My personal choice would have to be Sean Penn, followed closely by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Maybe let’s give some reasons behind the declarations and avoid blind rage reactions.
That’s actually a good question. Maybe Olivier Gourmet or Tony Leung Chiu-wai. For Americans I’d submit Bill Murray—who I think is probably the finest comedic actor working today—or Andre Royo or Clarke Peters. Jesse Eisenberg is probably my favourite new actor.
But then there’s an amazing amount of brilliant female actors as well, so there you go.
You mean like this (regarding blind rage)?
Michael Fassbender. He has both movie star and method actor qualities, and can give a great performance in either mode. Tony Leung Chiu-wai in second (he was the greatest of the 1990s).
Of the Century constitutes what? Since 2000? Or of Actors still currently working this Century?
Should we consider complete bodies of work or only work done this century?
Either way, for consistent scene stealing, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
wasn’t sean penn and leonardo better actors last century? :O)
As far as English speaking, I hope directors can find out what the hell to do with Christian Bale. You have to put Andy Lau up there with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai.
I think Andrew Garfield is going to be very, very good, too bad he’s playing Spiderman
I would definitely second that Fassbender love, Jack. Everything he’s done has been remarkable. Even X-Men: First Class, which was a pretty lousy film on the whole, has a fairly phenomenal performance on his part. Michael Fassbender + black turtlenecks = lethal combination.
Im a massive DiCaprio fan, but if Fassbender continues the way he’s going he’ll be up there; he is a great screen presence and @zacaryW, i totally agree about x-men and the turtleneck comment!
The century is only ten years old. If there is, indeed, a “greatest actor,” he or she would have to be a child born during or post-2001.
The Beaver-That hand puppet stole the show.