Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Top 5 Action Stars of all-time

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die... "
Here are the finest five of them all.

5) Sylvester Stallone

Crooked mouth, bad accent, huge biceps and 30 Razzie nominations, what's not to love about Sly. Although Rocky may still be his finest performance, if not movie, he'll be mostly remembered for Rambo, the archetype of most action heroes in the 80s and mid 90s. He tried writing and directing but always came back to what he did best. Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, Daylight, as he gets older he gets softer. And then he goes method and gives us Copland. Now, at the "tender" age of 60, he attempts a big comeback with Rocky Balboa out in a few months and Rambo IV in the making. Can he pull it out this time? Only time will tell, but it seems the odds are on his favour.

4) Harrison Ford
Just think of what this guy has achieved over the years. He goes huge with Star Wars, then plays the best action hero ever. Indy ain't macho, Han don't have a six-pack, but it's Harrisson's smooth style and on-screen wit that gives his characters top action hero qualities. Extra points for performance too, with Blade Runner giving us the chills, Jack Ryan giving us the thrills and Dr Kimble showing us how much he has matured over the years. Still, in his late 50s he could hung from the back of Air Force 1 ( Hail to CGI!), and even reach Anne Heche's feminine side. Can't wait for Indy 4.

3) Tom Cruise
Come on, admit it, this man's carreer is nearly flawless, Paedophilia-Scientology-Oprah's sofa aside. Be it an epic Samurai movie, a cold blooded hitman or a crackhead truth seeking future cop, he's ace in all of them. Oh, that and three jaw-dropping M:Is. Plus, he does all his own stunts just for kicks.He's the absolute action hero of the last decade. And he has worked with Coppola, Scorcese, Altman, De Palma, Mann, Spielberg, Kubrick. Fuck man, I'm jealous.

2) Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He's Conan the Barbarian. He's the Terminator. He's the Governor of California. Seems like Hollywood always had a thing for lousy accents and big muscles. Still, he's the first action hero we all worshipped as kids. He can do it the hard way (Predator), he can do it the cool way (True Lies). This man is born for action movies and he knows it. He 's fought terrorists, mutants, Batman, himself, the Devil. Although his choices are mainly cash driven, he finds a way to pull it off.Except for Batman & Robin. And Junior. And Jingle All The Way. And Kindergarden Cop. You get the point. Even so, nobody deserves $30 million for a single movie, if not Arnie.

1) Bruce Willis
That's right, he's the greatest action star of all-time. He may not have abs, huge biceps or monstrous box office hits. He may not do his own stunts. He may even be typecasted as hell for the last decade. But you should agree that when you see him holding a gun, it fits,man. Thank God Stallone didn't get the part of John McLane. Bruce 's got bad-ass attitude, knows how to deliver a line and is as cool as a Tarantino quote. Who could possibly be more cynical in Last Boy Scout? Bruce's characters show Mel Gibson how officer Riggs should really be like. His performances are trully respectable, be it Sin City, Pulp Fiction or 12 Monkeys. He can act, there's no doubt about it. His collaborations with Shyamalan removed the action hero tag from his forehead, but he couldn't help it but return to what he knows best, going Method-man in 16 Blocks and attempting to reach new territories with Lucky Number Slevin. He's the action hero next door, and that's what makes him so great. Still, the truth be told, his throne is at stake. With Die Hard 4.0 filming as we speak, he could establish his throne as action king, or pass the sceptre. We hope it's the first...

Contenders: The Rock, Jason Statham and Vin Diesel have just a couple of actioners to date, Dolph Lundgren and Wesley Snipes have too many flops, Gibson is too lame and Eastwood is too old. Steve McQueen could be in, and I actually considered Thomas Jane for a second there...

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

good work

Anonymous said...

How about Chow Yun-Fat?

Anonymous said...

Good list - nice reasoning behind the selections.

I agree with the poster who added Chow Yun-Fat. I tend to forget him but when mentioned, it's hard to recall a film where he didn't shine in an action role.

Then there's Charles Bronson - perhaps not so much external action, but deadly serious and realistic. The kind of guy that makes you believe it's really happening. He's the guy I'd least like coming after me...

After all the explosions, car chases and bullets... we're left with hand-to-hand action and few approach Bruce Lee.

thebest said...

Gibson is not lame He should be on there. And Stallone cant act and he talks out of the side of his mouth. And Arnold is cheesy.

Justin Farmer said...

Said "of all time". You can't say of all time and exclude Eastwood because he is old. Hell if you are talking of all time there are a few generations you have left out. What about
Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Crabb, Yule Brenner, John Wayne, and Errol Flynn. At least you Mentioned Eastwood but come on man have you never seen The Good The bad and The Ugly? When people think gun fighter they think Eastwood. And Wayne he had a long career and had an almost elvis like fallowing for a while. Fairbanks Maybe the first great action star on film. Brenner now he is not only a great actor but so cool. Last but not least you have got to be kidding me that you didn't even think of Errol Flynn? The guy had more charisma than any one ever is better looking than all the others and not once did he ever jump on Opras couch or any ones unless he was leaping over it in a sword fight!

Anonymous said...

Kurt Russell. End of story.

Anonymous said...

KUrt Russell is so tough, that he got raped by Christmas Critters.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Good list, but no list for top action stars would be complete without Jackie Chan, IMO the greatest action star of all time, heck the greatest international movie star of all time.

James Timothy said...

no way,...those guy's are chicken... the greatest action star of all time is no other than JACKIE CHAN...why? simple because he does all of his crazy stunts without any special effects... and not just a simple jumping or what so ever...those stunts are Breathtaking...OMG. JACKIE CHAN is the true action star... those guy's are good because of there cool roles shooting gun's beating enemy but it is only a movie... When you say JACKIE CHAN it is not only a movie it becomes a reality between life and death... that's why for me JACKIE CHAN is the greatest ACTION STAR OF ALL TIME.

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