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(Onion AV Club)   Twenty badass performances from decidedly non-badass actors   (avclub.com) divider line 26
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2012-12-10 01:24:53 PM
4 votes:
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 02:50:35 PM
2 votes:
Oh, and while we're talking about soft/wussy actors acting bad ass:
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2012-12-10 01:43:09 PM
2 votes:
Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.
2012-12-10 11:48:47 AM
2 votes:
reelreviewsradio.com

you seem to have forgotten somebody.
2012-12-12 12:36:14 PM
1 votes:
I'm a bit surprised they left off Geena Davis from "The Long Kiss Goodnight"

Considering she never did anything even CLOSE to badass in anything..

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2012-12-11 12:26:53 AM
1 votes:

weiner dog: Michael Palin as Jack Lint.


This should be placed at the top of the list, and all others deleted.
2012-12-10 07:55:25 PM
1 votes:
Travolta - Pulp Fiction

Anthony Perkins - Psycho

Edward Norton - American History X

George Clooney - From Dusk til Dawn
2012-12-10 06:51:34 PM
1 votes:
John Travolta as Vince in Pulp Fiction.
2012-12-10 06:22:47 PM
1 votes:

orclover: 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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Lansbury was great in Manchurian Candidate, but that movie is a surprise only if you come to her by way of Disney and Murder She Wrote. She had been building up to that role for the better part of two decades. Lansbury played the biatchy, older sister in National Velvet. She's a hard-hearted tart who's complicit in gas-lighting Ingrid Bergman in Gas Light. She isn't exactly a bad girl in Dorian Gray, but she has a coarse toughness from her hard-scrabble background that makes it more heart-breaking when Dorian decides to break her on a whim and a dare. She's a tough saloon whore in Harvey Girl's who's all for burning down the Harvey dorms and killing her rivals. She even get a punch in on Judy Garland. Really, it's not until the '60s that Lansbury begins to play gentlewomen.
2012-12-10 05:42:44 PM
1 votes:
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 05:35:15 PM
1 votes:

Incorrigible Astronaut: 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.


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

guy pearce:

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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 03:35:59 PM
1 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.com
2012-12-10 03:30:21 PM
1 votes:

FlashHarry: [reelreviewsradio.com image 480x160]

you seem to have forgotten somebody.


Good one. Also:

scrapetv.com


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2012-12-10 02:57:10 PM
1 votes:
Agent Coulson would laugh at the list, but he's pretending to be dead for a couple of years.
2012-12-10 02:46:53 PM
1 votes:
How about Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'em Up?
2012-12-10 02:44:26 PM
1 votes:
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 02:15:34 PM
1 votes:
Hmmm. Let's go with:
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2012-12-10 02:05:47 PM
1 votes:

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 02:01:08 PM
1 votes:
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 01:48:10 PM
1 votes:

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 01:42:05 PM
1 votes:
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: 
4.bp.blogspot.com
2012-12-10 01:36:30 PM
1 votes:
That's odd. I thought "Jon Lovitz will kick your ass" would've referred to what he did to Andy Dick.
2012-12-10 01:31:12 PM
1 votes:
I'd also mention Michael Caine in "Mona Lisa".
2012-12-10 01:13:22 PM
1 votes:
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 01:12:53 PM
1 votes:
latimesherocomplex.files.wordpress.com

What, no love for Brody?
2012-12-10 01:08:19 PM
1 votes:
Leo DeCaprio - THE DEPARTED
 
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