There was a time when Superheroes were confined to the pages of comic books. Superhero movies now dominate cinema and Hollywood. Each year Hollywood releases a plethora of superhero movies. Every month a new blockbuster superhero film is breaking box office records. It's quite common for superheroes to come together in one gigantic crossover film. In fact, Hollywood is filled with all types of different cinematic universes. There is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Extended Universe, and Sony’s Marvel Universe. Each superhero movie is bigger than the last. They smash all the records and make millions in merchandise. Each studio is looking for their own heroes to carry their brand.
Several actors are now synonymous with their superhero character. Regardless of any critically acclaimed performances, these actors give they’re always addressed by their superhero name. Several of the actors are as brave and heroic as their superhero counterparts. It might be an act of heroism, charity work, autograph signings or just being nice. On the other hand, several actors are just playing a character. They can be difficult to work with, hate being approached by fans or even broke the law. Here is a look at 10 Actors Who Act Like The Superhero They Portray (And 10 Who Don’t).
20 Doesn't - Jaimie Alexander
Thor is not a typical superhero and is actually a god from Asgard. He is the son of Odin and the god of thunder. However, Thor finds himself entangled in many wars across the galaxy. Despite being a god, he doesn't always do it on his own. He often has help from The Avengers and even fellow Asgardians. Sif is one of his most loyal allies. Jaimie Alexander portrays Stif in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She appeared in Thor and its sequel. She currently stars in the NBC series Blindspot.
On screen, Alexander might be a hero but she doesn’t come across that way in real life. Her personal life has sometimes been very chaotic. She has also been accused of developing quite the diva-like attitude.
She was even photographed on set being cooled down by two assistants with fans. Rumors suggest that she even had three employees fired from the first season of Blindspot. Additionally, it was reported that she was rude to her co-stars and crew members. A source said, “She's a perfectionist who complains constantly, and is such a nightmare that the producers will do almost anything to stop the torture.” (PageSix) It appears that Alexander has not learned from her Asgardian counterpart Sif.
19 Superheroes - Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston
Thor and Loki have a very complicated relationship. They grew up like brothers but have been allies and enemies. However, Thor and Loki have put their differences aside for the children. Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He stars in the Thor film series and as starred in The Avengers film series as well. Thor is one of the key members of The Avengers and has a large role in the crossover films. Tom Hiddleston portrays Loki in the MCU. They’ve fought each other many times in several epic battles.
However, Hemsworth and Hiddleston are actually real life heroes. They visited the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia in character. They took pictures with the kids and spent the day with them. They might be enemies on screen but off screen, they work well together. The hospital was very grateful for the two stars putting in the time and effort. However, Hemsworth and Hiddleston felt they met the true heroes that day. Hemsworth tweeted, “Met the real superheroes of the world at @ladycilentochildrenshospital. A huge shout out to all the brave kids who are an inspiration to all of us!” (DigitalSpy)
18 doesn't - Val Kilmer
Several actors have donned the cowl and taken on the role of Batman. He has a disturbing and dark back-story and only the best actors could bring the character to the big screen. Val Kilmer portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1995 film Batman Forever. Kilmer was starting to develop a reputation for being difficult to work with. Director Joel Schumacher considered Kilmer to be one of the best versions of Batman. However, they reportedly clashed several times. Schumacher said, “[Val Kilmer] was being irrational and ballistic with the first assistant director, the cameraman, the costume people. He was rude and inappropriate. He was childish and impossible. I was forced to tell him that this would not be tolerated for one more second. Then we had two weeks where he did not speak to me but it was bliss!” (Inquisitr)
Kilmer's difficult reputation was solidified during filming of the 1996-film The Island of Dr. Moreau. He often showed up late to set, belittled the crew members and feuded with legendary co-star Marlon Brando. Brando portrayed Jor-El in the 1978 film Superman. Kilmer constantly clashed with the director and would interrupt filming of scenes. According to the Telegraph, “On the rare occasions any filming took place, Kilmer was rude and abrasive: during one scene, he reportedly sat on the ground and refused to stand up.” (Telegraph)
17 superhero - Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt is not only a superhero protecting the galaxy he’s also a hero off-screen. Chris Pratt portrays Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy film series and appeared in The Avengers: Infinity War. Star-Lord can be a little arrogant and conceited but much like Pratt, always helps those in need.
