The top 10 actors I would watch in almost anything

So we’ve had actress hate and actor hate and actress love… so obviously actor love had to follow. These are the actors who I always seek out.


Michael Fassbender
Where is the love: He’s not afraid to play absolutely reprehensible human beings and he throws himself into every role with such relish.
Best role: Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave (2013)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Counsellor (2013)
“What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.”


Emile Hirsch
Where is the love: I think he’s completely underrated. He’s had some amazing roles and I’ve loved everything I’ve seen him do.
Best role: Chris McCandless in Into the Wild (2007)
The one even he couldn’t get me to see: Speed Racer (2008)
“Maybe you will be afraid and maybe you will fail, but the courage to take risks in any part of your life is, I feel, a very worthwhile way to live.”


Vincent Cassel
Where is the love: He’s such a versatile bad guy. I think Vince has played characters from just about every country in Europe.
Best role: Vinz in La Haine (1995)
The one even he couldn’t get me to see: Joan of Arc (1999)
“My father is best known for his light comedies, and I’m best known for crazy bad guys with short tempers.”

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Tom Hardy
Where is the love: He is such a chameleon. You never feel like you are watching Tom Hardy because he disappears so effortlessly into his character
Best role: Ivan Locke in Locke (2013)
The one even he couldn’t save: This Means War (2012)
“My father came from an intellectual and studious avenue as opposed to a brawler’s avenue. So I had to go further afield and I brought all kinds of unscrupulous oiks back home – earless, toothless vagabonds – to teach me the arts of the old bagarre.”


Tom Hiddleston
Where is the love: Not only is he an amazing actor and obscenely smart and erudite, he’s also ginger. Nothing is better than ginger.
Best role: Loki in Thor (2011), Avengers Assemble (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013)
The one even he couldn’t make me see: War Horse (2011)
“Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings – stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility.”


Patrick Stewart
Where is the love: Um… he’s Captain Picard and Professor X and he’s a total silver fox and he wins at social media. What isn’t there to love?
Best role: Professor X in X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006),, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The one even he couldn’t make me see: Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
“Having played many roles of scientific intellect I do have an empathy for that world. It’s been hard on me because flying the Enterprise for seven years in Star Trek and sitting in Cerebro in X-men has led people to believe that I know what I’m talking about. But I’m still trying to work out how to operate the air conditioning unit on my car.”

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell
Where is the love: I know I’m going to get stick for this but most of the time I think Will Ferrell is absolutely hilarious. Sorry everyone who hates him.
Best role: Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)
The one even he couldn’t make me see: Casa de mi Padre (2012)
“I have only been funny about seventy four per cent of the time. Yes I think that is right. Seventy-four per cent of the time.”


Leonardo DiCaprio
Where is the love: His career speaks for itself. The fact that he hasn’t won an Oscar is a travesty.
Best role: Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The one that even he couldn’t make me see: J. Edgar (2011)
“The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it… It’s a great outlet. I’m not really sure who I am – it seems I change every day.”

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Where is the love: I hate romcoms… except when JGL is in them
Best role: Tom in 500 Days of Summer (2009)
The one even he couldn’t make me see: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
“Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It’s a collective process.”


 Mads Mikkelsen
Where is the love: He is captivating to watch and brings incredible intensity to every role he plays
Best role: Lukas in The Hunt (2012)
The one even he couldn’t make me see: Valhalla Rising (2009)
“Sometimes we misunderstand what films can do. We just throw a whole book in there, with people just talking, talking, and talking. The picture can tell, the frame can tell.”

Honourable mention – gone but not forgotten


Heath Ledger
Where is the love: He was just always wonderful… in everything and he never failed to deny expectations.
Best role: Ennis Delmar in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The one even he couldn’t make me see: Ned Kelly (2003)
“I don’t feel like I have anything to lose, so I don’t really understand what I’m putting at risk.”


  1. MIB

    No love for Cassel in “Mesrine”? 😛

    1. Abbi

      I still haven’t seen it shamefully but it’s on my list and I really love La Haine.

      1. MIB

        Well, he’s pretty fantastic in it let me tell you. He was also pretty good in Read My Lips and The Monk. Have you seen either of those?

        1. Abbi

          I’ve seen The Monk. I need to check out Read My Lips. I’ve clearly missed way too many of his films.

  2. Great list here. Definitely agree with Di Caprio and Hardy.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! Hardy is an absolute legend.

  3. Another fab list. Heath Ledger is sorely missed. Have you seen him (and Emile) in Lords of Dogtown?

    1. Abbi

      Not yet but it’s on my list.

  4. theipc

    Man Vincent Cassel is lookin’ oooooooooooooooold…….

    1. Abbi

      He is pushing 50…

      1. theipc

        Did you ever watch Irreversible?

        1. Abbi

          No. Is it any good?

          1. theipc

            Well – it’s a good movie but it’s VERY graphic!

  5. Jen

    It actually amazes me that we ever manage to watch film together. Speed Racer is genuinely great. Thor 2 was beyond disappointing. And Ned Kelly is really unoffensive and totally fine to watch!

