Anne Hathaway’s 10 Best Roles, Ranked | ScreenRant

Anne Hathaway has been gracing the big screen (and winning our hearts) since the early 2000s. She’s taken on all sorts of roles, from that of a struggling drug addict to the assistant of a fashion magazine editor to even an awkward high schooler who finds out she’s a princess. Is there anything she can’t do?

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While Hathaway’s talent is evident in every role she takes on, we’re here to narrow them down and look at her greatest. Picking a handful won’t be easy, but we’ll do our best. Sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy our favorite films starring Anne Hathaway. Here’s how her roles all stack up.

10 Ella Enchanted

Anne Hathaway plays the spunky lead heroine in Ella Enchanted. This romantic fantasy comedy tells the tale of a girl who is given “the gift of obedience,” which makes her do any and everything she is told. While the plotline was might have been predictable, Hathway’s acting is the real star. Also, what early 2000s kid doesn’t have this entire film memorized?

This early movie helped Hathaway spread her name as she slowly transitioned from teen flicks to more adult films. Nevertheless, we’re still here boppin’ to that killer soundtrack.

9 The Intern

Starring alongside Robert De Niro, The Intern saw Hathaway carrying this mature role with poise. The Intern is about a retired executive (De Niro) taking part in a senior citizen intern program at Jule Ostin’s (Hathaway’s) e-commerce fashion startup. It follows their budding friendship with each other while also focussing on the struggles Ostin faces as work continues to consume her life.

Hathaway brings believability to her character, who is always trying to push forward. She deals with the challenges of Jule’s life—from a cheating husband to job criticism—with subtle vulnerability.

8 Get Smart

Get Smart is what happens when you pair up one of comedy’s greatest stars with one of the world’s most diversely talented actress. This action spy comedy saw Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) attempting to fulfill his dreams of becoming a field agent. Agent 99 (played by Hathaway) serves as his slightly more serious counterpart.

While the film as a whole welcomed mixed reviews, Hathaway held her own. She balanced her unlikely chemistry with Maxwell without straying from her character’s drive. We’re ready for this mission.

7 Interstellar

Hathaway starred in the intense and moving Interstellar. This sci-fi space drama was both commercially and critically successful, thanks to the believable emotions of Hathaway and her co-stars.

This also ranks as one of Hathaway’s most physically tolling roles. In fact, the actress almost suffered from hypothermia while filming a water scene in Iceland because her suit hadn’t been properly secured. Despite this, she pushed through the obstacles and pulled out one heck of a film.

6 Brokeback Mountain

This out-west romantic drama pulled in over 178 million dollars at the box office against a budget of only 14 million. The star-studded cast including Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, and, of course, Anne Hathaway, leading it to success.

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Gyllenhall’s character finds himself wrapped up an extramarital affair, and Hathaway plays his detached wife. Although her role is small, it’s impossible not to feel. She’s skilled at fading into character.

5 Colossal

In this sci-fi comedy, Anne Hathaway stars as a writer with alcohol problems who learns that she’s connected to a monster destroying Seoul, South Korea. The story was offbeat, dark, and strange, and Hathaway effortlessly shaped herself into it.

The film grossed just over 4 million dollars at the box office, up against a budget of 15 million. While it was a commercial failure, it was a Hathaway success. She blended into the film even though its genre stretched outside her previous acting boundaries.

4 The Devil Wear Prada

Before Hathaway was running a fashion startup in The Intern, she was attempting to make a name for herself in the industry in The Devil Wear Prada.

Starring across from Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt, Hathaway was surrounded by some of Hollywood’s most talented actress. Nevertheless, her skills were not overshadowed. She allows her character to work hard and develop naturally as she tries to survive as the co-assistant of a powerful fashion magazine editor (Streep). We know her for this role, and we love her for this role.

3 Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married follows a drug-abusing woman who returns home from rehab to celebrate her sister’s wedding. Hathaway plays the drug-abusing woman—not the sister.

She carried the weighty role with a certain genuineness, revealing that upon reading the script for the first time, she ended up crying on the floor of her apartment. She certainly brought those initial raw feelings to set and, eventually, to the big screen. The human emotions in this one are real, and Hathaway ensures they come to life.

2 Les Misérables

In one of Hathaway’s most dramatic roles, she portrays Fantine, a struggling factory worker in 19th-century France who resorts herself to prostitution. Her desperate character is portrayed with a raw vulnerability that makes you forget you’re watching the same Hathaway that played the plucky heroine of Ella Enchanted.

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The Les Misérables role also demanded Hathaway to sing on set, which produced one of the most heart-wrenching renditions of “I Dreamed a Dream” to exist. Her multiple talents are worthy of praise.

1 Princess Diaries

How could any of Hathaway’s other roles have been crowned her best? Did you really think this would be a surprise? Hathway plays Mia Thermopolis, an awkward and clumsy high school student who learns she is a princess when her estranged grandmother (Julie Andrews) comes for a visit. The film quickly became a teen classic, and Hathaway’s dramatic and funny acting skills made it all the better. The number of quotable lines in this movie is unreal.

The Princess Diaries earned itself one incredibly hilarious and romantic sequel, and a third one might be on the way. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, our chins up, and our crowns held high.

NEXT: David Tennant’s 10 Best Roles, Ranked

2019-07-12 05:07:26

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Third Walking Dead TV Series Casts Three Key Roles | ScreenRant

The planned third Walking Dead TV series has reportedly cast three of its major roles. Robert Kirkman kicked off the whole Walking Dead phenomenon in 2003 with the original post-apocalyptic zombie comic book, and in 2010 the comic made the jump to television, as AMC debuted the first season of what would go on to become one of the most successful series in cable history.

With The Walking Dead proving that television fans had a hunger for ongoing post-apocalyptic zombie mayhem (mixed with a big helping of soap opera), AMC in 2015 debuted the spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead. Even though the original show has seen its ratings dip in recent years, and Fear itself has never entirely found its footing, AMC still plans a third series in the franchise, this one featuring two young female protagonists and focusing on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse. Scott Gimple is developing the new series along with Matt Negrete, the latter of whom will act as showrunner, with an eye toward kicking off production this summer.

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With production set to commence soon, that third, as-yet-untitled Walking Dead series has now begun putting together its young group of apocalypse survivors. As reported by Variety, the show has added actors Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu and Hal Cumpston to the cast. Sources say Mansour’s character is a “a good-natured rule breaker who lives for today. She is likable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside.” Cantu’s character is described as “small for his age” and is a black belt in karate. Cumpston’s character is “big for his age” and a “shy loner that scares some kids.” AMC has yet to confirm the report.

Of the three above actors, Alexa Mansour has the most experience, with previous credits that include Madame Secretary and the horror film Unfriended: Dark Web. She’ll be playing one of the show’s two female protagonists, with a second actress yet to be added. Mansour’s new TWD universe co-star Cantu previously appeared on The Good Place, and had a voice role on the animated series The Amazing World of Gumball. Cumpston meanwhile has just one prior credit, the 2019 Australian comedy Bilched.

