Before we get into his accomplishments as an actor, it’s important to note that Justin Theroux is already one of America’s most successful screenplay writers.
Theroux and Bam Margera in NYC
Before we get into his accomplishments as an actor, it’s important to note that Justin Theroux is already one of America’s most successful screenplay writers. He penned the blockbuster Tropic Thunder which was so funny, it led the entire country to forget Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch and allowed him to restart his career as Harvey Weinstein. HBO just commissioned a series based on one of the DVD’s extras and the film led to many other massive writing gigs like Zoolander 2 and Iron Man 2, the latter being hailed as a “helluva a lot more than a documentary about Robot AIDS.”
However, because moving pictures resonate with people far better than words, it is Theroux’s acting that he will be remembered for. Today, he is finishing up a role as Seth, the pedantic hippy from Jennifer Anniston’s Wanderlust, and critics are already in agreement his performance will be wonderful.
What better time, then, to look back at the various roles that shaped him as one of the best.
Here are his five best roles to date.
“TIMOTHY BRYCE” IN AMERICAN PSYCHO
Many were introduced to Theroux as the tell-it-like-it-is colleague of Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman. He played Timothy Bryce (Price in the book) with a swagger that tempered the protagonist’s craziness and made the entire premise way more believable.
“JOE” IN SIX FEET UNDER
In this groundreaking HBO series Theroux tied himself to the bedpost of America’s heart by working out a lot and providing some craziness that balanced the somewhat stale sanity of his costars.
“ROGER STERLING” IN MAD MEN
Deemed “King of the one-liners” by New York Magazine, this role christened Theroux as one of the only actors ever who can play someone nearly thirty years his senior (a talent diCaprio is rumored to resent him for).
“PHIL DUNPHY” IN MODERN FAMILY
Theroux continues his tradition of playing older men in this ridiculously fun role from the ABC hit series. The directors knew they were lucky to get him and have given Theroux free reign to say absolutely anything he wants — sometimes abandoning the script all together.
“SEAN STEPHENSON” IN DANCE PARTY VIDEO
In a word, “Wow.” In this feel-good video about being silly, Justin Theroux has sealed his fate as the most wide-ranging talent in the field. Hours of make up and body contortion has transformed the healthy actor into a severely believable handicapped dancer with a really great attitude about life.
Before any young actors take on the craft, it would be wise to take a step back and ask yourselves, “Will I ever be this good?”