so a few months ago, my mate carrie started a feud on twodoughnuts about who had the best or in her case the worst taste in music. it was so much fun (not), we’ve decided to do it again. this time in the twodoughnuts vs. life on the slow lane blog wars, we will be debating our top 5 actors. sorry in advance for her bad life choices. i’m half expecting john wayne to show up on her list, she’s that old school.
5. christoph waltz
what a nasty basterd. his accent makes him that bit nastier when he’s baaad. he shows up in inglourious basterds as a top nazi jew hunter and is as intimidating as they come. a real mean hearted sleaze bag. in water for elephants he plays a domestic and animal abuser, running his circus and workers into the ground until he becomes completely unhinged. he’s a guy you love to hate because he’s excellently vile. he turned it around in django as an insane, yet super smart bounty hunter. he got a bit of a rough deal as the bond villain, considering he was as evil and as well executed as le chiffre for the first half of the film. at some point plot holes and carelessness turn the film into a bit of a joke. can’t undo the menacing shadowy entrance at the head of a table fit for brexit though.
4. tom hardy
when tom hardy is number 4 on a top 5 list of actors, it must be decent. bronson, locke, legend. that’s all you really need to know and that’s without all the others. bronson was his first real claim to fame and he killed it; acting, singing, thugging and stripping off. playing a conflicted welshman in locke, he made an hour and a half in the car on his phone interesting. he was just showing off at this point. and in legend, he plays both, yes both of the krays. enough said. the man plays a mean baddie and gets his head in the game for every role he plays. i’m willing to bet his eyebrows alone can out act carrie’s whole list, see the dark knight rises.
3. jim carrey
i was struggling to choose here. ultimately it had to be jim. it’s not all about being a serious actor, not everyone can pull off being funny. he lit up my childhood. for whatever reason he seems to be loathed, but he should be loved. he’s made us laugh and cry with laughter. ace ventura, the mask and dumb and dumber all in one year. classics. and as hilarious as him and his face can be, he can put on a gutwrencher with the best of them. eternal sunshine and the truman show really get the feels going. i want to thank him for helping us all spell beautiful. let’s have a moment of silence for all those quotes! a tommy gun, p-a-r-t-y? because i gotta, alrighty then, if i’m not back in five minutes…just wait longer and last, but not least “can i have a mint?”
2. denzel washington
two words. training day. how can you forget those crazed eyes and that cigarette? good cop gone crazy. for someone who plays the good guy role so often, he’s so much better when he’s bad. in american gangster he’s bad, but like scarface before him; he too manages to get you rooting for him. deja vu (the film) is far-fetched and you could argue insane, this man made it believable. when he’s watching the girl and she feels something is watching her, he makes you feel it. he is something special. i love me some denzel.
1. leonardo dicaprio
r+j, titanic, the beach, shutter island, the departed, blood diamond, django, inception, gatsby, wolf of wall street. i mean come on. he has got to be the goat – to clarify, the greatest of all time. i’m talking films of epic proportions here. a young lad on a sinking class war, another one on his gap year, a psychopath on the runaround, to a rat in a land full of them, a dreamer, a roaring 20’s crook and what it says on the tin – the wolf of wall street. his intensity can be off the charts. he’s a scorsese boy and if you’re rated by him you know you’re the cut above. he’s in a class with the pacino’s and de niro’s of the world.