Given the flagging ratings for The Walking Dead, many were surprised to learn AMC was going back to that well for a third series. But, TWD continues to be a money maker for the network despite the dip in ratings, and the network obviously has faith that Scott Gimple can deliver a successful series (even though Gimple is widely blamed for having driven the flagship series into the ground during his showrunner tenure). Considering the problems TWD has had depicting kid characters, Carl Grimes being the most notable case of a young protagonist whom fans became increasingly annoyed with, it’s fair to wonder if it’s really wise for them to make a whole series focusing mainly on younger characters.

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Source: Variety

2019-07-10 05:07:39

Dan Zinski

10 Jake Gyllenhaal Roles Everyone Forgets

Jake Gyllenhaal is currently one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, perhaps one of the most impressive actors of his generation. He is one of the few movie stars who can effortlessly switch between smaller indie films and big-budget popcorn movies, while always delivering interesting performances.

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While Gyllenhaal is certainly a high-profile actor, his penchant for taking on challenging parts means that some of his roles can get overlooked. From early on in his career to more recent films, some of the work on his resume remains undiscovered by even his biggest fans.

10 City Slickers

Some fans might be surprised to know that Gyllenhaal has been in the movie business since he was just a small child. Though he found his success in his early adult years, he did make a solid career for himself even when he was little more than a toddler. His appearance in this comedy classic, for instance.

City Slickers follows a group of big city yuppies who deal with their midlife crisis by participating in a cattle drive. Gyllenhaal has a small role as the son of Billy Crystal’s character. It’s hard to imagine that small kid would grow to be a massive movie star.

9 The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers only came out last year. Despite an impressive cast, it was sadly one of the most overlooked films of 2018. This modern Western might not have been the action-packed adventure audiences were hoping for, but it was a beautiful, funny and emotional tale.

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The film follows the titular brothers (played by John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix), who are guns for hire on the trail of a mysterious businessman. Gyllenhaal plays an associate of the brothers who forms an unlikely friendship with their target.

8 Rendition

In the years following the tragedy of 9/11, there were a slew of high profile “war on terror”-themed movies that tackled both the modern threat and the complications of fighting against it. Gyllenhaal starred in one of these films, Rendition, which involved the highly controversial abductions and intense interrogation tactics of the CIA.

Gyllenhaal plays a CIA analyst assigned to oversee one such case, the interrogation of a man he believes to be innocent. Despite co-starring Oscar winners like Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, and Meryl Streep, the film was a critical and commercial disappointment.

7 The Day After Tomorrow

Roland Emmerich is the man responsible for such end-of-the-world disaster blockbusters as Independence Day, 2012 and this 2002 hit. The movie takes the dangers of climate change and dials it up to eleven. As tornadoes and tsunamis begin to destroy the world, those who remain fight for survival in a new ice age.

The film stars Dennis Quaid as a climatologist while Gyllenhaal plays his son, who leads a group of survivors in New York City. Not exactly a role in which he needed to stretch his acting muscles, but it marked Gyllenhaal’s first foray into blockbuster film-making.

6 Everest

Though Gyllenhaal is often the leading man of his films, he is not above playing a supporting role every now and then. In Everest, Gyllenhaal was just one part of an all-star cast which included Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley.

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The film tells the true story of a 1996 Everest expedition, which saw a group of climbers trapped by a blizzard on the top of the mountain. Gyllenhaal plays real-life climber Scott Fischer, who was part of the doomed climb. It’s interesting seeing a star of Gyllenhaal’s calibre in a smaller role, part of a larger ensemble in this intense survival story.

5 Accidental Love

Gyllenhaal has largely avoided the traditional romantic comedies. When he does dabble in those kinds of films, it’s usually a unique take on the genre. In Accidental Love, Jessica Biel plays a woman who is shot in the head with a nail gun, an incident that has unusual results. Her condition is then exploited by an unscrupulous Congressman, played by Gyllenhaal.

Despite being directed by acclaimed filmmaker David O. Russell, the movie went through massive production issues, being re-edited to the point that Russell declined his credit. The result was a mess of a film which was unceremoniously dumped on VOD.

4 Brothers

Legend has it that Gyllenhaal was once considered as a replacement for Tobey Maguire (who had suffered a back injury) as the star of Spider-Man 2. Though that didn’t come to pass, the two would eventually share the screen in this intense drama.

In this remake of a Danish film, Maguire plays a Marine who goes missing in action. Gyllenhaal plays his wayward brother who steps in to take care of Maguire’s family. Things get tense when Maguire returns home, severely damaged by his experience. Along with Natalie Portman and Maguire, Gyllenhaal helps make this a compelling acting showcase.

3 Enemy

Denis Villeneuve has become one of the most respected directors currently in the business. Having made films like Arrival, Sicario and Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve has shown to be a master of atmospheric thrillers. However, this lesser-known mystery is mostly overlooked in his filmography.

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Villeneuve reunited with Gyllenhaal, his star in Prisoners, in this strange story of a man who discovers he has a doppelgänger. Filled with some creepy visuals and a much-discussed ending, it is the kind of movie that doesn’t give its audiences any easy answers.

2 Zodiac

Zodiac had visionary director David Fincher at the helm. It had a cast including Gyllenhaal and a pre-Avengers Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. It even had a subject as compelling as the infamous Zodiac killings. How is it not more widely known?

While not the bloody thriller you might imagine from the director of Se7en, the film is a methodical examination of the decades-long investigation of the murders. In this brilliant crime saga, Gyllenhaal gives a surprisingly funny and obsessive performance as one of the people searching for the true Zodiac.

1 Bubble Boy

Despite his penchant for intense dramas, Gyllenhaal has shown he has a real talent for comedy too (in those rare times he does embrace his funny side). However, in this very early role of his, Gyllenhaal decided to go full-blown silly in a way we have not seen from him since.

In Bubble Boy, Gyllenhaal stars as a boy without an immune system, forced to live in a protective bubble. When he learns the love of his life is getting married, he sets out on a cross-country quest to stop the wedding. Though it failed to make much of an impact when it was released, the film has gained a small cult following – although it might be a film Gyllenhaal wishes would remain forgotten.

NEXT: Liam Neeson’s 10 Most Memorable Roles, Ranked

2019-04-22 03:04:55

Colin McCormick

Liam Neeson’s 10 Most Memorable Roles, Ranked

Liam Neeson is a bit of a controversial character these days. After making some comments about some disturbing thoughts he had in his past, the Irish actor came under fire for what many perceived to be a racist behavior. The controversy sunk his latest film, Cold Pursuit, and in the future, it’s unclear how welcoming Hollywood will be to him.

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Before this controversy surfaced, Neeson was regarded as one of film’s most popular actors. He’s had a long and interesting career over the years, showing great versatility in his roles and the ability to handle just about any genre. He’s helped create so iconic characters that audiences have enjoyed over the years. Have a look back on some of Liam Neeson’s most memorable roles.

