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10 Once great actors whose careers have gone into decline

Whether it’s because of personal problems, bad film choices, laziness or possibly an over-estimation of their talent level in the first place we all know actors who once had a brilliant career but seem to have squandered their potential. Here are ten of the ones I have found the most disappointing. Read more…

Top 10 future stars for 2014 – actor edition

This week I have assembled a list of ten actors that I think have the potential to make it as A-list Hollywood stars in the future. Some of them have been around longer than others and some have had more exposure than others but I think they’re all a step away from mega-stardom as yet.

Ansel Engelort

Ansel Elgort
What makes him stand out?: The Fault in Our Stars would have probably completely bombed if it wasn’t for Engelort’s warmth and charm. He was also the only bearable thing about the Carrie reboot.
Recent standout roles: Gus in The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Interesting upcoming roles: Tim Mooney in Men Women and Children (2014)
Current star rating: 50/100
“Most actors nowadays are models turned actors. That’s why a lot of young actors are terrible. You have to learn how to act. It is not something that you can just do.”

Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan
What makes him stand out?: He has a real intensity and isn’t afraid to take on daring, quirky roles.
Recent standout roles: Andrew Detmer in Chronicle (2012), Cricket Pate in Lawless (2012)
Interesting upcoming roles: James Dean in Life (2015)
Current star rating: 70/100
“When people recognize your work and want to reward you for what you’ve done, that’s a good feeling.”

Dylan OBrien

Dylan O’Brien
What makes him stand out?: His performance turned what would have been a mediocre adaption of a mediocre young adult nvel and made it ten times more enjoyable than it would have been without him.
Recent standout roles: Thomas in The Maze Runner (2014)
Upcoming interesting roles: Thomas in The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (2015)
Current star rating: 20/100
“I just want to work with good filmmakers and do good projects that mean something to me and play interesting characters. That’s really it.”

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Ellar Coltrane
What makes him standout?: His central performance in Boyhood was powerful enough to carry a three-hour long film that spanned twelve years.
Recent standout roles: Mason in Boyhood (2014)
Upcoming interesting roles: He’s not got anything reported coming out but I’m sure it won’t be long.
Current star rating: 10/100
“Most of what Mason goes through is very much the story. There’s not many of his experiences that are really familiar to me. But emotionally, and psychologically – I think that’s where my input and comparison to my own life came in. Even if I hadn’t exactly experienced the things that Mason was going through, there was always a place in my life that I could compare it to.

Jack OConnell

Jack O’Connell
What makes him standout?: He always gives an absolutely raw, balls to the wall, no holds barred performance
Recent standout roles: Eric Love in Starred Up (2014), James Cook in ’71 (2014)
Interesting upcoming roles: Toby in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Current star rating: 45/100
“I want to create a body of work that is entertaining and speaks to people for a long time. Longer than my life span.”

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke
What makes him standout?: He’s an unassuming actor who draws you in with his quiet power
Recent standout roles: Howard Bondurant in Lawless (2012),Malcolm in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Interesting upcoming roles: John Connor in Terminator: Genisys (2015)
Current star rating: 75/100
“I can’t complain about the roles that have come my way.”

Kit Harington

Kit Harington
What makes him standout?: He probably isn’t going to be one of the great actors of our time but there’s no doubt that the combination of soulful eyes and washboard abs is a good one in Hollywood.
Recent standout roles: Jon Snow in Game of Thrones (2011 – ), Milo in Pompeii (2014)
Interesting upcoming roles: Billy Bradley in Seventh Son (2015)
Current star rating: 55/100
“You find with the really great actors, the ones you really admire and look up to, very often they’re very giving, generous, warm people.”

Max Schnetzer

Ben Schnetzer
What makes him standout?: He is a total chameleon and completely disappears into every role he plays
Recent standout roles: Max Vandenburg in The Book Thief (2013), Mark in Pride (2014)
Interesting upcoming roles: Unknown in Warcraft (2016)
Current star rating: 15/100
“When I decided I wanted to go to drama school, I realized that a lot of the actors whose careers I really admire and whose work I really admire were English and English trained. I felt there was a real vocational feel to work in the UK.”


Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac
What makes him standout?: His brooding intensity.
Recent standout roles: Llewyn Davis in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Interesting upcoming roles: Unknown in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Current star rating: 30/100
“I think that when you decide to dedicate yourself to creative endeavors and surround yourself with people who are creative, you very quickly learn how hard it is to survive doing those kinds of things, not to mention make a living at them.”

