10 Actors That Make Whatever Film They’re in at Least 25% Better

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I was reading an article in “Empire Magazine” which mentioned that Nathan Fillion makes every film he’s in at least 25% better. This got me thinking, who else makes films more watchable even if the movies are terrible to begin with? So I compiled a list (in no particular order), of those actors and actresses who whether it’s through enthusiasm, comedy value or just sheer presence, make whatever film they’re in just that little bit more exciting. Feel free to disagree with my opinions below.

1. Mark Dacascos

Ignoring AMAZING films like “Drive” and “Brotherhood of the Wolf”, and pretty good films like “Only the Strong”, Mark Dacascos has been in some shit.

No matter though, because the mere fact that any of these turds stars Dacascos causes them to be polished to a degree only some sort of industrial buffer could achieve. Yes, Mark Dacascos is the heavy duty shit-buffer of STV action movies. As a result, I will watch (and enjoy) any film with Dacascos in no matter how bad; for he brings an unbridled amount of enthusiasm and watchability to any role he takes, particularly when he’s kicking ass.

Aside from some pretty dismal films, Dacascos has also flirted with – as well as taken out to dinner and shagged – brilliance, like in the aforementioned “Drive”, which is easily his best film and one of the best martial arts films ever made. Unfortunately though, he never really reached the mainstream attention he deserved. But there is an upside – at least he’s finally more popular now than he ever was, due to his considerable talent for shouting “BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER” on “Iron Chef America”.

Essential performance – Toby Wong in “Drive”
Scene stealer rating – 5/10


2. Brion James

Chances are you haven’t heard the name Brion James before, but I’ll bet that you’ll recognise him. He’s one of those prolific and versatile ‘thingies from that film’ whose face is instantly familiar but whose name is not.

Regardless of whether you’ve heard his name before, he guarantees an increase of at least 25% on the enjoyability scale of any movie. Whether it’s classics like “Enemy Mine” and “Blade Runner” or stinkers like “Men in White”, James assures that in the very least, his performance will be worth watching.

In essence, he is often one of the sole reasons to watch films like “The Horror Show” and always brings something extra to a huge amount of unremarkable films (although the less said about his terr-ib-al cock-ern-ee faaackin akksent in “Tango and Cash” the better).

James sadly passed away in 1999.

Essential Performance – Max Jenke in “The Horror Show”
Scene Stealer rating – 8/10


3. Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles is strangely attractive to me. I can’t figure out why, but I’m still inexplicably drawn to any character she plays, even if she’s playing unsexy roles like Nicky in the “Bourne” trilogy. But mostly it’s her early work that impresses, by quite often single-handedly elevating uninspiring teen-fare like “O” and “Save the Last Dance” to heights not usually reserved for this genre of movie.

White-girl got moves too.

Essential Performance – Kat Stratford in “10 Things I Hate About You”
Scene Stealer rating – 5/10


4. Ryan Reynolds

Quite probably a love-it-or-hate-it choice here, but I love Ryan Reynolds, in a totally ‘I think Ryan Reynolds is very funny and a great actor’ kind of way. I’ve got to admit, I like him best when he’s acting sarky man-child and pulling stupid faces (I’m easily pleased), in films like “Just Friends”, but he has proved himself with more serious fare – “Amityville Horror” and “Smokin’ Aces”. But to be honest, I’ll stick with “Van Wilder” any day (“Smokin’ Aces should have been called “Steamin’ Faeces”).

He’s also got some great upcoming superhero movies in “Green Lantern” and “Deadpool” (which incidentally was the best thing about “Wolverine”) that are sure to thrill the notoriously hard-to-please fanboy audiences as he seems perfectly suited to each role.

Essential Performance – Van Wilder in “Van Wilder” (unless you hate Van Wilder)
Scene Stealer rating – 8/10


5. Scott Adkins

Imagine if Jason Statham has 200 legs and he challenged 1000 men with 200 asses each to an ass kicking contest. That would be a lot of ass-kicking. Yes, lots of asses would get kicked. You’d pretty much think that it wouldn’t be possible to kick more asses than this. But you’d be WRONG.

Because Scott Adkins kicks more ass than this.

This is why he is on this list.

Essential Performance – Talbot in “Special Forces”
Scene Stealer rating – 10/10

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Author: Gazz Ogden

Gary enjoys films with explosions, fighting, giant robots, sex scenes, swearing, monsters and Eric Roberts - or what can more commonly be termed, 'shit'. He is an expert (by default) on films that nobody else watches and his favourite movie is Transformers - although he is aware lots of people watched that.
  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    Julia Stiles…that picture you keep uploading of her looks really good. Just urges me to wanna tap her ass so badly:/

    Is Undispute series a good series movie?:/

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    Julia Stiles…that picture you keep uploading of her looks really good. Just urges me to wanna tap her ass so badly:/

    Is Undispute series a good series movie?:/

  • Heste

    On a list like that, ypu could add Billy Zane, Brad Dourif and Michael Wincott.

  • Heste

    On a list like that, ypu could add Billy Zane, Brad Dourif and Michael Wincott.

  • Heste

    On a list like that, ypu could add Billy Zane, Brad Dourif and Michael Wincott.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I agree with so many on this list you have made a new friend. Most people dont even know about Drive feat Mark “The Man” Dacascos. I have loved that movie since high school. Caught it one night on cinemax and loved it ever since. Not to mention the man has played so many different ethnic roles its ridiculous. Mark deserves a big role one of these days. Brotherhood of the Wolf was excellent and Crying Freeman as I remember it was good.

