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(Onion AV Club)   Twenty badass performances from decidedly non-badass actors   (avclub.com) divider line 131
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2012-12-10 11:26:30 AM
Yeah, Brooks was really good as a brutal character in Drive. Liam Neeson in Taken is a dumb choice though since he's been playing tough guys off and on for years.
 
2012-12-10 11:32:16 AM
"Casino" is my all-time favorite movie, and Don Rickles is one of my favorite stand-up comics, but IMHO, he does not belong on the list.
 
2012-12-10 11:41:11 AM
I'll add Gregory Peck in Duel in the Sun, though he's more asshole than badass in that, but it's very surprising to see him in that role!
 
2012-12-10 11:48:47 AM
reelreviewsradio.com

you seem to have forgotten somebody.
 
2012-12-10 12:15:37 PM
No Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects?
 
2012-12-10 12:41:40 PM
Nobody from Drive belongs on that list. Nobody.

Crispin Glover? He may be some kind of ninja in Charlie's Angels, but not a badass.

And yeah, Don Rickles should not be on the list. Doesn't he get his ass kicked at least once in Casino?
 
2012-12-10 01:02:14 PM
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2012-12-10 01:07:32 PM

FishyFred: Doesn't he get his ass kicked at least once in Casino?


Joe Pesci knocks him upside the head with a phone. I don't know why he is included here. Probably trolling.

Chad Lowe was fantastic in the Law and Order episode where he was banging his on screen mom, played by Margot Kidder I believe.
 
2012-12-10 01:08:19 PM
Leo DeCaprio - THE DEPARTED
 
2012-12-10 01:12:51 PM
No Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk empire? really?

/ya, ya Reservoir dogs and all that but still
 
2012-12-10 01:12:53 PM
latimesherocomplex.files.wordpress.com

What, no love for Brody?
 
2012-12-10 01:13:22 PM
I have nothing in particular to add other than one little annoyance with the article. This part (referring to Wilford Brimley) in particular:

"When he played one of the men who turn into a monster in John Carpenter's The Thing, he even shaved off his signature walrus mustache, presumably in the hope that he wouldn't look too avuncular while killing off his co-stars and threatening to bring about the extinction of the human race."

He wasn't threatening to bring about the extinction of the human race. He was attempting to prevent the extinction of the human race by letting the creature get away from the base. Kind of a difference there.

/Why yes, I am anal, what made you ask?
 
2012-12-10 01:15:27 PM

FishyFred: Nobody from Drive belongs on that list. Nobody.


Agreed. He played a weasely greedy fat ass. Yeah, not exactly badass. For a more contemporary list I would include Michael Cera for Scott Pilgrim, Noomi Rapace for the girl with the dragon tattoo, and jessie eisenburg for zombie land. Those are off the top of my head.
 
2012-12-10 01:16:26 PM

Mr. Holmes: What, no love for Brody?


Ummm...no. He looked ridiculous in that incredibly shiatty movie.
 
2012-12-10 01:18:37 PM
Denzel Washington in Man on Fire makes as much sense on that list as their choice of Taken
 
2012-12-10 01:22:24 PM

FlashHarry: [reelreviewsradio.com image 480x160]

you seem to have forgotten somebody.


THIS! THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!
 
2012-12-10 01:24:28 PM
I think the thing that I like most about Henry Fonda in "Once Upon A Time In the West" is that he looks like he's enjoying every minute of playing the villain.
 
2012-12-10 01:24:53 PM
speaking of Denzel

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Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.
 
2012-12-10 01:25:36 PM
Brooks played a greedy fat-ass who was responsible for two on-screen murders. So I think it fits and was out of character.
 
2012-12-10 01:26:45 PM
i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout
 
2012-12-10 01:30:46 PM

Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

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Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.


Yeah, Training Day is a far better Denzel choice than Man on Fire.

spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout


Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.
 
2012-12-10 01:31:12 PM
I'd also mention Michael Caine in "Mona Lisa".
 
2012-12-10 01:32:15 PM
And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)
 
2012-12-10 01:33:56 PM

CarnySaur: I'd also mention Michael Caine in "Mona Lisa".


Get Carter (1971)

See it. If you've seen it, see it again.
 
2012-12-10 01:34:15 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.


me and the gf liked it. It was made just as a spoof of the genre really, so I can understand not liking it too. But Guy Pearce has been a badass for awhile now. I can't remember what the movie was...
 
2012-12-10 01:36:26 PM
Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers deserves to be on that list.

/no respect
 
2012-12-10 01:36:30 PM
That's odd. I thought "Jon Lovitz will kick your ass" would've referred to what he did to Andy Dick.
 
2012-12-10 01:40:05 PM
WIlfred Brimley in "The Firm" scared the living crap out of me. But then I saw him in "In and Out" and thought his character was the greatest thing since Kevin Kline played someone impersonating the president.
 
2012-12-10 01:42:05 PM
2. Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

My favorite quote from the movie:
Mrs. Iselin: I know you will never entirely comprehend this, Raymond, but you must believe I did not know it would be you. I served them. I fought for them. I'm on the point of winning for them the greatest foothold they would ever have in this country. And they paid me back by taking your soul away from you. I told them to build me an assassin. I wanted a killer from a world filled with killers and they chose you because they thought it would bind me closer to them.
[Puts her hands on Raymond's face]
Mrs. Iselin: But now, we have come almost to the end. One last step. And then when I take power, they will be pulled down and ground into dirt for what they did to you. And what they did in so contemptuously underestimating me.


I love this part in the movie, this pivotal moment. You realize the commies have really REALLY farked up bad with their plans. Even if they win, their agent is going to use her power to royally fark them with America's power for what they did. They destroyed her son, and are about to give her the nuclear launch codes. Whoever thought out this plan really needs to be fired. 

