MRM has chosen ‘Favourite Actor from the 1990s’ as this week’s theme.
Harrison Ford was a strong contender in this category but he’s a little too obvious so, after some hunting around, I remembered two other extremely under-rated and yet totally charismatic actors, who can always be relied upon to put in a mesmerising performance.
Sam Neill is not the most obvious of choices but he was the quintessential Brian de Bois-Guilbert in a version of Ivanhoe that had my heart thumping in my breast with lust to be taken by the bad guy. More television appearances followed with Reilly, Ace of Spies and Kane and Abel, I just thought he was soooo cute. ‘A Cry in the Dark’, the fabulous sailing thriller, ‘Dead Calm’ and ‘The Hunt for Red October’ saw him move into celluloid big time and 1993 was the year of both ‘The Piano’ and, of course, ‘Jurassic Park’.
More recently, he was a wonderfully Machievellian Cardinal Wolsey in Hollywood’s ‘The Tudors’… and even portly and grey, I’d still do him :)
Ralph Feinnes burst into my life as the evil Nazi with the most extraordinary eyes in ‘Schindler’s List’. There followed a complete change of character in ‘Quiz Show’ and again in ‘Strange Days’. Charismatic and beautifully spoken but it was always the eyes that had it.
Originally posted 2010-08-25 12:02:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter