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The 411 Top 5: Week 45
Posted by Trevor Snyder on 01.26.2007



Being a movie fan can be quite frustrating. Oh sure, movies provide a nice break from the harsh realities of life, and who doesn't love being temporarily transported to another time or world? Still, it has its downsides as well, like watching the ascension of mediocre (or, even worse, just downright awful) talents to mega-star status, while a number of truly-deserving people are cast off into the shadows. What I'm trying to say, in as overly dramatic a way as possible, is that it sucks to see certain actors not get the recognition they deserve. So this week at 411, we're going to do a little public service, and give a number of these people their hard-earned due. So come with us, as I, JT, Chad Webb, Tim O'Sullivan, and Bryan Kristopowitz present:

THE TOP 5 MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED ACTORS



TREVOR SNYDER

Honorable Mentions:

- Tom Cruise: No one is more surprised that I'm including Tom Cruise in my list than I am. There was a time when if you had told me I'd someday be complaining about Tom Cruise being underappreciated, I would have laughed in your face. That's because for a long time I didn't like the guy. I felt like he played the exact same character – the egotistical, wise-ass, pretty boy – in every single movie (apart from Born on the Fouth of July, which I guess was really a sneak preview of the greatness to come), and I had no desire to watch a hundred variations on Maverick from Top Gun. But then something happened, around the time of Magnolia (the film where Cruise realized he didn't have to be the main character to be interesting). Suddenly, Cruise was taking more challenging roles in more mature films like Minority Report, The Last Samurai and Collateral. Hell, even the latest Mission Impossible called for him to show off more acting ability than any of his previous action films. His personal antics might have made him somewhat of a laughing stock to much of the public, but hopefully someday he'll get the Oscar he deserves, and have the last laugh himself.

- Anna Farris: Everyone knows that the Scary Movie franchise has been getting progressively worse ever since the first film, and yet people still watch them. I'm pretty sure a big part of that is star Anna Farris. Although she is often glossed over in the trailers for the films, in favor of more established stars like Leslie Nielsen and whatever random celebrities are doing cameos this time, she has been the glue that has held each film together. Very funny glue. Besides the Scary Movies, Farris has also turned in memorable performances in films like Lost in Translation, Just Friends, and the underappreciated horror film May. Hell, she even popped up in Brokeback Mountain. At a time when there simply aren't that many marketable female comediennes (maybe I'll take hell for that, but sorry, there aren't), Farris is a true commodity. I'm just waiting for Hollywood to realize it, and give her a starring role in her own comedic series (TV or film) that isn't Scary Movie

- Ben Affleck: Sure, his work in Hollywoodland earned him some props, but it's gonna take a lot more time before he gets over being the go-to joke whenever people are talking about crappy movies. Is that deserved? Yes and no. While there's no doubt that Affleck was churning out quite the collection of stinkers for awhile, his detractors never seemed to realize that there's a big difference between an inability to pick good scripts and an inability to act. But look at his work in Good Will Hunting, Chasing Amy, or especially Changing Lanes and try to say the guy doesn't have talent. If nothing else, his times hosting Saturday Night Live have all been hilarious, and he may already be on his way to joining Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, and Tom Hanks as the great SNL hosts. Is he the greatest actor out there right now? No, of course not. But he's certainly a lot better than he's been given credit for, and definitely did not deserve to be such the critical punching bag he became.


5. Will Patton: Will Patton's two most recent roles have been in the straight-to-video Road House 2 and the Cedric the Entertainer secret-agent flick Code Name: The Cleaner. My question is, why? Why is a man who was so good as Denzel Washington's assistant coach in Remember the Titans and Bruce Willis' gambling-addicted best friend in Armageddon reduced to appearing in such tripe? A look at his filmography reveals a lot of clunkers, but you can rest assured that he turned in a decent performance even in the biggest pieces of crap. I mean, even when he isn't given much to do, his presence lends the films a little bit of class, as was the case when he portrayed the secretly-gay mobster Quentin Glass in The Punisher. Patton needs a starring role in something, so that he can finally begin to break out of his "oh, look, it's that guy" status.

