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Added by The Flagship

on 26 Aug 2008 11:04

 
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Rent-an-actor

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1. Gary Busey
Rent-a-henchman

Busey is invariably a psycho henchman that the protagonist has to overcome at some point. He's big, he's bad and he's usually immune to pain!

Notable examples:
Lethal Weapon
Under Siege
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Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
2. Al Leong
Rent-a-henchman

Always the lower tier of henchman, Al nevertheless guarantees to impress with his five seconds of fame when he runs on with a sub machine gun and gets instantly taken down in a hail of lead.

Notable examples:
Die Hard
Lethal Weapon
Beverly Hills Cop III
Showdown in Little Tokyo
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (451 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
3. Danny Trejo
Rent-a-henchman

More often than not, Trejo is seen as a background latino gangbanger. Covered in tats and with a trademark handlebar moustache, he probably has killed people before in real life, so he pulls off the role with aplomb!

Notable examples
Con Air
Desperado
From Dusk till Dawn
Once upon a time in Mexico
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (513 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
4. Jeremy Irons
Rent-a-villain

Jeremy Irons is a legend, no question. Sadly he seems to get hired for his accent rather than his acting prowess.

Notable examples
Dungeons & Dragons
Die Hard: With a Vengeance
The Lion King
Time Machine
Appallosa
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (393 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
5. Dennis Hopper
Rent-a-villain

Dennis Hopper solves all of life's problems with Amyl Nitrate. If only it was that simple.

Notable examples
Speed
Super Mario Bros.
Waterworld
Land of the Dead
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (51 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
6. Tchéky Karyo
Rent-a-villain

Is he French? Is he Turkish? Who knows, the only thing for certain is that he's an unhinged loon who is usually in the wrong when he's playing someone on the right side of the law.

Notable examples
Bad Boys
Dobermann
Kiss of the Dragon

Average listal rating (434 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
7. Ving Rhames
Rent-a-black toughguy

Ving Rhames is adept in complex and deep roles, such as nightclub bouncer and no-nonsense tough guys!

Notable examples
Striptease
Con Air
Dawn of the Dead
Pulp Fiction
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (570 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
8. Michael Clarke Duncan
Rent-a-black toughguy

The superior black tough guy, whose build and stature ensure a greater class of villain. i.e, he's probably more expensive than Ving Rhames.

Notable examples
Sin City
Daredevil
Scorpion King
Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (157 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
9. James Spader
Rent-a-pervert

Salacious, slimy, sleazy and downright disgusting, Spader's your man if you want a sexual deviant who is governed by bizarre lusty fantasies.

Notable examples
Crash
Secretary
Sex, Lies and Videotapes
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (1126 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
10. Jake Gyllenhaal
Rent-an-edgy teenager

He's so weird, he's so quirky, he even auditioned for the bag loving freak in American Beauty. We get the point, you're the flagship of the myspace generation!

Notable examples
Donnie Darko
The Day After Tomorrow
Bubble Boy
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (411 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
11. Brian Cox
Rent-an-ageing leader

If you want an old war veteran who seems to be tiptoeing around the idea of one last surge for power or moment of glory, look no further than the Coxster.

Notable examples
Troy
X2: X-Men United
The Bourne Supremacy
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (534 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating
12. Rob Schneider
Rent-a-sidekick

Need some comic relief? Maybe even a sidekick who borderlines on the retarded? Get his agent on the phone.

Notable examples
Home Alone 2
50 First Dates
Judge Dredd
Big Daddy
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (757 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
13. Hugh Grant
Rent-a-fop

Infuriating, stuttering, inept, blabbering and generally useless at everything, look no further than Hugh for the archetypal lovestruck fool.

Notable examples
Love Actually
Notting Hill
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Micky Blue Eyes
Sense and Sensibility
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (42 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating
14. Reginald VelJohnson
Rent-a-cop

The huggable teddy-bear of a cop that would probably let even the most sinister of villains off with just a slapped wrist and a terse verbal warning. Things aren't quite all right on the home front though...

