Actors who're awesome despite being in, like, three movies

Monday, June 14, 2010 1:10 PM By Simon

Yes, more uncategroized lists. But I haven't watched any of my cheap movies yet, so fuck off.

(I'm in a mood)

Gabourey Sidibe


Why is she awesome, you ask? Well, aside from acting the shit out of Precious, she's adorable. We're talking she-smiles-the-world-smiles kind of bubbly. Not the obnoxious 15-year-old cheerleader cheer, nope. She's going to be in The C Word, which, yeah, is a TV show, but fuck you, I'm glad she won't fall into obscurity like so many young actresses before her. Plus, she hosted SNL on one of its better days.

Christoph Waltz


Okay, I should put a disclaimer here, I do not count movies unreleased in the US and/or on TV, because I'm close-minded like that, duh. So, despite having an illustrious history in German television, hardly any of which I can scrounge from the extremely unhelpful Youtube, before Inglorious Basterds, he was known to American audiences as a bit part in Ordinary Decent Criminal. Now, he's got a bunch of dreaded typecast-sounding villain roles in The Green Hornet and Water for Elephants (he was also going to be in 'The Talking Cure' (as Sigmund Freud)(by the way, that would make an awesome band name) as a reunion with fellow Basterd Michael Fassbender (The Fass), but was axed for Viggo Mortenson, and the project was given the sexier title 'A Dangerous Method', so shit happens, but fuck, how awesome would that've been!?!), he shall always be known to I, your narrator, as Col. Hans Landa, so enthusiastic was he to learn the phrase 'bingo'. Also, he has a bow tie. Your move, Brad Pitt. Try and beat that noise.

Sharlto Copley


He's South African, people. A new accent I can fawn over. Anyways, we first met him (feature-length, anyway) as Wikus, the dumbass-turned-spacebug-turned-badass protagonist of District 9. Now, he's getting around as Murdock, the scientifically-proven best member of the A-Team, in the movie adaption of the same name. And, I tell you, he is the very best part of it. He's batshit insane in ways you've yet to see in our humble cinemas, the kind where he (character) switches accents to make something funnier, and spins around Helicopter propellers singing hip-hop songs, and lights Bradley Cooper's arm on fire. And really, is that not the American dream?

23 comments:

Robert said...

Gabby did a great job on SNL, and I'm also very glad she isn't going to fade away. As for Christoph, he's amazing...I'm just afraid he's going to end up being forever typecast as a villain and end up taking a bunch of roles in gradually worse movies. Though I have high hopes for Green Hornet, since it is Michel Gondry.

June 14, 2010 at 2:47 PM
Ryan T. said...

Yes, yes, and HELL YEAH.

June 14, 2010 at 4:05 PM
SugaryCynic said...

I heart Christoph Waltz. That man is adorable.

June 14, 2010 at 4:18 PM
Mike Lippert said...

I can't agree with Gabby because, as I've said before, she can't really play anything but fat black girls. I see her future being in bad, Friday-like comedies or Tyler Perry movies. Waltz on the other hand I could see going in a Chrisopher Walken sort of direction, even if he mostly ends up playing villians.

June 14, 2010 at 4:55 PM
Not on your blogroll said...

I was really, really looking forward to him as Freud - but hey, Viggo should be hot. I hope he doesn't pull a Mickey Rourke and get super exposed and not carefully hone his talent and pick more risky, wonderful roles.

Good call on Gabby. She pulled on my heart strings.

June 14, 2010 at 7:39 PM
Andrew Green said...

I especially agree on number two....

June 14, 2010 at 9:39 PM
Darren said...

Great list and so true. I am worried, however, that we are going to find ourselves subjected to a rake of subpar Waltz as he cashes in on that statue and potentially makes some dodgy choices.

June 15, 2010 at 1:14 AM
Aiden R. said...

Still not sold on Sharlto since I wasn't crazy about District 9 (I thought Wikus was a dick), but Waltz needs to get huge, NOW.

June 15, 2010 at 3:51 AM
Castor said...

This list is incomplete without Shaquille O'Neal.

June 15, 2010 at 8:05 AM
Simon said...

Not-on-your-blogroll-probably-Frank: I do believe Christoph Waltz has honed his talents as far as they will go. He is, after all, awesome. And stop being such a pussy, you're on there somewhere.

June 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM
No I'm not, I'm not on your blogroll anywhere. This isn't Frank. said...

I think that Waltz is so much bigger than Landa. I am not looking forward to The Green Hornet, but I understand why he made it.

I dig your style.

June 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Simon said...

Why, thank you Frank. I dig your style too. And you are on the blogroll.

I can't wait for the Green Hornet.

June 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM
M. Carter @ the Movies said...

Melanie Laurent was wonderful in "Inglourious Basterds" and yet did not get an Oscar nomination. There's no justice in the world.

June 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM
Dannie said...

just be glad that other blond chick didn't. it might encourage her.

June 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM
The Floating Red Couch said...

....Aaaahhh, there are so many parentheses in your Waltz blurb I don't know which parenthetical matches up with which punctuation.....

June 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM
CMrok93 said...

Can't wait to see more of these in action!!

June 17, 2010 at 8:17 PM
agcrump said...

Waltz is completely amazing. To make a villain so totally cold and vicious and calculating and yet make him so goddamn charismatic and charming is impressive and frustrating at the same time. It's not criminal to look forward to his comeuppance, and yet I didn't want things to take the turn that they did at the end of the film.

Copley, I think, has an amazing career ahead of him. While I haven't seen The A-Team, his decision to join the cast was an awesome move; more exposure means more prime roles, especially if the box office tally at the end of the film's theatrical run is handsome enough. I mean, if he didn't act again, I'd be happy just for his District 9 performance, which was absolutely stunning.

Sidibe should go far. She's bubbly and lovable and she can out-act more experienced actresses. If she doesn't have another great performance in the foreseeable future, at least she'll be successful because she's so marketable and sweet.

Agree with M. about Laurent, and I really hope that Sean Combs' turn in Get Him to the Greek puts him in a position to get more supporting comedic roles.

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