As a film fanatic, which is a prettier description for a person who just loves all kinds of films and not only those praised by critics, that has been crazy about going to the film theatre ever since she was a child, it's only natural that by now, I have a long list of actors whose work has never let me down. In other words; whichever brilliant or crappy film they're in, I still take pleasure in just watching them dart over the screen. Now, as today is Actors Day, I thought I'd share ten of those actors on that long list of mine, and I hope that at the end of this post: you'll do the same. It'll be fun! Let's go.
EWAN MCGREGOR. Let's immediately start with the big one, shall we? There are hardly enough words to describe why I love Ewan McGregor so much. I have ever since I saw Trainspotting for the very first time, which lead to looking up every other film he'd been in (if you're sneaky and check out his filmography, there's a liiiiitle film called 'A Life Less Ordinary' somewhere in the nineties. Pure coincidence. 😏 ). I mean, he was already my favourite actor and then he did a little project called Moulin Rouge and he bloody well sang our socks off as well. I'll never forget that moment, actually. We were all sat before the television and on came one of those specials on a soon-to-be-released film. That was the very first images I saw of Moulin Rouge (I wasn't that big on the internet those days, nor was anyone ;)) and let me just tell you: when they showed a tiny bit (it was just a few seconds, I swear) of McGregor's singing, all our faces were just priceless. I'm talking cartoon-wise mouths wide open. Needless to say that that was just the start. You can only imagine our faces when we had finally sat ourselves down in those red velvet seats and this part came on.
So, that is the story of how I totally lost my heart to one actor and never got it back. He seems like one of the nicest (and funniest) guys in interviews as well, so that only adds to it. And he's Scottish, so... There's that. I mean, if there ever was anything like 'a type', this is it and I'm not even remotely sorry about it. Do you like him as well? Be sure to check out some of the documentaries he did. And his interviews with Craig Ferguson. And this glorious gif fest on Buzzfeed.
(And he'd better do that Obi-Wan spin-off if there's ever going to be one, or this die-hard Star Wars fan is out. OUT, I tell you.)
KATE WINSLET. I really considered just stopping after that last bit of text turned into quite the love letter, so I'll keep the next bits shorter but in no way less sincere. Why I love Kate? She's just pure class, I think, and although it might sound superficial or prejudiced; actresses that are not a size zero, proud of it, and just oozing self-confidence which makes them all the more beautiful? Chances are I'm going to love them. Strong, gorgeous and talented at that. Now that's a woman I can really look up to.
TOM HARDY. Oh, what can I say? It's the accent and that deep voice. I can't help it. He's a real scene-stealer in every film he's been in and you know what? I think he should have gotten an Oscar for his part in The Revenant, because, come on... he even outplayed an already incredible DiCaprio, didn't he?
MICHELLE PFEIFFER. Sorry, Anne Hathaway. There's only one Catwoman and this is she. Goody two-shoes, mob mistress, an evil witch, feisty anti-hero, song-belter. She can do anything, am I right?
OSCAR ISAAC. God, this man broke my heart with his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis, blew me away in Ex Machina and then they went ahead and cast him in the new Star Wars franchise as an X-Wing Pilot. Be still my heart.
EMMA THOMPSON. Writer, comedic talent and so much more, Emma Thompson turns everything she gets her hands on into pure gold, doesn't she?
GARY OLDMAN. Here's another actor who can do and play just about anything and get away with it. From Sid Vicious, Dracula, Sirius Black, and George Smiley, to various parts in films I would see 'by accident' and actually not like at all, but in which he's always the best thing about them.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY. Funny story actually, Keira and I. It started as jealousy (come on, I'm not the only girl my age who had a serious thing for Orlando Bloom back in the Pirates days), developed into acceptance (she's too gorgeous, people, it's out of this world) and THEN appreciation as she starred in films like Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, Never Let Me Go and Begin Again. She totally won me over.
CARY ELWES. I'm just absolutely crazy about Robin Hood: Men In Tights and -especially- The Princess Bride, so every time he shows up as some bizarre (supporting) role in some random film or television series, I can't help but squeal. He always does seem to show up totally unexpected and I love it. And, really, just look at his younger self. Can we turn back time, please?
KEVIN COSTNER. I thought I'd end with a serious guilty pleasure... Ah, Kevin. I love you in everything and I blame Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves for it. Another funny story? I'm never watching Man of Steel (Superman) again, not only because I think it's not a good film at all, but also because his death scene tore me apart. I was near ugly sobbing, people. In a cinema theatre. Never again.
The list goes on and on, but now I'm curious:
Q: who is (are) your favourite actor(s)?