Pratt spends his free time visiting with sick kids at various hospitals. He's often spotted at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. He visits with the kids regularly and has even bonded with a few. He has raised over a million dollars for the hospital.
He said, “I believe there’s a reason all this has happened in my life. I don’t know how well it would sit with me to accept these gifts and not use this platform.”
The feeling he gets from spending time and helping these kids is stronger than anything he’s done. He added, “You can do a big premiere. You get your star on the Walk of Fame. You can do all those things and none of them make me feel anything remotely close to what it feels like to go to Seattle Children’s Hospital and be with these kids and their families.” (Yahoo)
16 doesn't - Scarlett Johansson
The Black Widow has found herself between a rock and a hard place. However, not even The Black Widow could have gotten herself out of the situation Scarlett Johansson landed in. Johansson portrays Natasha Romanoff/The Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She has appeared in several MCU films, such as Iron Man 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Johansson is involved with several charities and causes. In 2005, she was named the global ambassador for Oxfam. However, she received a great deal of criticism when she appeared in a commercial for SodaStream. At the time, SodaStream had a factory in the West Bank and Oxfam opposes business dealings with Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories. Johansson defended herself and noted she is a “supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.” In 2014, Johansson resigned as global ambassador and ceased working with the group. She sent out a statement, which said, “She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam.” Oxfam thanked her for her work and “contributions.” (TheGuardian)
15 superhero - Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd currently portrays Scott Lang/Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He first appeared as the character in the 2015 film Ant-Man and reprised the role the following year in Captain America: Civil War. He is set to reprise the role again in Ant-Man and the Wasp and in the Untitled Avengers film. Scott Lang is a crook turned unlikely hero. Rudd is a talented actor that happens to be a hero in real life.
Rudd has spearheaded several charities and causes. He helped organize a celebrity poker charity weekend to benefit Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital, which turned into an annual event. After portraying a character the struggles with a stutter, he became an advocate and supporter for the cause. He held a bowling benefit for SAY (Stuttering Association for the Young). He's quite impressed with the kids he’s met.
He said, “It’s impossible not to be knocked out by their courage and exuberance and just how cool they are.”
(InStyle) He raised $20,000 to aid the rescue dog shelter, Rolling Dog Farm. He once auctioned himself off for a lunch to support the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which supports female filmmakers. In 2011, for his birthday he asked for donations to the American Cancer Society.
14 doesn't - Halle Berry
Superheroes are known for arriving at and leaving a crime scene without anyone noticing. However, they’re usually not the ones that caused the crime. Halle Berry portrayed Ororo Munroe/Storm in the X-Men film series. She appeared in the first three films in the trilogy. She also portrayed Patience Phillips/Catwoman in the disappointing 2004 film Catwoman. Berry is the only African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.
However, her personal life is often in chaos. She has been in several high profile relationships that ended in a highly publicized break up. She was entangled in a bitter custody battle with former boyfriend Gabriel Aubry for the custody of their daughter. In 2012, Berry’s current husband Olivier Martinez and Aubry got into a physical altercation at Berry’s home. The fight started because Berry wanted to move with their daughter to France. Aubry suffered several visible facial injuries. Berry is also getting into trouble on the road. In 2000, she reportedly ran a red light in her SUV and crashed into another car (LATimes). The driver suffered numerous injuries including a broken wrist. Berry fled the scene and drove off, which isn’t very superhero like. Berry served three years of probation and was fined $13,500 for causing the accident.
13 superhero - Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr. is eerily similar to Tony Stark. They both were living the high life but overcame their personal demons to reinvent themselves as a superhero. Downey portrays Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, Downey starred in the very first film in the MCU Iron Man, which was released in 2008. Early in his career Downey was wildly successful but had several run-ins with the law. He made an impressive comeback to become one of the richest celebs in Hollywood.
Since taking on the role of Iron Man he often participates in charity events for children. He once aided a woman who had severely injured her leg. He sprung right into action and knew what to do.