4. Nathan Fillion: The unjustly canceled Firefly should have made Fillion a TV star. The unfortunately unsuccessful Serenity should have made him a movie star. And then, the incredibly underappreciated Slither should have made him a movie star, again. What is it about Nathan Fillion that he just can't seem to get a break? He has an undeniably likable charisma onscreen, which he can also turn on its head and suddenly become very creepy (as was the case when he played the murderous preacher Caleb on the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Plus, he seems like a genuinely decent guy, which might not seem like a big deal, but to me it counts for something. There's a lot of actors I like, there's not many I'd like to go grab a beer with. Fillion falls into that category. I guess I'm getting a little off topic about his acting abilities – just go rent all of the above titles I mentioned and see if you don't find yourself wondering how this guy isn't getting more leading roles.

3. Taye Diggs: OK, Daybreak, Diggs' recent "Groundhog's Day but with a cop" ABC series, was pretty lame. But what makes it even worse in the first place is that it starred Diggs, who deserves a lot better. Actually, he had a lot better – his UPN series Kevin Hill, about a womanizing lawyer suddenly forced into caring for a baby, was quite good. Unfortunately, it was on UPN, and was pretty much doomed from the start. Besides those two shows, Diggs has been turning in all sorts of great performances for years, from comedic turns in Go and Malibu's Most Wanted to darker, more serious fare like The Way of the Gun and Equilibrium. And yet, despite the fact that he's proved himself to be one of the most versatile actors out there many times over, you never really hear too many people talking about him. Why is that? And can we somehow get it to change? I know John Singleton apparently has Tyrese in mind for his long-planned adaptation of Marvel Comic's Luke Cage, but I'm begging him to at least give Diggs a screen-test; it could be the breakout franchise role he needs to finally move up to the next level.

2. Clifton Collins, Jr.: Go ahead and say it: who? If that's you response, I don't blame you. Sadly, I'm not even surprised. From what I can tell, I'm not even sure Collins is in that "oh, it's that guy" category that I mentioned for Will Patton, which is a shame. Of course, it also goes a long way towards saying how much of a chameleon-type actor Collins is. And trust me, even if you don't know the name, you probably know him. Perhaps as the in-over-his-head Pvt. Miter in Tigerland. Or as the gay hitman Francisco Flores in Traffic. Maybe you're more familiar with the crazed, but hilarious, drug dealer Rupert in The Rules of Attraction. Most likely, you'll remember him as Perry Smith, the death-row inmate who strikes up an unexpected bond with Truman Capote, in Capote. That was Collins' finest moment; unfortunately, it came acting against Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning performance, and was therefore overshadowed. Still, it was a phenomenal performance, like many of his others, and yet for some reason he still hasn't been able to get to that point where he's a recognizable star to the majority of the public. In my opinion, he always seems to be one big breakout performance away from becoming the next big thing – that moment can't come soon enough, if you ask me.

1. John Leguizamo: Leguizamo is one of my personal favorite actors, so I'm not even gonna deny my bias in this one. I'm also not denying that Leguizamo has been in some complete trash (Super Mario Brothers obviously comes to mind), but, as his recent autobiography shows, Leguizamo will be the first to tell you that anyway. That travesty aside, though, the fact remains that when the man is on, he's on. Leguizamo has made a habit out of stealing the show in almost all of his movies: Carlito's Way (especially impressive, given it was one of his first major roles and his co-stars were Al Pacino and Sean Penn), Romeo + Juliet, Spawn (yeah, the movie sucked, but Leguizamo as the Clown was it's only redeeming feature), Assault on Precinct 13, Land of the Dead, Summer of Sam (where he was so good the focus of the movie shifted to his character mid-production, even though Adrien Brody was supposed to be the lead), and his excellent one-year stint on ER. And those are just his supporting roles. Leguizamo has also turned in some excellent lead performances in films like Empire, Undefeated, and Cronicas. Whenever people think of Leguizamo, they think of him primarily as a comedian, and I'm sure that's how he wants it. Still, I don't think he gets nearly enough credit for what he brings to his acting roles.



JT

Honorable Mentions: Alan Rickman, Eric LaSalle, Drew Barrymore.


