What I Love About The World

Sunday, March 12, 2006

19. Actors

Woah, you all know how much I like to whip up controversy based on subjective assertions of preference, well "The World's Greatest Actor" is a 4 hour programme tonight on Channel 4 (9-1) that I want you all to try and watch, to be honest it sounds like the most-easy-to-watch-programme ever (ass.). This'll be a good one because it's voted for by actors, so no ignorant public input (neg.). As such I'm going to take this opportunity to lavish praise upon my Top 10 actors of all time, see how may crop up tonight.

Disclaimer: sorry, but I'm going to be overlooking Olivier and such, just haven't seen enough films with them outside of school English classes that actually mean too much to me. Also, no actresses (misogynist? no)

Ok another disclaimer: some of these may have only made 2 or 3 good films, but these films and their portrayals have been so good (cf spot fucking on) that they warrant a certain inclusion

Top 10 for me (took a while to decide) in no particular order:
Christopher Lee (come on, Wicker Man, Man With Golden Gun, LOTR, Dracula)
John Travolta (sex on legs)
Bill Murray (wow, nuff respect, funny talented man - that new film looked a bit shit tho)
Robert de Niro ("They say genius' pick green Greg, but then you didn't pick it...")
Al Pacino (turned down the role of Hans Solo in Star Wars: bada-bing)
Michael Madsen (wow this man's good! seriously he is a demi-god)
Dennis Hopper (not just Speed: Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider, True Romance)
Harrison Ford (solly Bill)
Marlon Brando (great acting, plus he's screwed half of all actors/actresses ever)
Johnny Depp (I still don't know if he's made a bad film, or at least been in one where he's bad)

Christopher Walken
Oliver Reed
James Dean
Bruce Willis
Redford and Newman (just for Butch Cassidy {and Sneakers?})
Val Kilmer (love or hate The Doors film, he pulls off Jim very well, which I'm sure is something which we'd all like to do.. yes like that (tug.)
Sean Bean (no one does Northern grit better)
Tim Roth
Sean Penn

Ones People Will Say I've Forgotten
Kevin Spacey (he's good, but i prefer the films he's been in to him himself if that makes sense)
Dustin Hoffman (good in Straw Dogs but plays that Jewish card a bit too much for my liking)
Tom Cruise (fuck right off. yes jules he does look sexy in Magnolia, and his acting's good too there)
Nic Cage (wow i used to hate this chap's style, but after watching Adaptation i love the man - also Wild At Heart/Leaving Las Vegas)

this is getting to the point where i'm just listing famous rich people with a semblance of talent, so i'll stop, just watch the fucking programme and tick these fuckers off
oh nothing would make me more happy than all of you leaving your top 10 in the comments section


At 9:25 AM, Blogger bob said...

i don't like making top ten lists i always get things wrong

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous g said...

ahh, mate what about rutger hauer just for that speech?

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm forgot nicholson and bogart

At 10:17 AM, Blogger bob said...

pahhh i tried and failed.

Ellen Burstyn in requiem is good. I don't watch enough tv to tell you anything of value

At 10:18 AM, Blogger bob said...

who plays paul robinson???? he's good

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous g said...

stefan denis, what an absolute (prosthetic) leg. he's a failed new romantic type pop singer you know, look for some pictures. in requiem does she play the older bird hooked on pills? if so, yes she's talent on toast. Ever get the feeling it's just me and you bob?

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous tom r said...

some of the actors in your list definitely deserve to be there: Marlon Brando (see 'On the Waterfront'), Al Pacino and Johnny Depp (never fails to deliver a great performance!). However, the other actors that I would have in my top ten would be:
James Dean
Vincent Cassall (amazing French Actor: see him in 'La Haine', 'Sur mes levres' and 'Irreversible', if his acting skills did not command my respect for him, I would hate him cos he is married to Monica Belucci!)
Dustin Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Anthony Hopkins
Edward Norton
Denzel Washington

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous tom r said...

p.s. must not forget jack nicholson either!

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous g said...

yass yass edward norton good call. morgan freemans good but he is typecast as the benevolent big black lion heart of gold loyal fidel type guy. good nonetheless

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous g said...

yass yass edward norton good call. morgan freemans good but he is typecast as the benevolent big black lion heart of gold loyal fidel type guy. good nonetheless

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Jules said...

Ellen Burstyn is indeed the old bird hooked on pills...And what a fantastic film! *This is what happens to you if you mis-use drugs...* Riiiight George a provisional few people........

Philip Seymour Hoffman
William H Macy (Fargo, Magnolia,Boogie Nights...and he's married to Felicity Huffman (desperate housewife)
Johnny Depp (Everything the man does is a marvel)
Bill Murray (Lost In Translation Alone!)
Vince Vaughn (maybe??)

And I do like Nicholas Cage....I'm going to have to mull over a final list, and get back to you.

**Note how I have Not mentioned Tom Cruise!**

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous g said...

yeh murray!
altho i think lost in translation = massively overrated

At 2:33 PM, Blogger bob said...

Award for dullest actor of all time:

Bill Murray


At 5:12 PM, Anonymous g said...

erm what? is this a wind up?

At 8:38 AM, Anonymous billy said...

paul newman must be in.

sundance kid plus hustler plus cool hand luke = movie legend.

interesting but shrewd choice cf John Travolta.

(Robert de Niro
Al Pacino
Christopher Walken
Brando) = shoe in.

jack nicholson must be thar.

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous billy said...


if newman had only made 'the hustler'. for me, he would be in.

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous g said...

Yeh i definitely agree that newman has that sort of humility factor, just those eyes/furrowed brow/honesty/smile: very charismatic.
Nice to see Gary Oldman in the top 50, love his turn in True Romance

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Mikey S said...

i can't believe vin diesel in 'Riddick' hasn't had a shout yet.


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