He's also there for his fans when they need his help. A 7-year-old boy named Daniel is one of Iron Man’s biggest fans. He suffers from cystic fibrosis and was the victim of some intense bullying. His mother got in touch with Downey and he responded quickly. He sent an Instagram pic wearing a tiger outfit and wrote, “When I’m in the dumps, I’ve found this little getup to be helpful.” (MTVUK) Downey also offered to take Daniel as his special guest to the premiere of Captain America: Civil War.
12 doesn't - Edward Norton
Hulk is known for his trademark green skin and short temper. His unpredictable nature makes him difficult to work with even if you’re Iron Man. Mark Ruffalo currently portrays Bruce Banner/Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, some fans might have forgotten that Edward Norton was originally cast in that role. In fact, Norton starred in the second film in the MCU The Incredible Hulk, which was released in 2008. Norton was originally slated to reprise the role in subsequent MCU films. However, Norton is much more difficult and unpredictable to work with than the Hulk.
Norton is known for being a perfectionist and often gives notes to directors if it’s asked for or not. Norton did a major re-write of The Incredible Hulk script but was it done too late to have any major impact. He re-wrote scenes on a daily basis and constantly gave notes. He just wanted to make the perfect superhero film but eventually, his attitude became too much to handle. Marvel didn’t like any of Norton’s suggestions, which made him irate. Norton and the studio eventually parted ways. Marvel issued a statement explaining they would replace him with “an actor who embodies the creative and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” (Movieline)
11 superhero - Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck hasn’t had the best luck playing superheroes. However, in real-life he’s a superhero that few others can compare to. Affleck portrays Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DC Extended Universe. He portrayed Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. There was a significant backlash to Affleck’s casting. He’s following a long list of talented actors that donned the cowl. He received mixed reviews for his portrayal of Marvel’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the 2003 film Daredevil.
Affleck is known for his generous nature and often donates his money to charity. In 2018, he took his role as Batman to a whole new level. A boy in Atlanta, Mukuta, was a huge Batman fan and only had weeks left to live. A tweet was sent out looking for a Batman impersonator or costume. They got way more than they bargained for. Affleck saw the tweet but was unable to make the trip out. Instead, he facetimed with the Mukuta. Affleck wasn’t done and went a step further. He offered to fly Mukuta’s mother from Zimbabwe but she facetimed with him as well. He was even humble when Hospice Atlanta thanked him. He responded, “Well, I’m a super Mukuta fan! Thank you to the incredible doctors, nurses and caretakers at @VNHS for providing around the clock care.” (TheHollywoodReporter) Following Mukuta's passing, Affleck gave his condolences t0 the family.
10 doesn't - Jeremy Renner
Technically, it was both Captain America and Hawkeye that displayed un-superhero behavior, but Cap was the only one who owned up to it. Jeremy Renner portrays Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has appeared in several films in the MCU and is a member of The Avengers.
In 2015, Renner and Chris Evans caused a great deal of controversy after they made several derogatory comments about the character Black Widow, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson. During an interview, Evans and Renner were asked about the possibility of one of their characters being romantically involved with The Black Widow. They implied that she was easy to get with. In fact, Renner used an insulting term to describe her. Evans laughed and said, “She’s just flirting with everybody, leading everybody on.” There was a significant backlash to their comments and many fans were irate. Fans called their comments and behavior misogynistic. Renner issued an apology and said, “I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone. It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.” Evans also apologized for their response to the question. He said, “We answered in a juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.” Fans were a lot happier with Evans' apology than Renner's to say the least. (LATimes)
9 superhero - Chris Evans
Off screen, Chris Evans is very similar to his superhero counterpart. Both are always looking out for the little guy and saving lives. They don’t only save humans but man’s best friend too. Obviously, Evans has made some mistakes as well. He currently portrays Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has starred in several stand-alone Captain America MCU films and has also appeared in all of The Avengers films. He is one of the key members of the Avengers. He previously portrayed The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four as well. He’s one of the most prominent heroes in the MCU and one of the most popular.
Turns out that Evans is a superhero in real life too. In 2017, Evans met his future best friend while shooting the film Gifted. The scene was shot in a kennel with several real dogs that were up for adoption and Evans had an instant connection.
