Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wait. That Guy is in That Thing? Now I've Got to Watch It.

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, seeing that Karl Urban was going to be in Almost Human piqued my interest.

As an aside, I notice that there were several comments about Karl Urban's looks (ok, ok, including mine) ... but none about Andre Braugher's excellent acting which is what makes me doggedly watch whatever he's in, in the usually vain hope that it won't be cancelled after the first four episodes. Luckily Brooklyn Nine Nine seems good to go for a while.

Back on topic, this made me look for a list I had of actors who will make me take a second look at a show or movie I'd never have considered otherwise. Hey. I told you already ... I make lists. Lots of lists.

This particular list seems embarrassingly long, but I'm going to share it anyway. It seems rather eclectic now that I'm rereading it several months after I first made it. Some of these are just plain American. I mean, really, Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr. are on everyone's list, am I right?

In no particular order except how they popped out of my pen and onto the paper:

  1. Sam Rockwell
  2. Paul Bettany
  3. Nathan Fillion
  4. Andre Braugher
  5. Steve Carrell
  6. Guy Pearce
  7. Jim Caviezel
  8. Alan Rickman
  9. Tyrone Power (yes, you read that right)
  10. Boris Karloff (and yes, you read that right)
  11. Toni Collette
  12. Will Smith
  13. Rachel Weitz
  14. Bruce Willis
  15. Victor Garber
  16. Daniel Craig
  17. Scott Glenn
  18. Robert Downey Jr.
  19. Sean Bean
  20. Emma Stone
  21. Jesse Eisenberg
  22. Benedict Cumberbatch
  23. David Tennant
  24. Karl Urban
Obviously this is a work in progress based on the fact that Karl is last on the list. I only realize these things when I've got to fight off an urge to see The Fifth Estate despite (and strangely enough, because of) Benedict Cumberbatch's weird wig. And then the list gets another name.

Who's on your list?


  1. Tyrone Power -- A YANK IN THE RAF. Visual puns flying faster than Spitfires!

    1. As the defendant in Witness for the Prosecution and then again in Zorro, he wowed me with his versatility and subtlety ... and fencing footwork!

    2. I have to agree, Witness for the Prosecution is an amazing performance with the likes of Toshiro Mufune in Seven Samurai and Bruce Willis is The Sixth Sense. All three have a big twist that is perfectly matched by the performance of the lead actors. Plus, Witness for the Prosecution makes me cry at the end like others cry at the end of Steel Magnolias.

  2. left Tom Hiddleston off your own list ;) (Still have yet to watch him in 'The Hollow Crown')

    My own list isn't that long, but Cumberbatch is certainly at the top of least many of the British actors of this same caliber tend to have strong roots in the theatre and tend to pursue a lot more interesting/quality projects which are actually worth watching. Following American actors tends to lead to a lot more disappointment, IMO. But like many, I'm a sucker for Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Patrick Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Russell Crowe, and Matt Damon. I really love Laurence Fox of Inspector Lewis notoriety, and wish he had more major roles in film and television for all to enjoy. I'm not sure if I've ever felt the same pull from any actresses...probably because there are still a disproportionate number of leading men in movies and television.

    1. I'm not saying I don't appreciate Tom Hiddleston, but he isn't someone who makes me rethink watching a show or movie. He is a nice side benefit (as is Martin Freeman), but they are not deal breakers like those above are. Judi Dench used to be on that mental list for me, but she has taken so many roles in movies I don't want to watch that she broke the spell. :-)