Australian actor and director Joel Edgerton is a bit of a chameleon. The dynamic and talented artist changes his appearance, gestures and dialect with ease, delving into various roles that span genres. Edgerton began acting in Australian indies, eventually breaking into Hollywood when he was cast as Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequel movies.
Since then, Edgerton has sought roles in both independent films and major studios, including dabbling in screenwriting and directing. Edgerton received accolades for writing, directing and acting in 2015 The gift and 2018 Erased boy. He also co-wrote and co-starred in David Michôd’s 2019 Netflix film. The king.
10 Best: The Great Gatsby (2013) – 7.2
In the striking re-image of Baz Luhrmann by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, Edgerton plays the main character’s main antagonist, Tom Buchanan. Set in the roaring 1920s, the novel and film follow a group of Long Island socialites who partake in extravagant parties.
Gatsby, played by Leonard DiCaprio, has a crush on Buchanan’s wife, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), with whom he had a brief romance before being sent to Europe for World War I. Not only does Buchanan resent Gatsby for this, but he views Gatsby as an imposter since he recently got rich.
9 Worst: Separation City (2009) – 5.7
Set in New Zealand, City of separation is a romantic drama about two couples whose marriages fall apart. Edgerton plays Simon, whose marriage to Pam ends when he begins flirting with the newly separated Katrien.
Katrien, in turn, has left her husband Klaus after finding him in bed with one of his students. City of separation it doesn’t offer much in terms of depth; Instead, he seems to center his narrative around monogamous relationships ruined by infidelity.
8 Best: Animal Kingdom (2010) – 7.3
the animal Kingdom The television series is based on David Michôd’s 2010 thriller about an Australian crime family. Inspired by a true story about a Melbourne-based criminal home, animal Kingdom it is relentlessly violent and grim.
The film relies on stellar performances from its talented cast, which includes Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, and Jacki Weaver. Edgerton plays Barry ‘Baz’ Brown, a close friend of the Codys who works for them.
7 Worst: Acolytes (2008) – 5.6
A creepy serial killer horror movie, Acolytes tells the story of two teenagers who come across a heartbreaking sight: a man allegedly burying a body in a wooded area. The teens decide to track down the man, played by Edgerton, and discover that he is a married father named Ian.
Instead of turning Ian over to the authorities, the boys blackmail him into murdering the man who assaulted them when they were young. Despite its psychologically baffling premise, Acolytes it is much more of a slasher than a realistic thriller.
6 Best: Zero Dark Thirty (2012) – 7.4
Kathryn Bigelow’s fictional account of the 10-year persecution of Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attacks features a star-studded cast. In Zero thirty dark, Edgerton plays a Navy SEAL leader named Patrick Grayston.
It was the Grayston Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team 6, that broke into the Pakistani compound where Bin Laden was found and killed in 2011. This exhaustive war drama garnered numerous award nominations and ended up being a success. box office.
5 Worst: Dogwatch (1999) – 5.5
One of Edgerton’s early filmmaking endeavors, Dogwatch is an Australian period drama that never got a theatrical release. Directed by Laurie McInnes, the plot concerns a freighter named Arabella adrift in the sea off mainland China in the 1960s.
Edgerton plays one of six crew members, Sparrow, whose unstable boss seems determined to send his men on a disastrous journey. Dogwatch co-stars Steven Vidler, Russell Kiefel and Richard Carter.
4 Best: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) – 7.5
The latest installment of the George Lucas controversy Star Wars The prequel trilogy sees Edgerton reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker’s uncle, Owen Lars, alongside Bonnie Piesse, who plays Owen’s wife, Beru. They appear at the end of Revenge of the Sith to take care of young Luke Skywalker.
Young Owen and Beru play more prominent roles in Episode II – Attack of the Clones. In the original films, Owen and Beru, who have raised Luke, are killed by Stormtroopers in A new hope.
3 Worst: Race the Sun (1996) – 5.4
Edgerton has a small role in the long-forgotten film about high school students developing and racing solar powered vehicles.
In race Sun, Halle Berry plays a science teacher in Hawaii who recruits her school’s workshop teacher (James Belushi) to chaperone a trip to Australia, where some of her students will compete in the World Solar Challenge. The film’s cheesy and predictable plot is loosely based on a true story.
two Best: Guerrero (2011) – 8.2
According to IMDb, Edgerton’s best movie so far is Warrior, an action-packed movie that turns mixed martial arts fighting into a Shakespearean drama. Edgerton shares the screen with Tom Hardy; the pair play with separated siblings participating in the same MMA tournament, where they hope to use the winning prize for different purposes.
Inevitably, the two brothers fight each other, where decades of tension unravel in the ring. His grief dynamic is compounded by his alcoholic father, played by Nick Nolte.
1 Worst: Sample People (2000) – 4.3
A low-budget Australian indie film, Sample people in an ordinary look at the life of 12 people in Sydney over a weekend. Fans of Australian actors like Edgerton or Ben Mendelsohn may want to track down a copy just to see emerging artists early in their careers.
Sample people it also stars Australian pop star Kylie Minogue. Minogue contributed to the soundtrack, which ended up being better than the movie itself.
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