10 (Himself) Life’s Too Short

Life’s Too Short might not be the best of Ricky Gervais’ television efforts, but it does have some fun with its celebrity guests. The most memorable cameo comes from Neeson who pays Gervais a visit to get some advice one his burgeoning comedy career.

The scene has a lot of fun playing with Neeson’s penchant for more serious and intense roles. The painful session of improv comedy that Neeson forces Gervais into is hilarious in its absurdity. Ironically, following this role, Neeson would start appearing in a lot more comedic parts and has proven to be pretty funny.

9 (Priest Vallon) Gangs Of New York

To work with a director like Martin Scorsese much be a thrill for any actor, even one as high-profile as Liam Neeson. So it’s not surprising that Neeson would agree to even this small role in Scorsese’s Civil War-era epic.

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As Priest Vallon, Neeson plays the honorable and respected leaders of the Dead Rabbits, a New York gang made up of Irish immigrants. Vallon is the father of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character and his death at the hands of Bill the Butcher at the beginning of the film sets the stage for the entire story.

8 (Rob Roy) Rob Roy

Neeson seems like the kind of actor who can fit into any time period for a film. He feels right at home in a modern setting, just as he does in a story taking place hundreds of years ago, as with Rob Roy.

Neeson plays real-life Scottish outlaw and folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor, who seeks revenge against the noblemen who wronged him. Neeson plays the hero role well and Tim Roth steals the show as the villainous Cunningham. Unfortunately, the film had the misfortune of coming out the same year as Braveheart which stole much of its thunder.

7 (Bad Cop/Good Cop) The Lego Movie

Neeson wasn’t the kind of actor you usually find popping up in kids’ films and he rarely provided his voice for animated films, yet The Lego Movie proved he was a natural fit for that cinematic world.

Set in the wild and imaginative world of Lego, Neeson provides the voice for Bad Cop/Good Cop, the dual personality authority figure in Bricksburg. The part has a lot of fun with Neeson’s famous tough guy persona while also letting him access his rarely seen goofy side. The strange mix provides the film with some of its biggest laughs.

6 (Ottway) The Grey

By the time The Grey was released, Neeson’s reputation as Hollywood’s ultimate badass was at an all-time high. So the prospect of a film in which Neeson fights a pack of wolves in the Alaskan wilderness seemed like the perfect fit. While the film wasn’t quite what some fans were expecting, it was a brutal and relentless thriller.

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The film centers on a group of oil field workers whose plane crashes in a remote, frozen area of Alaska and they are soon targeted by wolves. Neeson basically plays the kind of guy you’d want to have with you if you ever found yourself in a situation like this.

5 (Peyton Westlake/Darkman) Darkman

Before Sam Raimi brought Spider-Man to the big screen for the first time, he tried his hand at creating an original cinematic superhero.

Neeson starred as a scientist who, after being attacked by mobsters, is left horribly scarred by with a newfound super strength. Thought dead, he becomes Darkman and seeks revenge on those who ruined his life. The film has the same crazy and campy tone feature in most of Raimi’s work and Neeson is fun as the demented hero. While the film failed to become a new hit franchise, it did spawn two direct-to-video sequels without Neeson or Raimi involved.

4 (Ducard/Ra’s Al Ghul) Batman Begins

You need a certain kind of actor to be believable as the man who trains Batman and Liam Neeson is one of the few actors who can fit that bill. In Christopher Nolan’s gritty origin story of the caped crusader, Neeson plays the mysterious man who starts Bruce Wayne on his path to becoming a hero.

The film was a much-needed change of course for the Batman franchise and kicked off the highly acclaimed trilogy. Neeson provides the appropriate stoicism for the role and helped effectively sell the third-act twist.

3 (Qui-Gon Jinn) Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

If training Batman wasn’t enough, Neeson is also the man who helped Obi-Wan Kenobi become a Jedi. He played Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in the high-anticipated and highly disappointing first episode in the Star Wars prequels.

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Along with Ewan MacGregor as Obi-Wan, Neeson managed to fit well into George Lucas’ world, which couldn’t have been an easy task when dealing with Jar Jar Binks. While the movie might have been a letdown, Neeson is generally seen as one of the bright spots and has even reprised the role in the Clone Wars series.

2 (Bryan Mills) Taken

It’s easy to forget that there was a time when Liam Neeson was simply seen as a dramatic actor and not the middle-aged badass he’s now known for. That reputation came with his role in Taken where he plays a former CIA operative hunting down the criminals who took his daughter.

The movie was a surprise hit and kick-started a new action-oriented phase of Neeson’s career. The film’s success also helped start the action movie trend of the middle-aged badass. While it might not be a high-caliber film, Neeson sure was impressive kicking all that butt.

1 (Oskar Schindler) Schindler’s List

Neeson’s sole Oscar nomination to date is for Steven Spielberg’s haunting and powerful Holocaust film, Schindler’s List. Neeson stars in the titular role as the real-life factory owner who helped save the lives of over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust.

The film is obviously very difficult to watch with its unflinching depiction of one of history’s darkest periods. Neeson brings humanity to this complex character, effectively portraying his willful ignorance to the situation which slowly turns into horrible guilt. The film has earned a reputation of one of the greatest ever made and Neeson’s performance is often regarded as the best of his career.

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2019-04-21 01:04:39

Colin McCormick

10 Benedict Cumberbatch Roles Most Fans Don’t Know About

Benedict Cumberbatch has slowly become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Most people became aware of him from his critically acclaimed take on a modern Sherlock Holmes in the BBC show Sherlock. His compelling and entertaining performance in that show gained him notoriety, leading to high-profile film roles. He has since become an Oscar-nominated actor for The Imitation Game and is part of the ever-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe as Doctor Strange.

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While Cumberbatch’s rise to fame might seem like a case of overnight success, he slowly built a solid career with small roles in smaller projects before getting his big break. He has become a star thanks to roles like Sherlock and Strange, but there are plenty of his roles you might not be as familiar with.

10 The Fifth Estate (2013)

Julian Assange is a big name in the news right now and has been a controversial figure for quite some time. The founder of Wikileaks, Assange is the kind of real-life personality Hollywood loves to explore. But most people won’t remember there was, in fact, a film made about Assange with Cumberbatch playing the man himself.

The Fifth Estate was a look at the beginnings of Wikileaks and Assange as the organization’s leader, painting the whole thing in a rather unflattering light. The movie was dismissed by most critics as a failed attempt at a The Social Network-like real-life drama. But even the harshest critics pointed to Cumberbatch’s performances as the highlight of the film.

9 Hawking (2004)

Long before Eddie Redmayne won his Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Cumberbatch played the famed physicist in this made-for-television movie. Like The Theory of Everything, the film looks at the earlier years in Hawking’s career with his studies into the beginning of time, and his battle with motor neuron disease.

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Cumberbatch has the distinction of being the first actor to play Hawking on screen. While the film is now overshadowed by the success of the later film, it was a well-regarded telling of Hawking’s story. Cumberbatch was singled out for his convincing portrayal of the man.

