Even the finest thespians in Hollywood, the ones with multiple Oscar nominations and universally acknowledged talent, may not be embraced by everyone.
Yet, there are some actors who everyone, from your uber-cranky grandmother to your surprisingly discerning 8-year-old, tends to like. I call them the Indisputables. These are actors for whom we harbor affection no matter how many bad movies they make.
The star of The Amazing Spider-Man is talented. She’s relatable. She even briefly convinced us the MTV Movie Awards are important. If you don’t like Emma Stone, then clearly you just hate humanity and should start looking for a new apartment on one of those distant planets in Prometheus.
Jon Hamm can be Don Draper one minute, then crack us up repeatedly on SNL the next while barely pausing to blink. He can be a total jerkwad to Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, and we will somehow find that behavior endearing because it’s Jon Hamm and he’s so funny. Really, he appears to be good at pretty much everything and is crazy-handsome, but oddly no one is bitter about this, because he is Jon Hamm.
Your mom loves him. Your snotty cinephile best friend loves him. Your kids don’t love him yet, but when they get old enough to see The King’s Speech or Pride and Prejudice, clearly they will.
It didn’t seem right to make this list without Dench. (Maggie Smith has been reserved for The Indisputables Vol. 2.) I mean, this woman won an Oscar for a role in Shakespeare in Love that lasted only eight minutes.
I respect that Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) wanted to train at Juilliard because Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) did. I love that during the first of two interviews I’ve done with him, he made this statement: I thought The Wire,’ other than, like, Sanford and Son,’ was some of the best TV I’ve ever seen. And I also love that he said this during our second interview: I’m very happy being No. 4 on the call sheet, because I can make fun of people and enjoy craft services all day.