Picking up two years after the events of season one, Peaky Blinders season two is once again focused on Tommy Shelby’s (Cillian Murphy) relentless ambition. Having taken clear control of Birmingham’s underworld with a focus on the legitimate site of the betting industry, Tommy has his sights set on London. The London gangs are not going to roll over without a fight though and playing the Italian and Jewish gangs against each other is not as simple as he immediately thinks.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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
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.”