Tate Langdon

Evan Peters
What makes him standout?: He stole X-Men: Days of Future Past from James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender. That’s impressive.
Recent standout roles: Various in American Horror Story (2011 -), Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Interesting upcoming roles: Unknown in Lazarus (2015)
Current star rating: 40/100
“If you get an audition and you’re out of work, you just say, ‘I’ve gotta go on this.'”

As always with these, feel free to join in and post your picks. I’ll be doing actresses next week. (Not literally, Eric).

My top 10 blue eyed actors

As you all know there is nothing I like better than borrowing a good idea. This time I have decided to appropriate Cindy Bruchman’s lovely Mr Bright Eyes post where she listed her top ten blue eyed actors with the qualifying point being that the actors blue eyes play a part in their star power. Blue eyes themselves are fascinating from an evolutionary perspective. There is no benefit to blue eyes what so ever and all blue eyes can be linked to a single mutation as originally humans all had brown eyes. The only reason geneticists have come up with to explain why they have survived and are so widespread is because they were likely to have been valued for their beauty, something which still happens today. (Of course I am not just saying this because my eyes are blue).

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch
Best role: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock
“Mystique is rare now, isn’t it? There aren’t that many enigmas in this modern world.”

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam
Best role: Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy
I was playing pretty boys and these angelic roles like Nicholas Nickleby and all that stuff. And I was like, ‘What am I doing? This isn’t who I am, as a man or an artist.’ I had to overcome people’s belief that I was too pretty to be a badass.”

Christ Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth
Best role: James Hunt in Rush (2013)
“I feel like I’m ready for any dangerous situation that might come my way, provided I have a hammer on me.”

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy
Best role: Jim in 20 Days Later (2002)
“The best roles you have to fight for. You have to really want to do it and you have to go after it.”


Michael Fassbender
Best role: Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave (2013)
“It’s more interesting isn’t it, if I’ve got a hedonistic dark side?”

Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult
Best role: R in Warm Bodies (2013)
“I don’t mind my eyebrows. They add… something to me. I wouldn’t say they were my best feature, though. People tell me they like my eyes. They distract from the eyebrows.”

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Paul Newman
Best role: Luke in Cool Hand Luke (1967)
“Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.”

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston
Best role: Adam in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
“I was informed yesterday that there’s a Twitter account for my laugh. Very hard to get used to things like that. Pretty amazing.”

Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel
Best role: Ragnar Lothbrok in Vikings
“I’m a farm boy. I would rather live in that time when you had to provide for your family. I don’t know. I’m a country kid, so I don’t like modern technology.”


Garrett Hedlund
Best role: Neal Moriarty in On the Road (2012)
“It’s funny – I read that women look to chiseled-faced guys for one-night stands, and to round-faced guys for marriage. When I’m rounder in the face, I like to say, ‘This is my long-term look.’ Or ‘This is my wife-and-kids look right here.'”

My top 10 character actors

To make it as a Hollywood leading man you not only need to be an amazing actor but you also need the looks and the body to pull in the crowds. Fortunately good movies are not all about the leading man and some of the most memorable performances come from actors who have made their name playing secondary characters rather than they guy who saves the day/gets the girl/wins the game. They appear again and again often carving out a niche but most of the time no one remembers their names. Without them the world of cinema would be a much more boring place. These are my favourites.

2014AndySerkis_Getty453915637210314Andy Serkis
Niche role: More often than not you never actually see Serkis’ face since he’s a pioneer in playing motion-capture characters.
Most memorable role: Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Show-stealing ability: 7/10
“For me, I’ve never drawn a distinction between live-action acting and performance-capture acting. It is purely a technology.”

Danny-Trejo---Machete-005Danny Trejo
Niche role:
If you need a tough Latino convict/gangster/drug dealer there simply isn’t anyone better
Most memorable role: Machete in Machete (2010) and Machete Kills (2013)
Show-stealing ability: 5/10
“Hollywood wants guys who can act tough – Hollywood don’t want tough guys.”

