The baton has been passed. Thanks to Scott from Front Room Cinema, it is my turn to add and replace an actor on the list that has been doing the rounds since it was started by Nostra at My Filmviews. Check here for The Focused Filmographer's update who then passed it to Scott and now here we are! What silly decision am I going to make? Read on to find out! Here's the deal:
"So what’s the idea behind the relay? I’ve created a list of what I think are the best actors. At the end of the post I, just like in a real relay race, hand over the baton to another blogger who will write his own post. This blogger will have to remove one actor (that is an obligation) and add his own choice and describe why he/she did this. At the end the blogger chooses another blogger to do the same. The idea is to make this a long race, so that enough bloggers get a chance to remove and add an actor. We will end up with a list (not ranked in order) which represents a common agreement of the best actors"
So here's the list and who I've added and replaced is at the bottom! Long may this series continue!
Here we go…
Robert De Niro
Daniel Day Lewis
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The star of one of the greatest films of all time; David Fincher's Fight Club. He has made a career out of playing characters with two sides to their personalities. From an 'innocent' abused choirboy with a dark side in Primal Fear right up to his turn as The Incredible Hulk, Norton does Dr Jekyll and Mr Nutcase Hyde better than anybody! American History X and Fight Club are the standout performances of his career and though he might not have a huge filmography, his casting with Brando and De Niro in The Score was a significant baton-passing to the best actor of a new generation.
Who I Replaced
Samuel L Jackson
I'm terribly sorry to get rid of the only black guy on the list and then replace him with a guy who played a neo-nazi. I promise there is no hidden agenda here! I just hope somebody puts a Poitier or Freeman or Washington on this list soon so I can relieve some sense of guilt!
So, to who do I bestow the baton? I think I'm going to go with Ruth from FlixChatter. Let's see which actor she will replace and who will be added in the next lap of this relay! Good luck Ruth!