10 Actresses Who Deserve A Big Action Role

By Gabe Toro 2014-07-28 13:29:14discussion comments
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Last week, Scarlett Johansson let loose in Lucy , an actual industry oddity: here is an action film led by a woman who requires absolutely no help from a man and has no love interest whatsoever. Shouldn't be a big deal, but it sort of is. More importantly, the movie did big business over the weekend, which, following The Hunger Games and Divergent, means that audiences want this. The age of only men exchanging fisticuffs and getting into car crashes is over.

We decided to look through Hollywood and see who else needed a badass action vehicle. Age wasn't a concern: if CGI and editing can make a bunch of seventy year olds jump through fireballs in The Expendables then why can't older women pull of feats of ridiculous strength too? (Also: see Red) We tried to limit this to actresses who haven't gotten that big, physically-intensive starring role. If Lucy is a major hit this weekend, however, it should bring them all pretty close to these opportunities.

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Tilda Swinton
Action Bonafides: The Chronicles Of Narnia, Constantine, Snowpiercer

Why She'd Be Great: Tilda Swinton is a thin, older woman, and yet who would dare pick a fight with her? As the Narnia movies showed, Swinton is TERRIFYING. But she's also shown the ability and desire to be heroic. Perhaps you've seen her underloved turn in Julia, a movie where she plays a harried alcoholic who ends up in a fateful trip across the border. Her character does nothing but make the wrong choices, but it's her conviction that makes you root for her. We'd love to see that in an action film where she's on the run until finally turning the tables on her pursuers.
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