He said, “I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog.” (HuffingtonPost)
Evans and Dodger have been inseparable and fighting crime since. In late 2017, a video of a boy named Keaton went viral. The boy was a victim of some vicious bullying. Evans tweeted, "Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better.” (EW) He then invited Keaton and his mother to The Avengers: Infinity War premiere.
8 doesn't - Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer is best known for portraying Dr. Frasier Crane in the critically acclaimed sitcom Cheers and its spinoff Frasier. He portrayed the same character for nearly two decades. Grammer has also played a superhero on screen although he certainly doesn’t play one off screen. Grammer portrayed Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast in the X-Men films series. Beast is known for being highly intelligent and thinking through every step. Unfortunately, Grammer didn’t pick that up.
In 1997, he married for the third time to Playboy model Camille Donatacci. In 2010, Grammer made headlines when he ended the marriage to his wife without directly telling her. Grammer began to have a relationship with Kayte Walsh, who he later married. Instead of coming clean to Camille he simply avoided her. Camille received a phone call from a friend who was disgusted by Grammer's actions. Camille said, “I asked, ‘Is he leaving me?’ and she said, ‘Yes.’ I called him but couldn’t get through. An hour later, I texted him again and he wrote: “I don’t want to talk.” She texted again hoping for an answer. She added, “Finally, three hours later, he called me. He basically said, ‘I don’t want to be married anymore.’” (People)
7 superhero - Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy has portrayed some of cinema’s most notorious villains and anti-heroes, so this entry is a little bit of a cheat. He portrayed Bane in the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. He will star as Eddie Brock/Venom in the upcoming 2018 film Venom. It's intended to be the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. Venom is expected to crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man.
Hardy's not just a superhero on the big screen. He’s a hero in the streets and to animals. He's a strong supporter of PETA and appeared in a pet adoption commercial. He also chased down a criminal once.
He witnessed two men steal a moped and then crashed it into a car. One of the men fled and Hardy chased after him. He chased him through the streets, construction sites, over walls and through gardens. A witness said, “It was mental - like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie.” The witness added, “He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious. If the kid had been dumb enough to resist I reckon Tom would have given him a good hiding.” (TheSunUK) This only further proves that Hardy is the best choice to portray Venom.
6 doesn't - Christian Bale
Batman has one of the darkest comic book origin stories. As a child, he witnessed his parent’s brutal death. As an adult, he is both motivated and haunted by their murder. Christian Bale portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy. Bale was universally praised for his stellar performance and is widely regarded as one of the best versions of Batman.
Bale is best known for his role as Batman but is best remembered for an infamous audio recording. In 2009, Bale starred as John Connor in Terminator Salvation. However, the film was overshadowed by Bale’s very un-Batman like behavior. During the filming of one of the scenes, the director of photography walked onto set and Bale became angry. He went on a tirade and used a specific swear word 39 times in less than four minutes. He went absolutely berserk and threatened to quit if the DOP wasn’t fired. However, that wasn’t the end of it. TMZ got ahold of the tape and it quickly went viral. Bale apologized for his actions. He said, “I was out of order beyond belief. I make no excuses for it.” He also called his action ‘inexcusable” and added, “I acted like a punk.” (TheGuardian) To be fair, there is a good chance that Batman would yell at someone like that too.
5 superhero - Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the highest paid female action heroes. There truly is nothing she can’t do. She is a hero both on and off screen. She currently portrays Raven Darkholme/Mystique in the X-Men film series. She began playing the role in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class. She is known for her tireless charity work and her outspoken stance on gender equality. She is also a superhero in real-life and ran to the aid of a young woman in trouble.
In 2012, Lawrence helped a young girl when she suddenly passed out. According to the Daily Mail, “The 21-year-old was standing outside her apartment complex in Santa Monica when a woman walking past suddenly collapsed on the grass.” (DailyMail)
Lawrence called paramedics and stayed by her side until they arrived. The young woman ended up being fine. When she’s not saving lives she likes to visit Norton Children’s Hospital in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She said, “My family and I have met so many wonderful children on our visits to the hospital. Their strength and courage is inspiring.” She donated $2 million to the hospital to create the 14-bed Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. (Syfy)
4 doesn't - Toby Maguire
Tobey Maguire portrayed one of the most popular and recognizable superheroes. However, off screen his reputation does not match that of his superhero alter ego. Maguire portrayed Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. The first film was released in 2002 and was a success with critics and at the box office. Unfortunately, Maguire doesn’t have the same qualities that make Spider-Man one of the greatest heroes. Maguire has the reputation of being a bit of a jerk.
