Chris and I were having a discussion recently - actually, I think that we've had this discussion quite a few times recently, but that's beside the point - and we realised how many of the biggest Hollywood actors are not actually American. Quite a few are of course English - make us proud - but an overwhelming number are actually Australian.
It's something that neither of us had thought about before, and it is intriguing to notice how many there are who are doing incredibly well for their country. And well, we couldn't ignore that fact, so we wanted to celebrate all that is Australian with our Top Six: Australian Actors....g'day mate!
The initial problem with this list is that it is so easy to just fire off a long list of Australian actors, and I am not looking forwarding to chopping that list down....
Six. Mel Gibson
He's had a long career that's for sure, and whilst I might not be a fan of many of his films, it's hard to ignore the impact his films have had on the industry.
Best Films: It's difficult to say which are his best films, because he's done so many, but a few of my favourites are: Braveheart, Mad Max, Pocahontas (hey, don't judge!!), Lethal Weapon.
Not-so-Best Films: Signs, What Women Want (more like What we you thinking??)
Five. Toni Collette
Best Films: The Sixth Sense, Muriel's Wedding, About a Boy
Not-so-Best Films: A Long Way Down - okay, so I know I shouldn't judge this film before it has even come out, especially since I am looking forward to seeing it, but I still think that Collette is far too young for her role!!
Four. Nicole Kidman
It's actually kind of surreal to think that that young girl would grow up into the amazingly successful starlet that she is today, but she's done a fantastic job of it and has played some pretty amazing roles throughout her career.
Best Films: BMX Bandits, The Others, The Hours, Moulin Rouge.
Not-so-Best Films: The Golden Compass. I have never really understand Kidman's casting in this film. Personally, I never felt that it was the right role for her, and like Daniel Craig, I always felt like she didn't really take the role very seriously, which was a huge shame for a film that could have been so much more.
Three. Heath Ledger
Even before he took the role as The joker, I always thought that he was destined for big things, and knowing that he was only a fraction of the way there is of course incredibly sad. Even in his "girlie" roles, I loved him.
Best Films: The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, A Knight's Tale, 10 Things I Hate About You.
Not-so-Best Films: Ned Kelly - I'm just not a fan of this film.
Two. Chris Hemsworth
I can imagine that life is pretty crazy in the Hemsworth household. One day he landed a great role in one of Australia's biggest soaps, and eight years later he has played a demigod - son of a Anthony Hopkins, no less - and chased Kristen Stewart around some woods - although, the less said about that film is probably for the best!!
Needless to say, Hemsworth appears to have become an incredibly sought after actor, and it's no surprise because he's not only good looking (albeit not really my type), but he is also an amazing actor. I really doubt that little brother Liam - currently starring in The Hunger Games films - will ever surpass him. But the crazy thing about Hemsworth's success and popularity is really the fact that he still hasn't done that much in comparison to all of the other actors on this list. For that reason, I'm not going to do a best and not-so-best section for him, because there isn't much else to be said.
One. Hugh Jackman
The funny thing about Jackman is that he's popular with both men and women for a variety of different reasons. From his role as Wolverine, it's easy to want to brand him as a muscle-headed idiot actor, alongside some other actors that are easy to guess, but I won't mention! But, he's actually a great deal more than that, as his upcoming role in Les Miserables will no doubt prove.
Best Films: X-Mens (some of them, because I'm starting to get a bit bored of them now), Les Miserables
Not-so-Best Films: Australia (as unfortunate as this sounds, I thought that the film was boring and not my cup-of-tea at all), Real Steel (had a great deal of potential, but struggled with it's unsubtle predictability)
Other Australian actors who most definitely deserve a nod, even if they didn't make my Top Six are:
- Russell Crowe
- Naomi Watts
- Geoffrey Rush
- Cate Blanchett
- Eric Bana
- Hugo Weaving
- Mia Wasikowska
- Isla Fisher
- Sam Worthington
- Guy Pearce
- Rose Byrne
- Abbie Cornish