There are lots of actors but there are only several actors that stick out to me among the pack as performers who have delivered some truly outstanding pieces of work.
These actors are: Tom Hanks, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix, Russel Crowe, Heath Ledger, Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman. However, after the past few weeks and getting the chance to see James McAvoy’s performances in the X-Men films as well as Split and Glass, I have assembled him alongside the likes of these exceptional actors because, despite the fact that he’s only been nominated for a Golden Globe for the romantic drama Atonement, the man can act!
Watching him take on a role in Split that features a character who has twenty-three! different personalities within himself could’ve been a disaster. Instead, we get to see him shine as he impeccably switches characters on the drop of a dime just by changing the way he sits, the way his eyebrows crinkle, or the way his voice sounds. He ranges from stern and annoying as Dennis to kind and almost motherly as Patricia and then really goofy and naive as nine-year-old Hedwig and then absolutely terrifying as his horrific alter-ego, The Beast. And this happens all while retaining the idea that Kevin, the person the twenty-three personalities are trying to protect, lies deep within.
Yesterday, I was watching ScreenRant (click the link to discover James McAvoy’s 10 Best Movies According to IMDb) on Youtube and I learned that one of the comic book characters McAvoy wanted to play was The Riddler in the upcoming Batman movie. Instead, the role would go to this guy.
Paul Dano, an actor whose only work that I have seen was in Cowboys & Aliens where he did not leave a very memorable impression on me. Like McAvoy, he has only had a Golden Globe nomination, but unlike McAvoy his face is going to probably get on my nerves.
Of course, I don’t know what the director and producers are going for with this new interpretation of The Riddler. Apparently, they’re not going for cool. 😒
And then again, maybe they didn’t cast McAvoy because he’s already been in two comic book roles as it is. He played Professor X for eight years in four different X-Men movies. Then, he played Kevin Crumb/The Beast in M. Night Shyamalan’s underrated comic-book trilogy. They may have thought to themselves, “He can’t play another comic book character.”
I would have to disagree though.
One of the reasons why James McAvoy is often passed up on Hollywood roles is because, in his own words, he’s “too short.” While McAvoy is a humble 5’7″, Paul Dano is 5’11” which directors may have seen as a better choice as The Riddler finds himself in confrontation against the likes of Robert Pattinson’s (Batman) 6’1″ frame. Plus, Colin Farrel, who will play The Penguin in The Batman, is 5’10”.
If it is a height disparity that cost McAvoy the job that would be unfortunate because I’m sure he would’ve brought a great sense of villainy and likability to The Riddler that Paul Dano can’t.
How do you feel about this news? Would you have liked to see James McAvoy as The Riddler?
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