Who’s a great actor? One with better films on his or her resume. Or who has a wider acting range. Even though, in a way, the two are related, I am tempted to go with the latter. Some actors work a lot less than others. While others are just plain unlucky. And that’s why someone like Naomi Watts was placed much higher in our best actresses of the 21st century list. Her resume may not have a lot of great films, but we all know what a diverse range she posses and how easily she can slide into any character.
For this list too, we are going to employ a similar measure. Judge an acting talent for his skills rather than his resume (though, obviously, the more impressive the resume, the more opportunities an actor has had to show his skills). Joaquin Phoenix may not have plenty of great films to show off, but we all know he is easily one of the most talented actors in town. With that said, here are the 10 best actors of the 21st century.
10. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
You only need to watch ‘In the Mood For Love’ to know what a gem of an actor he is. While in ‘In the Mood For Love’ he plays an very understated, quiet role, in ‘The Grandmaster’ he transforms into a martial arts grandmaster. He has also gone on from playing a lonely policeman in Chungking Express to a gay Chinese expatriate living in Argentina in Happy Together. Leung first gained international exposure in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1989 film A City of Sadness, which won the Venice Golden Lion. Obviously, his close association with director Wong Kar-wai has helped him show his vast talent. There’s no question that he is among the best acting talents around not just in Asian cinema but in the world. Even actors like Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt are among long admirers of his work.