8 Starter For 10 (2006)

Cumberbatch is usually known as a serious dramatic actor, but even in those roles he has shown a talent for comedy. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that one of his first film roles was this charming British coming-of-age comedy.

The film centers on a young aimless university student who wins a spot on a student quiz show. Cumberbatch plays the uptight captain of the quiz team. While he was a just a fresh-faced newcomer in the film, but he surrounded by other soon-to-be stars like James MacEvoy, Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper, and James Corden.

7 August: Osage County (2013)

Before headlining his own films, Cumberbatch was making a solid career playing as part of large ensembles. One such role was as part of the massive star-studded cast of the family drama, August: Osage County. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the film follows a dysfunctional family who are reunited when the patriarch goes missing.

Cumberbatch shared the screen with superstars like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan MacGregor, and Chris Cooper. He played the shy and awkward nephew of Streep’s character in the film. While the movie itself received mixed reviews, the ensemble was largely praised.

6 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2012)

There have been plenty of adaptions of John le Carré’s popular spy novel. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy stands out among these films for Gary Oldman’s acclaimed performance as le Carré’s famous spy George Smiley, which earned Oldman his first Oscar nomination.

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The film follows Smiley’s return to the spy game to hunt down a Soviet mole. While Oldman is the star of the film, he is backed up by a stellar cast of British stars like Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong. Cumberbatch has a significant role as Peter Guillam, Smiley’s trusted right-hand man.

5 12 Years A Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave is one of the most harrowing movies in recent memory. It is based on the disturbing true story of Solomon Northrup, a free man living with his family in New York when he is sold into slavery. The film’s brutal depiction of slavery makes it a hard but essential film to watch, earning it an Oscar for Best Picture.

Cumberbatch plays Ford, the first man buy Northrup as a slave. While Ford is not a violent man and thinks himself kind, he nevertheless turns a blind eye to the horror of the lives of his slaves and his role in the crime of slavery.

4 Black Mass (2015)

Black Mass is yet real-life tale on Cumberbatch’s filmography. This crime film details the life of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a player in the Irish mob in Boston who secretly served as an FBI informant for years while simultaneously carrying out a number of horrible crimes.

Cumberbatch plays Bulger’s brother, William Bulger, who served as Massachusetts Senate President as his brother ruled Boston’s organized crime. The film was a pretty standard mob film, and though working a heavy Massachusetts accent, Cumberbatch is overshadowed by Johnny Depp’s hammy performance in the lead role.

3 Atonement (2007)

Cumberbatch seems the kind of actor who is perfectly suited for classy period dramas. He has quite of few of these kinds of films under his belt, and Atonement is certainly one of most highly acclaimed of them all. Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan, the film is set in 1930s and follows a tragic love story told over the course of several decades.

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Unlike some of Cumberbatch’s more heroic roles later in his career, his character Paul Marshall is quite a despicable character. It is his unspeakable crime that sets the stage for the years of heartbreak experienced by the tragic lovers played by James McAvoy and Keira Knightley.

2 War Horse (2011)

It must be a dream for most actors to work with an iconic filmmaker like Steven Spielberg. He has been responsible for so many classic films, the chance to be a part of that kind of legacy must be irresistible. Cumberbatch was given the chance to join that lucky group of actors as he appeared in Spielberg’s War Horse.

Based on the acclaimed play, the film follows a horse from his quiet life on a farm to the front lines of World War I. Cumberbatch plays a brash cavalry major alongside Tom Hiddleston. Though it was no doubt an exciting step up for Cumberbatch’s career, the film was considered low-tier Spielberg.

1 Zoolander 2 (2016)

Every now and then even the most respected and popular of actors have to have a little fun with one of those roles that is really “out there”. That seems to be what was going through Cumberbatch’s mind when he agreed to join Zoolander 2.

The follow-up film found the titular male model in Rome and once again at the center of a sinister conspiracy. Cumberbatch has maybe the strangest role in the film — which is really saying something. He plays All, an androgynous model. Cumberbatch really goes for it in the role but unfortunately, the sequel falls far short of the hilarious original.

NEXT: 10 Sam Rockwell Roles You Forgot About

2019-04-16 03:04:43

Colin McCormick

Nathan Fillion’s 10 Most Famous Roles

Famed for starring in the most notoriously canceled television series ever, Nathan Fillion has stamped his mark on a generation. A near-perpetual presence on television for the last 20-odd years, along with popping up in some interesting movies and videogames, ensures he’s somebody’s favorite part of something. He’s reliably engaging and likable to such a degree that whether he’s the lead or not, he’s going to be remembered fondly. Equally able to be a smooth-talking schmoozer, a befuddled, beset-upon buffoon, and a dozen things around and in between, he’s a chameleon you’re always happy to recognize.

Either way, you never seem to hear a bad word about him, his work is uniformly top-notch, and he can slot in almost anywhere and make a good thing great and a great thing amazing. If he could just get some shows to stay on the air a little longer…

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10 Richard Castle – Castle

Cranking out 8 seasons of the writer/police consultant series gave a lot of people the ‘Fillion’ they were denied by the cancellation of a certain western sci-fi (we’ll get to that later).

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One of his great abilities is to channel someone rich, successful, and a little entitled, and still seem irrepressibly endearing. His chemistry with Stana Katic’s Detective Kate Beckett is magnetic. The rest of the Castle cast is lifted by his presence, which isn’t unusual for him. The abrupt ending to the series can’t minimize the fun had along the way.

9 John Nolan – The Rookie

Nathan Fillion’s current vehicle for his charming likability. This doesn’t stray too far from his previous series, staying with the police setting but letting him be our entry into their world from the perspective of the titular Rookie. It wasn’t long before the show found its feet, and surely that has to do with Fillion’s reliable presence. He just comes off as genuinely appreciative and gregarious, as well as curious in the new role. Everyone around him benefits from interacting with him. The show is also surprisingly action-packed and visceral in places, and definitely worth checking out.

8 Captain Hammer – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog

This Joss Whedon web-series rose to fame based purely off of the captivating performances from all involved, Nathan Fillion’s among the best. His turn as the smarmy hero known as Captain Hammer let him have some fun being the opposite of his usual charming self.

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He puts on the slick smile of a conman and gives Dr. Horrible, co-star Neil Patrick Harris, all the ammo he needs to boil in hatred for the ‘hero’. The fact that Hammer is still performing heroic duties with an acidic personality behind the facade gives it a fun depth that Fillion toys with the whole way through.

7 Caleb – Buffy

Fillion personally credits another Joss Whedon role with helping him break out in new ways. That’s because he got to play a full-on villain in Buffy for the first time. Affecting a southern accent and introducing a sickly sweet menace turned Fillion into pure horror.

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In a series of ever increasing ‘Big Bads’ the fact that he could come along and appear normal while being unearthly evil at the same time showed off his talents. The bowl-cut look doesn’t usually scream ‘overwhelming evil’ but it does for a zealot Fillion.