Eddie-Marsan-interview-007Eddie Marsan
Niche role: The straight man to an utterly out of control wild character, who takes his loyalty for granted.
Most memorable role: Bladsey in Filth (2013)
Show-stealing ability: 4/10
“I sometimes think if I had gone to Oxford or Cambridge and looked like a handsome young guy who could be in an Evelyn Waugh novel or something, I’d be a massive movie star. But there’s a longevity to what I do. It’s more reliable. Someone isn’t deciding that I’m the next big thing. Because if they’re deciding I’m the next big thing, they can decide that someone else is the next big thing.”

ernie_hudson_bannerErnie Hudson
Niche role: Police chief who acts as a voice of reason
Most memorable role: Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989)
Show-stealing ability: 3/10
“After all these years, almost 30 years later, whenever I’m on the street, someone will call out, ‘Who you gonna call?'”

hoffman_2815206bPhilp Seymour Hoffman Niche role: Larger-than-life eccentric who has a cutting insight into what is going on
Most memorable role: Lester Bangs in Almost Famous (2010)
Show-stealing ability: 9/10
“Actors are responsible to the people we play. I don’t label or judge. I just play them as honestly and expressively and creatively as I can, in the hope that people who ordinarily turn their heads in disgust instead think, ‘What I thought I’d feel about that guy, I don’t totally feel right now’ “

img_8896Jason Flemyng
Niche role: Monster with a heart. His best roles always seem to involve full disfiguring make-up.
Most memorable role: Azazel in X-Men: First Class (2011)
Show-stealing ability: 5/10
“My skill, which I’ve mastered, is being slightly out of focus behind really expensive actors.”

movies-chris-cooperChris Cooper
Niche role: Tough but flawed military man
Most memorable role: Colonel Fitts in American Beauty (2000)
Show-stealing ability: 8/10
“I suspect that a lot of studio executives still think of me as ‘what’s-his-name’.”

pete-postlethwaite-311372914Pete Poselthwaite
Niche role: Wise father-figure
Most memorable role: Father Laurence in Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Show-stealing abilitiy: 6/10
“It’s all in the cheekbones, this career of mine. They are quite whopping, aren’t they? Who was it that said, ‘He looks like he’s got a clavicle stuck in his mouth?'”

william-Fichtner-prison-break1William Fichtner
Niche role: Morally bereft sleaze-ball
Most memorable role: John Carlyle in Elysium (2013)
Show-stealing ability: 5/10
“What I truly get excited about is not the genre of a movie or the size of a part – it’s character. I like to find characters.”

Reservoir Dogs (1992)Steve Buscemi
Niche role: Creepy loser/nutter who never stops talking
Most memorable character: Mr Pink in Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Show-stealing ability: 10/10
“It’s weird; I was not a really tough guy in high school, but I end up playing all of these psychopaths and criminals. I don’t really care who they are, as long as they are complicated and going through something that I can understand and put across.”

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.”

The top 10 actors that irrationally annoy the shit out of me

So after the popularity of last week’s post on the top 10 actresses that irrationally annoy the shit out of me, I decided to follow up with an actor’s edition. I feel like this might be a bit more contentious than the actress edition since there are some really big, very widely loved names here… let the debate begin.

Aaron-Taylor-Johnson-in-Anna-Karenina-16Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Irrational irritation: He may be gorgeous but in between his silly little voice and the fact that he can’t act his way out of a paper bag, I can’t be dealing with him
Most annoying role: John in Nowhere Boy (2009)
Irritation exception: Still waiting
Irritation factor: 3/10
“I haven’t got any friends from where I grew up, but that’s not to do with fame.”

article-0-14B66BFF000005DC-775_634x473Tom Hanks
Irrational irritation: He’s so nice. People who are too nice make me really suspicious.
Most annoying role: Robert Langon in The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Irritation exception: Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia (1993)
Irritation factor: 6/10
“Prior to Saving Private Ryan I never worked with men. I was always working with some babe, and it was always about falling in love, and it just got turned around. I’m not looking for any particular kind of story. I wait until it comes across my desk.

christian-bale-talks-terminator-01-430-75Christian Bale
Irrational irritation: This is a tough one to explain because I think Bale is an excellent actor. I just think he has a weird creepy mouth and maybe he should stop being so mean to his wife and he’s not my Batman.
Most annoying role: Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Irritation exception: There are several  but my standout is Trevor Reznik in The Machinist (2004)
Irritation factor: 7/10
“If everyone really knew what a jerk I am in real life, I wouldn’t be so adored in the slightest.”

