Top Ten Actors I Would Watch In Almost Anything

Abbi from Where the Wild Things Are had another fantastic top ten list when she spoke of her top ten actors that would get her to watch just about anything. If you do not follow the delightful Abbi, that is considered to be a heinous crime that should be corrected immediately. Trust me, you will only be doing yourself a favour. I decided that she had such a wonderful list, I just had to get involved, and so I did! Anyhow, enough babbling, here are my top ten actors that could get me to watch just about anything (in no particular order – except my first three, of course).

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Leonardo DiCaprio


Where is the love: Come on, you people know me. I can moon over DiCaprio for a lifetime, I think he is the best thing ever. He is a solid actor, immerses himself in his roles and gives it his best, and can play any character you give him, no matter what. He always becomes his character, which makes quite the difference.
Best role: Sheesh, this isn’t even a little bit fair at all. I suppose if I must though, I would go with Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: None so far.

Dane DeHaan


Where is the love: He’s freaking adorable, and he is such a talented actor. If I see DeHaan’s name attached to a project, I am invariably there. He is exceptionally underrated, and I am hoping since the last Amazing Spider-Man movie we will be seeing plenty more of him.
Best role: Cricket Pate in Lawless (2012)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Amigo (2010)

James McAvoy

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Where is the love: He’s Scottish, gifted, entertaining, and unafraid to push himself, whether it leaves him a pretty boy or a twit  on screen, he tackles it all.
Best role: Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) – voice actor

Tom Hardy

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Where is the love: The man is just a joy to watch. He pushes himself, doesn’t merely do one role, and is unafraid to test the boundaries. Plus the way he presents any character is just awesome.
Best role: Forrest Bondurant in Lawless (2012)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: This Means War (2012)

Zachary Quinto


Where is the love: I love everything about this guy. I think that he is a highly underappreciated actor and that he needs far more recognition. He’s thrilling, impressive, dedicated and awesome every moment he is on screen.
Best role: Because he has been in more series than anything else, I am going to give it as Spock in the Star Trek movies and as Sylar in Heroes (2006 – 2010) as a series.
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Lizzie Maguire (2002)… looks like it was just an episode, but not the point. I am not watching that.

Edward Norton

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Where is the love:  I believe he is quite the prick to work with and all that, but it cannot be denied that the man has acting chops. I absolutely love watching him on screen, whether in a title role or just a supporting character, he never fails to mesmerize.
Best role: Sherbet, this is more difficult than I thought. I mean think of Red Dragon and Fight Club… Right, I am going to go with Derek Vinyard in American History X (1998)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Brad Pitt


Where is the love: I always hate hearing that he is so successful because he is an attractive man. I don’t think that is a fair assessment at all. Brad Pitt always deliver the goods, no matter what he is in. He always manages to steal the show when he appears.
Best role: Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Counselor (2013)

Benedict Cumberbatch


Where is the love: I am relatively new to the whole Cumberbatch obsession thing. I have always thought that he was a good actor, but recently he has just been throwing out phenomenal performances left, right, and centre, and keeps amusing, entertaining, and owning all his roles.
Best role: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock (2010 – present) – to note, this is what really gave my admiration way to fester into obsession 😛
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Matt Damon

Quality: Original. Film Title: Bourne Identity. For further information: please contact your local UIP Press Office.

Where is the love: Matt Damon is super talented and has always been a draw to a movie for me. He gives his role his best every time, and just works on so many levels.
Best role: Too many options… uhm… going to go with Jason Bourne in the Bourne movies and Colin Sullivan in The Departed (2006)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Happy Feet Two (2011)

Denzel Washington


Where is the love: Denzel Washington… what an actor! He has played just about everything, and he has played it all with a finesse rarely seen. Considering he is such a great action star, it is amazing that he can play anything else across the board.
Best role: Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Carbon Copy (1981)

Honourable Mentions:

Keanu Reeves

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Where is the love: Keanu Reeves. Need I say more? I suppose so. He has a huge filmography and a heartbreaking history, but the man never gives up and always gives us something awesome. Granted, not all his films are great, but Keanu Reeves is consistent and cool and I will watch him anywhere, anytime!
Best role: John Constantine in Constantine (2005)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1994)

Christian Bale


Where is the love: The man has perfected his art and his craft. He is always worth going to check out, no matter the movie. He convinces you of the character that he plays, and that it isn’t just a role for him.
Best role:  Another difficult one… but Alfred Borden in The Prestige (2006)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Harsh Times (2005)

Evan Peters


Where is the love: Have you laid eyes on this guy? Well, then we are on the same page. But aside from that, I think he is really good at what he does, and has a very demanding screen presence, to be thoroughly honest.
Best role: Tate Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House (2011)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

Cillian Murphy


Where is the love: He is engaging, subtle, commanding… he is all the things I love to see in an actor. He never really overdoes anything, and he just knows how to reel you in, no matter what he is doing.
Best role: Robert Capa in Sunshine (2007)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Edge of Love (2008)

Ralph Fiennes


Where is the love: He is always fascinating to watch, always adding substance to any project he is attached to. He’s also played just about everything, and perfected playing the bad guy, but you can still watch him in any other role and not get hung up on how he is supposed to be evil.
Best role: M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – to note, I didn’t see this happening but wow, he was fantastic in here!
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Robert Downey Jr.

