TRENDS: BEST ACTORS – W MAGAZINE

BEST PERFORMANCES : THE MOST REMARKABLE MOMENTS IN FILM THIS PAST YEAR WEREN’T 3-D ACTION SEQUENCES BUT CHARACTERS SO REAL THEY HURT. HERE, THE ACTORS WHO MADE US BELIEVE.
NATALIE PORTMAN IN “BLACK SWAN”
“The movie that I watched the most when I was growing up was Dirty Dancing. I always loved Penny, probably because I was really like Baby. I was a Jewish girl from a Jewish family, so of course I liked the tall, skinny blond girl.”

NICOLE KIDMAN IN “RABBIT HOLE”
“I don’t mind being naked. After having a baby, I’m not so sure now, but I enjoy not letting my issues get in the way of nudity.”

COLIN FIRTH IN “THE KING’S SPEECH”
“Because I have to cry every so often for a living, I find it horrifying if it spills over into my daily life. I’d probably cry if I got a splinter, but for anything emotional, the best I can muster is a lump in the throat. Especially if there are any witnesses.”

MILA KUNIS IN “BLACK SWAN”
“Before Black Swan, I had never danced in my life, and I will never dance again. I lost 20 pounds in three months, danced five hours a day, for seven days a week. I tore a ligament. I dislocated my shoulder. I have two scars on my back. It was worth every minute, but I will never put on toe shoes again.”

DAKOTA FANNING IN “THE RUNAWAYS”
“It was important for me to go to a normal high school. I have a locker, which was a big deal. My mom had to buy me a lock and teach me how to use it. It’s the little things: Where do you go at lunch? How do you open the locker? I wanted a yearbook! Now I have a lot of signatures in my yearbook—‘Have a good summer’ and all that.”

MICHAEL DOUGLAS IN “SOLITARY MAN” AND “WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS”
“I don’t quite get why Gordon Gekko, who is a clearly defined villain, is such a heroic figure to M.B.A. students. But every time I’m out, a drunken Wall Street guy comes up to me and says, ‘You’re the man!’”

HELENA BONHAM CARTER IN “THE KING’S SPEECH”
“Lately my son has been asking, ‘Can you tell me about spells?’ He believes in them, so I get him to do things through spells. Like, ‘You will brush your teeth!’ It’s very useful. He now wants his own wand for Christmas. He may turn me into a frog.”

JEFF BRIDGES IN “TRUE GRIT”
“I thought the best performance of the last decade was Mike White in Chuck & Buck. I dug that performance.”

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & ANDREW GARFIELD IN “THE SOCIAL NETWORK”
“What if Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker suffered from the same insecurity and fear and paranoia? Mark dealt with those feelings by inventing Facebook. And my character, Sean Parker, invented Sean Parker. He created his own persona.”—Justin Timberlake
“I found The Goonies very inspiring. I identified with every character: Mikey, the leader; Mouth, the trickster; Data, the inventor; and Chunk, this lovely, beautiful, sad, misunderstood, slightly larger kid. The Goonies is boys needing to be boys on their path to manhood. It’s a classic.”—Andrew Garfield
By Lynn Hirschberg
Photographs by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Styled by Melanie Ward

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