Notable examples
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Turner and Hooch
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
15. Danny Dyer
Rent-a-cockney

Painting a disgraceful picture of Londoners everywhere. He's untalented and boring, the kid that managed to avoid being bullied at school by telling jokes. Gets any roles because his accent is oh so funny.

Notable examples
Severance
Human Traffic
The Football Factory
The Business
Outlaw
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (139 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
16. Ray Winstone
Rent-a-cockney

I still maintain that he ruins any film that he's in. Another larger than life East Londoner who 'dont take na shit of naawan'

Notable examples
King Arthur
Scum
Indiana Jones IV
Sexy Beast
Nil By Mouth
Quadrophenia
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (676 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
17. Jason Statham
Rent-a-cockney hardman

The all action hard man from London. God only knows how he always ends up working for American police forces or in European crime syndicates.

Notable examples
War
The Italian Job
Mean Machine
Snatch
Crank
...everything.

The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (1804 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
18. Keira Knightley
Rent-a-period drama

Apparently there are still single women all over the world who live in Austen-ian fantasies. The heroine of choice in big screen adaptations of this frightful period is a woman so skeletal that she often fails to deliver even her own accent convincingly.

Notable examples
Pride and Prejudice
The Duchess
Atonement
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (21 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating
19. Nathan Jones
Rent-a-man mountain

Jonesey is massive, there's no doubt about it. Where better to employ his talents than against pocket-sized Eastern Martial Arts specialists!

Notable examples
Troy
The Warrior King
Fearless
The Condemned
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (736 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
20. Eva Mendes
Rent-a-slag

Eva Mendes must be on speed-dial #1 when it comes to needing some naked totty with attitude. Almost always employed as a gangster's wife with an allergy to clothing.

Notable examples
Training Day
We Own The Night
2 Fast 2 Furious
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (389 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
21. Carmen Electra
Rent-a-slag

If you want a slag that knows she's a slag though, look no further. She looks so fake these days that not even the next series of Terminator would be pleased to call her model a humanoid.

Notable examples:
Scary Movie
Starsky & Hutch
Epic Movie
Meet the Spartans
...everything
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (533 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
22. Anna Faris
Rent-a-bimbo

Generic, petite, blonde, the classic traits of a bimbo. It kind of worked in the initial Scary Movie film, but to go on and build a career out of it? That's weak! She's not even hot!

Notable examples:
Scary Movie
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 3
Lost in Translation
House Bunny
Hot Chick
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (528 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
23. Michelle Rodriguez
Rent-some-girlpower

Michelle is big and tough and she's out there to break up conventions and stick two fingers up at the sexist establishment and she's in your face and she'll kick your arse and anything a man can do she can do better and on and on and on...

Notable examples:
The Fast and the Furious
SWAT
Resident Evil
Girlfight

The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (632 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
24. Jeff Goldblum
Rent-a-scientist

It doesn't matter what discipline, nor weather he is an anti-social loner or a wise-cracking, smug genius, Goldblum can play them all. At least he's not giving us a bad name, I wish real scientists were like him.

Notable examples:
Jurassic Park
The Fly
Independence Day
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Flagship's rating:

Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
25. Michael Ironside
Rent-a-general

No doubt Ironside is one of the best in the business, but he is more than capable of being a menacing villain as well as a military mastermind, Hollywood!

Notable examples:
Starship Troopers
Terminator: Salvation
X-Men: First Class
Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars
Highlander II: The Quickening
Maximum Velocity
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A bunch of actors who have seemed to make their living off of being typecast in certain roles. The list of typecast actors could go on forever, but these guys in particular seem to excel in their chosen roles and are quite contented with recognition that lies well down on the billing sheet.

I dare say that cult followings emerge as a result of such inspired repeat performances in different films.

