Having recently started binging through some of Patrick Wilson’s line up, I’ve come to appreciate with the actor. I had seen the first two Insidious movies a few years back, but it wasn’t until recently that I started to get into it. Starting with Watchmen a month or two ago, I found myself getting more and more interested in Patrick Wilson and his work.
While some of his work may not have been commercial successes, I’d argue that, as a whole, Patrick Wilson is a very talented actor. I’ve seen a few comments stating how he is an underrated actor, and I do agree. I, personally, cannot say that I have heard a lot of people talking about him much myself. Despite that, I would like to discuss why he is a great actor. Whether it be his versatility, the research he may put into a role, or his personality as we see it, Patrick Wilson is an actor who, I think, should be appreciated.
Versatility is something not every actor is known for. Or at the very least, some actors are known for playing a certain kind of character. For instance, Christopher Lee, who has a big casting portfolio, was typically known for playing more villainous or dark roles, Eddie Murphy would be known for playing more comedic roles, and so on and so forth. An example of an actor who has played multiple types of characters include Hugh Jackman, who can play someone as stoic as Wolverine in one film, but playing a musically inclined character in The Greatest Showman to voice work as the Easter Bunny in Rise of the Guardians.
Another example would be Patrick Wilson. While he has played in a number of horror/thriller movies, earning himself the title of Scream King, he has played in an array of movies. He played a hero in Watchmen as Nite Owl, probably my favorite so far, and a villain as Orm/Ocean Master in Aquaman. He’s Raoul in Phantom of the Opera (2004), bringing out his musical background as well as in action movies like The Commuter and The A-Team. There’s also a few dramas and romantic comedies among other genres. He also has experience with acting in television along with movies. A number of actors do have this kind of experience, with Patrick Wilson being one of them.
What an actor can do will fascinate/intrigue people. And while some versatile actors may be more well known than Patrick Wilson, he’s still a very good actor in this perspective.
Experience for the Part
This isn’t an uncommon thing either. Depending on what the movie is about, an actor or actress will do their research for the role. Getting to know material or a topic is usually a good thing in most cases. In the case of actors/actresses, this is could be a handy tool to help prepare them for a role. This could result in something like method acting (i.e. Daniel Day Lewis) or simply getting to know the material if they don’t already (i.e. Christopher Lee and Lord of the Rings).
Patrick Wilson is one such example. One such example, was with Watchmen. In a few interviews around the time of the movies release, the way he responded to the questions sounded like someone who had read up on the material, and potentially enjoyed it. And as someone who also had experience with music and theater, doing a musical like Phantom of the Opera wouldn’t be unfamiliar to him.
Looking into the background of a role to learn about it is something commendable. In general, learning something new can prove valuable regardless if it’s for a role or in everyday life. Educating oneself on a topic is something that should be appreciated.
While actors and actresses may not always be like they appear in interviews, it seems that Patrick Wilson is one of those who just may be. Scanning through interviews on YouTube, he appears very laid back and humored. He’s not overly serious, nor overly dramatic. Watching interviews, you can see that he’s genuinely a good guy. Yes, one could argue that it’s just what the cameras catch, but I honestly think that it isn’t only a façade. For some celebrities, it can be, for others not, and I don’t think he falls into the former.
Celebrities obviously are in the public eye, so how pleasant they are on camera usually ranges from some kind of friendly to calm to focused on the task at hand. Based on interviews and comments I’ve seen, there seems to be a consensus that Patrick Wilson is a very humble and well humored. Both traits that are considered admirable. Of course having a sense of focus and calm nature are also very admirable, which he seems to have in a good amount. Not every one has to be serious all of the time, nor to they have to take themselves too seriously.
Patrick Wilson has a lot of good qualities, and I probably haven’t hit all of them. He’s shown that he is an overall joy to be around, someone who can do a number of kinds of architypes, and seems well informed on things he’s involved with. There are celebrities who would definitely be considered underrated and/or underappreciated, and I think Patrick Wilson falls into that category. I wouldn’t say he needs to be on the top of the Hollywood hierarchy, but her certainly deserves appreciation.