5. Mos Def - I know he doesn't have the biggest catalog of films, but you always hear people talk about Mos Def the rapper, not Mos Def the actor, and the fact is that not only did he graduate from Juilliard (don't quote me to that, but I'm fairly certain that is true), but he actually started his entertainment career in acting (appearing regularly on a television soap opera). Despite not having THAT many works under his belt, he has shown through performances that he has an amazing range. From a sound man making a film (Where's Marlowe), to a straight up gangster (Showtime), to a skinny little eye-witness (16 Blocks), to an alien (Hitchhikers Guide To…), to a doctor's assistant struggling with the issue of race (Something The Lord Made), Mos always brings his A game. He has been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an Image Award, and performed in a Tony nominated, Pulitzer winning Broadway play. The man seems to get no love for his acting skills, and they are something I feel should not be overlooked.

4. Claire Daines - A bit of a personal choice here. I just don't think she gets enough kudos for the work she has done. Much like Mos, she has shown a great amount of range and just never seems to be considered for the "major, blockbuster" roles. She has always brought great performances to her characters, and has seemingly been unnoticed or unrecognized by mainstream Hollywood. She is one of the few actors/actresses that I do not immediately associate with their biggest television roles (lead in My So Called Life).

3. John Cusack - I know what you're thinking. "JT, how is he underrated?". But I got into a discussion with O'Sullivan on this one, and in the end saw his point completely. While you never hear anyone say "Cusack sucks" or "Cusack…who?", you never hear anyone trying to give him his due. The man has an extensive catalog of great flicks, and can make the most unbearable premises watchable (SEE: Must Love Dogs). He is well known, but not well-renowned, something I think should change. Here's a little fun fact for you. John McGinley's (Dr. Cox on Scrubs) habit of calling J.D. by a girls name is actually something he brought to the show because in real life, he does so to his neighbor and friend John, all in good fun. FYI – despite what O'Sullivan will tell you – Serendipity owns.

2. Ed Norton, Jr. - Norton, much like Cusack, is one of those guys who while many of us know that he owns, just doesn't get the recognition that he probably deserves. The reason he ranks above Cusack is the fact that he has tackled much, much more dramatic roles that required much more in-depth-of-character acting. Although some of his lack of notoriety is probably his own fault, as he has always been a bit reclusive and skeptical in regards to his level of fame. That being said, he has given many excellent performances and I cannot think of ONE movie of his in which he delivers a bad go or hurts the film's quality (Death to Smoochy was pretty bad, but HIS performance in it was very convincing). Anyone who doesn't dig Fight Club should be fined.

1. Will Smith - Say what you want, but no matter how much commercial success he has achieved, he is still thought by most to be A) The Fresh Prince, or B) Good choice to play the lead in a romantic comedy or the meathead in an action flick. The fact is that is a type-cast that could not be farther from the truth. He has been in the entertainment game for almost twenty years, and rarely phones in a performance. He has done everything from comedies to sci-fi flicks to suspense thrillers to action blockbusters to intensely deep dramas, and he has been excellent in ALL of them. His range can rival that of ANY actor or actress in Hollywood. Yes, I said any. He has proven it before. He has held his own with the likes of Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Bill Pullman, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Kline, Mario Van Peebles, and Jeff Goldblum; I am more than confident he could hold his own with other great actors such as DeNiro and Nicholson. As I said before, I am well aware that he has achieved a fairly large amount of mainstream success and recognition, but I do not think people realize what a great ACTOR Will Smith really is.

OVERALL WINNER!: DON F'N CHEADLE. Seriously, take everything I've said about any of my five and triple it. He is the fricken man and OWNS any role he undertakes. How this man is not offered more roles and not critically acclaimed as a GREAT actor is unreal to me. I get bothered just thinking about it so I will end this here. Don F'N Cheadle.



CHAD WEBB

Honorable Mentions:

-- Nick Stahl (Terminator 3, Sin City, In the Bedroom, The Thin Red Line)
-- Jared Leto (Lord of War, Prefontaine, Requiem for a Dream)
-- Robert Downey Jr. (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, A Scanner Darkly, Good Night, and Good Luck)
-- Jeff Daniels (Dumb & Dumber, The Squid and the Whale, Gettysburg)


5. Bill Paxton - Most people only think of Dicaprio and Winslet when Titanic is a topic of conversation, but the fact remains that Paxton had a role in that epic also. Paxton is seldom given praise for his excellent work. I absolutely loved his character in Twister, and before that film, he was also in Ron Howard's Apollo 13 and James Cameron's Aliens. Paxton has kind of an awkward appearance to him, and perhaps that prevents him from receiving adequate attention, but he is still an amazing actor. He directed The Greatest Game Ever Played, and also had roles in Tombstone and A Simple Plan. He currently has a show on HBO called Big Love, which I haven't seen, but I'm sure it is worth watching. The film I prefer to view the most with him in it is one of the great overlooked movies of the last 10 years, Frailty, a movie he directed with ambition and intensity. Next time you're thinking of buying a DVD, or choosing something on Netflix, remember Bill Paxton.