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Comments

Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Aug 27 11:49
Christopher Walken and Malcolm McDowell are perfect Rent-a-Villains aswell.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Aug 27 13:14
I want to vote for this, but I'm still maybe angry at you so don't expect a vote till this evening at the earliest!
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Aug 28 14:56
Love this list. Another good one is actually Kiera Knightly, who seems to specialize in the strong young woman roles.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 2:47
Oh! That works, too. And I can think of at least one more of her movies that's true of. Very nice. :)
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 2:56
Another rent-a-villain - Jason Isaacs. Harry Potter, Patriot, Dragonheart, Peter Pan...
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 12:31
Malcolm McDowell - Rent-a-villain!!

I Spy
Star Trek: Generations
Tank Girl

Defo employed for his accent!
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 12:57
If only he was in a single respectable film that someone might have watched this century!
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Sep 12 15:25
Luke Goss: Rent-a-villain

The Man
Hellboy 2
Blade 2
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Mar 15 0:35
I beg to differ. I love Jane Austen, but I refuse to ever accept Keira Knightley as Elizabeth. Never.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Aug 22 0:15
You forgot 2 Weeks Notice for Hugh Grant's best example of this
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Nov 10 15:25
Malcolm McDowell, Luke Goss, Jason Isaacs, Christopher Walken, Terence Stamp! You could make a rent-a-villain list all by itself at this rate!
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Dec 28 2:12
i loved the title . . .
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Feb 4 18:01
I would suggest Jennifer Aniston as the 'girl next door' with the well known Rachel face and hairstyle :)
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at May 24 19:46
Haha! Great picks.

Tommy 'Tiny' Lister is Rent-a-prisoner (The Dark Knight, The Wash, Next Friday, Jackie Brown, Austin Powers in Goldmember)

Tom Sizemore - Rent-a-crime-movie-supporting-character (Point Break, Passenger 57, True Romance, Striking Distance, Natural Born Killers, Ticker, Heat)
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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jul 5 20:51
I think Jake Gyllenhaal does not fit in this list, and I also think you should see more of his movies. But I agree with all the rest.
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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jul 5 20:55
I mean, Jake has made so many movies and you say about only 3?
He's not a 'edgy teenager' at brokeback mountain, zodiac, jarhead, proof, brothers, october sky, prince of persia, the good girl, rendition, moonlight mile, love and other drugs, nailed and source code.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jul 5 22:11
Why don't you go and eat his pussy then?
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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jul 6 18:28
What a smart answer, KCenturion!
Shame on you, dude.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Sep 4 18:34
Angelina Jolie - Rent-a-tough-chick
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Sep 4 19:12
dude you didnt note pulp fiction for notable roles of ving rhames
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Sep 4 19:50
fantastic list
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at May 25 16:36
great list, laughed at what you wrote about hugh grant
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Jun 6 1:27
Impressive and comical! Killer list!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Jun 6 3:13
Terry Crews is a total rental. He pops up randomly in all kinds of movies. ^_^
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Sep 23 17:38
Brilliant list!
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Sep 24 7:36
nice list....
Posted: 2 years ago at Apr 2 14:20
I can't believe you mentioned Reginald VelJohnson and didn't list Family Matters.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Aug 4 21:00
Interesting list!
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 10 20:52
You're totally missing Morgan Freeman, that guy always plays the wise old man in every movie
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Nov 29 10:16
=) Unique! I like it! Busey makes a shoe-in for the "washed-up cop/sidekick, too. (Point Break. Predator 2. Silver Bullet)
Al Leong was also in Big Trouble in Little China, too, I believe.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jan 19 10:32
Half a star on Gyllenhaal.

3 stars on Schneider.

4 stars on Trejo.

What's wrong with you.
Posted: 1 month, 1 week ago at Mar 10 16:18
Ving Rhames was also Cobra Bubbles from Lilo & Stitch.

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