Actor Spotlight: Emile Hirsch

June 30, 2009

Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch

I’ve got a feeling I’m not the only one in awe of Emile Hirsch’s raw talent in movies … He’s broken through with amazing performances in two brilliant biopics and has been tons of fun to watch in mainstream and independent flicks alike. Personally, I think his attitude is what makes me like him even more … he just seems to be extremely laid-back and in search of a good time … I like the actors who don’t think they have to save the world, rather enjoy their life instead … Nevertheless, here are some of Hirsch’s best movies to check out!

Emile Hirsch in 'Milk'

Emile Hirsch in 'Milk'

Milk -This movie was probably one of the best films of last year … and I believe that Hirsch held his own amongst the star-studded cast which included Academy-Award winner Sean Penn and James Franco. Although the film followed the life of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk … it also showcased the lives of the people who he affected, which included Cleve Jones played by Hirsch. This is probably one of Hirsch’s best performances to date … he turns from a spoiled teen to a radical activist … What’s not to love?

Kristen Stewart & Emile Hirsch in 'Into the Wild'

Kristen Stewart & Emile Hirsch in 'Into the Wild'

Into the Wild – I definitely think Hirsch was fucked out of an Oscar nomination for his poignant turn (and 40-pound weight-loss) as real-life rebel Christopher McCandless … who donated his trust fund of $24,000 and set out on a soul-searching journey to Alaska, which ultimately led to his death. During the film, McCandless meets a bunch of crazy, dysfunctional and fun people who help him find what he’s looking for … I can’t help to watch this film and become inspired, but it’s also an incredibly big tearjerker. The moment he realizes he’s gonna die is just heartbreaking … probably one of the best scenes in the last five years … Enjoy!

Sigourney Weaver & Emile Hirsch in 'Imaginary Heroes'

Sigourney Weaver & Emile Hirsch in 'Imaginary Heroes'

Imaginary Heroes – The story for this flick has been done over and over again … where a superior brother commits suicide and the rest of the family begins to unravel and deteriorate … however, what sets this one apart from the others is the actors … especially Hirsch, who plays the younger, less-popular brother who grew up without love from his parents and begins his journey into drugs and sex. With Sigourney Weaver as his depressed, pot-smoking mom … I don’t know what else people need to at least rent the movie and give it a chance to amaze them.

Emile Hirsch in 'Lords of Dogtown'

John Robinson, Victor Rasuk & Emile Hirsch in 'Lords of Dogtown'

Lords of Dogtown – Yeah … it’s a lil’ weird to see Hirsch with a mop of blond hair, but this is the role that led Sean Penn to cast him in Into the Wild. Hirsch plays Jay Adams … one of the original ‘Z-Boys’ in Cali who catapulted skateboarding into a revolutionized sport during the 1970’s. For a biopic about sports … this was a really good flick … but mostly cause Hirsch, Heath Ledger and Nikki Reed did such an amazing job!

Emile Hirsch & Christina Ricci in 'Speed Racer'

Emile Hirsch & Christina Ricci in 'Speed Racer'

Speed Racer -I know this movie was a total letdown for the production company … with poor reviews and being amongst one of the largest recorded losses of all time … I still thought it was a fun and exciting flick to watch with a bunch of amazing actors. This is totally one of those movies where the actors … including Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman … just can’t save the entire film. Nevertheless, Hirsch is fantastic to watch as the live-action Japanese car nerd.


3 Responses to “Actor Spotlight: Emile Hirsch”

  1. Mara said

    This film was great everyone i know loves it and with matthew fox in it its so cool en speed is so cute

  2. I think this is a great post. One thing that I find the most helpful is number five. Sometimes when I write, I just let the flow of the words and information come out so much that I loose the purpose. Itís only after editing when I realize what Iíve done. Thereís defiantly a lot of great tips here Iím going to try to be more aware of.

  3. jennifer bellaconis said

    i wish i could meet emile hirsch. he’s a fantastic actor and he sure is a cutie.

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