Earlier this year I made an entry about who are my favourite tough guy actors, those are the guys whom you will just know what they're going to do in whatever movie they star in; be a total badass. We know that, and apparently the guys who make films also know that. Which is why sometimes they'll treat us by pulling the wool over our eyes and cast ordinary looking people who will end up surprising us by how tough they can be.
|Honourable mention: Wikus Van De Merwe from District 9 |
In some ways, they can be a lot better than the type of tough guys we're used to because we can better relate to them. Not everyone can fight in a leather speedo and still be frightening like King Leonidas, but sometimes it doesn't matter if you're short or scrawny as long as you have balls of steel to make up for it. Just like the five people on this list.
Movie: Shaun of the Dead 
The thing about Shaun is that he was just like us. He had a day job that he hated, a girlfriend who hated him, an annoying roommate, and a foster dad along with co-workers who looked down upon him. The only ones who actually liked him are his mother and his best friend. But then when the epidemic took over his town, he picked up a cricket bat and became an unlikely hero for the same people who had never given him credit for anything.
#4 Samwise Gamgee
Movie(s): The Lord of the Rings
Even though most of us had some sort of a premonition that Sam was going to help Frodo anyway, it didn't matter because we were all touched when the moment came. He was overcame with honour and love for his friend, he was able to convince that giant spider that it was more scared of him than he was of it. So you see, small in stature he may be, but the truth is Sam had a heart as big as his balls.
#3 Mr. Miyagi
Movie: The Karate Kid 
I'm referring to is the original Mr. Miyagi played by Pat Morita. Now, I am in no way a fan of the Karate Kid series. I chuckle every time I think about how he could teach a guy who couldn't have weigh more than 60kg to take on guys with much bigger muscle mass than he had. Not impossible, but if you fight a much bigger guy the same way Daniel Larusso did, you're gonna get your ass kicked.
Movie(s): The Star Wars saga
Yoda had one thing in common with Samwise Gamgee; they look like they could be used as the football for a little girls' soccer practice. But this was something I had decided long before Yoda was CGI'd in the prequels and showed us how using The Force can turn him from a frail old toad to an acrobat on crack. The movie was The Empire Strikes Back . Yoda was preaching about The Force only to be met with pessimism on Luke's side. So to prove his point, he lifted an X-Wing from swamp and gave Luke a philosophical "you just got owned bitch!"
#1 Joe Pesci
Movie: Pretty much all movies he starred in
For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Joe Pesci is an actor, although he is quite a character. A few feet shorter than I am, Joe Pesci stands at 5'4" (about 163cm) but yet they kept on giving him tough guy roles and he has never failed to be convincing in every one of them. I really couldn't figure out how that came to be until I heard a stand up comedy routine by the late George Carlin;
"You know who I pray to? Joe Pesci. Two reasons: First of all, I think he's a good actor, okay? To me, that counts. Second, he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that God was having trouble with."
Somehow that made sense. Except for the God part. But of course, we all know George Carlin and his sense of humour.