Abbi from Where the Wild Things Are had another fantastic top ten list when she spoke of her top ten actors that would get her to watch just about anything. If you do not follow the delightful Abbi, that is considered to be a heinous crime that should be corrected immediately. Trust me, you will only be doing yourself a favour. I decided that she had such a wonderful list, I just had to get involved, and so I did! Anyhow, enough babbling, here are my top ten actors that could get me to watch just about anything (in no particular order – except my first three, of course).
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Where is the love: Come on, you people know me. I can moon over DiCaprio for a lifetime, I think he is the best thing ever. He is a solid actor, immerses himself in his roles and gives it his best, and can play any character you give him, no matter what. He always becomes his character, which makes quite the difference.
Best role: Sheesh, this isn’t even a little bit fair at all. I suppose if I must though, I would go with Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: None so far.
Where is the love: He’s freaking adorable, and he is such a talented actor. If I see DeHaan’s name attached to a project, I am invariably there. He is exceptionally underrated, and I am hoping since the last Amazing Spider-Man movie we will be seeing plenty more of him.
Best role: Cricket Pate in Lawless (2012)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Amigo (2010)
Where is the love: He’s Scottish, gifted, entertaining, and unafraid to push himself, whether it leaves him a pretty boy or a twit on screen, he tackles it all.
Best role: Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) – voice actor
Where is the love: The man is just a joy to watch. He pushes himself, doesn’t merely do one role, and is unafraid to test the boundaries. Plus the way he presents any character is just awesome.
Best role: Forrest Bondurant in Lawless (2012)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: This Means War (2012)
Where is the love: I love everything about this guy. I think that he is a highly underappreciated actor and that he needs far more recognition. He’s thrilling, impressive, dedicated and awesome every moment he is on screen.
Best role: Because he has been in more series than anything else, I am going to give it as Spock in the Star Trek movies and as Sylar in Heroes (2006 – 2010) as a series.
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Lizzie Maguire (2002)… looks like it was just an episode, but not the point. I am not watching that.
Where is the love: I believe he is quite the prick to work with and all that, but it cannot be denied that the man has acting chops. I absolutely love watching him on screen, whether in a title role or just a supporting character, he never fails to mesmerize.
Best role: Sherbet, this is more difficult than I thought. I mean think of Red Dragon and Fight Club… Right, I am going to go with Derek Vinyard in American History X (1998)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Where is the love: I always hate hearing that he is so successful because he is an attractive man. I don’t think that is a fair assessment at all. Brad Pitt always deliver the goods, no matter what he is in. He always manages to steal the show when he appears.
Best role: Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Counselor (2013)
Where is the love: I am relatively new to the whole Cumberbatch obsession thing. I have always thought that he was a good actor, but recently he has just been throwing out phenomenal performances left, right, and centre, and keeps amusing, entertaining, and owning all his roles.
Best role: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock (2010 – present) – to note, this is what really gave my admiration way to fester into obsession 😛
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Where is the love: Matt Damon is super talented and has always been a draw to a movie for me. He gives his role his best every time, and just works on so many levels.
Best role: Too many options… uhm… going to go with Jason Bourne in the Bourne movies and Colin Sullivan in The Departed (2006)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Happy Feet Two (2011)
Where is the love: Denzel Washington… what an actor! He has played just about everything, and he has played it all with a finesse rarely seen. Considering he is such a great action star, it is amazing that he can play anything else across the board.
Best role: Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Carbon Copy (1981)
Where is the love: Keanu Reeves. Need I say more? I suppose so. He has a huge filmography and a heartbreaking history, but the man never gives up and always gives us something awesome. Granted, not all his films are great, but Keanu Reeves is consistent and cool and I will watch him anywhere, anytime!
Best role: John Constantine in Constantine (2005)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1994)
Where is the love: The man has perfected his art and his craft. He is always worth going to check out, no matter the movie. He convinces you of the character that he plays, and that it isn’t just a role for him.
Best role: Another difficult one… but Alfred Borden in The Prestige (2006)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Harsh Times (2005)
Where is the love: Have you laid eyes on this guy? Well, then we are on the same page. But aside from that, I think he is really good at what he does, and has a very demanding screen presence, to be thoroughly honest.
Best role: Tate Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House (2011)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
Where is the love: He is engaging, subtle, commanding… he is all the things I love to see in an actor. He never really overdoes anything, and he just knows how to reel you in, no matter what he is doing.
Best role: Robert Capa in Sunshine (2007)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Edge of Love (2008)
Where is the love: He is always fascinating to watch, always adding substance to any project he is attached to. He’s also played just about everything, and perfected playing the bad guy, but you can still watch him in any other role and not get hung up on how he is supposed to be evil.
Best role: M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – to note, I didn’t see this happening but wow, he was fantastic in here!
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Robert Downey Jr.
Where is the love: Well, everyone knows Robert Downey Jr. now and all, but before Iron Man I always liked him. Before being a big star he was a favourite of mine, and next thing I knew he was everywhere and only Tony Stark. He is very good, entertaining, dry, quick wit and fast, delivering his lines flawlessly, which is always fun, fun.
Best role: Harry Lockhart in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Where is the love: He’s good, he’s solid, he’s dependable, and can really, really nail the role of jackass, though at the same time you can sort of understand him. Always delivers an emotionally complex character.
Best role: I’d love to say Inglourious Basterds (2009), but such a short scene. Other than that, Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Angel (2007)