There is no denying that Lena Headey is a Queen. Despite her murderous role on television, every transition she makes onto the screen just exudes acting royalty. Though her parts in films range from the banal and supporting to the incredibly powerful, her work ranges and she delicately weaves background, character and brilliant skill. The British actress now has a whole hoard of fans and critical acclaim building her entire career with roles in Brother’s Grimm and The Jungle Book as well as Sarah Connor in her own television series. With plenty more movies heading her way, today sees her reprisal of her role of Queen Gorgo in 300: Rise of an Empire – which is out on DVD today. But what movies of her's is the best, let's have a look;
Ok, so we may be the film team but the television series based on George R R Martin’s phenomenal work is actually so epic that we are just going to steal it for this article (but shhhh, don't tell TV). The series that sees fantasy, family and feuds has transcended into our popular culture lives so much so that even supermarkets are starting to sell merchandise. This is largely thanks to its hefty violence, twisting storyline and some fantastic bloody violence (plus nudity) makes Game of Thrones one of the best television shows on at the moment. Headey plays the unforgettable Cersei Lannister, one of the most manipulative, spoilt and incestuous characters on show that connives everything to her own bidding. Well done and brilliantly portrayed, Cersei is a fan favourite.
I’ll wait a moment until you get the Turtles out of your head (“I can’t see me loving nobody but you for all my life”). Now that is done, let us look at this British romp starring Headey, the undeniably talented Matthew Goode and Piper Perabo. The movie revolves around a newly married couple, Rachel and Heck (actual name, we didn’t just cough,) whose lives are disrupted by the presence of Lena’s Luce. She has been hired by the over-bearing mother as the florist for the wedding. But Luce titillates the bride and uncovers some unfulfilled desires that quickly turn to love. Ok, so the film is a cheesy romp that doesn’t quite excel but the relationship between Rachel and Luce is endearing to watch as well as Headey's impressive turn as the lesbian floral expert
Headey has proven in numerous films that she can adapt to different languages and cultures and still charm, delight and act her arse off. She has shown this in German film The Red Baron (as dumb as it is). But in this Scandinavian excellence playing opposite Stellan Skarsgård, Headey delights as a young woman Kate who is a highly successful lawyer but with no romantic relationship or attachment. When she gets a call from her dying mother, Kate must ferry her estranged father to the hospital and the film soon dissolves into road trip beyond her patience. Headey really holds the movie together and it is a fun to watch with a general heart to it.
Of course, we have to mention the first in the series; a film of abs, blood and massive Gods the size of mountains. Zack Synder’s initial outing into the world of Sparta (roared with the foaming bearded mouth of Butler, every time) may be marred by its lack of depth and over reliance of stylized comic book features (no matter how gorgeous they are,) but they are great fun. 300 tells the story of the titular number of soldiers, including Michael Fassbender, who march to on a suicide mission to save their town from an unrelenting army. Headey played Queen Gorgo. Whilst it seemed that Leonidas was in control, really Gorgo was at home defending her husband and gaining the upper hand when she was manipulated. Headey plays it marvellously well.
This is the best performance on this list from Headey. She is simply stunning in the film that actively rewrites cinematic history, given the comic book Dredd the movie adaptation it deserves. Though it was unfavourable on first release, when it came to DVD and video, it garnered a mass of cult fans similar to the original one. Starring Karl Urban in the titular role, Headey gained praise for her villainous and outstanding portrayal of Ma-Ma. She’s a terrifying crime and drug lord who has control of the city. Headey is so fantastic, great and scary in the role that she earned a lot of acclaim from the fans.
Honorable Mention: Low Down and Pride Prejudice and Zombies but seeing as they aren’t out yet, we’ll have to wait for those.
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300: Rise of an Empire is out on DVD now