Thursday, May 24, 2012

Which is Better?


Will Smith
10 sample films:



Men in Black III
Six Degrees of Separation
I Am Legend
Wild Wild West
Hitch
I, Robot
The Pursuit of Happyness
Ali
Independence Day
Bad Boys


or




Daniel Craig
10 sample films:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Layer Cake
Munich
The Adventures of Tintin
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Renaissance
Cowboys & Aliens
Munich
The Golden Compass
Casino Royale

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

21 comments:

  1. This is another tough one. I'm going to have to go with Will Smith. His career hasn't been as strong (or prolific) in recent years, but he still has the stronger resume overall. Craig is on his way there with the Bond films, Dragon Tattoo, and Layer Cake, but I think he needs a bit more before taking this one.

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    1. I am fan of both actors but if I had to decide by whose canon of work I revisit more often it would have to be Smith.

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  2. I don't really like Daniel Craig as an actor but comparing those film lists I have to choose Craig.
    Layer Cake and TGWTDT are awesome.

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    1. Outside of Casino Royale those two films you listed would be my next favourite Craig films. I would also include Enduring Love if I was making a top five list.

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  3. Daniel Craig. I've no doubt will Smith could be better but he chooses some dreadful films. Ali is the only one there that gives him a shot at a decent performance.

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    1. While I admit Smith could make some better choices moving forward, I thought he did a great job in Six Degrees of Separation and Ali. He was also solid in I am Legend and The Pursuit of Happyness (though the overall film could have been better)

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  4. Daniel Craig. I think he's a more versatile actor. He can do drama and has so far been a very cool James Bond.

    I like Will Smith but sometimes, he gets on my nerves. Besides, I was more of a fan of Carlton. To me, Fresh Prince is always the Carlton show.

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    1. Craig needs to do more lighter fare, sure he is a good dramatic actor but he needs to let his humour shine through more. Conversely, Smith needs to pick better dramas. Films that challenge his nice guy image. Even Denzel had to mix it up at some point.

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  5. Also Craig..the Will Smith list could double as a 10 all time worst films list (didn't mind 6 Degrees or I Robot but the rest...)

    This is a bad comparison....an actor compared with an entertainer...

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    1. Since Six Degrees of Separation is one of my all-time favourite films I have to disagree with you about it being a 10 worst list. Granted, Independence Day may not be a great film but it is a fun summer popcorn flick that does not take itself too seriously.

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  6. Talent? Will Smith
    Catalog? Daniel Craig.

    Both actors I believe has had their good and their bad, but I feel that Daniel Craig is the better choice for the reason that I think the odds are in his favour that any potential project he's attached to won't water down it's content for the sake of being more mainstream. Craig is an actor who wants to have an edge, while Smith will always be more into silly gags just for the laugh and fun factor, that isn't always going to do well overall.

    But I feel that Smith is a better actor (Pursuit of Happyness, Ali). While Craig can be a bit of a one-trick pony.

    But at the end of the day my vote goes to CRAIG, because at the very least his action movies will be more in the gut than Smith's films.

    Also waiting for Craig to announce that he'll be starring in a Steve McQueen biopic (he just looks so much like the guy)

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    1. I had not considered the Steve McQueen connection before. Having said that, I think he would be the perfect choice to play McQueen in a biopic. I would love to see that film.

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  7. Daniel Craig. Will Smith is just so careful with his image that he only takes vanilla movie star roles. It's frustrating. On the other hand, Craig doesn't have all that much acting range but he has put together a solid resume with some diverse roles.

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    1. I agree that Smith is too careful about maintaining a certain image. Even stars like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt have figured out that it can be more beneficial to your career to throw their image for a loop on the big screen. Smith would get even more respect, and fans, if he took more cinematic risks.

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  8. I'll go against the grain and vote for Will Smith here. Perhaps he's not the most versatile of actors - or at least doesn't pick roles that show it all that much - but he is great at what he does. Plus, I was really taken by his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He was good in Seven Pounds too. That film had its share of problems, but Smith wasn't one of them.

    Daniel Craig is cool too, of course. He makes for a very effective Bond. But overall, I've enjoyed Smith more than Craig based on what I've seen so far of them.

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  9. I pretty much agree with what Castor said above. I am waiting for Will Smith to step out of his comfort zone. When he finally plays a villain, it's going to be awesome, but for now, Craig gets my vote.

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  10. Being a little late to the party here, it's interesting to see the reasons why people would choose Will Smith over Daniel Craig. I'd have to disagree with whomever said (and I think there were a few) that Daniel Craig is a one trick pony. Aside from films like Six Degrees and Ali (I'm sure a few others could be dug up), most of Will smith's body of work has no range whatsover. He does comedy and he does action and he does action comedies and that's pretty much it. I know he's capable of much, much more, but he seems content to wallow in plain vanilla films. Frankly, I'm surprised anyone still turns up to his films. He's gotten so boring, you couldn't pay me to see him anymore.

    Craig has a much more diverse body of work and he's not afraid to get down and dirty to do it. I completely disagree that he needs to start doing lighter fare; that's the death knell for all actors who were once considered to be at the top of their game in dramas, even won Oscars, and then were promptly pushed into doing Disney films and eventually out of sight and mind.

    Don't get me wrong, Will Smith has his place in the film world, but at least we can count on Craig to do the unexpected small, story-driven film role from time to time (to make us forget he was ever in Tomb Raider).

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    1. While you raise many valid points, I disagree that doing lighter fare is death knell for all actors who were once considered to be at the top of their game in dramas. Doing lighter fare does not necessarily mean going the Disney or romantic comedy route. There are tons of biting comedies that will still garner the actor critical praise while showing off his/her range at the same time.

      Examples include: Cate Blanchett in Bandits, Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich and Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski.

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  11. Smith by about 12 country miles. Sure, he needs some edge, but he's a more talented actor, his overall filmography is better (though it's pretty fucking spotty), etc., etc. Most of all, I've considered Craig to be charisma-free for a while now (TGWTDT was probably the role most-suited to him), while Smith oozes it.

    Of course, if you were to ask this based on where their careers will be in another decade, well...we'll see.

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    1. Although I am a Smith supporter, I actually think that Craig has the better filmography on the whole. I hear you on Smith oozing more charisma though.

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