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2012-12-10 02:28:54 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: 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?



Blair's assimilation was most likely already underway by the time he destroyed the radio and sabotaged the transports. That would allow plenty of time for everyone else to either be assimilated or killed, then the Thing could go in to deep freeze and wait for a rescue team to show up and take it back to the world with no way for anyone to either contact the outside world or get away before it was done with the outpost.
 
2012-12-10 02:29:35 PM

Darwins Point-ed Stick: I think I may have a different idea of badass from you.


That's probably it. I think I'm just going off of pure amount of badassness, and I haven't seen youth in revolt from beginning to end. I admit I need to watch it. I saw the Eugen Levy scene which instantaneously convinced me that the movie was worth while.
 
2012-12-10 02:35:51 PM

Bathia_Mapes: 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.


I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.
 
2012-12-10 02:44:26 PM
Robin Williams, One Hour Photo

THIS

He totally owns the part and the counter casting is just inspired. Your brain sees nice, cuddly Robin Williams, but he's crazy psycho guy.

Bermuda59: Judi Dench in Skyfall.


No, Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal.
 
2012-12-10 02:46:53 PM
How about Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'em Up?
 
2012-12-10 02:48:15 PM

Subdue their bellies: How about Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'em Up?


This.
 
2012-12-10 02:48:59 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.


I'm still irritated that he won the Best Actor award so the Academy could pat itself on the back for giving both nods to African-American actors (Halle Berry).

Look, it was a damn good film. But there's nothing in that performance warranting the award.
 
2012-12-10 02:50:35 PM
Oh, and while we're talking about soft/wussy actors acting bad ass:
fc01.deviantart.net
 
2012-12-10 02:51:31 PM

spenn_diesel: 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...


The line that cracked me up hardest was "You're adopted"
 
2012-12-10 02:51:44 PM

Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...


Also Rob Roy.
 
2012-12-10 02:53:41 PM
Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?
 
2012-12-10 02:53:55 PM

Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...


and Rob Roy.

/my hand hurts
//no, not from that
 
2012-12-10 02:57:10 PM
Agent Coulson would laugh at the list, but he's pretending to be dead for a couple of years.
 
2012-12-10 03:06:05 PM

Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?


No.
 
2012-12-10 03:06:30 PM
Bryan Cranston was a great call. He's about as far from his "Malcolm in the Middle" character as it gets. Not only that, but he plays Walter White just SO perfectly.

/waiting to see how Hank takes him down is just killing me
//No one should root for WW at this point- he's just evil now
 
2012-12-10 03:14:01 PM
Would Hugo Weaving be considered badass?

Matrix-Hugo, not LOTR-Hugo.


And not Victor-Hugo.
 
2012-12-10 03:15:34 PM

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

Get Carter (1971)

See it. If you've seen it, see it again.


If you want to see a movie in which Michael Caine is a bonofide bad-ass, Charles Bronson style, then you need to see

i406.photobucket.com

"You failed to maintain your weapon, sir."
 
2012-12-10 03:18:30 PM

SuperChuck: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

Also Rob Roy.


TheLopper: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

and Rob Roy.

/my hand hurts
//no, not from that


Everyone forgets Rob Roy. Very overlooked movie.
 
2012-12-10 03:27:19 PM

Satanic_Hamster: SuperChuck: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

Also Rob Roy.

TheLopper: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

and Rob Roy.

/my hand hurts
//no, not from that

Everyone forgets Rob Roy. Very overlooked movie.


One of the most realistic sword duels ever fought.
 
2012-12-10 03:30:21 PM

FlashHarry: [reelreviewsradio.com image 480x160]

you seem to have forgotten somebody.


Good one. Also:

scrapetv.com


/hotlink
 
2012-12-10 03:35:00 PM
One more:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-10 03:35:59 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-10 03:43:17 PM
blastr.com
 
2012-12-10 03:45:44 PM

Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?


Only satirically and that kind of failed, too.
 
2012-12-10 03:48:38 PM

Lord Jubjub: Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?

Only satirically and that kind of failed, too.


He was more "openly flaming" then "badass."
 
2012-12-10 03:51:25 PM

spenn_diesel: haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero


do yourself a favor. not only is BK insanely evil in it, it's also a pretty great gangster flick. bonus: ian mcshane is in it too.
 
2012-12-10 03:51:57 PM

El Morro: Bryan Cranston was a great call. He's about as far from his "Malcolm in the Middle" character as it gets. Not only that, but he plays Walter White just SO perfectly.

/waiting to see how Hank takes him down is just killing me
//No one should root for WW at this point- he's just evil now


I'm still rooting for him. He's one of the best villains in all of fiction.
 
2012-12-10 04:09:30 PM

stevetherobot: Bathia_Mapes: 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.

I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.


I guess there's run-of-the-mill badass and downright scary, and I don't think he's been more terrifying than in Barton Fink.
 
2012-12-10 04:21:35 PM

CarnySaur: stevetherobot: Bathia_Mapes: 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.

I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.

I guess there's run-of-the-mill badass and downright scary, and I don't think he's been more terrifying than in Barton Fink.


I think he was more badass in the Big Labowski.
 
2012-12-10 04:25:51 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Lord Jubjub: Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?

Only satirically and that kind of failed, too.

He was more "openly flaming" then "badass."


you're just... AFRAID!

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-10 04:37:37 PM

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



Definitely. I still remember my shock when he first popped into the scene, and then basically chewed the whole thing to pieces.
 
2012-12-10 04:42:59 PM

CarnySaur: stevetherobot: Bathia_Mapes: 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.

I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.

