A Word About 1Role Wonders™

A Word About 1Role Wonders™

Years ago when Enya’s A Day Without Rain was released, film critic Jeff Millar said, “It’s Enya. Sounds like every Enya album. And we don’t care. We love Enya, keep it coming!” Amen, brother. Same principle applies here. Excellence (and perhaps a hidden 3Roller™!) awaits.

What is a 1Role Wonder™?

Many (most?) actors play to a certain way of being, often essentially their very own, from film to film. A few such actors, however, are immensely talented.

They routinely and deservedly win Oscars, Golden Globes, and other prestigious awards (hence the operative term Wonder). Though the characters do bear a strong resemblance to the actor, a 1Role Wonder™ draws forth a compelling alternate version of that self. We know we’re going to get ice cream, but the flavor will be a surprise (think Morgan Freeman and oh my word, Alan Rickman!).

Though [arguably] not as rich or varied as that of a 3Roller™ (Naomi Watts and Andrew Garfield being two exceptions that prove the rule), the 1Role Wonder’s body of work provides us – consistently, reliably, and over time – with a satisfying infusion of human emotion, or excitement, or hilarity, or whatever may be their particular forté.

But keep your eyes open. Hollywood loves to typecast for the predictable money, and once in a while a stymied 3Roller lands that breakout role. When this happens, the person goes on the Roller Watch, and we start counting!

A Sampling of My Favorite 1Role Wonders™

Alan Arkin, Alan Rickman, Alicia Vikander, Annette Bening, Anthony Mackie, Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan, Chris Pratt, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, Judi Dench, Maria Bello, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman, Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gosling, Sanaa Lathan, Sandra Bullock Stanley Tucci, Viola Davis

Have you seen the 3Rollers? Prepare to be blown away.

Let’s go take a look »

PS – Remember those hidden 3Rollers? It’s time to come back and take Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, and Emily Blunt off this page. They have made the jump!