Anyways, this morning, i thought about one of my favorite actors – Keanu Reeves and his role in the Matrix and how that role defined him. Since then, all other roles which he has played have paled in comparison to “NEO”. I started naming other actors who had defining roles that had stuck with them ever since. First, i could only come up with three, then the list grew to five and kept on growing. I then decided to come up with a list of roles that have defined actors (In no particular order).
1) Keanu Reeves (The matrix – Neo)
As stated above. In addition to revolutionizing the way action movies were made, it basically raised the public consciousness to issues like blissful ignorance over harsh reality. (Red pill or the Blue pill).
2) Sylvester Stallone (First blood – Rambo)
Rambo!!! One of my childhood heros….His role in the First blood movie series, basically made him. Till today, he is Rambo :). Too bad, steroids ruined him
3) Will Smith (Fresh prince of Bel -Air -Will smith)
Haha..i still laugh. As someone said, if you can resist the urge to hug the T.v when reruns of the Fresh prince of Bel-Air airs, then you are a strong person. Will smith was shot into stardom with this role. He would go on to star in a thousand – and – one movies, but in our hearts, he is still …..ermmmm ..Will smith. (His role name was Will Smith)
4) Vin Diesel (Xander Cage- xxx)
He would go on a play other action roles ala Chronicles of Riddick, PitchBlack etc. But the XXX series brought him to public view
5 ) Julia Roberts (Erin Brokovich)
Depicted the role excellently. I always find myself calling Julia Roberts Erin. That was how epic she was in that movie.
6) Angelina Jolie (TombRaider – Lara Croft)
She ushered in the era of ass-kicking female blockbuster movies. Whenever you look at her, you see Lara Croft. #badass
7) Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Sadly, his career is still defined by this role.
8) Heath Ledger (Dark Night – Joker)
In blessed memory. Whenever his name comes up, the joker flashes before your eyes
9) James Galdofini (The Sopranoes – Tony)
I still suspect Tony. He must be a mobster in real life. Just kidding
10) Al Pacino (The Godfather – Micheal)
Always will be the Godfather.
There you have it. By all doubts, the list is not conclusive, but these are roles that came to mind when collating this piece. Are there any other roles that did not make the list? let us know.