Super cool Brit and Shitfest winner Abbi, from Where the Wild Things Are, has started a national blogging phenomenon with her top 10 lists. If you check out her site, she has lists ranging from the best vampire flicks to the most villainous couples in screen history. Her top 10 actors list though has taken the cake and the baton to make your own list has been passing around the blogs like wild fire.
The lovely Lady Ruth over at FlixChatter has passed it to me. Yippee! Here is my list of actors I would watch in anything from a Kool-Aid commercial to an Oscar-worthy flick.
1. Robert DeNiro
Out of everyone on my list he would have to be my favorite. He is one of the first actors that made me realize I loved movies. I will always remember watching Once Upon a Time in America as a kid and being mesmerized by that film and his role. I probably shouldn’t have been watching mobster movies as a kid, but I did without my parents knowing. DeNiro is just that DENIRO, there is no other actor like him. He is magnetic and enthralling and supremely talented. I especially love it when he plays mobsters and badass crazy dudes. He will forever go down in history as one of the best actors that ever lived.
Fave Role: Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver and James Conway in Goodfellas
2. Kevin Spacey
Ugh, I die! He is so freakishly talented and amazing. He creates dramas and personas like it is nobody’s business. I would watch this man sell me a Snickers bar and I would so totally buy it. Can you imagine him selling it in his Frank Underwood voice? If you haven’t watched his portrayal of Frank Underwood in House of Cards, go switch on your Netflix and watch that right now!
Fave Role: Roger ‘Verbal’ Klint in The Usual Suspects and Frank Underwood in House of Cards
3. Tom Hardy
Not only is Tom Hardy my crush of the year, super beautiful (those lips!), gorgeous and oh wait, what are we talking about here, I lost track of my thinking? Oh yes… not only is he gorgeous, he is undeniably talented. He takes on gritty roles like in Bronson, where he looked almost unrecognizable, super villains like Bane and has even thrown in his hat at corny movies like This Means War. Which for this purpose, we won’t even ding him for that one. My point is he is the type of actor who can’t be pigeon holed as just a pretty face or type cast, he is an actor paving his own way.
Fave Role: Handsome Bob in RockNRolla
4. Jake Gyllenhaal
Not only is Jake a gorgeous, sexy dude, he is a seriously good actor. He first caught my attention in Donnie Darko and from there I knew I would become a Gylly fan. He can vascilitate between charming and enigmatic to disturbed and tortured. In all the characters he has played, he seems to emanate an air of sensitivity and is truly able to embrace the character he plays. I am looking forward to his upcoming film, Nightcrawler, where he will play a man who is willing to do anything to get the perfect shot of a crime scene that he can sell to media outlets. Sounds fascinating, I will definitely be watching that one!
Fave Role: Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain
5. Michael C. Hall
I absolutely love, love him! Michael is a theater enthusiast and started out in Broadway, this was definitely evident in Six Feet Under where he played a gay mortician. Sometimes he would randomly bust out in song and dance as David Fisher and it was obvious he did well on stage. Most known for his role as Dexter, he could easily switch from being a nice, nerdy guy to a murderous serial killer with ease. There is something about him that always make me root for him or sympathize with his plight like in Kill Your Darlings. A small part for him, but he still stood out. One of my favorite things about him though is his voice. I don’t know what it is, but I love it. Anyone else agree?
Fave Role: Dexter Morgan in Dexter
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
I have loved Leo since Growing Pains back in the day. I knew he would become a star, he was just too good and stood out on that corny TV show. He is the type of actor who has never done just one type of role, he has played a heroin addict, a rich guy, an autistic person, a gang member, an OCD freak, anything you name it, he has done it. He didn’t let himself get boxed in as a teenage heartthrob and that served him well as he was able to transition into serious roles. His best work though, hands down is when he pairs with the genius force that is Martin Scorsese. I’d watch Leo sitting on a chair doing nothing, but twiddling his fingers, yes I’d pay money to see that!
Fave Role: Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street
7. Jack Nicholson
If there was ever an actor who could play mischievous, charming and scary in one role, it would have to be Jack. His career has encompassed decades and that sinister voice and smile is now iconic. He was creepy in The Shining, loving in Terms of Endearment, a jerk off in Something’s Gotta Give and fear inducing in A Few Good Men, his ability to play any and every role with ease has been evident through the years.
Fave Role: J.J. Gittes in Chinatown
8. Stellan Skarsgard
Everything that this Swedish born actor does is pretty undeniably great. Whenever I find out that he is going to be in a film, my interest is piqued. He never disappoints. He has a tendency to play that overly smart, not ever humble type of guy and he has this intense look that serves him well when he plays a villain. Also, if I could give him extra points for being Eric Northman’s dad in real life, I totally would!
Fave Role: Seligman in Nymphomaniac
9. Colin Firth
I first fell in love with Colin when he played his infamous character of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Pride and Prejudice. He played quirky, intelligent and misanthropic perfectly. He has the ability to draw in viewers with his ability to show brooding emotions and similarly he is able to capture an essence of romance in everything he does. He is a true romantic and he always seems to make sense in a period piece. On another note, I think he would do great in a Woody Allen film and would be a great addition to one of his ensembles.
Fave Role: George in A Single Man
10. Mark Ruffalo
At the moment, Mark is one of my absolute favorite actors. There is something about him, he has charisma and has the ability to pretty much play any type of character. When I saw him in The Kids are All Right, he probably was the best character in the movie. He can be suave, chill, and laid back, but there is something to be said about someone who can play that type of character. I just saw The Normal Heart recently and I was blown away by his performance. If you have any doubts about Mark, just watch that movie and you will see his range of abilities.
