I'll admit it feels a little ridiculous to be doing two of these types of lists within the span of two days -- yesterday I did this for birthday boy Nichols Hoult -- but a cursory search across the site tells me I've never afforded an actor I love even more than Nicky, one Matthias Schoenaerts, the same treatment. And now, we must pause, because I am going to spend a moment thinking about giving Nicky & Matthias "the same treatment" whilst preferably together. [Five minutes pass...]
Ahem. Hello! I am back. What was we talking about? Oh right, acting! Matthias Schoenaerts, an actor I have loved long and hard ever since 2011 -- I had seen him in a couple things before 2011 but 2011 was the turning point -- is turning 43 today! Hey we're basically the same age, give a couple of months! And double hey, we're basically the same height, as can be seen by that time he posed for a photo with me after a screening.
Unfortunately that's where the similarities end as he's way better an actor than I am at literally anything, but that's alright -- he can bring home the bacon, and I'll massage his feet every night. I am willing to live with that arrangement. Wait what were we talking about? Oh right... in all seriousness he's a Top Five actor for me. One of the Greats already, as far as I'm concerned -- I couldn't even limit myself to the usual "Top Five" with today's list, so here are...
My 6 Favorite Matthias Schoenaerts Performances
Gabriel, Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Jacky, Bullhead (2011)
Vincent, Disorder (2015)
Alain, Rust and Bone (2012)
Roman, The Mustang (2019)
Paul, A Bigger Splash (2015)
What are your favorite Matthias performances?
Two of most underrated performances are in Dutch: In PULSAR (which is on YouTube), he's terrific as a crazy loner in an atmospheric film that doesn't quite come together, and in THE PRESIDENT, he plays an Albanian crook in a supporting role that's hilariously misjudged (it doesn't fit into the rest of the movie in terms of the tone at all), though he's so much fun to watch regardless.
Oh I love you, thank you for those! I will def seek them out
Love him but still don’t know how to pronounce his name LOL
pssst--you should visit Eddie Arrazola's Instagram feed; who is he? He's Nicholas Hoult's trainer, and there's a photo of them together taken last March at the Lobos Boxing Club and both of them are actually ...quite looking mighty fine.
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