I guess there's run-of-the-mill badass and downright scary, and I don't think he's been more terrifying than in Barton Fink.


I concur. 
 
2012-12-10 04:43:07 PM

cherryl taggart: therecksays: Satanic_Hamster: Hmmm. Let's go with:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x243]

Good call with Bester


Definitely. I still remember my shock when he first popped into the scene, and then basically chewed the whole thing to pieces.


He came across as such a diabolically creepy bastard.
 
2012-12-10 04:53:44 PM
No Michael C. Hall? Shame.

Surprisingly, Fred MacMurray has twice pulled off the badass role: "The Apartment" and "The Caine Mutiny" (or was he just an evil asshole?)

And if were aren't going chronological, add Garrett Dillahunt (twice) and Kristen Bell on their "Deadwood" roles.
 
2012-12-10 05:07:43 PM

The_Sponge: "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.


Rickles is great. An alum of my high school.

" So there you are, tubby. Look like a bucket of lard on a bad day. You baby gorilla. Why don't you work in a zoo, and stop bothering people? Got a call yesterday from Baskin Robbins. They said that they're down to only five flavors. You're swelling up as I talk to you. " - Dirty Work
 
2012-12-10 05:11:45 PM

Sybarite: Yeah, Brooks was really good as a brutal character in Drive.


He was really good in that.

And as poor as I thought the season was, over all, John Lithgow was excellent and creepy as a serial killer on Dexter.
 
2012-12-10 05:12:08 PM

LemSkroob: - Dirty Work


Duh. ALLAHMACKALACKA and everybody's sucking sand?
 
2012-12-10 05:13:27 PM

Mugato: No Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects?


Really? (looks at site) OH DEAR GOD~! JOHN FARKIN' LOVITZ IS MORE BADASS THAN KEVIN FARKIN' SPACEY?!

The Author of this piece needs to be stripped naked, tied to a chair and have his toes smashed by a ball pein hammer, one by one.

/not obscure
 
2012-12-10 05:14:44 PM
Steve Martin in The Spanish Prisoner?
 
2012-12-10 05:28:17 PM
Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goth in Schindler's List.
 
2012-12-10 05:35:15 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

[img853.imageshack.us image 531x800]

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.


i thought this list was about actors who don't play badasses all of a sudden playing a badass.

guy pearce:

ecx.images-amazon.com

www.anomalousmaterial.com 

/ that's just to name a few... so, I don't think it's a surprise to see guy pearce in a badass role.
 
2012-12-10 05:40:32 PM

Strongbeerrules: Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goth in Schindler's List.


images.thevine.com.au 

/ i'd nominate this as ralph fiennes' breakout badass performance
// plus, i think he directed it
 
2012-12-10 05:42:44 PM
The lists biggest problem is it does not start with the prototype. The actor who was type cast as the sweet bumbling kid until he was cast as a murderer just for that reason.

www.librarising.com 

Its part of what made Psycho so effective. No could believe Anthony Perkins of all people could do that.
 
2012-12-10 05:50:18 PM
Everyone knows the most badass Wilford Brimley is Hard Target Wilford Brimley.
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-10 05:53:27 PM
www.film.com
 
2012-12-10 05:55:46 PM

pute kisses like a man: Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

[img853.imageshack.us image 531x800]

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.

i thought this list was about actors who don't play badasses all of a sudden playing a badass.

guy pearce:

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 500x500]

[www.anomalousmaterial.com image 656x272] 

/ that's just to name a few... so, I don't think it's a surprise to see guy pearce in a badass role.


i will admit to having forgotten about the proposition, but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.

FlashHarry: spenn_diesel: haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero

do yourself a favor. not only is BK insanely evil in it, it's also a pretty great gangster flick. bonus: ian mcshane is in it too.


i will definitely be correcting this oversight on my part very soon
 
2012-12-10 06:04:16 PM

spenn_diesel: pute kisses like a man: Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

[img853.imageshack.us image 531x800]

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.

i thought this list was about actors who don't play badasses all of a sudden playing a badass.

guy pearce:

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 500x500]

[www.anomalousmaterial.com image 656x272] 

/ that's just to name a few... so, I don't think it's a surprise to see guy pearce in a badass role.

i will admit to having forgotten about the proposition, but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.

FlashHarry: spenn_diesel: haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero

do yourself a favor. not only is BK insanely evil in it, it's also a pretty great gangster flick. bonus: ian mcshane is in it too.

i will definitely be correcting this oversight on my part very soon


You won't regret it. Every time he's onscreen, you're afraid to breath, let alone move, because your mind believes he could turn on you next...
 
2012-12-10 06:04:18 PM

spenn_diesel: but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.


granted, not originally much of a badass, but later you realize he's also prepared to take a stand against an entrenched corruption within the police force, and he was able to take out a dozen or so cop-assassins coming to kill him with just one other guy. maybe not hardcore badass, but certainly resilient and capable. and stubborn/principled enough not to be pushed over by the most dangerous of all corruption rackets.
 
2012-12-10 06:11:24 PM

pute kisses like a man: spenn_diesel: but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.

granted, not originally much of a badass, but later you realize he's also prepared to take a stand against an entrenched corruption within the police force, and he was able to take out a dozen or so cop-assassins coming to kill him with just one other guy. maybe not hardcore badass, but certainly resilient and capable. and stubborn/principled enough not to be pushed over by the most dangerous of all corruption rackets.


And take off those damn glasses.

/I think I may watch LA Confidential again tonight
 
2012-12-10 06:15:37 PM
Jim Carrey in The Number 23 ?

/crappy movie, I know.......but still
 
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