I absolutely love watching movies. There's nothing I love more than browsing Netflix for a new-to-me movie or checking out what I can order from OnDemand/Google Play, etc. Cheesy movies, rom-coms, horror, ooh la la fancy Academy Award movies - you name it, I will watch them all.
And in my vast movie-watching experience, I have come to the following conclusion. There are many underrated actors out there. Those who can be counted on to give solid performances, but for whatever reason, never seem to get the accolades and the attention that they deserve. And you may not know these actors by name, but their faces will more than likely elicit a response of: "Oh yeahhhh.. that guy! He's so good!"
So, in no particular order, here are my top 5 most underrated actors.
Oh, Mark Ruffalo. You scruffy, likable, "every man" actor. I love him in everything. He quietly shines in all of his movies. I love his smile. I love when he gets angry. I love when he is sad. His emotions and scenes always feel so real. And yet, you don't really hear that much about him. I recently saw him in "Begin Again" with Keira Knightley and Adam Levine. His performance as a music label exec who is bored with the industry, who drinks too much, whose marriage has fallen apart - was spectacular. It truly made the whole movie. Some other great performances: Now You See Me, Shutter Island, Zodiac, In the Cut, We Don't Live Here Anymore. He's amazing!
Those eyes. Goodness gracious. They are intense. But he has played so many different memorable characters and I'm just surprised that he doesn't get more recognition. He has played the good guy, he's played the villain, he's just good at everything he does. Harry Potter movies, Skyfall, Great Expectations (2012 version), Clash of the Titans, The Reader, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Red Dragon, The English Patient, Schindler's List, Wuthering Heights, I could go on and on and on. Whenever I see that he is in a movie, I know it will be good.
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I know you know his face. And for the longest time I had no idea what his name was. But you've seen him in everything. And he ALWAYS gives a spectacular performance. Heat, Contact, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down, The Longest Yard, Invasion, Prison Break, Entourage, Elysium... we'll be here all day. He is one of those character actors that you can always depend on to deliver a great performance!
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James McA-Yum. Haha. His performances in Atonement and The Last King of Scotland alone guarantee him a spot on this list. But I first fell in love with him as Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia. And let's not forget X-Men and also he was the voice of Gnomeo in Gnomeo & Juliet (what? My kids loved it!). He gets an A+ in my book!
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He is SO good at being bad. I think that's part of why he is so underrated. People tend to focus more on the "good guy/hero" roles. But there's something to be said about an actor who can portray a villain with such complexity and authenticity. He blows me away. Hostage, Six Feet Under, Alpha Dog, X-Men, 3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger, Contraband - all excellent performances. He definitely deserves more recognition.
OK, so what did you think of my list? Do you agree? Who would you add? Share in the comments, I'm very interested to hear your thoughts.
P.S. The prompt for this week's Write or Die Wednesdays link up is below. Hope you join us!