6 Johnny Donnelly – 2 Guys, A Girl & A Pizza Place

This was a star-making comedy series that kicked off not only Nathan Fillion’s career but Ryan Reynolds’ as well. It’s not often that the boyfriend of the female lead is a positive addition to a series, but Nathan Fillion was that and more. His presence fleshed out the character of Sharon and he became second only to the dynamic future-Deadpool in sheer laughs per minute. Playing the well-meaning, frugal, and ‘don’t call him simple’ boyfriend catapulted him into the main cast where he shone right through till the finale.

5 Sheriff Bill Pardy – Slither

James Gunn is nowadays lauded as the director of blockbusters like Guardians Of The Galaxy and the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. Before those efforts is this Fillion collaboration about a police chief dealing with an alien invasion in his small town.

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Fillion is hilarious, subverting expectations of brave quips and composure in the face of disaster. Featuring a slew of Gunn’s regulars Fillion gets to play the just-brave-enough Sheriff in way over his head. Always the compelling lead, Fillion anchors the movie through both the horror and the humor to a satisfyingly bizarre end.

4 Jacques Snicket – A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Deliciously rich is this portrayal of the series’ narrator’s brother. The recently ended Netflix show benefited from Nathan Fillion coming aboard in the second season. Lending his suave, enthusiastic, upstanding presence instantly provided levity to the series trademark dour proceedings amid Unfortunate Events.

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Fillion provided series lead Niel Patrick Harris (again) the perfect foil to come up against, their banter a whole level above the series’ already high standard. Fillion makes a compelling case to play any American spy from the 20th century, possessing everything needed and putting it to great use onscreen.

3 Nathan Drake – Uncharted Fan Film

For years people have been saying that Nathan Fillion shouldn’t just voice video game characters. He is noted to bear a striking resemblance to this Playstation icon. It was then awesome to see him adopt the role in a fan-made Uncharted short film.

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Clearly an effort to get him the nod for the role which seems poised to go to Spiderman‘s Tom Holland, this faithful short film nevertheless delivers. The uncanny resemblance is part of it, but the overall tone is synonymous with Fillion to the point they elevate each other. If it’s the only time he plays his namesake Drake, it was awesome.

2 Reynolds & Buck – The Halo Series

Fillion is no stranger to voice work and subsequently became a regular within the Halo Universe. After initially playing his Firefly namesake Captain Reynolds in Halo 3, he went on to play series regular and playable character Edward Buck in Halo: ODST, and Halo 5: Guardians, as well as voicing him elsewhere in the series. Fillion’s likeness is used for Buck as well, making him unique among the many characters commonly helmeted throughout the series. His rich vocals imbue Buck with that sympathy player’s need to care about him above most others. An inherently useful trait of the man.

1 Captain Malcolm Reynolds – Firefly

The unforgettable lead role that made a lot of people fall in love with the man’s work. Joss Whedon’s criminally aborted series Firefly has only grown in stature and legend since its cancelation, and Nathan Fillion is infinitely critical to that reputation. His Captain Malcolm Reynolds was immediately complex, engaging, admirable, pitiable, and fascinating. He displayed fierce loyalty and cut-throat pragmatism, all with an iron code built from the ruins of lost faith. The series short-lived tenure only magnifies the achievement it was, and Nathan Fillion helmed the experience in every way.

NEXT: Firefly: Where Are They Now?

2019-04-16 03:04:38

Mik Rona

Alan Tudyk’s 10 Most Famous Roles

One of the most versatile actors working today, Alan Tudyk is probably in something you love whether you know it or not. From cult-favorite television roles to blockbuster movies, Tudyk has done them all. In fact, Tudyk’s resume seems to expand faster than most could keep up with and it’s because it’s not just his face you’re familiar with. He is also a consummate voice actor, and there’s a reason he’s been sought out for that type of work for nearly two decades.

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10 Heihei – Moana

He may have only been making chicken sounds. He may have only been there for comic relief. But darn it, he’s the best scene-stealing, comedic chicken in film history! When someone is so abjectly silly that The Rock becomes their straight-man you’re doing something right. Heihei gets almost all the biggest laughs throughout Moana‘s runtime. There’s no reason this chicken should be as funny as it is, but the writing is funny and Alan Tudyk’s performance does something more than most could expect from simple ‘clucks and caws’.

9 Steve The Pirate – Dodgeball

This iconic part in this hilarious Vince Vaughn comedy kinda doesn’t even need to exist. That’s what makes it so weirdly funny. A member of the Average Joe’s Gym and then of the Dodgeball team, he only seems there to yell wacky pirate things at odd moments. But somehow, Tudyk injects this character with his trademark likable earnestness and he becomes so much more than just piratey comic relief. By the end the viewer almost forgets he’s there, only for the final joke where the team’s prize money is needlessly presented in a giant treasure chest, necessitating one final ‘Gyargh, Peter’. Gyargh indeed, Ste… Alan.

8 Alpha – Dollhouse

We’re not used to seeing Alan Tudyk’s likable face attached to pure evil, so of course, Joss Whedon had to make it happen. Alpha is the mish-mash of dozens of personalities coming together and sharing one head. This is the result of what the series terms a ‘composite event’. Tudyk gets to wear multiple hats in this series, playing the unassuming Stephen Kepler before revealing his killer composite. You haven’t experienced anything until you’ve seen Alan Tudyk go from timid to torturous.

7 Wat – A Knight’s Tale

A Knights Tale shouldn’t really work, with its anachronistic soundtrack and offbeat humor, but work it does. Alan Tudyk’s Wat is a major part of that, with his rage and bellows of ‘I will fong you!’ liberally spread throughout. Once again, Tudyk takes what could’ve been a stock character and puts enough into them to make them memorable and likable. His gormless bemusement swinging to rage and back never gets old, and you feel for him when he feels. Proof that even in a small, side role Tudyk cannot be ignored.

6 6a & 6b. Duke Weaselton/The Duke (of Weselton) – Zootopia/Frozen

This ‘Duke’ twofer might’ve snuck under many noses in the Disney-verse. Alan Tudyk voiced both ‘Weasel’ characters and you’d only know it by checking his IMDb page. Both Dukes are major catalysts for the stories that unfold, one being an informant to Officer Hopps in Zootopia, and the other an opportunistic foreign diplomat in Frozen.

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Both are hilarious though. Tudyk voices both with bravado and cowardice when needed and their decidedly ‘weasely’ temperaments shine through his vocal-work. With efforts like this, Tudyk has become a Disney mainstay.

5 K-2So – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The definition of pessimistic and dry, once again Alan Tudyk finds the heart with this stand-out character. Pretty universally praised as the best part of Rogue One, K-2SO brought both humor and badassery in equal measure. Top it off with a heroic sacrifice at the end and you have an instantly iconic Star Wars character to add to the top tier of favorites. Providing motion-capture along with the voice, he managed all this while wearing huge stilt lifts to get the required height for the character. So he had to deal with all that awesome acting and achieving a balancing act to boot.