    1. Abbi

      There are loads of films we both like!! Some of my unwatched ones are not necessarily bad… I’ve never seen them so I wouldn’t know. It’s more of a case of they’ve never interested me enough to bother to seek them out. Anyway Thor 2 is totally better than Thor 1.

      1. Jen

        The only films we both like are bad dance films!

        Thor 1 was refreshingly different from all the other genre films out there, it brought real theatre and humour to the equation. Thor 2 was a predictable generic rip off of a thousand other films with not a single moment of originality and it was SO disappointing precisely because the first one was so much fun. So we’re just gonna have to disagree on that one.

        1. Abbi

          We also both like Lord of the Rings, Xmen, Harry Potter, Lawless, Warm Bodies…

          1. Jen

            Hmmm Warm Bodies…must get that dvd…

    2. I have to cut in here and agree with you Jen. Speed Racer is actually good and Thor 2 was shit! I think we might be soul mates!

      1. Abbi

        You should follow her blog 😉

        1. I was going to ask for her hand it marriage but I’ll follow her blog first 🙂

          1. Abbi

            You should do that too. She is my best friend and she is AWESOME!

      2. Jen

        Team Thor: Be Better.

  6. if you like will ferrell and would like to see him do stuff that’s less whacky, check out “Everything Must Go” and “Stranger Than Fiction”

    1. Abbi

      I’ve seen Everything Must Go. I really liked it.

  7. Great list! Even though I don’t agree as wholeheartedly with all your picks as I did with the female list, there are some of my absolute favorites here: Fassbender, Cassel, Hardy, Hiddleston, DiCaprio, JGL, Ledger, Mikkelsen…

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! I think it’s tougher with actors because Hollywood creates far more interesting male characters than female characters so there is more opportunity for outstanding male performances. I could have easily had 20.

  8. Terrific list! No love for The Counselor?! It’s phenomenal, most underrated film of last year, a misunderstood masterpiece!

    1. Abbi

      Thanks. I haven’t seen it. It just didn’t appeal maybe because I can’t stand Cameron Diaz.

  9. Yup. I agree with every selection. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Wow! I would not have pegged you for a Will Ferrell fan!

      1. To be sure, be has some duds (Blades of Glory), but I don’t mind stupid comedy when it’s done well. And Ferrell usually does it well. Step Brothers is sheer genius. His appearance in Wedding Crashers is the best part of that movie. His George Bush impression is impeccable. And so froth.

        Plus, he has dramatic chops to boot. Stranger than Fiction is awesome. And his role in Lego Movie is just as good.

        I’m actually a pretty big fan. 🙂

  10. Great choices! You have lists of actors you hate too, right? I’m looking forward to reading those (finally!) ; ) Because I hate a lot of them. : ) MAN Fassbender is gorgeous in that photo! He’d probably be on my list, as well as Tom Hardy and definitely DiCaprio & Stewart. : )

    1. Abbi

      You’ve found the hate one by now 🙂 Fassbender is always beautiful… even when he is playing evil… which is more often than not.

  11. Again Abbi, stellar list. I can’t really argue any EXCEPT Will Ferrell… No. I just can’t do it hahahahaha. You know my thoughts on DiCaprio though haha. I will watch that man in ANYTHING.

    😦 Miss Heath Ledger.

    1. Abbi

      Not even Old School? Frank the tank! Frank the tank! Ah never mind but yay DiCaprio! I would have loved to have seen where Heath’s career went.

      1. Hmmmm… he was okay. There is very little that I like him in… truly.

        ❤ he is just amazing! Truly. Hmmm…

        ;( ;( It would have…

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  13. Tom

    Outstanding Abbi, just wow. This is a really cool list that has some very diverse names on it. Love the inclusion of Vincent Cassel, Hiddleston and Fassbender. And that one quote you selected for Heath Ledger kind of haunts me, given everything that happened. I miss him dearly.

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you so much! I really miss him too. I feel like we’ve missed out on what could have been an amazing career.

      1. Tom

        Or at least more of what *was* an amazing career. It’s sad. Same goes to Gandolfini for me lately. What an epic career to have to come to an end so prematurely.

        1. Abbi

          And especially with Ledger so unnecessarily.

          1. Tom

            Yah. Do you think it was part of the role he was in that was responsible? So many people I know say it was. . .but I don’t want to believe it was

            1. Abbi

              Apparently playing the Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman nearly drove Jack Nicholson over the edge so maybe it had some influence. But he’d played a series of intense dark roles so I don’t think it was one thing. He probably just didn’t know how to ask for help.

              1. Tom

                I understood that Nicholson had imparted some advice to Ledger on the role, that he shouldn’t take it too far and to make sure he prepares well for each day on set. That’s crazy stuff to me. Thats how crazy that role is. But yeah I’m wanting to say that he had some other, deeper issues. Very sad really considering the talent level.

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  16. jmount43

    Fassbender is an amazing actor and Mikkelsen is a better Lecter than even Hopkins. Yes, I just said that. By the way I added you to my blogroll, Abbi.

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  19. Cassell and Mads those are such good ones I had not even thought of, but they are so great!

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  23. Will Ferrell? Really?! No way for me, would be on the list of annoying ones. Otherwise, very nice list. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      I know it’s a bit of a left field choice but he absolutely cracks me up!

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