Archive for July 29th, 2011

There are some actors and actresses who are so good you look forward to seeing them in a movie even if you know nothing about the film itself. This in itself isn’t unusual but for me it applies to four actors who just a few years ago I had no idea who they were.

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig is one who really snuck up on me, having made her name on Saturday Night Live (2005-2011) that I don’t watch (not sure if its on in the UK), the first time I saw her in a movie was a supporting role in Adventure land (2009) where along with he onscreen husband Bill Hader steels the show. Whip It (2009) again saw her take a supporting but memorable role. Her two movies this year Paul (2011) and Bridesmaids (2011) have seen her excel in large roles.

Vera Farmiga

With a film and TV career dating back to 1997 I first took notice of Vera Farmiga when I saw The Departed (2006) then kind of forgot her until Up in the Air (2009), were she shone alongside George Clooney and received a much deserved Academy Award nomination. In the last twelve months she has appeared in Henry’s Crime (2010) and Source Code (2011).

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy is an interesting inclusion on the list as I have seen some of his earliest screen roles including: The TV mini series Band of Brothers (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). More recently he was in Layer Cake (2004) and Rock Rolla (2008), despite these high profile appearances I didn’t really notice him until Bronson (2008), this was followed by a scene stealing performance in Inception (2010). Future projects include :Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), Mad Max: Fury Road (2012) and the big one, The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender’s early résumé also includes Band of Brothers (2001) he followed this with numerous TV roles including the British supernatural show Hex (2004-2005). Following 300 (2006) you can’t get away from him with Eden Lake (2008), Hunger (2008), Fish Tank (2009), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Centurion (2010) and most recently X-Men: First Class (2011). Future films include yet another adaptation of Jane Eyre and Ridley Scott’s new Alien movie Prometheus (2012). He is also my top tip for a future James Bond.

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