Ac­tors A-listed for good rea­son

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Even the finest thes­pi­ans in Hol­ly­wood, the ones with mul­ti­ple Os­car nom­i­na­tions and uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged tal­ent, may not be em­braced by ev­ery­one.

There are some ac­tors whom ev­ery­one, from your uber- cranky grand­mother to your sur­pris­ingly dis­cern­ing 8 year old, tend to like. I call them the Indis­puta­bles.

These are ac­tors for whom we har­bour af­fec­tion no mat­ter how many bad movies they make; peo­ple who, gen­er­ally speak­ing, lead seem­ingly nor­mal lives and stars who we would ac­cept in the No 1 spot of a high­est-paid ac­tor list. Here are four thes­pi­ans we love to love: Emma Stone: Star of The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man is tal­ented. She slept with Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love and we didn’t re­sent her one iota.

Jon Hamm: Jon Hamm can be Don Draper one minute, then crack us up re­peat­edly on Satur­day Night Live the next while barely paus­ing to blink.

Colin Firth: Your mum loves him. Your snotty cinephile best friend loves him. Your kids don’t yet but when old enough to see The King’s Speech or Pride and Prej­u­dice, clearly they will.

Judi Dench: It didn’t seem right to make this list with­out Dench. I mean, this woman won an Os­car for a role in Shake­speare in Love that lasted only eight min­utes. JEN CHANEY

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