July 29, 2012

Why Older is Better

Today’s action movies generally have to have a young lad to play the lead role because you expect someone younger to more versatile in the ways of action. You might be thinking someone in their 20s or even in their early 30s. Studios do it for many reasons with the majority being that the actor is a hot commodity right now and to appeal to all the ladies out there who love their action like we do. Besides, who wants to see someone in their 50s or 60s kicking ass on screen?

I do.

Think about it. Most of today’s action stars are still the ones who were the stars of this genre back in the 80’s and 70’s. Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van Damme, Li, and even Statham to an extent are all very successful within the action genre. I don’t know where this notion of “Young = Action Star” comes from because there are plenty of older actors who can keep up with the young talent and have the chops to make it believable. The best example would have to be Liam Neeson in Taken. Who expected that movie to become the success that it has become based on the plot and the actor involved? There was no denying Neeson being a badass before, but Taken would look like a role that they would give to someone younger and breaking out. Nope. They gave it to Neeson and he was fantastic in it. His fight scenes were brutal and his body count would put Jason Bourne to shame.

Action movies are probably one fo the few genres where the older the main actor is, the better off it will be. Maturity always works in favor with action movies since it deals with plenty of adult themes. The Last Boy Scout would not work if they stuck a young actor as Joe Hallenback. It would look silly to see such a young guy be all down because of marriage and a kid. That’s a comedy. Not an action movie. Not to push out any young guys out there trying to break into the business with an action role, but don’t count out a man like Willis who is heading into his fifth Die Hard movie. There is still plenty of potential for these guys to kick major ass in the theaters for the next few years.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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