September 11, 2012

Aussie Rules!

As I’ve said before, there aren’t too many up and coming American action stars these days, so it’s been up to the Brits and the Aussies to show them how it’s done.

There are quite a few up and comers but also some well established Australian stars who may well be the future of action movies. Here’s a few choice selections:

1. Sam Worthington – He starred in the biggest film of all time: Avatar, Terminator: Salvation, Clash/Wrath of the Titans and Man on a Ledge to name a few. He’s kinda like Oz’s version of Jason Statham. He has that hard edge to him and natural toughness that makes him believable and authentic as an action star. Sure, he may not be able to hide his accent, but say that to his face and I guarantee you’ll be picking up your teeth for a while after.

2. Chris Hemsworth – Thor himself is not only good as a superhero but was great in Cabin in the Woods and looks like he’ll kick some ass in the Red Dawn remake as well. He has great screen presence and I think he’ll have a long career. Just don’t go down the route of family comedies; start blowing some shit up, Chris. Your brother Liam was pretty damn good in Expendables 2 as well. Have Chris in part 3 as his brother looking for revenge or something. Either way, I see him as a great action star.

3. Russell Crowe – Frankly I’m terrified of him. Any time I see Crowe interviewed, he seems really intimidating but I reckon I’d get on well with him. Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, Virtuosity and the upcoming Man with the Iron Fists have already proven that he is the real deal and if you’re ever going to interview him, you make damn sure you’ve done your research first. Like Worthington, he’s got that authenticity with practically every role and he is always likable on screen.

4. Guy Pearce – This year’s Lockout proved that despite the film’s flaws, Pearce’s sheer star power won out. He was really a new John McClane and one of the best action heroes of recent years. I’d personally like to see a sequel with the same character as long as it had a bit of a better storyline and effects. Pearce is also lined up to star in next year’s Iron Man 3 which guarantees I’ll see it.

5. Hugh Jackman – Wolverine himself, but also Van Helsing; despite the film having it’s flaws, Hugh Jackman rocked as Van Helsing, an old school, Bond like monster hunter. Rather than a reboot, I’d take a sequel. Maybe have a different director as I just love the concept of it. Jackman can play tough but also vulnerable and is an extremely versatile and likable actor. I was a huge fan of the underrated Swordfish as well.

6. Eric Bana – Chopper, Hulk and Hanna are a few of Bana’s roles in the action genre. He can do great accents, play tough guys, nice guys or large green guys and still be electric on screen. I’d like to see him in more action roles as I think he’s great.

Honourable mention: Heath Ledger. Obviously his role in The Dark Knight as The Joker cemented his legendary status and his loss was a sad one to cinema. He could transform into a role like The Joker and you wouldn’t recognise him at all. That was the sign of a true talent.

Awesome women? Supermarcey. Nuff said!

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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