After the success of my post about female movie characters who kick ass I decided to follow up with a TV version since TV has also given us some pretty tough female characters although I would argue that we definitely need loads more. Again I am focusing on characters who physically kick ass. Read more…
There are loads of roles out there for male characters that are seriously kick ass – from Bond (*vom*) to Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker and about 40 different superheroes tough male characters with serious fighting skills are dime a dozen. The same cannot be said for female characters. For some reason Hollywood seems to think we don’t want to see chicks kick ass (we do). So in the hope of inspiring all the big time producers who obviously read this blog I am bringing you a list my my favourite kick ass chicks. For the purposes of this list I am specifically featuring characters who physically kick ass. Read more…
Inspired by Cara’s recent posts about her favourite Superhero Movies on Silver Screen Serenade, which you can read here and here, I have decided to talk about my own favourite Superhero movies. I feel like this post might be a little contentious since it features exactly zero Christopher Nolan Batman movies (there is only one Batman and his name is MICHAEL KEATON) and three X-Men movies and two movies about people who don’t actually have any powers (but then neither do Batman or Black Widow) and one about people with powers who aren’t actually heroes… but here goes anyway! Read more…
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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?'”
Philp 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’ “
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.”
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’.”
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?'”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.“
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.”
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.”
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.“
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.“
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.“
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.“
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.“