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Actors who are guaranteed to add class to a film

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Anniegetyourgun Wed 27-May-15 15:44:10

I was just posting in the Avengers thread and a thought occurred which I decided might make a good topic on its own.

I had been going to say that the presence of Samuel L Jackson always adds class to a movie, sometimes sorely needed <cough> Star Wars <cough>. Some film critic or other made this comment years ago about Sam Neill, which I agree with. Others that spring to mind are Judi Dench, Morgan Freeman and the much lamented Pete Postlethwaite. If they're in it there will be at least one little area of, shall we say, gravitas; some credibility; some dignity.

I'm not sure it's even about star quality. Possibly not. They don't have to carry a movie; in a minor supporting role they still manage to add a little stamp of authenticity to even the biggest steaming pile of shite.

This is not a crumpet thread. Attractiveness or lack thereof is irrelevant (no objections to it being mentioned in passing though). "I always watch so-and-so because he's so dreeeeamy" is far too well catered for elsewhere. We are talking about Class with a capital C.

Anyone want to play?

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-May-15 15:45:55

As this is not a crumpet thread I can't join in. sad <shallow>

if it turns into one later on-

Rob Lowe.

smile <slips out quietly>

Pagwatch Wed 27-May-15 15:48:31

Robert Duvall.

Brilliant as always recently in The Judge.

Also I think Tom Hardy.

MistressDeeCee Wed 27-May-15 15:49:28

Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville

Christinayanglah Wed 27-May-15 15:49:56

Judi dench
Al Pacino
Cary grant...if still alive!

Tiredemma Wed 27-May-15 15:50:13

For me- its Imelda Staunton. There is something about her that makes me want to watch whatever it is she is starring in.

AssembleTheMinions Wed 27-May-15 15:50:26

I was coming on to say Judi and Morgan but you beat me to it. grin

HarpyFishwifeTwat Wed 27-May-15 15:50:31

Stanley Tucci makes anything watchable

Christinayanglah Wed 27-May-15 15:51:30

Tom hanks

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 27-May-15 15:52:47

Bob Hoskins, He's saved some of the stuff he's been in from being unwatchable.

Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine - Enough said

Anniegetyourgun Wed 27-May-15 15:52:59

Cary Grant has been deceased for decades. But yeah - class.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Wed 27-May-15 15:53:13

Al Pacino.
Cate Blanchett.

Pagwatch Wed 27-May-15 15:53:40

James Cromwell

David Strathairn.

Both in the utterly brilliant LA Confidential.

VoyageOfDad Wed 27-May-15 15:54:08

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Wristy Wed 27-May-15 15:54:32

Denzel Washington. I love the bone collector because of him.

Pagwatch Wed 27-May-15 15:56:58

If we are doing late lamented - Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Astonishing actor.

Anniegetyourgun Wed 27-May-15 15:59:42

Some great suggestions smile I wouldn't even have thought of Imelda Staunton, but you know what - you're right. Sadly underused for the most part.

I think recent late lamented is ok.

wigglesrock Wed 27-May-15 16:00:13

Julianne Moore
Sam Shepherd
Javier Bardem
Jim Broadbent

Fudgeface123 Wed 27-May-15 16:01:52

Alan Rickman

Fudgeface123 Wed 27-May-15 16:02:24

Brenda Blethyn (sp?)

SevTSnape Wed 27-May-15 16:02:31

Liam Neeson

SevTSnape Wed 27-May-15 16:03:03

I was going to say Alan Rickman fudge but I was worried people might think I'm biased.

Christinayanglah Wed 27-May-15 16:04:48

Sean connery

foofooyeah Wed 27-May-15 16:05:14

Ed Harris

Whiteshirt Wed 27-May-15 16:08:00

IMelda Staunton and Stankey Tucci, definitely. Timothy Spall, Brendan Gleeson (who is quietly excellent in total crap like whichever Mission Impossible Film it was), Jim Carter (husband of the divine Imelda, currently Carson in the increasingly awful Downton Abbey, and managing to infuse a cardboard cutout role with warmth and humanity). Judy Davis. Roger Allam.

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