4. Brendan Fraser - I can see many people disagreeing with me on this one, but they're wrong. Yes, Brendan Fraser has starred in some ridiculous films, but he has also contributed to many good ones. For starters, even though it should not have won Best Picture, he supplied great work in Crash, but that is not his only moving portrayal. In one of the most underrated movies of all time, School Ties, he starred as a Jewish teenager, who hides his religion at a private school until a student tells everyone. Fraser can hold his own with any top performer, I don't care who it is. The bulk of his resume displays comedies like Encino Man and Bedazzled, but the amount of forgotten films he has been in is too many to mention. I admit, I enjoyed Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but many pushed aside The Quiet American, despite favorable reviews. He is most commonly known for The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. While the second was below average, the first one was still a terrific adventure. To me, he is an entertaining, goofy, and satisfying presence on screen. His abilities are constantly dismissed. At least admit this to yourself…he is never boring. I think if Fraser works at it, he could definitely land an Oscar nomination in the future.

3. Gary Oldman - I feel that one of the great injustices committed is that Gary Oldman, a truly magnificent performer, has never received an Oscar nomination. He is one of the most underappreciated and versatile actors I can think of. The amount of quality films he has under his belt is extraordinary. Let's do the list: Sid & Nancy, JFK, Dracula, True Romance, Leon the Professional, The Fifth Element, Air Force One, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Batman Begins, and it goes on and on. Oldman is a dedicated, convincing, and hypnotizing person to watch on screen. Whether he plays a villain, or a good guy, the audience can always count on his best effort. He actually changes into his roles with the perfect appearance and accent like no other person can. Make no mistake, he has earned some respect. I can't wait to see him in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix later this year.

2. Steve Buscemi - I really should not have to go into detail here. Listing the movies he has not participated in would probably be easier. He deserves to be named right along with Philip Seymour Hoffman as one of the best supporting actors in history. Steve Buscemi makes each film he is apart of much more pleasurable, and that says something. From Airheads, to Fargo, and The Big Lebowski, this is a brilliant actor, who should be a household name. I don't think that is stretching it at all. His exceptional resume has some of the following titles: Pulp Fiction, Billy Madison, Con Air, Mr. Deeds, Ghost World, Big Fish, Reservoir Dogs, and I have to mention the voice work he did in Monster House, Charlotte's Web, and Monsters Inc. Mr. Buscemi is a treasure in cinema, and I can't tell you how many movies I own that he is in. I continue to look forward to each film he spices up.

1. Jim Caviezel - It is unfortunate that Jim Caviezel is constantly snubbed and pushed aside by critics and viewers. The potential he possesses is scary. I cannot understand why he is not complimented more often. Many gave sole credit to Mel Gibson for The Passion of the Christ, but what about the man who portrayed Jesus Christ? Besides film buffs, I'd be willing to bet hardly anybody has acknowledged that Caviezel was the person who added his most poignant work ever to this epic. He was also probably the only aspect of Déjà vu that was enjoyable this year. It seems many of the actors, who I feel are underrated, have also been in some of my most underrated movies. I realize he has not been involved with as many films as others lead stars, but the roles he has given us have been wonderful. For example: Frequency, The Thin Red Line, and High Crimes. Caviezel starred in The Count of Monte Cristo with Guy Pearce, and I still say it is one of the better revenge films ever made (besides Oldboyand V For Vendetta). I will never understand the reason why Caviezel is not a bigger star than he is. If you look up underrated in the dictionary, a picture of Jim Caviezel will be there.



TIM O'SULLIVAN

Honourable Mentions: Everyone I will kick myself about forgetting when I see his/her next film.


5. Mark Ruffalo - You know that you respect someone when they appear in a lot of rom-com crap, and you've still liked their performance. I've been forced to sit through a ton of mediocre rom-coms for the sake of being a "gent" and an actor like Ruffalo stands out a mile. In 13 going on 30 and Just Like Heaven he plays the Prince Charming role very admirably, but then in roles such as those in Collateral and Eternal Sunshine he showcased his range. He's a quality actor.

