gaining 2 points to be on 8.
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