Wednesday, July 09, 2008

My Top Actors

I've just come out from a business case meeting and as usual, my head is spinning from all the numbers and calculations and justifications for the numbers, blah, blah, blah....

So in order to detox, I present you my list of "Must See" actors who I have major crushes on.

1. Edward Norton

Must I say more? What is there not to love about this guy? Not only is he yummilicious, he's also actually very talented. Just watch his st-st-st-stuttering breakthrough performance in Primal Fear. Than go watch The People vs Larry Flint. Then go watch American History X. And then come back to me and tell me how many actors can be that dynamic. .
This guy has been nominated for 2 Oscars and won various other awards, so obviously he's not just a pretty face. Plus I've always had a soft spot for guys who are slightly geeky but still easy on the eyes. I've watched nearly all of his movies (even the really bad Death to Smoochy & Keeping the Faith) and he has yet to fail in making me swoon. I [Heart] Edward Norton.

2. Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd is one of those guys where you see him everywhere but just can't place from where. I love him because he's funny but not in an obnoxious in-your-face kind of way (hint: Robbie Williams).
Although he's been stereotyped into the typical romantic comedy kind of movies, he manages to make each character unique. Just watch Clueless, The Object of My Affection (that's when I really noticed him), Knocked Up and Over Her Dead Body. He's one of those actors that you check out when the rest of the acting is bad. He makes bad movies bearable because of his cheekiness, good looks and genuinely good acting. I [Heart] Paul Rudd (but not as much as Edward Norton).

3. James McAvoy
This came as a surprise because I don't normally go for the pretty boy type. I've never had a crush on Tom Cruise and Brat Pitt has never tickled my fancy.
But there's something about James that I find very intriguing. Maybe because he's Scottish and I find Scottish men and their accent very sexy (go see: Sean Connery). I hardly recognized him in the first Narnia movie and thought his character had a rather creepy feel to it. Then I caught a few snippets of The Last King of Scotland and was blown away. When I saw the trailer for Penelope, I fell in love. I have yet to watch Atonement but plan to soon. Must remember to have lots of tissues. Oya, I'll be getting free tickets to see Wanted so YEAH!!

4. Robert Downey Jr
Even before Ironman and his facial hair, I've loved RD Jr for his acting. I think the first movie I saw him in was Only You, the one with Marisa Tomei.
I remember watching that tape until the reels almost fell apart; I kept rewinding to the part where he's on his knees and looking up to Marisa with his big blue eyes. Then I saw him in Natural Born Killer and his natural giddiness as an over enthusiastic journalist really had me. By being in US Marshall, Gothika and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, he made me watch movies I would normally avoid. He even made me watch Ally McBeal again, when I had gotten sick of the over-drama and forever whiningness of the series. And I love him for that.

5. River Phoenix [RIP]
Eventhough he's long gone, I still hold a place in my heart for River Phoenix. It's not easy getting over your first crush, especially when they go away so suddenly.
I remember exactly how I got to know about his death; my dorm mates, bless their hearts, pull me into the dorm and told me quietly and with much respect of his death. Apparently they had known for days and had deliberated on ways to tell me so I wouldn't freak out. I cried for days after that. I still have a newspaper cutting announcing his death in one of my old diaries. Out of all of his movies, I especially love his character from Stand By Me.


Heather said...

Paul Rudd was the surprise list maker. I loved him since Clueless too, which I am sometimes embarrassed to admit is one of my favorite movies. He has only recently really been showing up in more stuff which is awesome. Ok, I'll settle for James McAvoy if you really have to have Ed that badly! I hated Atonement, the only thing that made it worth watching at all was James McAvoy. And he wasn't in it nearly enough. What you should do is just fast forward to the parts that have him in it, and then skip the rest because it's crap.
Stand By Me was my favorite movie as a teenager, and I must have watched that movie a billion times, I used to be able to repeat every line in the movie. Not so much these days, I haven't seen it in probably 10-12 years at least, although I do own it. I was in love with Wil Wheaton back then, and River was only maybe number 3 on my list of hotties. =P

Along said...

Heather: I think Paul Rudd is underated. He's actually very good. And major cute too. And yes, I liked Clueless too. Like, totally!! Sure, you may have James McAvoy since there's no way you're getting Edward Norton away from me. Also, thanks for the warning on Atonement. I might just do that when I get around to watching it. Sappy dramas are just not my thing nowadays.

Wil Wheaton was your major crush back then? Who was #2? Don't tell me? One of the Corey boys? *snicker*

Heather said...

Haha, NO. It was actually Judd Nelson. I thought he was totally hot. I didn't really like the Corey's. They were kind of lame. But Feldman was the better of the two. I also lusted after Andrew McCarthy. I was a big fan of the brat pack, but thought Andrew and Judd were the only cute ones. James Spader was pretty studly back then too.

dottybaby said...

YUUMMMMMYY!!! I'll have them all in a dish, please.

Oh, jus like you i like my guys a bit geeky too. My first love was so geeky he even have the dorky laugh. Ha ha... i was SO in love, i thought its adorable. Okay, i have to admit i still think its adorable. Ha ha..