Best actor in the 21st Century?

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  1. daca

    daca Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    One of these two:

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  2. slowhand1964

    slowhand1964 A Tadpole in a Jar

    Temecula, CA
    Gene Hackman and Robert Duval said the guy in his 50s
  3. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

    Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Nightcrawler, Prisoners)
    Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Carol)
    Joaquin Phoenix (Her, The Master, You Were Never Really Here)
    Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blade Runner 2049, The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine)
    James McAvoy (Split, Glass, Days Of Future Passed)
    Michael Fassbender (Shame, Frank, Days Of Future Passed, Fish Tank, Inglorius Basterds)
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  4. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits.... Thread Starter

    Michael Fassbender/Fish Tank - really liked his performance in that.
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  5. Sadly, in view of his untimely departure, but yes.

    I like Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, DiCaprio. Jeremy Renner. Sam Rockwell is really good. Robert Redford has given some of his best performances during this century. But Philip Seymour Hoffman is at the summit. There's nobody onscreen except for the character being portrayed.
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  6. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits.... Thread Starter

    Red Dragon..what a performance!!!
    Cold Mountain ( playing a reverend).
    Cool role in Almost Famous playing rock scribe Lester Bangs.
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  7. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    Hoffman even turned Ben Stiller rom-com trash like "Along Came Polly" into high art.
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  8. socorro

    socorro Forum Resident

    Too many good performers out there to say "best," but Cate Blanchett has been really good for the past 20+ years. Her work in Blue Jasmine is as good as anything I've seen in a long time. Also really good in Carol, The Aviator, and Elizabeth (2oth century, but it established her as a serious talent).
  9. GregM

    GregM Ready to cross that fine line

    Daddyland, CA
    My vote goes to James Gandolfini. Thank God he was given the role of Tony Soprano.

    The thread was about the 21st century. Last time I checked, Raging Bull was filmed in the 20th century. So were all De Niro's other seminal performances. What has he done for us lately, aside from some annoying SNL performances? Not a lot.
  10. Daryl M

    Daryl M Forum Resident

    London, Ontario
    Was De Niro but then along came Philip Seymour Hoffman. Just watched PT Anderson's `Hard
    Eight' the other night for the first time since that movie came out. Hoffman is only on-screen for
    about 2 minutes but he blows away that heavy-weight cast of Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly,
    Samuel L. Jackson, et al.
  11. I like Matt Damon, an underrated actor.
    Sean Penn.
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  12. Marshall66hendrix

    Marshall66hendrix Forum Resident

    Yes well spotted mate! I realized afterwards.
    We can't all be on the ball all the time!
  13. Marshall66hendrix

    Marshall66hendrix Forum Resident

    My new updated fav actor of the 21st and not 20th century (dohh).
    Is Joaquin phoenix.
    He's an excellent actor!
  14. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    kal penn

    ron jeremy
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  15. Nice Marmot

    Nice Marmot Nothin’ feels right but doin’ wrong anymore

    Tryon NC
    Ron is still “acting”? Ew.
  16. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Sam Rockwell =fabulous!
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  17. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    one of my favs! ; )
  18. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    overrated movie...
  19. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    just having fun here...LOL HA!
  20. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    well, he hadn't been named yet, so.................
  21. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Anthony Hopkins
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  22. vivresavie

    vivresavie Forum Resident

    Juno Temple
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  23. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    First two names I thought of - Cranston and Gandolfini. Film stars always get the most love in these kinds of conversations for their film performances, but dramatic TV has been incredible the last 20 years, and I can think of no two finer performances in film or TV as good as Cranston's in Breaking Bad and Galdolfini's in The Sopranos.
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  24. carrick doone

    carrick doone Whhhuuuutttt????

    Vancouver, Canada
    That was one I was thinking of as an example of a bad film being turned into something really good. Ok, it wasn't a BAD film necessarily but it wasn't that good. I wouldn't have even watched it if Phillip wasn't in it. I will say too that Charlie Wilson's War is a less interesting film without him.

    And his turn as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous? Come on...
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  25. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    "Before The Devil Knows you're Dead" is an intense performance. "Love Liza" too. He just threw it all out there for you to see. I wonder what made him tick and what drove him to self destruction.
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