Saturday, January 30, 2016

Top 5 Movie Guide: Rachel McAdams

Welcome! The Slackers are back together for another limited Top 5 Movie Guide series run, as well as to debut each of our Top 15 Films of 2015 lists next month. We'll be bringing you a collection of five total Top 5 Movie Guides (weekly Saturday lists as well as one Wednesday list squeezed in the middle), culminating in the release of our individual best-of-the-year lists the week before the Oscars. So stay tuned - there is plenty more to come!

We kick-off our 2016 series with Rachel McAdams, nominated for Best Supporting Actress this year for her work in "Spotlight". McAdams was born in Ontario, Canada, and had interest in film/theatre at a young age. As as teenager she attended a prestigious theatre camp, performing in various Shakespearean productions. She then went on to study at York University, where she graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts. After college, she went on to appear in a few different Canadian television shows, even winning a notable award for her role in 2003's "Slings and Arrows".

But it was her breakout film role in the following year's "Mean Girls" that brought her worldwide notoriety and a slew of Hollywood offers. She followed that performance up with roles in surprising hits "The Notebook" and "Wedding Crashers", both of which helped make McAdams a household name. Since then, she's continued her acting career with steady and quality work. She's appeared in at least 25 films to date and has worked with some of the best directors in the business (Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Brian De Palma, Wes Craven (RIP), Antoine Fuqua, Cameron Crowe, and Guy Ritchie, just to name a few). Only now, with her first Oscar nomination for her role in "Spotlight", is she starting to get critical recognition for the work she's done.

Of the roles she's turned down or been considered for, there are a few notable ones. She was Jon Favreau's first choice to play Pepper Potts in 2008's "Iron Man", but turned down the role. She also turned down Anne Hathaway's roles in "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006) and "Get Smart" (2008). And while it's not clear if formal offers were ever made, she was considered for roles in 2005's "Fantastic Four" (Jessica Alba's character, Sue Storm) and 2006's "Casino Royale" (Eva Green's character, Vesper Lynd).

P.S. Before we jump in, I want to announce and thank our latest contributor, Elisabeth Clem (for those wondering, she is the wife of Derek Clem)! She will be participating in this series of Top 5 Movie Guides as well as unveiling her own Top 15 Films of 2015 in the coming month. We're very excited to have her on board and know she will make a great addition to the team - it's always nice when we can get a guest contributor to help class-up the joint a bit!