They charmed us with their mannerisms, funny antics and charisma. They were not the inaccessible stars that shined away from you, but people who you could relate to. Take a look at these 7 Hollywood stars who reigned supreme in the recent past
Hugh John Mungo Grant, or Hugh Grant as he is known to us, comes across as the last type of the quintessentially English gentleman. His comically satiric touch, intelligent naivety (oh, those Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock love-victims of his) and adorable looks made him the heartthrob of the 90s. Hugh Grant is everything that is British, and more. Each time we watch Notting Hill, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary or even the lacklustre Music And Lyrics, we feel we want him back with his innocent-boy antics and his leading ladies who always hate his wit in the beginning, only to fall for him later.
2. Julia Roberts:
Movie watching was easier when Julia Roberts reigned supreme. There was only one name to reckon with. Don’t we still love each scene in Pretty Woman? (though maybe some of you disagree because they included Richard Gere). The 90s saw Miss Roberts winning over millions with her awkward beauty and gestures, wider than the Panama Canal smile, and the endearing way she mouthed semi-philosophical profundities to her co-stars. It’s time someone made another Pretty Woman, Erin Brokovich, My Best Friend’s Wedding, or even a Mona Lisa Smile.
3. Sir Anthony Hopkins:
Was there ever a better actor? Shall we call what he does acting? It doesn’t feel like Hopkins is acting in any of his movies, and that is pure dramatic genius. If our leading men had half his spontaneity and the same ability to take you to a world of his creation, imagine what movies would be like! Here’s wishing for another Silence Of The Lambs.
4. Mel Gibson:
Crazy as ever, Mel Gibson has been missing from action for a long time now. It’s time to stage a protest on his doorstep so that he comes back to us to produce more cinematic gems like Braveheart, Passion Of The Christ etc. My personal choices would be Lethal Weapon and the Mad Max series, where he was dishier than a Michelin-starred restaurant. The women in the audience surely agree. He is sexual energy personified.
5. Ralph Fiennes:
Another English actor who delights us with every performance, Fiennes has a prestigious series of excellent movies to his name; think of Schindler’s List, The English Patient, The Reader, the Harry Potter series, The Hurt Locker. Here is an actor who can play the ruthless Amon Goeth and the poignant Justin Quayle with the same élan. With his rich mellifluous voice, sad eyes that speak volumes, and charismatic persona, Ralph Fiennes remains one of the true Hollywood gentlemen. Watch The Constant Gardener today if you haven’t already.
6. Sharon Stone:
Well, maybe her movie choices post-Basic Instinct have backfired with only a couple of movies like The Specialist to add to her list of successes, but you can’t deny the fact that she gave you chills along with erotic pleasure in Basic Instinct that would stay with you forever. Why no more recent hits? Maybe there were no roles which could do her justice. Someone please make another thriller with her, not letting the camera leave her for even a second.
7. Jack Nicholson:
The most Oscar-nominated actor in Hollywood, no-one who has seen even one of his movies could be surprised. His repertoire of films is as vast and varied as it is familiar: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest , As Good As It Gets, Terms Of Endearment, The Departed, A Few Good Men, The Postman Always Rings Twice and of course the Batman films. How can someone forget the weird chemistry between him and Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets? Nicholson is an actor who can make even recluses and weirdos lovable – and compulsively watchable.