4 Ludo – Star Vs The Forces Of Evil

Another unrecognizable turn in this great role as the evil Ludo. Ludo is some sort of inter-dimensional chicken-hawk-owl with a foul temper to boot, and he manically obsesses over the series’ heroine and getting her magic wand for himself. Screeching, yelling, scheming, and barking orders at his minions gives Tudyk ample room to play, and play he does. Ludo goes through as much of an arc as the main protagonists do in this show and Tudyk gives this villain more than enough sympathy and agency to make it work. Curiously, another ‘chickenish’ role Tudyk seems to have a monopoly on making great.

3 King Candy – Wreck-It Ralph

One more bit of pure voice-work from the man is his turn as the molasses-sweet monarch of Candy Land in Wreck-It Ralph. In what could end up being foreshadowing for his imminent turn as the next animated Joker, Tudyk lends a goofy but unpleasantly maniacal bent to this character. Exuberant yet domineering and callous, King Candy proves to be the ultimate sour-ball in this flick. Once again unrecognizable in the role, Tudyk knocks it out of the park and further cements his versatile credentials.

2 Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn – Firefly/Serenity

Firefly is the cult classic sci-fi series that got cut abysmally short. Nevertheless, Alan Tudyk made a big impression in that short time as the pilot affectionately known as ‘Wash’. The goofier, lighthearted member of the crew, his marriage to first mate Zoe felt extremely real. He held moral values that raised him higher than most ‘comic relief’ characters, and Tudyk embodied that wonderfully. Every new facet fans learned complimented and enhanced him and that’s a testament to the man portraying the character.

1 Sonny – I, Robot

The only type of character that could top the Firefly pilot, this complex, nuanced performance stands up still. Again doing the voice and motion-capture for a robotic presence, Tudyk plays Sonny, who represents the uncertain future of Artificial Intelligence in its infancy. Tudyk’s pleasant but plausibly sinister tones never give away which side he’s truly on until it’s time. He is able to go toe to toe with prime Will Smith in this action-sci-fi thriller and feel genuine and fleshed-out. A criminally underrated motion capture performance on the level of Andy Serkis’ efforts.

NEXT: Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Casts Alan Tudyk to Voice Iago

2019-04-13 03:04:46

Mik Rona

8 Lena Headey Roles As Tough As Cersei Lannister

Lena Headey stepped into the spotlight with her role in 300. She furthered her career in TV with The Sarah Connor Chronicles. However, she stamped herself as royalty with her turn in Game Of Thrones as the conniving Cersei Lannister. A beautiful person riddled with ugly tendencies and selfish motivations, she embodies the traits we least want to see in those with power. Yet, here we are on the cusp of the final season of GoT and she’s assumed the titular throne. She’s murdered or conspired to end dozens of adversaries. She now stands as the ultimate evil (that still has a heartbeat) in the realms of Westeros. Before we see how her journey ends, let’s look at the other roles where Lena Headey captured the same level of badass toughness.

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8 Marilyn ‘MaMa’ Madrigal – Dredd

For those who want to see someone perhaps even more sick and depraved than Cersei (and who wouldn’t?) then this ultra-violent affair is a perfect choice. Playing Marilyn Madrigal, A.K.A MaMa, Headey is the leader of a gang that has taken over an entire MegaBlock in a dystopian future. She authorizes the manufacture and distribution of narcotics. Calls for people who get in her way to be skinned, drugged, then tossed down 200 stories. She mans a Gatling gun and eviscerates an entire floor of innocent bystanders. She’s gouged out eyes, sliced people up, and is unquestioned in her leadership by some bad dudes. In short, Cersei’s more ‘extroverted’ cousin, if extroverted means ‘openly, insanely, unrelentingly murderous’.

7 Queen Gorgo – 300 & 300 Rise Of An Empire

This is proof that Lena Headey can also be a queen anyone can admire. Proud, passionate, protective, she stands like her husband Leonidas as an ideal of her gender. She shies away from nothing and stands up to anyone. You get the sense that she is that stalwart and resolute all the time. That is in addition to being the queen, not because of it. In the first movie, she is an inspiration for her husband and a force for good at home. In the sequel, she picks up a blade and gets among it with all the rest. She’s everything Cersei isn’t, really.

6 Callista Curnow – Dishonored

A matriarchal presence in a rebellion clinging to its ideals, Lena Headey lends her statuesque vocals to this excellent stealth game. Playing Callista Curnow, she is the woman who becomes the caretaker to the future empress, Emily Caldwell. She is also responsible for one of the funnier alternate Game Over’s in recent years, because if you interact with her the wrong way she can unravel the entire rebellion in an instant. But as a character, she is resolute, kind, and protective of her ward.

5 Julia Knight – Fighting With My Family

The matriarch of the Knight family and the mother of WWE star Paige, Headey brings a lot of love to this unconventional family dynamic. Hilarious chemistry with Nick Frost makes these two almost need their own movie as they train and run their little wrestling world and raise their kids in it.

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Headey embodies the theatrical nature of such a family, with public displays of affection for her man and a rich emotive core in the face of hardships. Once again she seems tough enough that she’s the backbone of the entire family.

4 Mary Sandin – The Purge

The first Purge movie and another time Lena Headey ends up being badass. Throughout the movie, Mary tries to protect her family from intruders during the annual night of lawlessness. In the end, she is forced to take the initiative and she stands against the violence. Her neighbors intrude and she ends up with them at her mercy, and more than once refuses to ‘release the beast’, the movie’s catch-phrase for giving in to the violent urges The Purge allows. Lena has that intensity to her that makes her formidable where other female leads might not be. You aren’t sure she wouldn’t pull the trigger, but her staunch integrity stands.

3 Lunafreya Nox Fleuret – Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Here she plays a much younger woman than we’re used to, but no less strikingly committed. The quality of her voicework imbues the princess Lunafreya with poise and gravitas. In a war-torn conflict, she is a bargaining chip who refuses to be just that. She’s not among stragglers either, with Game Of Thrones’ Sean Bean and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul the other main cast members knocking it out of the park. This is a high-(Final)fantasy hybrid that is far better than fans might imagine for being a video game tie-in, and Lena’s work is a major reason for that.

2 Sarah Trevanny – Ripley’s Game

Playing a more traditional role, Headey still brings the vigor and intensity she’s become known for. When her terminal husband is drawn into a murderous game by John Malkovich’s titular Ripley, she draws the line. It’s a complex role as she has to balance being supportive with moral fortitude when the truth comes out. By the end, she’s the only moral person still standing, albeit having lost so much. You feel for her turmoil throughout her husband’s magnetic descent and end. Her revulsion and dismissal of Ripley by the end make you wish she had more ‘Cersei’ in her and revenge might be on the cards.

1 Sarah Connor – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Tough as nails knowing the future depends on her son, Lena Headey manages to fill Linda Hamilton’s sizable shoes in this television series in the Terminator franchise. It seems that no matter where she goes, Headey exudes ‘tough leader of people’. Her occasional wry grin is the reward for all the focused determination she otherwise brings. She’s almost become typecast simply because her facial structure reaches the heights of both conventional attractiveness and ‘having a destined purpose she will walk through anything to achieve’. Chalk this series up as another testament to that innate quality.

