It’s that time of year again. I will forgo the slanted justifications as to why I deserve Christmas presents this year. Instead I’ll get right to the goods. As a movie-oholic I have a very specific list this year. I’m listing five actors or actresses that I think are deserving of a major starring movie role.
Now Santa, I’m not talking about a lightweight part or even another strong supporting role. No, I think these five performers are fantastic and have proven so good at their craft that they deserve a leading part in a career changing film. So lets get down to it!
#1 – GUY PEARCE
Santa, I don’t think there is an actor more underrated and underused than Guy Pearce. He has had a few starring roles and he’s performed well. But he’s never been given a top role in a big film that I think would give him the recognition he deserves. When I think on many of today’s “leading men” I can’t help but think of how much better of an actor that Pearce is. Anyone who has seen films like “Memento” and “The Proposition” know exactly why he’s on this list.
#2 – TOM HIDDLESTON
Santa, Tom Hiddleston has been very good this year. In his second turn as Loki in this year’s “The Avengers” he was wonderful. He was also brilliant in “The Deep Blue Sea” and who can forget his great work in last year’s “Midnight in Paris”? Talk about a master of his craft. He’s a guy that I’ll watch in almost thing. Santa please bring him that big role that will show the unbelievers that he is truly one of cinema’s greatest current actors.
#3 – EMILY BLUNT
Ok Santa, I know Emily Blunt has starred in a number of films but few really extend her or utilize the true screen talent that she has. Blunt has an effortless genuineness to her that can’t be overstated. She has shined in supporting roles but has mostly been limited to romantic comedies. But regardless of the role, Blunt has always been wonderful to watch and I’m convinced that she could handle any part. It’s great to see her range of opportunities growing but I’m style anxiously awaiting that one big opportunity.
#4 – WILLIAM FICHTNER
William Fichtner may be one of the most recognizable faces in movies and on television. He’s an amazing actor who instantly catches your eye with every performance. But for some reason he has been restricted to supporting character roles in a variety of films. Santa, if there was every a high quality actor who deserves a big time starring shot it’s Fichtner. “Heat”, “Black Hawk Down”, and even “The Dark Knight” are just a few of the films that prove his talents.
#5 – REBECCA HALL
It may be a stretch and many may view Rebecca Hall as unproven, but I find her to be a great actress and I can see her taking on a big role and doing great things with it. Santa, I can honestly say that she has been excellent in everything I’ve seen her in. I first saw her and loved her in Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige”. She was also wonderful in “Vicki, Cristina, Barcelona”, “Frost/Nixon”, “Please Give”, and “The Town”. Rebecca Hall is an actress that may not be on many people’s radar, but she should be.
So there they are Santa. I really hope you can come through for not only me but movie fans everywhere. These five actors and actresses deserve a bigger shot and they could do a heck of a lot better than many of today’s bigger names. And if anyone can make this happen it’s you. I know Hollywood isn’t getting it done. Thanks Santa and Merry Christmas!