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Charlize Theron: A Viewer's Guide
The highs and lows of the Oscar winners career to date

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Since landing in Hollywood, Charlize Theron has delved into the darkest recesses of the human psyche, pursued truth into uncomfortable corners, driven Minis at speeds definitely not recommended by the Highway Code, and disarmed disorderly superheroes. But it’s all in a day’s work for one of Tinseltown’s most gifted – and boldest – actresses. Next up, she takes on wicked witch duties in Snow White And The Huntsman before Ridley Scott blasts the Benoni-born actress into space to an uncertain future in Prometheus. In case she never returns, we’ve looked back at her brilliant career to date, taking in all those sociopaths, speed freaks and superheroes along the way...

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Monster (2003)

It was Theron’s portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos that really announced her arrival in Hollywood. The 30lbs she put on to play the real-life killer proved that vanity didn’t play into her choices, while her lank hair and prosthetic teeth transformed her into Wuornos’s virtual doppelganger. It was an astonishing turn lauded by Roger Ebert as “not a performance but an embodiment”, while Empire hailed Theron’s portrayal as “unnervingly accurate”. Christina Ricci deserves praise too, playing lover Selby Wall as a wide-eyed counterpoint to Wuornos’s bipolar rages, but Monster is Theron’s film from start to finish. “There’s a whole world of people killing and rapping,” she blasts at one point, “but I’m the only one killing them.”

 

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1 RE: Devils Advocate!!!
I enjoyed Hancock but Devil's Advocate ended two scenes too late and suffered from a typical Pacino hambush. More

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2 Devils Advocate!!!
Come on, No mention for Devils Advocate?! She is amazing, the real heartbeat of this film, am i on my own? More

Posted by pecman2000 on Thursday June 7, 2012, 16:21

3 Two worthy mentions
Two Days in The Valley - Psycho Blonde Barbie kicks Lois Lane's (Terri hatcher) a$$, and wears (briefly) some of the sexiest negligee ever. The Devils Advocate - don't let the devil into your head ! Sexy southern chick disintergrates into possessed mad crazy thing. This got my entire house screaming "NOT THE MIRROR!!!! NOOOOOOO! " More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Wednesday June 6, 2012, 20:28

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She's always good in everything she does...mostly because she selects her scripts well and stays away from RomComs...but Hancock??? That sucked balls More

Posted by ronniem on Wednesday June 6, 2012, 10:19

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Wait, wait, wait.... You recommend Hancock? :O More

Posted by Agent69 on Tuesday June 5, 2012, 12:35

6 Recognition for our Charlize
Thanks for this, Charlize doesn't get enough credit for what a great actress she is. And thanks for writing Benoni-born as if everyone knows where it is. :) More

Posted by Enzino on Monday June 4, 2012, 10:57

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"There's a whole world of people killing and rapping, but I'm the only one killing them." THAT'S a film I want to see. More

Posted by Jethed on Friday June 1, 2012, 20:07

8 Missing?
You can't have a CT retrospective without mentioning the classic that is Mighty Joe Young. Poor form Empire More

Posted by dapieman on Friday June 1, 2012, 13:57

9 One to avoid
Aeon Flux? One to avoid? Figure-hugging cat suit? Are you kidding? Who cares if it makes no sense. Figure-hugging cat suit. More

Posted by trouserpress on Friday June 1, 2012, 13:25

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