Jul 30 2012
I can understand if people don’t know just truly amazing this woman is, and how much she gives in her performances. Much like Monica Bellucci, Dawson suffers from being naturally stunning, and this can detract some people from taking her seriously. At first. But you need to look at her introduction to the world to truly understand how brave of an actress she is. Look no further than the movie KIDS.
While some may say Chloe Sevingy has been the break out star from that film for brave role, she jumped the “brave roles” train by bl*wing her greasy boyfriend of the time, Vinca Gallo, on film in Brown Bunny. That’s not brave. It’s sleaze. Now back to Dawson.
Careful, people have been known to go blind if they stare too long, much like the sun.
Though I have documented my reasoning for why this woman is awesome and brave before, and much more in depth over here, I will do a quick run down for those not in the know. Basically, in Descent (which not enough of you saw, and not be the confused with The Descent, about the awesome-underground-cave-dwellers) she showed how dark of a place she was willing to go.
And Sin City, she shows just how believably bad ass she was.
In 25th Hour, she subtly showed the nuance of how even the most genuine beautiful girl can make the strongest of us doubt when she is a knockout.
She showed us a believable, streetwise kid in Kids when she was just a kid. Do I need to keep going?
Again, it is tough to take at points, but Descent is far more believable than most similar movies. And you see strength and pain in Dawson’s character, which must be tough to have to balance as an actress.
The thing about Rosario Dawson, too. She fights for some amazing causes and even has a comic book she helped create and lend her likeness to on the side, so she shows us she is awesome in real life, too.
I fully realize how the mighty have fallen, as is the case with a few of the others on this list. But remember, art varies wildly at times. Would you always want to be playing devastated, wounded broken people?
No, that would take a toll on anyone, so can you blame some of these actresses for taking less challenging roles as time goes on? No, not at all. But you can’t watch a movie like Gia or Girl Interupted and not be floored by the places Angelina Jolie was willing to go for the medium of film.
Another amazing Martin Schoeller portrait.
Long before Angelina Jolie was raiding tombs and curving bullets, she could play ‘damaged’ like very few before her, and very few since.
Gia is easily the most glaring example of this, with Jolie playing in the biopic of real life model and eventual heroine addict who died of A.I.D.S, Gia Marie Carangi. To say Angelina lost herself in the role would still be an understatement. At no point while you are watching this film do you think you are watching someone act. I know I have said that about a few of these woman thus far, but that is why they awe me. In this case, the honesty and vulnerability of these characters might be a result of Angelina being more like Gia than he would want the world to initially know.
Outside of the movie Hackers, which no one counts as a real movie, anyway, GIA was the first REAL introduction to Angelina Jolie. And the image of the rebellious beauty would follow her for years as a result of it.
Angelina has since gone on to pair off with the most handsome man in the world, and they have slowly attempted to start their own United Nations using only their adopted children. But that matters little. Because all of us who know and love Angelina love her because of this stuff. The crazy girl stuff, which she could pull of at the height of her career like no other.
The running theme on this list is beautiful woman, but that’s not on purpose. It’s not my fault the woman who pick the bravest roles and play them most convincingly, just happen to be stunning in real life. The thing is, if you only jumped on board for the Theron movie, Monster, about the real life serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, you would never know she was ever a stunner. Because they turned this:
Did I already make the joke about staring at the sun? Dammit.
And they turned her into this:
Yeah, it still kinda messes me up, too.
And if all they did was makeup and their acting sucked, the makeup would have mattered little. But Charlize was so invested into her role as Wuornos that she almost BECAME her, to a creepy extent. The perforamance feels so genuine that, at no point in this film, do you stop and think to yourself: That is Charlize Theron. Nope, it is Aileen Wuornos, through and through.
It is only once you actually see an interview with Aileen Wuornos that you truly can understand how spot-on and chilling this performance is.
Get ready to have your mind blown:
Told you Charlize Theron killed it, pun intended.
Like I said at the beginning of the piece, I can’t imagine having to ‘go there’ for the sake of a movie. But not only do these woman go there, but they go there with conviction and convincingly. Time and time again, too.
An One To Keep Your Eye On:
You, much like me, probably doubted two movies this girl was in before you even saw her. The first one being Kickass. All I kept thinking to myself when I read this comic was: there is no way they are gonna do this little girl justice in the movie. I really thought it would be like a watered down version, much like Millar’s other comic-movie-misstep, Wanted,. Which got bastardized for a pg-13 Summer cinema. But no, outside of the jetpack scene, Kickass was spot on, and you know who owned that entire movie?
This little girl, Chloe Moretz, as Hitgirl.
This clip is NSFW, and TAFL. Too. Awesome. For. Life.
And then, when I heard they were doing an American remake of Let The Right One In, a movie I already felt was perfect, I was double upset. Imagine my shock when it was handled with just as much grace and delicacy as the original. And you know what made “Let Me In” work? This little girl. Chloe Moretz.
From her first seconds on film I had no doubts about who or what she was, and how many lifetimes she may have lived. How a young girl reflects that in her eyes I will never know, but watch out for this girl. I can pretty much bet an Oscar will be handed to her at one point in her lifetime. Hopefully sooner than later.
No idea how Chloe Moretz pulls off “tortured” so well, but it is palpable in Let Me In.
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