4. Jeff Daniels - From Dumb and Dumber to The Squid and the Whale, I think that pretty much says it all. He never got the mainstream break Carrey got after the 1994 mega hit comedy, but he's still producing quality on the silver screen. In The Squid in the Whale he's just an absolute joy to watch.

3. Robert Downey Jr. - One of the most gifted actors I've ever seen, and his personal problems have stopped him becoming a mega star. From the unreal portrayal of Chaplin, to Good Night and Good Luck he has brought class and star quality to everything he's been involved with. He even made Ally McBeal watchable for a bit! But for me, his performance in the sleeper hit of 2005, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the icing on top of his proverbial career cake. He was cooler than the other side of the pillow, and it's actually one of my favourite individual performances in recent years.

2. John Cusack - An absolutely fantastic actor, and as J.T will so eagerly inform you he is another actor that can make romantic comedies watchable for another reason than simply "making the mrs happy." Stuff like Grosse Point Blank and High Fidelity are just grade A films anyway, so his presence just enhances their awesomeness, but its his work on the likes of Runaway Jury, Identity and Pushing Tin that showcases his true ability to improve a picture with him in the cast. I haven't even spoken about his early stuff. Just a consistently quality addition to any ensemble.

1. Tom Cruise - I'm being totally serious. His personal life / attitude / whatever has almost made his acting skills null and void to some folk, and its easy to forget how good an actor he is. People don't like stuff thatss too big, too mainstream, too commercial, etc. and that's their prerogative, but anyone that says Tom Cruise hasn't put in some killer performances is a cretin. In the eighties he was superb in The Color of Money and Rain Man, the nineties we had even more like, Jerry Maguire, Mission Impossible and Magnolia, and in recent years he was pure class in Collateral and Minority Report. I can't remember too many Tom Cruise films I haven't liked. He's under appreciated by too many.



BRYAN KRISTOPOWITZ

Honorable Mentions

- Tara Marchant: You've probably never heard of Ms. Marchant, and that's a shame. She's done a movie or two, she did a stint on Knots Landing, and she was a sexy home invader on an episode of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. She's cute, funny, nice to look at, and she's funny. Yet she only has a few credits to her name. Now she's doing some kind of personal life coaching thing (it's called Personal Velocity or something) and it's a shame that Hollywood and or the independent movie world haven't given her more work.

- Tom Skerritt: Skerritt has never been a huge star, but he had his share of fame way back in the day. Most recently he seems to only get "lame" character work. Maybe that's what he wants to do, maybe he likes to stay involved with all kinds of stuff and not be tied down to any one thing. I'm willing to bet, though, that if some company gave him some decent money he'd be the star of a TV show or getting more accolades in movies. The man can do anything, so why doesn't he get more steady work, and more good stuff in general?

- Tyne Daly: Her social worker character Maxine Gray was the best part of Judging Amy, and since then Daly has basically disappeared. She's doing theater, Broadway stuff I guess (I've seen her a few times in the New York newspapers). It's too bad she didn't latch on to another good TV show. I don't know why CBS didn't give her her own show, maybe a spin off with Cheech Marin. But I guess if you're an older woman there aren't that many opportunities.

- Bitty Schram: After being thrown off Monk, Schram has, much like Daly, disappeared from view. I don't know why because she's not that old (she doesn't have that going against her. Yet) and she can act in pretty much everything. Monk proved she could do comedy, as well as her role in A League of Her Own (which was her feature film debut), and she can do straight drama. I don't get it.

- John Goodman: Goodman hasn't had what one would call a stellar movie career, although dang near every movie role he has had has been memorable (the coach from Revenge of the Nerds, Walter from The Big Lebowski). He only seems to get cast in Coen brothers movies, which isn't a bad thing, but I'd like to see other directors give him a shot. Much like Schram and Daly, Goodman can do everything and he can do it well. He's done some good TV work recently, but the last TV show he did (Normal, Ohio, where he played a gay guy. That show was a hoot) died. Maybe HBO will hire him to do something.

- Tischa Campbell: She's cute, she's funny, and she's done plenty of sitcom and TV movie work. Yet no one seems to know who she is. She was just as funny as Damon Wayans on the sitcom My Wife and Kids, and her stint on Martin was memorable.