imagesRobert Pattinson
Irrational irritation: My friend Lucy says he has a face like a naan bread. Also he can’t act and he has weird long nipple hair.
Most annoying role: Georges DuRoy in Bel Ami (2012)
Irritation exception: Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – sorry, Jen.
Irritation factor: 5/10
“For some reason I have extraordinarily heavy saliva. If I try and spit, I can only get it about a foot. And someone informed me the other day it’s because I have very heavy saliva. I thought it was because I didn’t have much lip power. Have you ever had someone spit on you in a kind of erotic way? It’s pretty great.”

jamie-foxx-bet-awards-2012-press-room-03Jamie Foxx
Irrational irritation: His music involves lyrics that make Blurred Lines sound like The Teletubbies… check this out.
Most annoying role: Curtis Taylor Jr. in Dreamgirls (2008)
Irritation exception: Django in Django Unchained (2012)
Irritation factor: 9/10
“It’s so easy to play us guys that I hate to give away secrets to women because I know they’ll use them. But OK, if you just simply don’t give a guy the time of day, every once in awhile, it just makes us more like ‘What do we do?’ Men are developed to conquer. When we can’t seem to conquer, we stay in it no matter what.

russell-croweRussell Crowe
Irrational irritation: He epitomises every boorish stereotype you have ever heard about Australians
Most annoying role: Maximus in Gladiator (2008)
Irritation exception: Richie Roberts in American Gangster (2007)
Irritation factor: 6/10
“I’d like to play passionate women, but no one will let me.

tom-cruise-paycut-for-mission-impooibeTom Cruise
Irrational irritation: He’s very obviously batshit crazy
Most annoying role: Joseph Donnelly in Far and Away (1992)
Irritation exception: Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire (1996)
Irritation factor: 10/10
“Some people, well, if they don’t like Scientology, well, then, fuck you. Really. Fuck you. Period.”

Irrational irritation: It’s the giant lantern jaw and that he is clearly nowhere near as talented as his brother.
Most annoying role: Matt Murdock in Daredevil (2003)
Irritation exception: George Reeves in Hollywood Land (2006)
Irritation factor: 5/10
“There’s something really great and romantic about being poor and sleeping on couches.

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Oscars Outdoors Screening Of "Grease"John Travolta
Irrational irritation: What the fuck has happened to his hair/face?
Most annoying role: James Ubriacco in Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
Irritation exception: Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994)
Irritation factor: 4/10
“I have fame on the level of a Marilyn Monroe or an Elvis Presley, but part of the reason I didn’t go the way they did was because of my beliefs. People make judgments about Scientology, but often they don’t know what they’re talking about.

1105-sam-worthington-5Sam Worthington
Irrational irritation: He always seems to be annoyed plus he can’t do accents for shit
Most annoying role: Jake Sully in Avatar (2009)
Irritation exception: Maybe he’ll actually make something decent some day
Irritation factor: 2/10
“A mate of mine told me recently, ‘It’s the first time I’ve seen you work, Worthington.’ I thought that was quite funny, but he was right.

My top 10 inseperable actors and directors

Some directors seem to find an actor or actors that they love… and then work with them over and over again. I can imagine when you find someone you click with who gets your vision it must be hard not to just keep coming back to them. This week I’m sharing my top ten inseparable actors and directors… and yes, I know I have Scorsese twice.

Woody_Allen (1)Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
Number of collaborations: 8
Most notable collaboration: Annie Hall (1977)
Keaton and Allen were not only colleagues but also lovers, something which unsurprisingly played out in a lot of their films together.
Likelihood of them working together again: 2/10
Diane Keaton on Woody Allen:
“He had a great body. I was in love with him before I knew him. He was Woody Allen … He was so hip, with his thick glasses and cool suits.”  

will-ferrell-adam-mckay-23-7-10-kc Adam McKay and Will Ferrell
Number of collaborations: 5, with McKay as a director
Most notable collaboration: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Whether you love or hate Ferrell, all of his funniest films were made with McKay at the helm. There’s no question that these two really get each other.
Likelihood of them working together again: 10/10
Will Ferrell on Adam McKay:
 “I selfishly want to only work with Adam and have him only work with me. Yet at the same time, I want other actors, other people to see. I don’t know if people really, truly know how good Adam McKay is.”

shameSteve McQueen and Michael Fassbender
Number of colloborations: 3
Most notable collaboration: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Despite the fact that McQueen didn’t immediately like Fassbender, he launched his career and the two have been inseparable since.
Likelihood of them working together again: 8/10
Michael Fassbender on working with McQueen on Shame:
“So, together, we were experiencing a lot. I could see, on Steve’s face, the passion and wanting to get it right, and I wanted to get it right, too. We just formed a language, very quickly. When we started Shame, it was like we had just walked off the set of Hunger and onto that. We picked it up, immediately. It was amazing.”