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Where is the love: Well, everyone knows Robert Downey Jr. now and all, but before Iron Man I always liked him. Before being a big star he was a favourite of mine, and next thing I knew he was everywhere and only Tony Stark. He is very good, entertaining, dry, quick wit and fast, delivering his lines flawlessly, which is always fun, fun.
Best role: Harry Lockhart in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: The Shaggy Dog (2006)

Michael Fassbender


Where is the love: He’s good, he’s solid, he’s dependable, and can really, really nail the role of jackass, though at the same time you can sort of understand him. Always delivers an emotionally complex character.
Best role: I’d love to say Inglourious Basterds (2009), but such a short scene. Other than that, Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The one even he couldn’t convince me to see: Angel (2007)

54 thoughts on “Top Ten Actors I Would Watch In Almost Anything

    1. Yeah, pity as he really is very good. I thought about him, then thought some more, then though some more… maybe I should put him on as an honourable mention?


  1. Dearest JB,

    Great list – out of these I would probably have to put Fiennes at the top. I was a fan before but after Budapest Hotel I am a HUGE fan. He just fucking nailed it!!! Of course, Rust Cohle would probably be at the top 🙂




    1. Dearest PSC,

      He is really good. I expected him to impress, I didn’t realise how thoroughly entertaining his character was going to be ahahaha. LOL, yes, yes, we all know why!




  2. Brilliant list Zoë! I love that us DiCaprio-fanatics also share an admiration for Dane DeHaan. He is (almost) literally Leo junior, and such a promising talent. Two thumbs up for Cillian Murphy in Sunshine!



  3. What a great list. Choosing the best for Di Caprio and Bale must have been near impossible. For Norton I would have to choose Primal Fear though. Just astonishing acting. And Denzel in Malcolm X. Love the classy pics too.


    1. Thanks a million Alex! Jeesh, a few of these really had me scratching my head. Norton was amazing in Primal Fear, no doubt about that. He is very talented. Denzel is always great.


  4. Excellent list! I love every actor on the list (even though Bale gives me the heebedies). Do not watch This Means War no matter what. It is absolutely vile.


  5. Haven’t seen Di Caprio in much. Titanic and Catch Me if You Can were good but I hated Great Gatsby and I hated what I saw of Inception and The Departed. Half the actors you like I either don’t like or haven’t seen enough of them to make a fair judgement: DeHaan was terrible in Spider-Man, Washington is ugh. Can’t hate on Bale or Hardy. Finally, The Incredible Hulk was terrible.


    1. LOL you definitely go against the grain it seems! I do love DiCaprio, he has never given a bad performance, never mind what the rest of the movie is like. Each to their own I suppose 🙂

      Yeah, I don’t know if/when I will ever get around to it, but I have been doing a pretty good job of skipping it so far.


  6. Great list Zoe. Love Cumberbatch and Hardy. Fassbender would make it onto my list too, along with Alan Rickman and Steve Buscemi – love those guys. And what about Jeremy Irons and then there’s Martin Freeman too. This is too hard!


  7. My picks are Leonardo DiCaprio,Robert Downey Jr.,Edward Norton and Denzel Washington.Edward Norton is just superb in ‘The Score (2001)” opposite Robert De Niro!


  8. Oh man, this list is incredible Abbi. I would put nine out of ten of these on my own, with maybe the only one I’d be willing to trade out (maybe) being Brad Pitt. I just think him to be quite generic, although nowhere near average. He’s a great actor but I’m not *quite* as sold on him. I’d trade him out with Michael Fassbender. Fassy is the shit! But I’ve only recently gotten into his work, too. I think as far as long-term goes, I’d add Tom Hanks there. 🙂


    1. Crap, I misread your intro. I was scrolling thru comments and noticed it is actually YOUR list of top ten, not Abbi’s. You were linking to her list, which I will be checking out. . .now.

      Anyway, great list Zoe! My previous comment still applies!


    2. I just got renamed! HAHAHAHA!

      Ah no, I really like Brad Pitt, he’s highly entertaining, and can play funny, serious, cocky, the works.

      Abbi is BIG on Fassbender, but not so much on Tom Hanks hahaha (I believe you should look into her top ten actors who irrationally annoy the shit out of her for clarification on that one :P).


    1. He is very good, and agree with you there! Hopefully someday soon he gets something that just sells everyone else on him, like a role tailored specifically for him.


  9. What an awesome and might I say beautiful list. I couldn’t disagree with a single one. That Tom Hardy pic ugh just lovely and in This Means War he is just gorgeous in it, too bad that movie is just dumb as rocks. 🙂


    1. Why thank you kindly! Such talent out there, I must say! Hehehehe, yes yes, that is all you and Natasha probably took from this list lol!

      Nope, I don’t care, I love him and all but I am NOT touching that movie. I do not lust after him the same way some others do, but dammit he is a good actor!


    1. Thanks Tom! Bwahahahaha, honestly not what I was going for on this list, and a whole lot of them are not necessarily my cup of tea either. But yes, so fickle sometimes! 😉


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