Actors’ Spotlight #61: Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African-American actress and film producer. She has starred in several Hollywood films, such as The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), Monster (2003), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).

Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Academy Award, Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress among several other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. She received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in the sexual harassment-themed drama North Country in 2005 and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Jason Reitman’s 2011 film Young Adult.

Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship. In the late 2000s, she moved into the field of producing, both in television and film. In 2006, she produced the documentary East of Havana. She had producing credits on the films The Burning Plain (2008) and Dark Places (2015), both of which she starred in. In 2012, she played Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman and Meredith Vickers in Prometheus, both of which were box office successes. She reprised her role of Queen Ravenna in the 2016 follow-up film The Huntsman: Winter’s War. In 2016, Time Magazine named her in the annual Time 100 most influential people list.

There’s a little history for you, not a whole lot of people knew that Charlize Theron was born in South Africa and didn’t get American citizenship until 2007, more than midway through her rising career. Now let’s talk about the five worst Charlize Theron movies she’s done:

5. Waking Up In Reno

A very clichéd riddle road trip romantic comedy in which Theron co-starred with Billy Bob Thronton and the late Patrick Swayze and Natasha Richardson.

4. Trapped

A boring mediocre thriller with Theron starring alongside Courtney Love, Kevin Bacon, and then husband Stewart Townsend, which should’ve been warning sign #1.

3. The Fate Of The Furious

No, I’m sorry, she was terrible in Fate Of The Furious, she’s not a good villain and she just looks lifeless especially in these scenes with Vin Diesel, it’s like they only told Theron to just say villainous lines and that’s it. Add her to the list of actresses who can’t play villains with Salma Hayek in Savages and Marion Cotillard in Inception and Dark Knight Rises.

2. Sweet November

One of the dumbest romantic dramas ever made, terrible acting, terrible direction, terrible script, it’s just a mess of a movie.

and the #1 worst Charlize Theron movies is…

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Let’s just call this what it was, Universal’s live-action Frozen and a shitty live-action Frozen movie to say the least. It’s bad enough that this movie sucks but I also had a sucky theatrical experience while watching it too. Yet another pointless sequel.

Those are the worst, now let’s look at the best:

5. That Thing You Do!

One of the early roles for Charlize Theron, it’s a very small role playing the girlfriend of Tom Everett Scott’s character but it showcased her acting potential and it lead her to bigger roles in the process such as…

4. Monster

The movie she won an Academy Award for Best Actress and she deserved it with an excellent performance as Aileen Wuornos as well as working well off of Christina Ricci.

3. Mad Max: Fury Road

She was easily the best thing about the movie as Furiosa. I don’t think this movie is the cinematic masterpiece that everybody makes it out to be, it’s a fun movie but not one of the greatest action movies ever made.

2. Young Adult

A hugely underrated Charlize Theron movie from director Jason Reitman that also starred Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson as Theron played Mavis Gary, once the high school ‘It Girl’, now an alcoholic divorcée who writes a soon to be canceled young adult fiction series, makes the decision to return to her childhood home in Minnesota. There she embarks on a plan to win back her former sweetheart, Buddy. The fact that Buddy is now married with a baby doesn’t dissuade her. Along the way, she forms a bond with Matt Freehauf, another former classmate, who has been left disabled by a beating he took from a bunch of jocks.

This was one of the funnier comedies that came out at the very end of 2011 and it just got shoved off to the side for no real reason whatsoever.

and the #1 best Charlize Theron movie is…

Kubo & The Two Strings

The animation is breathtaking, the story is great, the voice acting is amazing, the music is great, everything about this movie just works. We should all be thankful that a studio like Laika exists out there who are making these not only beautiful movies but also profound movies, films that make you think a lot and be enjoyable for both kids and adults, outside of Pixar, this studio has done a fantastic job of creating great animation and Kubo is easily the best one they’ve done so far. This is one you need to rush out and see ASAP, you will not be disappointed.

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