Alan Rickman is so versatile. He can totally play the villain, like Professor Snape, the Sheriff of Nottingham, or Hans Gruber. He can play a romantic, like Colonel Brandon, a straying husband (Love Actually), or a sarcastic comic. By Grabthar's hammer, he can do it all. And in each role, I enjoy how he portrays the character. Admit it; he's awesome.
Oh, Patrick Stewart. First, he has, pretty much, the best voice. I can listen to him talk all day. I know, I know... he hasn't been in a ton of stuff other than Star Trek or X-Men or whatever, but seriously, Patrick Stewart rules. I see him as a classical actor, an actor who can play on the stage. An actor who knoweth how to act. He just has a good ... screen presence. You know you want to love him. Make it so.
So, I guess Joaquin Phoenix isn't really going to act much anymore. I guess he has some demons that he needs to get out through music or whatever. Well, that's too bad. He was really good at acting. Seriously, his role in Gladiator as Commodus? Totally freaky. Amazingly evil. And he was so likeable in The Village and so talented in Walk the Line. ...at least for the 15 minutes I saw of that movie. Too bad for us. Sing away, Joaquin. Sing away.
(Are you rolling your eyes yet at my terrible humor?)
Alan Arkin is kind of like the forgotten child of the movie industries. It's not that he hasn't been in stuff because believe me, he has. No, it's that you probably don't even realize how much he's been in. First, he was insanely creepy in Wait Until Dark. I still jump everytime he jumps in that movie. Then he has had a lot of bit parts in other movies that you may remember, such as The Rocketeer or So I Married an Axe Murderer. And recently he was hilarious in Little Miss Sunshine. So, pay attention to Alan Arkin, the forgotten child. I think he's great, and it's not because of his brains or personality.
I KNOW. How can this be? I most definitely would not consider Jack Black to be a great actor. But you know what? He's hilarious. I can't help it. I like him. Even when he runs around being basically disgusting throughout the whole time in films such as, well, every film he's been in, he is so funny. He makes fantastic facial expressions and plays the dumbest characters, and I guess it just hits my funny bone. (Location: elbow area) In conclusion: fat loser who smells like body odor = lots of laughs from me.
I guess that all of America likes Will Smith just like me. From what I've noticed, if he's in a movie and no matter how terrible it really is, somehow it's still enjoyable because of Will Smith. I present for my evidence Hancock and The Pursuit of Happyness. They weren't really that great. In fact, I can't even remember the plot of The Pursuit of Happyness. I remember it being feel good-y, but ... meh. Oh, but Will Smith was in it, so it was great! See what I mean? For a complete list of movies that would have bombed without Will, click here. And the great thing is that he will probably continue to be great. The fat lady has absolutely not sung for Will.
Edward Norton is another one of those guys who is so versatile. When I look at him, I really see someone who should be ... well, more like his character in Keeping the Faith. But no, he can play Bruce Banner! Seriously! He can play all of these super cool characters in movies where you actually fear his cunning crafts. You think he's going to be normal and boring, and then all of a sudden he shocks you with his cleverness. He is really an illusionist.
Michael Caine is one of those actors that never seems to age. But not in a creepy way (like Leonardo: ew, yuck). Michael Cain was in the first Italian Job. You know, the one BEFORE the remake? (spoiler: old one = boring) It was made in the '60s! And you know what? He doesn't look THAT different! It works for him. And so does playing roles of intelligent advisor-type men. If I had to pick someone for the role of sideshow advisor, I'd pick him almost everytime (except Lost still needs Richard). I just don't believe that he's a dirty rotten scoundrel.
I hope you enjoyed my choices for this post! Do you agree/disagree? Who are some actors that you like?