NEXT: Trollhunters Season 2 Casts Mark Hamill & Lena Headey

2019-04-13 03:04:33

Mik Rona

Lyndsy Fonseca’s 10 Best Roles

Lyndsy Fonseca has enjoyed a steadily growing career, getting noticed by soap opera fans, comic book movie fans, action television fans, and she even worked in some quality independent movies as well. While she has developed a nice amount of work in comic book movies and TV shows, it also made her popular with the comic convention crowd.

At the age of 32, Fonseca has a serious quality body of work in her past and a bright future in front of her. She also appeared in one of the most popular sitcoms in television history, in a role that most people will recognize but never realize it was the same person that captured action fans hearts in Nikita. Here is a look at Lyndsy Fonseca’s 10 best roles.

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Lyndsy Fonseca got her first role on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless at the age of 14. She portrayed the character of Colleen Carlton for four years. It was a role that Fonseca originated, although the character was based on a baby born onscreen in 1992 to Brad Carlton and Traci Abbott.

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The baby left the soap opera three years later and returned in 2001 as a teenage Fonseca. In 2004, Fonseca left the soap opera when her character was moved off to New York. When the character returned to The Young and the Restless, the soap recast her with Adrianne León.


In an interesting role that gave her screen time on almost every episode, but very little in the way of doing anything but staring at the camera, Lyndsy Fonseca portrayed the daughter of Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother. Fonseca was Penny, who sat by her brother Luke and listened to their father Ted tell them the story of how he met their mother.

Fonseca and David Henrie portrayed Penny and Luke in the framing mechanism of almost every episode. Also, since the show aired for 10 seasons, stock footage was shot of the two actors so that they did not age as the series progressed.


Released in 2011, Five was an interesting proposition. This was an anthology movie that told the stories of the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. Directing the shorts were some really big names, including Jennifer Aniston, Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, and Penelope Spheeris.

For many people of a certain age, Spheeris will always be known for directing the documentary trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization and the movie Wayne’s World. It was her short in Five that starred Lyndsy Fonseca. She starred as a young stripper who has to deal with a breast cancer diagnosis alongside her newlywed husband, played by Taylor Kinney.


While her role wasn’t huge, Lyndsy Fonseca also had a recurring role in the ABC drama Desperate Housewives. She only appeared in a small number of the 180 episodes of the series as Dylan Mayfair — the daughter of Katherine (Dana Delany). The twist is that Dylan has no memory of her early years.

This is because Dylan was not Katherine’s real daughter, who died after a wardrobe fell on her as a baby. To hide this fact, Katherine buried her daughter in the woods and then went to a Romanian orphanage to adopt a new little girl, who she pretended was her real daughter. Dylan left town after learning the truth and returned later in season 6 when her mother needed to be institutionalized.


Lyndsy Fonseca enjoyed her big-screen breakout with the role of Katie Deauxma in both Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. For those who don’t remember her, Fonseca portrayed the girl that Dave (Kick-Ass) was infatuated with. In the comics, she wants him to be her “gay friend,” and when she realizes he isn’t gay after all, she humiliates him.

However, in the movie, she actually forgives him for pretending to be gay and the two start a relationship together, making the character much more likable. Dave ends up breaking up with Katie in the second movie.


Released in 2010, Hot Tub Time Machine is a comedy starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke as three men and a boy who end up getting into a hot tub that allows them to travel through time. They end up back in 1986 and even though they are warned not to change the past, they can’t help themselves.

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Lyndsy Fonseca appears in the movie as Jenny, the ex-girlfriend from Adam’s (Cusack) past that he has to break up with so he doesn’t change the timeline. However, he falls for her all over again and can’t do it. Luckily, Jenny ends up breaking up with him, so the future can remain unchanged for the time travelers.


John Carpenter has not made many movies in recent years, but the man who once created masterpieces like HalloweenThe Thing, and Escape from New York, directed a horror movie called The Ward in 2010, only his second move since 2000 and the last movie he directed in his career.

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The film starred Amber Heard, who ends up in an institution after she sets fire to a house. While she is there, she ends up haunted by the ghost of a former inmate at the asylum. Lyndsy Fonseca stars as a fellow inmate at the institution, the artistic Iris, one of the first victims to the evil spirit.


Lyndsy Fonseca enjoyed her greatest success when she appeared as one of the stars of the television version of Nikita. The TV series was based on the 1990 action thriller Nikita and was previously adapted for television in La Femme Nikita in 1997. This version came in 2010 and ran for four seasons with Maggie Q as Nikita.

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Fonseca starred as Alex Udinov, the youngest member of “Team Nikita.” Her character was sold into slavery and became a drug addict, but it was Nikita who helped her clean up, get past the withdrawal symptoms and become a survivor.


In 2013, ABC produced one of the best Marvel television shows to hit the network with Agent Carter. The series told the story of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), a character originally introduced in Captain America: First Avenger. The show was about her becoming one of the key founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. in an era where women had to fight for everything.

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Lyndsy Fonseca was a key cast member in the first season and returned for a guest role in season 2. She portrayed Angie, a waitress and aspiring actress that befriended Peggy Carter and becomes a very important person when it comes to helping ground Agent Carter in the real world after World War II.


Released in 2016, Moments of Clarity was an indie comedy-drama film that starred Lyndsy Fonseca as Danielle, a very angry but good-hearted girl who meets Claire (Kristin Wallace), a deeply sheltered but good-hearted girl. Danielle is also a preacher’s daughter and sets out with Claire on a road trip to visit Claire’s grandparents, who she has not seen in 12 years.

The movie is slightly faith-based, with the two girls understanding the dangers of the world and realizing what they need to do to finally find happiness. Xander Berkeley, Mackenzie Astin and Eric Roberts also co-star in the film.

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2019-04-12 05:04:46

Shawn S. Lealos

Zachary Levi’s 10 Best Roles Before Shazam, Ranked

Zachary Levi has been in Hollywood for nearly 20 years. Since 2001 he has been working his tail off and has come a long way. With at least 57 credits to his name, from bit roles, to starring in TV series, to playing the lead in blockbuster films, and even singing on Broadway, the multi-faceted performer has paid his dues. The versatile star already has multiple characters fans will always link him to, which is extremely fortunate considering most actors hope for just one, and his star is still growing.

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Lighting up the big screen as DC superhero Shazam adds another iconic role to Levi’s roster. Levi, an amazing person on and off screen (he founded The Nerd Machine, a multimedia company that donates its proceeds to Operation Smile – a charity that provides safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate), deserves all the recognition he is getting. Even with the whole world recognizing him as Shazam, he is staying humble. He full-heartedly believes he is in the business of bringing joy and wants to make people happy. Seriously, a role like Shazam could not have gone to a better person. Before we celebrate Levi’s superhero debut, let us look back at the roles that got him here.


2009’s sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks does not paint Levi in a good light. Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) move in with their new caretaker, pathologically shy Toby, while they attend high school and attempt to have a normal childhood. Toby is a grown man-child who lives with his grandma (Kathryn Joosten) and goes “pew pew pew” all day playing video games.

