10. Mark Ruffalo
Without a doubt, the most popular actor on the list. Mark Ruffalo has starred in some great flicks over the past few years, working with some great filmmakers but nothing really has come his way that could display his true potential as an actor. He has starred in a few massively popular films like ‘The Avengers’, ‘Now You See Me’ but they aren’t the kind of movies that would provide an actor with a role that would prove his true worth. He has been good in ‘Begin Again’, ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Zodiac’ but his parts were never really all that demanding. Let’s just hope that he begins to realize where he stands at this point of time and looks to work on some exciting projects in the near future.
9. Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell is such a dynamic actor who could slip into any roles with the least amount of effort. He is often typically associated with manic performances, playing wildly eccentric characters. He’s delivered some staggering performances in ‘Moon’, ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ a and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is also well remembered for his portrayal of a manic drug addict in Frank Darabont’s prison drama ‘The Green Mile’. But for some reason he hasn’t really exploded in a way we’d have expected him to. His most recent works weren’t particularly well acclaimed works which include the 3d horror ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Mr. Right’. He just needs a good director who knows what to get from an actor of his class and caliber.
8. Ellen Page
Ellen Page is very young and still has a long way to got but when you take a look at some of her performances, it becomes very clear that she is a special talent. She was stunning in David Slade’s psychological crime thriller ‘Hard Candy’ where she played a 14-year-old vigilante who tortures a male sexual predator. She further displayed her astounding range in ‘Juno’ where she appeared in a completely different avatar. She has such magnetic screen presence and energy that completely pulls you towards her. This is a woman whom we’d expect to rock the industry in the coming years.
7. James McAvoy
James McAvoy is a superb talent and has already given us some really fine performances in ‘Atonement’, ‘The last King of Scotland’ and ‘Split’. His performance in ‘Split’ in particular was fantastic where he portrayed a man with 23 different personalities in his body. His talent is unquestionable but he still could be a lot more ahead of where he is today. With the exception of an unlikely M. Night Shyamalan,no other director seems to have recognized his worth and potential as an actor which is sad because the man has been consistently good in whatever movies he’s been in. It’s time now that we see something truly exceptional from this man.
6. Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt is one hell of an explosive talent. But the man certainly needs more film roles to prove his mettle. He was absolutely terrifying as a sadistic psychopath in Michael Haneke’s ‘Funny Games’ and was beyond brilliant in Gus Van Sant’s ‘Last Days’ where he played a character based on the great Kurt Cobain. Pitt’s laid back style brings a seductively intriguing aura on to the screen that makes his presence so damn exciting. He can be extremely intense and cool and has got the range to slip into the most challenging of roles. Pitt is easily one of the most exciting actors you should look out for.