- Kurt Fuller: A fine character actor who shows up everywhere every year, in both movies and on TV. Yet the man doesn't have a regular TV show or a movie, starring him, to show off everything he's got. When your biggest claim to fame is the villain in No Holds Barred (which was a great role) your face isn't getting out there enough to where people will remember your name. Get this man a TV show.

Honorable Mentions: Deceased Club: Charles Bronson, John Candy, Brion James: These three fine actors still have movies playing dang near every day. James was a character actor through and through, and it's odd not seeing him anymore. Candy died way before his time, and his comedic gifts and screen presence have yet to be duplicated. And no one has been able to replace Chuck, who only seems to get a mention anymore when in reference to something Quentin Tarantino is doing/wants to do/is talking about. Why don't any of these actors have DVD boxed sets of their work?


5. Ed O'Neill: After Married...with Children ended its run, O'Neill has been languishing in the netherworld of character actor work. He seems to only get police officer roles, or roles where he's someone in authority (like in Spartan). His recent TV shows have bombed (Big Apple, LA Dragnet) yet he's been the best part of each. I know he's about to take part in a new HBO show, so maybe people will start to recognize him again and give him his do. And there's no shame in being "Al Bundy."

4. Ice-T/Richard Belzer: They play detectives Fin Tutuola and John Munch on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and this season, so far, they've basically been non-entities on their own show. It's a disgrace. I know I've said it many times in my column, but these two guys don't deserve the crapola they've been given this TV season so far. SVU needs more of them, not less of them.

3. (tied) John Amos: How the heck isn't he the older Denzel Washington, or the African American equivalent of Jack Nicholson? Amos has been in everything, from television (Good Times most notably, and the great and unjustly cancelled 704 Hauser Street, among others) to movies (the great Major in Die Hard 2 comes to mind) and he's never boring or out of place. Whatever the role he's in, he never seems wrong in it. So, again, why isn't he contending for awards, why isn't he wearing black turtlenecks and hanging out with the hip and edgy people? Why?

3. (tied) Keith David: Yet another great character actor who works all of the time yet never gets much recognition for it. TV, movies, voice over work for commercials, and who knows whatever else. You know his voice, you've seen him many, many times, yet no one seems to actually know him. Well, maybe some science fiction and horror geeks know him from his great work with John Carpenter, but that's about it. If there's a guy out there who deserves a lengthy biography, it's Keith David. Yet another guy who should have his own kick butt TV show.

2. Gerald McRaney: I don't understand why he doesn't have more movie work on his resume. He's been a TV guy through and through, and two of his series have been classics (Simon and Simon, Major Dad). He's now doing the great CBS show Jericho, yet for whatever reason know one talks about his mayor/former mayor character. He can handle "high end" shows and movies. He did have a recurring character on The West Wing, so it's not like he can't handle it. Maybe he needs a better agent.

1. Tim Thomerson: When it comes to B-movies, the great Bruce Campbell gets all of the accolades. When people in general think of B-movies they think of Ash. They should be thinking about Tim Thomerson, too (I won't say instead because Campbell is good). He is freaking Jack Deth, man. Jack Deth! He's done just as much wacky stuff, just as much serious stuff, yet he can barely get a mention when it comes to even character actor accolades. "Dry hair is for squids!" So, come on, Hollywood, give this man a star on the walk of fame. Or something like that. He's just too good an actor to be kept in the background.


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Wow, the only thing more impressive than the way Kristopowitz manages to turn the Top 5 into the Top 17 is how many different installments of the Top 5 he has been able to use to profess his love for Jack Deth and the Trancers films. But I kid Bryan – I actually agree with a number of his picks (particularly Keith David). In fact, I must admit that this is the first time in recent memory that I don't completely disagree with any single pick from any of the contributors. There are a lot of fine actors on this list, and you should all do yourselves a favor and check out as much of their work as possible. I mean, what else are you going to do with your time, watch the latest Vin Diesel movie?

Still, maybe it's the residual animosity towards Hollywood left over from last week's column, but I almost feel like there was a little bit too much positivity being thrown around this week. I feel the need to balance the cosmic scales a little, so next week we'll veer from praising the good, to once again laughingly mocking the bad, when we examine some of the most preposterous casting decisions in history. So check back in a week for: The Top 5 Worst Castings of All Time.





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