There’s a phenomenon in Hollywood that has always intrigued me. It’s the slew of women who are cast in roles where they look and act like, well, what I would consider to be “real” people, and then seamlessly transition into roles that can only be described as completely BAD ASS! Sure, they have the best personal trainers and chefs that money can buy, not to mention professional hair and makeup, costume designers, and incredible lighting. Yet I’m still able to suspend disbelief long enough to think that this level of badassery is entirely attainable.
And so, for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, I would like to present a list of women in roles that make me want to actually use my workout equipment for something other than home decor. As always, the list is off the top of my head and in no particular order of importance. Feel free to comment adding any additional names that you think should be recognized for their tough as nails attitude, intellect, sculpted bodies, and mad battle skills.
Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Sure, she kicked butt in the first Terminator film, but look at the complete physical transformation between the two films. She’s incredible.
Sigourney Weaver in Aliens. Oh, Ms. Ripley was incredible throughout the series, but the 2nd film holds a special place in my heart because that’s when she truly had to step up and take ownership of her new bad ass self.
Demi Moore in GI Jane. I’ve shaved my head, and I looked just as good, if I do say so myself. But that’s just from the neck up. This chick did sit-ups while hanging upside down. I mean…come on.
Carrie-Ann Moss in the Matrix. I was not a fan of the entire trilogy, just the original. And she was all that and a bag of chips.
Carrie Fisher in the Star Wars Trilogy. Her Royal Highness started out more mouth and brains (and pretty good aim with a blaster) but by the 3rd film, she was taking down Jabba the Hutt.
Milla Jovovich in the Resident Evil series and the Fifth Element. She never has to speak. Ever. She just kicks ass.
Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill films. First, a confession: I was not a fan of the Kill Bill films. I love Tarantino, but this series was not my cup of tea. That being said, there is no denying that the Bride is a force to be reckoned with.
Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld series and Total Recall. Why can’t I fight like her and look that good?
Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Sure, she is bad ass in pretty much every role she plays, Wanted and Salt being prime examples. Oh, and then there were those Tomb Raider movies. But in Smith, she made me want to be her. There was nothing Jane Smith couldn’t do. Incredible.
Michelle Rodriguez in…in…let’s face it. Michelle Rodriguez in nearly every role she’s had. Well done.
There you have it. I suppose if I ever intend on emulating any of these women, I should probably start by taking a walk. So, this is me…walking away from the computer….