Tagged: Red Dawn

Russell Crowe

Soap television shows. Yes, they quite often have some very tragic story-lines, terribly clichéd dialogue and some woeful acting, but believe or not some of the finest actors going around today got their start in the acting world in those dreaded soaps. Let’s have a look at some actors who have soap operas to thank for launching them.

Russell Crowe: It’s hard to imagine that screen strong man Russell Crowe started his career off in a soap opera. The actor, who hails from New Zealand, may have made a name for himself winning an Oscar for playing the tough Maximus in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” but he started his acting career in an Australia soap opera called “Neighbours.” As a television show, “Neighbours” is often joked about, yet has been the starting ground for many a young celebrity including Dean Geyer, Kylie Minogue and even Guy Pearce. The ‘soft’ opening to his career certainly didn’t hold back Crowe who has become a megastar and has performed in many memorable films including “The Insider” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which also earned him Oscar nominations.

Susan Sarandon: There isn’t much that Susan Sarandon has achieved during her acting career. She has appeared in classic films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as receiving a number of Oscar nominations over the years – for films such as “Atlantic City,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “The Client.” She even won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in “Dead Man Walking,” but what most people don’t realise is that five years before she made a name for herself in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she spent a year playing Patrice Kahlman in television soap “A World Apart.”

Chris Hemsworth: These days, movie fans know Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth mainly as “Thor,” the God with the Hammer that has had two feature films of his own as well as appearing in the big action blockbuster “The Avengers.” The last few years has seen Hemsworth appear in a number of big films including “Rush,” the “Star Trek” franchise, “Red Dawn,” “Snow White + The Huntsman” and “The Cabin In The Woods,” but before that Hemsworth was known to Australians as a soap star. He first made a guest appearance in “Neighbours” before starring in the other ‘rival’ soap “Home & Away” for three years.

Liam Hemsworth: Of course, it wouldn’t be right to mention Chris Hemsworth without mentioning his brother Liam who is known right around the world as the quiet and brooding Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Liam also made a name for himself as a soap star in Australia before making his way to Hollywood. In an exact opposite to his brother, Liam started his career with a guest spot in “Home And Away” before landing a semi-regular role in “Neighbours” playing  Josh Taylor. Liam Hemsworth has also made a name for himself in America appearing in “The Expendables 2” and “Paranoia” alongside Harrison Ford.

Josh Duhamel: Many wrongfully believe that modern day big screen star Josh Duhamel got his acting break on television drama “Las Vegas,” where he played intelligent detective Danny McCoy. That theory however is wrong because Duhamel had been on the small screen years earlier than that as he played Leo du Pres in “All My Children” from 1999 to 2002. In only a storyline that only soap operas could get away with, Leo disappeared over a waterfall and his body was never found again. Since those days, Duhamel has made his way onto the big screen and appeared in “Transformers,” “When In Rome” and “Life As We Know It.”

So if you’re a budding young actor and you get cast in a television soap, certainly don’t think that the role on offer is beneath you, because as you can see, so many great big screen actors of today started with a role in the humble television soap.

The Good The Bad The Ugly

In Episode 36 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam Ross, David Griffiths, Greg King and Nick Gardener put together a list of their favorite Coming-Of-Age Films.

Nick Gardener’s List

Picnic At Hanging Rock

  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • The Harry Potter franchise (2001-2011)
  • Dazed And Confused (1993)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Broken (2012)
  • To Sir With Love (1967)
  • Great Expectations (1971)
  • The Way Way Back (2013)
  • Puberty Blues (1981)
  • The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
  • Flirting (1991)
  • Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
  • Over The Edge (1979)

David Griffiths’ List

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

  • Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • Puberty Blues (1981)
  • American Pie (1999)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • Road Trip (2000)
  • Starry Starry Night (2011)
  • Let The Right One In (2008)
  • The Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)
  • Twilight (2008)
  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • Super 8 (2011)
  • Easy A (2010)
  • December Boys (2007)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Spud (2010)
  • Hallam Foe (2007)
  • The Black Balloon (2008)
  • Somersault (2004)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • Grease (1978)
  • The Runaways (2010)
  • Bandslam (2009)
  • Coach Carter (2005)
  • Varsity Blues (1999)
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
  • Kids (1995)
  • Red Dawn (1984)

GREG KING’S LIST

Stand By Me

  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
  • Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
  • Bad News Bears (2005)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • Kes (1969)
  • Ae Fond Kiss (2004)
  • Sweet Sixteen (2002)
  • The Way Way Back (2013)
  • Lord Of The Flies (1963)
  • My Bodyguard (1980)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  • Mud (2012)
  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Australian Rules (2002)
  • Thirteen (2003)
  • The Power Of One (1992)
  • Empire Of The Sun (1987)
  • Running On Empty (1988)
  • WarsGames (1983)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Badlands (1973)

Adam Ross’ List

Terminator 2

  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • City Of God (2002)
  • A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
  • Margaret (2011)
  • Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
  • This Is England (2006)
  • American History X (1998)
  • Romper Stomper (1992)
  • Kick-Ass (2010)
  • The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
  • Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

To hear our critics talk about why they selected these films make sure you listen to Episode 36 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show.

 

Twilight Breaking Dawn Feature Pic

The 2012 Golden Razzie Nominations are in… here they are:

Worst Picture
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Director
Sean Anders – That’s My Boy
Peter Berg – Battleship
Bill Condon – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Good Deeds / Madea’s Witness Protection
John Putch – Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Worst Actress
Katherine Heigl – One for the Money
Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil: Retribution
Tyler Perry – Madea’s Witness Protection
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and Snow White and the Huntsman
Barbra Streisand – The Guilt Trip

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance / Seeking Justice
Eddie Murphy – A Thousand Words
Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Alex Cross / Good Deeds
Adam Sandler – That’s My Boy

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel – Playing For Keeps / Total Recall
Brooklyn Decker – Battleship / What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Ashley Greene – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Jennifer Lopez – What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Rihanna – Battleship

Worst Supporting Actor
David Hasselhoff – Piranha 3-DD
Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Liam Neeson – Battleship / Wrath of the Titans
Nick Swardson – That’s My Boy
Vanilla Ice – That’s My Boy

Worst Screen Ensemble
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea’s Witness Protection

Worst Screenplay
Atlas Shrugged Part II
Battleship
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance
Piranha 3-DD
Red Dawn
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea’s Witness Protection

Worst Screen Couple
Any two cast members from Jersey Shore in The Three Stooges
Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry and his drag in Madea’s Witness Protection
Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, or Susan Sarandon in That’s My Boy