When Hollywood has big budget films to cast they always look to the same short A list of actors, names we're all familiar with. But many big A list stars are quickly aging out of the short life span of Male Actor A List territory.
I'm talking about actors like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Ethan Hawke, Will Smith, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Mark Walhberg, Jared Leto, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Vin Deisel, Viggo Mortensen, Clive Owen, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Ruffalo, Julian McMahon, Paul Bettany, Joaquin Phoenix, Jude Law, Michael Vartan, and even Leonardo DiCaprio.Â You know them all so links are not needed.
Many of them are now full-fledged grown adult men who audiences won't believe can convincingly play a young guy just starting out on his own anymore due to the gravitas they themselves have earned due to their body of work. Others never lived up to their original promise. Coming soon, Hollywood is betting billions on a raft of unknowns in hopes of creating a star to appeal to the Millennial Generation (those born between 1978-2000).
Jake Gyllenhaal was a convincing action hero in Jarhead (2005) and as a teen action hero inÂ The Day After Tomorrow (2004), but his recent work shows a tendency towards more serious dramatic roles that often scan to older audiences, as his Oscar-nominated performance as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain (2005) shows.
Will Smith, another talent who cut his acting chops on TV as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996), has also bounced between leading action and dramatic roles,Â with more serious workÂ (as in the recent The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Hitch (2005), and Ali (2001) taking most of his interest these days.Â Even Leonardo, with his first real grown-up performance in Blood Diamond (2006) and his Oscar-nominated performances in The Departed (2006) and The Aviator (2004), is quickly aging out.
So who are in the running for placement on the Male Actor A List these days?
Well, we've still got current Spider-man Tobey Maguire, 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy, Devon Sawa, X-Men's James Marsden, Amazing Grace andÂ Fantastic FourÂ starÂ Ioan Gruffudd, Spider-man/New Goblin James Franco, Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling, Larenz Tate, the brilliant Derek Luke, TV's Roswell (1999-2002) star Jason Behr, Pirate and Elf Orlando Bloom, Taye Diggs, media mogul-in-the-making Ashton Kutcher, former child and current Transformers star (due July 4, 2007) and the new young Indiana Jones Shia LaBeouf, TV's Supernatural hunks Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, Kal Penn, Josh Hartnett,Â Gael Garcia Bernal, Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, and ER doc (and supposedly in pre-pro on the next Bond film) Goran Visnjic.Â Many ofÂ these guysÂ also got their start on TV, and, of course, again someÂ have not lived up to their original promise.
And who's out there waiting in the wings to begin their A list film career? Have you ever heard of Emile Hirsch, James McAvoy (last seen in 2006's The Last King of ScotlandÂ which received an A+ from this reviewer), Steven Strait (currently shooting Roland Emmerich's 2008 release 10,000 B.C). , or Sam Worthington (currently shooting James Cameron's next pic due 2008, Avatar)?
Who do you think will be the next big Male Actor A Listers?
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