Mark Strong is a talented actor with a wealth of talent that knows no bounds. He has appeared on stage, on film, on television and even in the Jaguar adverts that brim with his sultry tones. The thespian has enacted villains and heroes, but mainly falls on the former side with his knitted brow and stern gaze that will entice, excite and endear. He has had a long history of movies spanning decades and will be seen playing opposite Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in the new thriller Before I Go to Sleep as Dr Nash, an unknown presence in Christine’s life as she battles her amnesia. But promise not to forget these essential films.
There are many many reasons why you should watch The Guard. Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and it’s written by Calvary’s John Michael McDonagh brimming with dark comedy, violence and hilarity. Strong just adds to the chemistry sparking the highest-grossing Irish film of all time. He plays Clive Cornell, a right hand man to a corrupt gangster that is highly bent on finding Gleeson’s Boyle, who is investigating drugs and murder. Calm, cool and collected, Strong’s Cornell is a remarkable villain who divulges in the most heinous of murders. There is also some impressive banter that you’ll be quoting for years to come.
When Matthew Vaughn (director of Stardust) created this ultra-violent and undeniable superhero film, he sparked of generations of gun totting, one line flipping and kick-ass fans. Based on a graphic novel by Marc Millar, Kick-Ass had protagonist Dave turn to the spandex clad heroics of his beloved comics. Strong plays ruthless gang-leader Frank D’Amico, whose henchmen are getting picked off one by one. Not only is he a murdering drug lord, squeezing the public with his stronghold on the city, but he is also a loving father to his son Chris, Strong manages to quip wit and action packed sequences. He also has the best death on screen, ever.
I feel like since this film, Firth and Strong can no longer appear in a film together since Before I Go To Sleep and The Kingsmen Service has them paired again. It’s probably from the intense relationship portrayed here that hints at homosexuality and love. Mark Strong plays Jim Prideaux who is the brunt end of espionage when a mole causes him to be shot in Budapest. Strong is incredible here as a man who must forego spying hard, being betrayed, penetrated by a bullet, lots of torture and then being a teacher. The cast here is one of the strongest collection of characters too, so having Strong stand out is a phenomenal feat.
There is a lot to be said about a man who can outshine the chemistry of Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law as the epitomes Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. But in Guy Ritchie's adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyles super sleuth, Strong does just that. Showcasing a wide talent for villainy and dark intensity, Strong plays Lord Blackwood, a man who believes that his dark art practices can help him conquer the British Empire. Boasting one of the best fight scenes in cinematic history, Strong here holds a masterful presence that has enough charisma to battle out against Downey, Jr. An unparalleled villainous performance.
Strong has teamed up with Matthew Vaughn long before Kick-Ass and presented one of the funniest fantastical adventures coming from theses isles. Stardust tells the tale of Tristan, a young man who wonders into a mystical land to retrieve a fallen star for his beloved Victoria. However, he finds the star is actually rambunctious woman Yvaine who has murderous witches on her tale. Strong stars as Septimus the Seventh Son of Stormhold (say that twenty times really fast), one of the heirs to the throne whose blind ambition to wear the crown leaves bodies in his wake. As he hunts an allusive gemstone down, not even his brothers or family can stop him killing for the Kingdom. Devilish and witty, Strong is well cast as the brilliant and vicious Septimus.
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