6 Actors Who, Against All Odds, Have Never Known a Bad Role
These six are just incredibly lucky… and talented!
The film and TV industry has seen thousands of genius actors, so it may be hard to pin down one particular performer as your favorite.
However, among those numerous talented stars, some actors stand out as particularly lucky with their roles. Whether due to their immense charisma, skillful method acting, or just plain luck, these people never landed a bad role — or, even if they had, they managed to turn it into stellar performances.
6. Stephen Root
From his iconic role as eccentric millionaire Jimmy in NewsRadio, to his collaboration with the Coen brothers, to his multifaceted roles in Succession and Barry, Stephen Root has always made full use of his talent, bringing huge success to his projects along the way.
The Australian actress shot to global fame with The Sixth Sense, and each of her subsequent roles has been incredibly memorable and dramatic. Just think of Collette's overworked and stressed Sheryl Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine; United States of Tara, where she perfectly captured the experience of people with dissociative personality disorder; or the recent The Staircase, where she was able to impress audiences with her unparalleled death scenes.
Few child actors make it to the top of Hollywood without burning out under the mounting pressure. As a young boy, Christian Bale wowed the world with his dramatic performance in Empire of the Sun and has never stopped since. We all know how versatile the actor is, masterfully portraying yuppie psychopath Patrick Bateman, out-of-touch Trevor Reznik, or Nolan's sullen Batman.
3. Willem Dafoe
The actor began his career in experimental theater troupes and under the tutelage of avant-garde directors, so it's no surprise that he delivers some of the most versatile and surreal performances. Throughout his career, Defoe has worked with iconic filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Wes Anderson, Lars von Trier, and Robert Eggers.
Joel Coen's wife is widely regarded as one of the most talented actresses of today's Hollywood — just think of her role as down-to-earth Marge in Fargo, or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with her heartbreaking performance as a justice-seeking mother. McDormand's acting skills range from hilarious comedy to poignant drama.
1. Alan Rickman
Many know the late Alan Rickman for his role in the Harry Potter saga, and there's no doubt that his performance as Severus Snape was one of the best things to happen to the popular franchise. However, every other role this British legend played, from Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility to his most recent project Alice Through the Looking Glass, was incredibly profound and masterful.