The mere thought of a particular star reminds us of their most notable roles. These are the films that made us fall in love with them in the first place. But the actors may not be on the same page as us. They have often surprised the audience by revealing the most unexpected name. There is a myriad of reasons why they prefer that particular character over the others. The experience that taught them something new or changed them as a person is the one that they hold dear. Find out the 10 favourite movie roles of famous actors.
The master of legendary performances, Leonardo DiCaprio has mostly worked with iconic directors like Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. It’s hard to choose his best role, as each of them left us spellbound. Leonardo is known for dedicating every bone and bit of his soul to the characters. But he had been preparing for Howard Hughes from “The Aviator” long before Martin Scorsese approached him. He may have won the Oscar for “The Revenant” but landing “The Aviator” was one of his biggest achievements.
This “Harry Potter” star has been ruling our hearts since she was nine-years-old. Emma Watson has grown up to be a beautiful woman with a generous heart. She is more inclined to bring a positive change to the world than in glamour. The actress draws inspiration from her onscreen character, Hermione Granger. Both women share similar qualities and views. Hermione’s warmth and her willingness to uplift the oppressed groups clearly reflect on Emma.
Keanu Reeves is one of the few actors who have remained constant throughout the years. To some of us, he is John Wick, and to others, he is Neo from “The Matrix”. But when it comes to Keanu, he is a diehard comic book fan. So, it’s not hard to guess which character he enjoyed playing the most. It’s John Constantine from “Constantine”.
Viola has given breathtaking performances in movies and series that are still reverberating in our minds. From portraying the cunning yet broken Annalise Keating in “How To Get Away With Murder”, to playing the soulful Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, Viola subsumes herself in her roles. She has had the best experience with director Steve McQueen while making “Widows”. The reason behind loving it was that the story focused on a regular black woman fighting personal battles rather than narrating “social abnormality”.
Gary Oldman has a long list of intense roles under his belt that his fans can never forget. He is one of the most versatile actors in the industry who goes into his characters’ depths and makes them his own. It’s nearly impossible to recognize Gary in every movie. His biggest achievement is undoubtedly the film “Darkest Hour” where he played Winston Churchill. He has played diverse roles in his career and his most favourite is George Smiley from “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”. Smiley was a skilled spy who was tasked to spy on another spy.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most celebrated stars who has a plethora of iconic movies under his belt. Some love to call him Nick Fury from the MCU while others still reminisce his “Pulp Fiction” days. But when the actor was asked to share his favourite, he recalled his role in “The Long Kiss Goodnight”.
It’s impossible to not associate Arnold Schwarzenegger with action movies. He rose to stardom and became the face of the genre with “The Terminator” and “Predator”. After the success of these films, Arnold started to look for opportunities in comedy to bring variety to his career. Crossing paths with director Ivan Reitman landed him his favourite role in “Kindergarten Cop”.
“50 First Dates” is quite popular among the dreamy teens who are into Nicholas-Sparks-kind-of romance. Fans rejoiced in the delightful reunion of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in this rom-com. Inspired by a true story, this film centres on Drew’s Lucy, who is suffering from short-term memory loss. A vet who is hopelessly in love with Lucy takes her out on a date every day so she falls for him someday. This character happens to be Drew Barrymore’s favourite of all.
No matter how much money or success you earn from a piece of work, you’ll only remember the one that touched your soul. James McAvoy is globally known for “X-Men”, “Atonement”, and “Split”. But his fondest memories come from “The Chronicles of Narnia- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” where he portrayed Mr Tumnus. Being part of that film was like living in his favourite childhood story.
Not just us, even actor Jeff Bridges holds “The Big Lebowski” closest to his heart. He played ‘the Dude’ Lebowski, who got roped in a chaotic kidnapping case due to his rug. When asked about his favourite role ever, Bridges said that it’s like asking about one’s favourite child. However, it’s ‘the Dude’ that stands out for him.