Fave Role: Paul in The Kids are All Right
I just want to throw in one extra guy here. I am really loving him and can see him turning into an actor that will have a long career. Watch and see. He was harrowing in House of Cards and he is pretty bad ass and cool in the show The Strain. He will be in the new season of Homeland and the upcoming Marvel movie Ant-Man. He can pretty much play any character. I am glad he is finally taking Hollywood by storm!
I pass the baton to my super cool, South African pal Natasha from Life of This City Girl , who loves her actors and book reading as much as I do (well not as much as Zoe)!
30 thoughts on “Blogathon: Top 10 Actors I Would See In Just About Anything”
Great list and happy that my fellow swede Stellan made the list. I love him in pretty much everything.
Awesome you are right he is awesome! Go Swedes!
This is such an awesome list. I’ve always had a secret crush on Robert DeNiro! Good one Melissa!
Thanks Anna! Agreed he is my fave and I used to as well, even as an older man he is crush worthy.
Yay! Glad you finally did this list too, Melissa. We have a few of the same choices. Great job! Especially on that delicious Tom Hardy pic… 😉
Ohhh why hello! That picture is very come hither. hahaha! I think he’s on everyone’s list.
Great list! All of those guys are very talented. Recently saw Stoll in This Is Where I Leave You, and while he didn’t have a ton to do, he was solid in what he did do. Look forward to seeing more of him, and maybe I should get into The Strain, if only it wasn’t on during Sunday Night Football!
That’s good to hear, even if it is a small role he is getting noticed. What did you think of that movie? Record it! Trust me Sunday is football in my house too. What’s your team?
Arizona Cardinals! I used to live in Tucson so I’m a big fan. Now I’ve adopted the Browns as well after living in Ohio for a while now.
And you’re right, gotta make it a plan to see The Strain. Guess it’s time to make use of this On Demand free feature!
Nice! I am sure you are glad they won this weekend. I am a Chargers fan and Eagles by default because my husband is so I get it, my house is filled with football on Sunday. I did watch part of the Arizona game, and I heard the ESPN commentators, I want to say Ladanian Tomlinson say that the Cardinals could be as good as the Seahawks. Is that a bold statement or truth?! HMMMM!!! And yes go watch the Strain. It’s not the best show in the world, but it is fun to watch!
Excellent list! And I swear Tom Hardy is on everyone’s list. You know I’m South African though, right? I just live in London 😊
YES!!! SO SORRY ABBI DO FORGIVE!!! I thought of that after I posted it, I was thinking I know she mentions South Africa, but she lives in London, and ever since I started following you I always thought of you as a Brit so it was in my head. So sorry I will go in there and change it! Oh yes and thank you for inspiring us with your lists! 🙂
Aww… it’s okay! Expats are so confusing. There is no easy answer the question, “where are you from?”
Ok good as long as you don’t hate me. I don’t want the Shitfest winner to be hating on me. That is not good!! LoL
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Another awesome top 10 actor list. This time from the fabulous, Melissa over at Snap Crackle Watch!
Have you seen Cold In July? Michael C. Hall is great in it
No unfortunately I missed it when it came out here. It was only out for a few weeks and then it was gone from theaters. I need to check that one out I just looked it up looks like it is going to be released soon, so I will definitely be watching that one. Thanks Mikey!
Woo hoo!!! Awesome list, girly girl! I love that you have a mix of young and um, seasoned actors here, as did I. Where are the Brits though, only Tom Hardy and Colin Firth? What, what?? 😉 Hey nice to see Corey Stoll on here, I LOVE him as Hemingway in Midnight in Paris, such a chameleon actor!
I know right?! I thought I would have more too. There are more I just couldn’t think of them all. Can you say brain freeze?! So glad you appreciate Corey Stoll too, yay! Great minds think alike. 🙂
Ha..ha.. well I don’t think I could ever forget those Brits 😉 Speaking of which, I just reviewed something w/ James McAvoy, you like him too right? I just think he’s so immensely talented, wish more people saw this film.
Ahhh Yes I do like him of course! I am guessing The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, I know you wanted to see that one. 🙂 I just watched a movie with him this past weekend, Filth. Did you see it? I don’t think it is very Lady Ruth appropriate to tell you the truth. Ok I will go over there and catch up on your blog right now.
You know me too well girl!! Yeah, Eleanor Rigby is more like my type of movie. I’ve seen the trailer & read reviews of Filth, decided it’s not for me.
I think it’s cool that McAvoy is branching out doing something wild & crazy though, he’s a really versatile actor!
Yes totally when you think about it, those are two completely different kind of movies and you said he said he did great in Eleanor and he killed it in Filth. #actingwin
Fantastic list! Really cool to see such a diversity of high-profile actors. On my own list I could NOT believe I left of Kevin Spacey and another one who didn’t make it (but totally should have) is Daniel Day Lewis.
Thanks Tom! OHHH Daniel Day Lewis that is a good one and I totally forgot him too! Even after I finished the list and as I read others I am like oh damn that was one good, him too and him. lol We need a top 30 list at this point!
Great list. DeNiro is in my top 5 because even in bad movies, he’s still Robert DeNiro!!
Agreed! Did you see that corny movie, The Big Wedding? That was an awful movie but he wasn’t bad in it. I mean like you said it’s DeNiro!
I love that these lists have been making the rounds!! You have a pretty great one here, my friend. 🙂 Also, ERMERGERD KEVIN SPACEY WITH PUPPY IS THE CUTEST!!!!
Seriously me too love reading them! I know right… how freaking cute is that!
Excellent list woman! Ah, you and Natasha and Tom Hardy’s lips lol! Phew, so glad to see that DiCaprio was on this list. You know I would have had a heart attack if he wasn’t… do love Spacey, too!
Those Skarsgards are extremely entertaining. I absolutely ADORED Gustaf in Vikings, and we all know how in love I am with Alexander 😉