When comedy and drama stars turn to fist fights and shoot-outs
Anthony Hopkins, 'The Edge'
Though he'd appeared in a few action films earlier in his career, at the age of 59 Hopkins took on perhaps his most physically-demanding film role to date with "The Edge," a David Mamet-scripted survival tale about three men who become stranded in the Alaskan wilderness following a plane crash. Best known for playing devious, cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" - a film that mostly saw him staring out creepily at Jodie Foster from behind a wall of plexiglass - Hopkins nevertheless managed to keep up with his two-decades-younger co-star Alec Baldwin in the film's amped-up action sequences, convincingly facing off with both a particularly-voracious grizzly and Baldwin's back-stabbing wife-stealer. For a guy only a few years away from AARP status at the time of filming, that's pretty dang impressive.
- Chris Eggertsen