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Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Favorite Twenty Thirty Actors

Okay, the meme I feared has finally reared its ugly head thanks to filmicability's Dean Treadway (thanks, Dean). And now I get why Self-Styled Siren call these things homework. This comes right in the middle of my coverage of the remaining 2008 films I'm racing to watch so I can get my "Best of 2008" lists up. But this meme was a challenging one, to be sure (as you can see I cheated). And I want to press on with it so I can still tag some of my favorite writers before someone else gets to them. Here's a list of who I'm tagging since I'm very interested in seeing their lists: Campaspe at Self-Styled Siren (sorry, but I love your lists) Lissette Decos at her eponymous blog James Hansen or Brandon Colvin at Out 1 (hope you see this because you guys didn't catch my tag last time around) Jeremy Richey at Moon in the Gutter T.S. at Screen Savour Like in the previous meme, these actors are my favorite for simply one reason. In their own way, they are all, no matter the caliber of the film they are in, compulsively watchable. As is evident, after hours of paring down my list, I still had to cheat, including 10 more than I was allowed. So here are my favorite thirty actors (in my respective favorite roles for each), in alphabetical order: Marlon Brando in Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris) (1972) Jeff Bridges in Cutter's Way (1981) James Caan in Thief (1981) Sean Connery in Goldfinger (1964) Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks (2007) Tom Cruise in Collateral (2004) Robert De Niro in Heat (1995) Benicio Del Toro in Traffic (2000) Alain Delon in Plein soleil (Purple Noon) (1960) Robert Duvall in Lonesome Dove (1989) Laurence Fishburne in Othello (1995) Gene Hackman in The French Connection (1971) Sterling Hayden in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) William Hurt in Altered States (1980) Burt Lancaster in Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963) Josh Lucas in The Deep End (2001) Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Paul Newman in Hud (1963) Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980) Gary Oldman in Immortal Beloved (1994) Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part II (1974) Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) Dennis Quaid in Wyatt Earp (1994) Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) Oliver Reed in The Devils (1971) Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine (1981) Mickey Rourke in Johnny Handsome (1989) Mark Ruffalo in You Can Count on Me (2000) Sylvester Stallone in Cop Land (1997) Terence Stamp in The Limey (1999) UPDATE: As I start getting responses to my tags I'll post links to their lists here: Screen Savour's list Self-Styled Siren's list Out 1


Dean Treadway said...

Kudos for including Quaid, Stamp, Bridges (though I think it's Heard's movie), and so many more. You might wanna change the Newman photo, though--looks more like it's from Hud (I don't remember him wearing a cowboy hat in The Hustler---hahaha). I love how you cite specific performances rather than careers. An inventive twist on the meme! As usual, great job. (Oh, and Hurt made it on twice!)

Tony Dayoub said...

Thanks for the correction, Dean.

I had originally put The Hustler down because I couldn't find a pic I liked for Hud. Then I found one and forgot to change the caption.

How embarassing.

James Hansen said...

Thanks for the tag! I rather enjoy memes and am sorry I missed it the first time around. I fell off the face of the earth/internet for a month at the end of the year and am finally back in the swing of things. I'll make sure someone at Out 1 (or perhaps collectively) does a list.

Joel Bocko said...

The executioner is breathing down my neck...what's more I have another variation on this meme in mind (and no, it isn't animal actors, though that's an idea too).

Love that you including that picture from Strangelove - but it was Hayden you were highlighting, not Sellers!

And glad to see you like Cop Land.

Chuck W said...

Part of me wishes you'd do an animal actors meme. Any excuse to celebrate the canine performer(s) in White Dog and that cat from Cleo from 5 to 7. :)

Brandon Colvin said...

I applaud the CUTTER'S WAY mention; Bridges' performance almost made my list of 5 for Out 1. Also, bravo on the LONESOME DOVE selection.

Tony Dayoub said...

Thanks, Chuck & Brandon.

Everyone should definitely check their list and the odd way they came up with it over at Out 1. Link is above.