'The Wolf of Wall Street' : Photocall At Cinema Gaumont Opera CapucinesMartin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
Number of collaborations: 5
Most notable collaboration: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Likelihood of them working together again: 5/10
Apparently Di Caprio idolised for Scorsese for years before he worked with him and practically begged him to work with him.
Leonardo DiCaprio on Martin Scorsese:
“As soon as I got the opportunity to finance a movie based on my own name, the only person on that list to be able to work with, at least only once, was Martin Scorsese. So I tracked down the only screenplay I knew had a character for me in it, and that was ‘Gangs of New York.’ ”

samuel-l-jackson-quentin-tarantino-getty-630-378Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson
Number of collaborations: 5 (if you count Inglorious Basterds)
Most notable collaboration: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Likelihood of them working together again: 10/10
Tarantino loves to write OTT characters and Jackson loves playing them. Apparently the two are good friends off-screen as well.
Samuel L. Jackson on working with Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained
“I would say that Quentin’s way is the way to reach a larger audience, and slavery seems to be another backdrop. We seldom understand that when people were out there shooting Indians or whatever, on the other side of the Mississippi  there were people getting beaten down. This is the first time those genres cross paths.”
Paul-Thomas-Anderson-Philip-Seymour-HoffmanPaul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Number of collaborations: 5
Most notable collaboration: Boogie Nights (1997)
Likelihood of them working together again: Unfortunately, 0/10
Hoffman stated that he believed Anderson brought out the best in him as an actor and Anderson specifically wrote The Master for Hoffman.
Anderson on working with Hoffman on The Master:
“The biggest reason for this film, for me, was to make something with Phil that we built from the ground up. Like you said, we’d worked together before, and it was a couple weeks here, or ten days. It never felt satisfying enough. I wanted to work with him on a larger scale and in a deeper way. I would just start sharing pages with him and showing what I was up to. It was a great way to work.”

deppburtonTim Burton and Johnny Depp
Number of collaborations: 8
Most notable collaboration: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Likelihood of them working together again: 6/10, their last few pairings have been less than stellar so it might be better if they don’t.
Depp and Burton are said to have made an instant connection based on similar childhoods. Since Burton regularly seems to cast Depp opposite his wife, one has to wonder if Burton secretly wishes he was Depp.
Tim Burton on Johnny Depp:
“It’s very nice to have someone that you can have a completely abstract conversation with and leave the room, feel like everything’s fine, and then realise that if you pick it apart, you have absolutely no idea what either of you said.”

de+niro+scorseseMartin Scorsese and Robert De Niro
Number of collaborations: 8
Most notable collaboration: Raging Bull (1980)
Likelihood of them working together again: 9/10
Scorsese and De Niro met through Brian De Palma and made a series of gritty crime dramas  that explored the dark side of the male psyche.
Martin Scorsese on Robert De Niro:
“And even now I still know of nobody who can surprise me on the screen the way he does — and did then. No actor comes to mind who can provide such power and excitement.

bill-murray-wes-andersonWes Anderson and Bill Murray
Number of collaborations: 7
Most notable collaboration: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Likelihood of them working together again: 10/10
Anderson has several favourite actors but his connection with Bill Murray seems to be unbreakable. After working together on Rushmore, Anderson has featured Murray in every single film he has made.
Bill Murray on Wes Anderson:
“Sometimes, when you work with a director you know you not only may never see him again, sometimes you hope you never seen him again. And that goes for the director as well. They can’t wait for you to leave. They drive you to the airport to make sure you leave. That happens. With Wes, I’ve never gotten a ride to the airport. I’m just so happy with how Wes just gets better.”

nepotism-coens-590The Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand
Number of collaborations: 6
Most notable collaboration: Fargo (1996)
Likelihood of them working together again: 8/10
In 1985 McDormand, the Coen brothers, Holly Hunter and Sam Raimi shared a house, which is how she came to debut in their first film Blood Simple. She has been married to Joel Coen for thirty years, which probably helps to strengthen the connection.
Frances McDormand on Joel Coen:
“The one thing that hasn’t changed is trust. I trust him a lot.”