Jason Robards, "Melvin and Howard" (1980) Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Aviator" (2004) The winner: Robards (very briefly) embodies the legend. DiCaprio shows how the myth came into being. DiCaprio would seem the natural pick by the sheer weight he's carrying, and yet the scruffy "Melvin and Howard" has loads more to say about the American Dream than Scorsese's hollow biopic can begin to summon. Score one for the soulful Robards.
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