I have many favourite film actors. Some are a popular choice, some are a little more obscure. I love Robert De Niro, Daniel Day Lewis, Al Pacino. I think De Niro’s performance in Raging Bull (1980) is one of the most immersive performances I have seen. Day Lewis however, the work he did in My Left Foot (1989) and There Will Be Blood (2009) blows the mind even more so than the work De Niro did in Raging Bull or Taxi Driver (1976). I love Gary Oldman, though at times I think his talent is wasted when he’s type-cast as villains, even though I think there is no better actor around at present at playing villains. I have a man-crush on Oldman. Some say he is the best actor in the world who has never won an Oscar. I’d have to agree. “Beat” Takeshi, also known as Takeshi Kitano when behind the camera, is a dynamo hyphenate artist. An imposing, ultra-cool, Eastern Eastwood in some ways, he can do anything. He was once a stand-up comedian, he then turned to acting, co-starred in Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1982) alongside Bowie - Japan ridiculed him for it. Then he directed himself in the titular role of Violent Cop (1989) playing a violent cop believe it or not, and a legend was born. If you haven’t seen Sonatine (1993) or Hana-bi (1997), I’d recommend going on Amazon and getting yourself a copy sharpish. Kitano is also a painter, a sports pundit, an essayist, a game show host (remember Takeshi’s Castle?), a novelist, a film editor, a TV presenter and I’m sure he’s adding something else to that list as we speak. Even though half his face was disfigured after a moped crash, he continues to do some strong work and is probably most famous for Battle Royale (post-crash, 2000).
I also like John Cusack, however 2012 (2010) has to be one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. I actually wanted Cusack to die. Whoops. I love his Rob Gordon from High Fidelity (2000) and his Martin Blank from Grosse Pointe Blank (1997).
Nicolas Cage is surreal magic, or at least he used to be - he needs to do a lot these days to make up for movie sacrilege like the The Wicker Man remake and Bangkok Dangerous (20andblah). He’ll always be a legend for his 80s, 90s and various noughties work (Adaptation, 2002, comes to mind) and word-of-mouth says he’s back on blistering form with Kick-Ass (2010).
Tim Roth is cool - Tim Roth + Gary Oldman = blush.
Female actors? I do love Irene Jacob in The Double Life of Veronique (1991) and also In Three Colours: Red (1993). Audrey Tautou - I wish you good luck in ever out-charming yourself in Amelie (2001). Juliette Binoche - just saying your dulcet surname sends an electrical current up my spine.
Heath Ledger. Will never forget Monsters Ball (2001), Candy (2006), Brokeback Mountain (2005) and The Dark Knight (2009).
Haven’t seen too many braver performances than Joe’s in Mysterious Skin (2004). Or seen many cooler movies than Brick (2005).
And Brad Pitt. Like Di Caprio, he has proved that he’s not just a pretty face. I would have given him an Oscar for Fight Club (1999), and his current work has been breathtaking. Babel (2006), The Assassination of Jesse James (2008?). I think it’s safe to say that Scorsese has found his secondary De Niro in Di Caprio. Having seen Shutter Island last night I was haunted by his performance. How he grew the balls to play a Zimbabwean in such a heavy film like Blood Diamond (2007) is some crazy confidence.
Christian Bale is nuts. I mean that in a good way. Totally nuts for nearly killing himself for The Machinist (2003). Totally scary in Harsh Times (2006) and absolutely hysterical in American Psycho (1999).
As for emerging actors, I like where Casey Affleck and Paul Dano could go. And Soarise Ronan is some talent.
I could go on and on boring you to tears. One more actor I’ll add is Tom Hardy, of Bronson (2009) fame - just utterly brilliant. And I once had a crush on Alison Lohman.
Ah, Sean Penn. Another one. Kevin Spacey.
And Patrick McGoohan.
Edward Norton. And Matt Damon.
Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast (2000). Uhhhhh…
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