The incompetent nerd is horribly insensitive to the chipmunks’ needs. “Taco Boy” should not be taking care of a houseplant, let alone three walking, talking chipmunks. It is no wonder Theodore runs away from home. The boys probably would have been better off with Toby’s grandmother, except klutzy Toby accidentally pushed her down an escalator backwards in her wheelchair sending her to the hospital.


Not every role in a Marvel film is life changing. Levi portrayed Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) best friend Fandral, a charming Viking space God and a member of the Warriors Three, in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, replacing Josh Dallas who replaced him in Thor.

The potential for the character was there, Marvel just never did anything with it. They gave multi-talented Levi nothing to work with. Such a waste. In Dark World, he has minutes on-screen and, if you blink, you will miss him in Ragnarok. The film cut any lines he did have. He is only on screen long enough to die. Talk about a small role. The movie would be no different with or without Fandral. Hey, at least Levi got trips to London and Australia out of it.


In 2017, Levi acted alongside his real-life friends in Psych: The Movie. In the made-for-TV movie, Levi played the David Bowie-inspired villain, Thin White Duke. Seeking retribution for the time he spent behind bars, Thin White Duke terrorizes detective Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson).

Luring Vick, O’Hara, and company to him, he kidnaps Vick’s daughter, Iris (Emma Tremblay), and locks her up in Alcatraz. In the prison, Duke’s boss shoots him dead. In real life and most other roles, Levi is a charming hero, so it is odd seeing him as a bad guy intent on harming fan favorite characters. As weird as it was, it was still fun to see Levi play around on-screen with actors who are actually his friends.


In the short-lived series, Telenovela – a telenovela about life behind the scenes of a telenovela – Levi played James McMahon, the president of the network, VivaVision, and love interest to star Ana Sofia Calderon (Eva Longoria). The comedian, never afraid to be too silly, played it up as the eccentric McMahon.

In Levi’s five episodes, his character went from being Calderon’s boss to boyfriend to ex. All in McMahon was way too much way too fast for Calderon. The final straw for her was McMahon singing a proposal to her, even if it was an invitation to his cousin’s wedding. In the end, McMahon left to slow down and figure out what he wanted out of life. In classic telenovela fashion, he fell off a cliff in Tibet and, assumingly, died. Only to reappear in the series finale to interrupt a wedding.


In 2015, NBC revitalized the TV show Heroes as a mini-series, Heroes Reborn. Levi played Luke Collins, a hero with heliokinesis – he can manipulate the sun to create and radiate light, fire, and heat. For jokester Levi, this role was a lot more serious than a lot of his others. He played a father with superpowers he did not want, avenging the death of his extraordinary son.RELATED: SHAZAM! IS OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED FRESH ON ROTTEN TOMATOESThough the series was only 13 episodes long, Levi’s character changed and grew. His family fell apart, but he found a new one in the similarly evolved friends he made. Throughout the series, he became a better person; ultimately playing a vital role in stopping a human extinction level event.


From February 19, 2016 to July 10, 2016, Levi starred as Georg Nowack, the shy assistant manager of Maraczek’s Parfumerie, in the Broadway revival of She Loves Me. In the musical, Nowack writes love letters to his pen pal, who is, unknowingly, his co-worker, Amalia Balash (Laura Benanti), that he constantly bickers with.

For the role, each night, 6’3″ Levi sang, danced, and even did a cartwheel. The performance on June 30, 2016 was the first Broadway show in history to be live-streamed to audiences everywhere. During the show’s run, Levi earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.


Levi’s first major role was as jerky assistant Kipp Steadman in the wonderful ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect. The series lasted four years, from 2002 to 2006, of which Levi was in all 81 episodes. Jealous, Kipp is out to get and ruin the career of the successful main protagonist, Claude (Sara Rue), who is assistant to news anchor Will Butler (Eric Roberts) at GBN television network.

Eventually, Kipp does become “secretary” to a news anchor – Jeb Denton (Patrick Warburton). Throughout the series, Kipp is in hilarious, ridiculous situations, allowing Levi to utilize his verbal and physical comedy chops in a major way for the first time. Levi is very naturally funny in this great role. It is definitely worth a watch for any fan.


Levi joined Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in season two as Benjamin, Midge’s (Rachel Brosnahan) first serious love-interest since her split from ex-husband Joel (Michael Zegen). Benjamin is perfect for Midge. He is a Jewish doctor looking for a wife who is odd, challenging, and surprising. Benjamin wants someone that can make life fun, à la Midge with her stand-up comedy.

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Seems like Benjamin found what he was searching for, as at the end of season two he was ready to propose. Too bad for him, she slept with Joel. We hope Benjamin is in season three and ends up with Midge, even though odds are not looking in his favor. Nevertheless, whether or not Levi returns to the series, it still earned him, and the rest of the cast, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2019.


In 2010, Levi, a self-proclaimed Disnerd, voiced Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert, in Disney’s instant classic, Tangled. Factually the most attractive animated Disney male character, Flynn Rider is a wanted criminal with a dark past who falls completely head over heels in love with adventurous Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). It is only a voice, but it is an iconic performance. Rider’s whole personality is due to what Levi can do with his voice. He gives the bad boy his charm, sass, edge, and humor. Levi brings, arguably, the best Disney (male) character to life. If it were not for Levi, Flynn Rider would just be a flat image on a screen.

Levi loves Rapunzel as much as Rider does and it truly comes through. Levi is the reason the rebel is so ridiculously soft, romantic, loving, caring, sweet, and patient with Rapunzel and Rapunzel only. Rider literally dies for her. (Making this the fifth character on the list that died. Why do writers like killing off Levi’s characters?!) When the ne’er-do-well realizes he is falling in love with Rapunzel, he sings the emotional “I See the Light” in a duet with her, which Levi sang with Moore at the 2011 Oscars where it was nominated for Best Original Song. (Which begs the question: Why is Levi such an underrated singer?!)

There is a thin line between Levi and Rider, which is actually a good thing. Levi did not stretch his voice to play Flynn Rider. Whenever he talks in any other role or anything at all, if you close your eyes, it is as if Flynn Rider is right there. Flynn Rider and Zachary Levi will always be synonymous with each other, which is a compliment to both of them. Levi really lucked out with this one.


Arguably the role that made Levi a household name, he starred as the titular character, Chuck Bartowski, in Chuck, for five years. Chuck was a sad geek with a small life who, literally overnight, became a government asset. For 91 episodes, Chuck, CIA agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), and Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin) thwarted crime and bad guys together.

The cult classic series may not have won Levi any prestigious awards, but it did skyrocket him to fame in nerdom and allow him to pursue passion projects, such as The Nerd Machine, which he does not take lightly. Even though the series ended in 2012, with an emotional two-hour episode, Levi has still not let it go. He hopes to make at least one Chuck movie someday.

Which Zachary Levi role is most notable for you and why? Let us know in the comments below.


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Kim Olson