    RIP Brion James – I didn’t know that he had died but I love Tango and Cash. He was one of those actors that wherever henchmen were to be bought at wholesale, he was amongst them. I enjoyed seeing him almost as much as the chinese guy that is always a henchmen. Dont know his name but he was in die hard, big trouble in little china and tons more lol.

    Terry Crews is definitely a hulking mass of action but I love the fact that he does comedies so well. I just watched Gamer the other day and he was truly sinister and at least 3 mouthfuls of scary violence. Hard Times was a good role but small. Idiocracy was suppose to be a comedy but it depressed the hell out of me because it seems more truthful to me than sci fi realism. Anyway…Awesome.

    I also would like to say that Julia Styles is a very attractive girl. Mostly because she doesn’t flaunt her looks in everything that she’s in and no one has exploited how good she does look. Probably could be the greatest female actor if she got the chance.

    P.S. I would ALSO like to say that Donnie Yen should be put on the next list you do because he is the only villainous character that is so badass, that any movie in which he dies becomes a comedy. Everyone knows he would never lose at anything! Shanghai Nights he got exploded by a firecracker, In Blade 2 he wooped mad ass and then got killed by a teammate who had been bitten by a reapoer and they didn’t even show how he died. Hollywood just doesn’t get that he should be on the good guys side only. His intensity is hard to match and his ass kick to loser ratio is so off you cant instantly balance it. Not to mention the man can kick you 3 times in the chest and face without any use of wires and all lethal kicks.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I agree with so many on this list you have made a new friend. Most people dont even know about Drive feat Mark “The Man” Dacascos. I have loved that movie since high school. Caught it one night on cinemax and loved it ever since. Not to mention the man has played so many different ethnic roles its ridiculous. Mark deserves a big role one of these days. Brotherhood of the Wolf was excellent and Crying Freeman as I remember it was good.

    RIP Brion James – I didn’t know that he had died but I love Tango and Cash. He was one of those actors that wherever henchmen were to be bought at wholesale, he was amongst them. I enjoyed seeing him almost as much as the chinese guy that is always a henchmen. Dont know his name but he was in die hard, big trouble in little china and tons more lol.

    Terry Crews is definitely a hulking mass of action but I love the fact that he does comedies so well. I just watched Gamer the other day and he was truly sinister and at least 3 mouthfuls of scary violence. Hard Times was a good role but small. Idiocracy was suppose to be a comedy but it depressed the hell out of me because it seems more truthful to me than sci fi realism. Anyway…Awesome.

    I also would like to say that Julia Styles is a very attractive girl. Mostly because she doesn’t flaunt her looks in everything that she’s in and no one has exploited how good she does look. Probably could be the greatest female actor if she got the chance.

    P.S. I would ALSO like to say that Donnie Yen should be put on the next list you do because he is the only villainous character that is so badass, that any movie in which he dies becomes a comedy. Everyone knows he would never lose at anything! Shanghai Nights he got exploded by a firecracker, In Blade 2 he wooped mad ass and then got killed by a teammate who had been bitten by a reapoer and they didn’t even show how he died. Hollywood just doesn’t get that he should be on the good guys side only. His intensity is hard to match and his ass kick to loser ratio is so off you cant instantly balance it. Not to mention the man can kick you 3 times in the chest and face without any use of wires and all lethal kicks.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I agree with so many on this list you have made a new friend. Most people dont even know about Drive feat Mark “The Man” Dacascos. I have loved that movie since high school. Caught it one night on cinemax and loved it ever since. Not to mention the man has played so many different ethnic roles its ridiculous. Mark deserves a big role one of these days. Brotherhood of the Wolf was excellent and Crying Freeman as I remember it was good.

    RIP Brion James – I didn’t know that he had died but I love Tango and Cash. He was one of those actors that wherever henchmen were to be bought at wholesale, he was amongst them. I enjoyed seeing him almost as much as the chinese guy that is always a henchmen. Dont know his name but he was in die hard, big trouble in little china and tons more lol.

    Terry Crews is definitely a hulking mass of action but I love the fact that he does comedies so well. I just watched Gamer the other day and he was truly sinister and at least 3 mouthfuls of scary violence. Hard Times was a good role but small. Idiocracy was suppose to be a comedy but it depressed the hell out of me because it seems more truthful to me than sci fi realism. Anyway…Awesome.

    I also would like to say that Julia Styles is a very attractive girl. Mostly because she doesn’t flaunt her looks in everything that she’s in and no one has exploited how good she does look. Probably could be the greatest female actor if she got the chance.

    P.S. I would ALSO like to say that Donnie Yen should be put on the next list you do because he is the only villainous character that is so badass, that any movie in which he dies becomes a comedy. Everyone knows he would never lose at anything! Shanghai Nights he got exploded by a firecracker, In Blade 2 he wooped mad ass and then got killed by a teammate who had been bitten by a reapoer and they didn’t even show how he died. Hollywood just doesn’t get that he should be on the good guys side only. His intensity is hard to match and his ass kick to loser ratio is so off you cant instantly balance it. Not to mention the man can kick you 3 times in the chest and face without any use of wires and all lethal kicks.

  • Bean Counter

    Fuck Dane Cook.
    Besides not being funny, he steals other comedians’ material and makes that not funny.
    Aren’t his 15 minutes about up?

  • Bean Counter

    Fuck Dane Cook.
    Besides not being funny, he steals other comedians’ material and makes that not funny.
    Aren’t his 15 minutes about up?