Also missing from the list: 
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2012-12-10 01:42:11 PM

chibimateo: That's odd. I thought "Jon Lovitz will kick your ass" would've referred to what he did to Andy Dick.


That was a terrible performance because Dick didn't end up in a coma
 
2012-12-10 01:43:09 PM
Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.
 
2012-12-10 01:46:34 PM

thecpt: Incorrigible Astronaut: spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.

me and the gf liked it. It was made just as a spoof of the genre really, so I can understand not liking it too. But Guy Pearce has been a badass for awhile now. I can't remember what the movie was...


it's not going to win any awards or anything, but it was a good "park your brain" movie. also, i'm a fan of luc besson and guy pearce, so good or bad, i was gonna watch it

/the cgi on the chase scene did suck
 
2012-12-10 01:48:10 PM

thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.


this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.
 
2012-12-10 01:49:49 PM

FlashHarry: thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.

this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.


haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero
 
2012-12-10 01:51:14 PM

Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

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Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.


cobb.typepad.com

Motherfarker kills everybody.
 
2012-12-10 01:51:37 PM

spenn_diesel: the cgi on the chase scene did suck


Yeah. And the Fall sequence kind of sucked too. But the hour and a half of one liners was totally worth it. What do ya know, Maggie Grace is playing a spoiled girl and a powerful person's daughter. That's like an entirely new role for her
 
2012-12-10 01:53:41 PM

CarnySaur: And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)



Not a spoiler since the movie has been out for years, but it's definitely a worthy addition to the list.
 
2012-12-10 01:58:42 PM
11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...
 
2012-12-10 01:58:55 PM
Judi Dench in Skyfall.
 
2012-12-10 01:59:08 PM

thecpt: FishyFred: Nobody from Drive belongs on that list. Nobody.

Agreed. He played a weasely greedy fat ass. Yeah, not exactly badass. For a more contemporary list I would include Michael Cera for Scott Pilgrim, Noomi Rapace for the girl with the dragon tattoo, and jessie eisenburg for zombie land. Those are off the top of my head.


Michael Cera wasn't a bad ass in Pilgrim. You'd be better off with "Youth in Revolt" for badass Cera.
 
2012-12-10 02:01:08 PM
www.screenspy.com

Actually I have no idea what characters this guy normally plays, but he doesn't seem like the badass type.
 
2012-12-10 02:03:29 PM

FlashHarry: thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.

this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.


So much FARKING this!! I couldn't sleep the night after I watched that. He frightened the pants off me...
 
2012-12-10 02:05:19 PM

Darwins Point-ed Stick: FlashHarry: thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.

this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.

So much FARKING this!! I couldn't sleep the night after I watched that. He frightened the pants off me...


I knew Kingsley had it in him, he was a pretty decent bad guy in Sneakers, just not terrifyingly or violently so.
 
2012-12-10 02:05:47 PM

Darwins Point-ed Stick: Michael Cera wasn't a bad ass in Pilgrim. You'd be better off with "Youth in Revolt" for badass Cera.


I disagree. He did play an absolute biatch, but he was the best fighter in Ontario at the end. He did last 3 minutes in a fight with a guy who blasted a hole in the moon, and he even died just to come back and kick ass.
 
2012-12-10 02:06:57 PM

thecpt: spenn_diesel: the cgi on the chase scene did suck

Yeah. And the Fall sequence kind of sucked too. But the hour and a half of one liners was totally worth it. What do ya know, Maggie Grace is playing a spoiled girl and a powerful person's daughter. That's like an entirely new role for her


nobody smokes anymore, snow...
 
2012-12-10 02:08:44 PM

thecpt: spenn_diesel: the cgi on the chase scene did suck

Yeah. And the Fall sequence kind of sucked too. But the hour and a half of one liners was totally worth it. What do ya know, Maggie Grace is playing a spoiled girl and a powerful person's daughter. That's like an entirely new role for her


spenn_diesel: thecpt: Incorrigible Astronaut: spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.

me and the gf liked it. It was made just as a spoof of the genre really, so I can understand not liking it too. But Guy Pearce has been a badass for awhile now. I can't remember what the movie was...

it's not going to win any awards or anything, but it was a good "park your brain" movie. also, i'm a fan of luc besson and guy pearce, so good or bad, i was gonna watch it

/the cgi on the chase scene did suck


Both of these...

I was bored, saw Netflix had it. Decided to put it on for background noise, ended up watching it twice.

YMMV
 
2012-12-10 02:10:11 PM

Marty Devoid: Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers deserves to be on that list.

/no respect


I gota go with this...
 
2012-12-10 02:15:34 PM
Hmmm. Let's go with:
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2012-12-10 02:16:54 PM

thecpt: Darwins Point-ed Stick: Michael Cera wasn't a bad ass in Pilgrim. You'd be better off with "Youth in Revolt" for badass Cera.

I disagree. He did play an absolute biatch, but he was the best fighter in Ontario at the end. He did last 3 minutes in a fight with a guy who blasted a hole in the moon, and he even died just to come back and kick ass.


I think I may have a different idea of badass from you. Don't get me wrong, love me some Scott Pilgrim. The fight scenes were awesome but "badass" didn't spring to mind for me. Aside from those, the scenes with dialogue just reminded me of classic Cera playing to type.

However in "Youth" when he plays that quasi-French sociopathic chain-smoking douchebag alter-ego I was pleasantly surprised. For me that was playing against type, at least as far as the spirit of the article goes. (actors against type).
 
2012-12-10 02:27:36 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Hmmm. Let's go with:
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Good call with Bester
 
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