In 2017, Jessica Chastain starred in the critically acclaimed film Molly’s Game. It’s based on Molly Bloom’s memoir Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High Stakes Underground Poker Game in the world. The game was attended by several famous celebs, including, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and Tobey Maguire.
Bloom described Maguire as being “the worst tipper, the best player, and the absolute worst loser.”
In her memoir, she described an incident with Maguire. He ordered Bloom to “bark like a seal who wants a fish” for a $1,000 chip. Bloom laughed it off but Maguire responded, “I’m not kidding. What’s wrong? You’re too rich now? You won’t bark for a thousand dollars?” It’s safe to assume Spider-Man would never act that way at a poker game. (PageSix)
3 superhero - Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman has given critically acclaimed performances that left audiences speechless. However, he’ll always be remembered as Wolverine. Jackman is as heroic and fearless as his mutant counterpart. Jackman portrayed Wolverine is the X-Men franchise. He was universally praised for his final performance as Wolverine in the 2017 film Logan.
Despite hanging up his retractable claws, Jackman is still a superhero saving lives. He's actively involved in several major charities. He's a global advisor for the Global Poverty Project and is a World Vision ambassador. In 2009, he donated $50,000 to Operation of Hope and $50,000 to Charity: Water. In 2016, Jackman was relaxing at Bondi Beach in Australia. Several swimmers were caught up in a vicious riptide, including Jackman’s young son. He managed to save his son and a few other swimmers. In 2017, Jackman was shooting the film The Greatest Showman, which includes Zac Efron. During one scene a fire got intense and out of control. Luckily, Jackman was there to save Efron, Efron said, “I watched playback, and he saved me from a burning building. It later exploded that night.” He added, “It was pretty awesome. Hugh Jackman saving you from a burning building? It’s every girl’s dream.” (MarieClaireUK)
2 doesn't - Henry Cavill
Superman is the ultimate good guy. He has a strict code of honor and never breaks the law. Henry Cavill proves that not everyone can be Superman. Henry Cavill portrays Clark Kent/Superman in the DC Extended Universe. He starred in the first film in the DCEU, Man of Steel. He reprised the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
Henry Cavill is nothing like his on screen character. Superman doesn’t save lives for the money or reward. Cavill openly admits that he cares more about the money than the art. He said, “I'm not just doing this for the art. The money's fantastic and that's something which I deem — and again, it is frowned upon — very important.” (PageSix)
It’s reasonable that he’d care more about the money but Superman might not agree. In 2016, Cavill created headlines when he began dating a 19-year-old woman. Despite being 32 at the time, He didn't see a problem with dating someone that much younger than him. He said, “People say,‘Age is just a number.’ A lot of times it's not just a number. It's actually a real and true sign of someone's maturity. But in this case, she's fantastic.” (Elle) There is a very good chance that Superman wouldn’t date someone half his age. Cavill broke up with her less than a year later.
1 superhero - Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool is rude, cocky and is known for his R-rated sense of humor. Regardless, Deadpool is a fearless and brave hero that will always do the right thing. Ryan Reynolds is very similar to his on screen character. Reynolds currently portrays Wade Wilson/Deadpool and appeared in 21st Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. He starred in the 2016 film Deadpool and reprises the role in Deadpool 2. Disney purchased 21st Century Fox assets and Deadpool is expected to be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, He previously portrayed Hal Jordon in the disappointing DC film, Green Lantern.
When he isn’t saving the world on screen he is saving lives off screen. Reynolds is married to actress Blake Lively and together they have two young daughters. Reynolds decided to take a CPR course to update his skills. He had taken a course several years earlier and he’s made good use of his CPR knowledge and skills. He said, “Years ago, I took a CPR course through the Red Cross. And holy (expletive), I ended up saving my nephew's life because I knew what to do! True story!” He added, “Yesterday I took a refresher course -- focusing on infant and toddler CPR. It takes only a few hours and it's also kinda, sorta fun.” (HuffingtonPost)