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Gavin
• 12.28.10 12:22 pm


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?”

-GAVIN McINNES


Comments
  1. The Watching Painting says:

    Isnt that Wee man not Bam in first pic? Justin is pretty good actor, you just dont see him that much these days. I only see him very quickly on his way to the bathroom. He looks at me weird.

  2. Pee says:

    Doesn’t he also play Anderson Cooper?

  3. iwontslowdown says:

    i dont like sarcasm gavin

  4. Jimmy Fucking Carter says:

    I want to deep fry that little thing and eat its chicken wings.

  5. reo speedwagon in converse says:

    Looks like Gavin is day drunk and trapped indoors at his in-laws for the holidays.

  6. F says:

    DOES AMERICA HAVE A SINGLE BAND WORTH A SHIT? SERIOUSLY?! USA LIKES AFRICA WITH MILLIONS OF $, BLACK, SHIT & RICH. SUCK MY XX

  7. mell swaps says:

    and by far no match for his nephew, Louis Theroux, probably the best and most charming documentary maker on television in the history of the world.

  8. Delanoche says:

    Nice to see Leroux moonlighting as Alexis Mincolla, the best satanist ever.

  9. db says:

    yes yes, half assery serious/funny, but i liked him in mulholland dr., not so much in charlie’s angels. wassamatter? couldnt dig up dem clips?

  10. Preternaturally Gifted Actors Guild Award Committee says:

    In deliberating whether to grant Actor of the Epoch status, we members of the Award Committee felt that the emotive qualities Mr. Theroux embodies at the 4-second mark of the following video perfectly encapsulate his stunning ability to entirely transform himself in service of expressing the essence of his roles throughout his astonishing career.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lOGnKUHlGA

    In short, truly, Mr. Theroux doesn’t merely ACT the role; he BECOMES the role.

  11. Valentino Rossi says:

    that little midget is Max Biaggi.
    http://connect.in.com/max-biaggi/photos-192469-1090173.html

  12. Josh says:

    Don’t forget his performances as “Sylar” in “Heroes” and also as the new commercial spokesman for Geico!

  13. f says:

    your silence speaks volumes. americans know their music is shit

  14. Zazoo says:

    f can go f his/her self.

  15. Surin says:

    I think Gavin calling the midget “Bam Margera” is supposed to be a joke.

  16. Atheist says:

    I don’t get it.


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