Thursday, May 26, 2011

Which is Better?

Morgan Freeman
10 sample films:

The Shawshank Redemption
Lean on Me
Driving Miss Daisy
Kiss the Girl
The Dark Knight
Million Dollar Baby
Nurse Betty


Anthony Hopkins
10 sample films:

The Silence of the Lambs
Howards End
Hearts in Atlantis
The Elephant Man
The Bounty
Legends of the Fall
The Mask of Zorro

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section


  1. Well, Morgan Freeman's movies are consistently good. Anthony Hopkins' movies are hit or miss, at least for me.

    Freeman's list of works definitely has the "upper hand" (haha see what I did here?)...but I'm going to go with Anthony Hopkins. That's what my gut tells me.

  2. inMovies3:18 pm

    Morgan Freeman definitely wins! His movies are always great... no doubt because of his commanding presence on screen.

  3. Morgan Freeman in terms of consistency. Anthony Hopkins hasn't been in some good movies for me in recent years.

  4. Not two of my favourite actors, but still capable of giving great performances.
    I'll have to go with Hopkins though, his performance in The Elephant Man as exceptional.

  5. We did an Anthony Hopkins week on RI and he had some great ones (obviously) but his duds are really bad. Freeman gets my vote.

  6. No Lion in Winter or Remains of the Day for Hopkins? He has dried up in the recent years, but he's had a start long before Freeman - his debut was phenomenal. He's the better actor, I say, but they've both done poor films as of late.

  7. @Rachel – If your gut says Hopkins than Hopkins it is.

    @inMovie – Freeman does have a strong presence, the deep voice plays into it.

    @thevoid – Hopkins doesn’t seem to have the flair for challenging roles like he use to.

    @Jack – Funny enough, The Elephant Man is one of the few Lynch films I still have yet to see. Been procrastinating on that film for a while now, I really need to get around to watching it in the next few months.

    @Jess – I think both actors fall into that really good / really bad category. Hopkins has had a few extra bad clunkers.

    @Andrew – I thought about adding both Remains of the Day and Shadowlands (an often forgotten gem!) to the 10 sample list, but I did not want to stuff his side with all period pieces.

  8. I've seen much more with Morgan Freeman, but Anthony Hopkins was great in The Silence of the Lambs...

    I think I'll choose Morgan Freeman, because I haven't seen any bad performance from him - and because he's God, at least in a film ;)

  9. A tough one... both actors are kind of overrated. I'm not sure whether Morgan Freeman is typecast or just plays it safe when he chooses his movies, but he really doesn't seem to be much different from one film to the next. I'd love to see him stretch himself, maybe playing some kind of transexual alien crime lord or something.

    I'll have to go Hopkins. He's been in some shockingly bad films (and also has a strong tendency to plate up the ham and chew up the scenery), but it's peaks and troughs and he's remarkably good in Silence of the Lambs, The Elephant Man and Remains of the Day

  10. @Lime(tte) – If we go based on characters, Freeman does have the advantage of playing the most powerful person there is in Bruce Almighty

    @Multiplex – Hopkins has definitely played some iconic screen characters. Hannibal Lecter is viewed by many to be one of the greatest characters in cinema history.

  11. I really don't think Freeman' films are consistently good..

    Hopkins all the way, whatever he does he's still Hopkins a genius actor, Freeman's has floated his status too high with his unbeliavable voice.

    Both are amazing presence-wise.

  12. @5plitreel – I think both actors have coasted a bit of late. I really thought Freeman was sleepwalking through Red. Still cannot figure out why he is even in the film?

  13. Hopkins is the more talented actor, though it's closer than you might think. Freeman often does lighter roles, but we all know he's capable of the heavy stuff, too (Glory, for starters).

    Irrespective of their hits and misses, I can't go against that voice. I feel like Hopkins could be replaced, but Freeman is a pop culture icon at this point.

  14. @Dylan – I agree that the two are a lot closer than people give them credit of being. Hopkins is talented but often waste his gift on unchallenging roles. Freeman, in his own way, is doing the same thing as Hopkins. He takes supporting roles in films where he is only allowed to be great in small doses. Instead of commanding the screen like he can.


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