|I am slayed.|
You are undeniably a great talent. A fantastic dramatic actor with great comedy sense (as seen in Starter for Ten), you seemed destined for great stardom when 2007 ended. Yet that seemed to never quite catch on. Most of my peers--female and gay especially--have a deep fondness for your baby blues, but the rest of the world has forgotten you and latched on to a taller and edgier actor: Michael Fassbender. While he may have a mighty resumé and a fierce quality that hasn't been seen in some time (and an impressive..um..::cough::...member...), it was you who out-acted him in X-Men: First Class. You were here first, goddamnit!
Now don't get me wrong. I appreciate all of your films. I found you doing great work in Robert Redford's The Conspirator, but I need you to work with a director/screenplay worthy of your talents. I want you to have a Steve McQueen. I want you to be the Robert DeNiro/Leonardo DiCaprio to someone's Martin Scorsese. You deserve that, and I find you a flexible enough actor to be able to attract such talent. Action, animated comedy, period drama, prestige comedy, comic-book adaptation; the genres that you flip through with such ease shows that you're looking to establish yourself as an actor to watch out for, and yet you've had that designation for 5 years now. Time to shake it off and come out with a "HERE I AM" role deserving of your talents.
Perhaps netting the lead in Danny Boyle's next film is exactly what you needed. He seems to be on a roll of late, and the project seems interesting enough to give you something different to work with. You will be working opposite Vincent Cassel though, so watch yourself and don't let that scene-chewer upstage you.
And avoid films that make you grow a beard. Stop fighting the hot.