Let's play a game. We'll look at some of the most iconic characters in film history that have been played by multiple actors and we'll compare the performances. With the excellent vantage point of our living room sofas, we should be able to determine who played the character better and why. Obviously, this type of list would be tough to do without at least mentioning a few comic book characters, but we'll try to do only the biggest to spread the love around to other genres and film types. This exercise is difficult. As we all know, an actor's performance doesn't only depend on their own abilities. There's the script, the director, the other actors and the film or TV show as a whole. Even the best performance can be soured by a bad movie, so we will try to consider all of this as best we can. Oh, and speaking of TV shows, there is also the consideration that some actors have a lot more screen time to work with compared to some of their combatants. Basically, there are a lot of variables and we're not about to pretend this is an exact science.
If nothing else, this list hopes to point out some of the strengths of the lesser character portrayals. Too often, an actor's performance is written off completely because it doesn't stack up against someone who has played that part in the past. Yeah, we're going to compare performances, but we're not going to dismiss one altogether because it's different. We like different. We want you to like different, too. Let's celebrate different together. Here is our comparison of 15 iconic characters and the actors who played them.
15 Freddy Krueger - Jackie Earle Haley vs. Robert Englund
14 Jack Ryan – Pine vs. Ford vs. Baldwin vs. Affleck
13 Hannibal Lecter - Mads Mikkelsen vs. Anthony Hopkins
12 Spider-Man - Tobey Maguire vs. Andrew Garfield
11 Sherlock Holmes – Downey Jr. vs. Cumberbatch vs. Brett vs. Rathbone
10 The Joker – Nicholson vs. Ledger vs. Leto vs Romero
9 Lisbeth Salander – Noomi Rapace vs. Rooney Mara
8 Superman – Henry Cavill vs. Christopher Reeve
7 Willy Wonka – Gene Wilder vs. Johnny Depp
6 Mad Max – Mel Gibson vs. Tom Hardy
5 Carrie – Chloe Grace Moretz vs. Sissy Spacek
4 Rooster Cogburn - John Wayne vs. Jeff Bridges
3 Robin Hood - Russell Crowe vs. Kevin Costner
2 Batman – Keaton vs. Bale vs. Affleck vs. West
1 James Bond – Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan & Craig
Which Bond is the best? The classic debate. The answer is not as simple as it used to be. While Pierce Brosnan suffered a little from a couple of subpar films, he did help usher in the character for a new generation of film fans. With no disrespect meant to George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton, Brosnan was also more convincing and more fun than these two predecessors as well. After Lazenby, Dalton and Brosnan comes our current Bond, Daniel Craig. While many still don't believe that he looks like Bond should, he is more believable than any of them, at least in terms of the physicality and build necessary to do what James Bond does. But believability doesn't make him the best. Roger Moore is better than Craig, coming in at second place just below the great Sean Connery, who earns the title of best-ever Bond. Both Moore and Connery felt right in the part, carrying the right balance of bravado and charm. Connery's Bond just became the standard and anything unConneryish felt wrong. It's tough to compete with that.
Sources: Screenrant, BusinessInsider, CheatSheet
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