Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce has enjoyed a career that has spanned well over twenty years and has seen him work in TV as well as movies.

This week sees him back on the big screen in Lockout, an action packed thriller directed by James Mather & Stephen St. Leger.

To celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at some of Pearce's best movies throughout his career.

- L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential remains one of the best crime dramas to have ever hit the big screen - hard to believe that the movie is fifteen years old.

Pearce played Edmund J. Exley who has a very different policing style to Wendell 'Bud' White, who was played by Russell Crowe.

The movie was set in the 1950's and it was just a visual treat as director Curtis Hanson really brought that period alive.

It was a tense drama that was full of twists and turns. Pearce and the whole cast delivered perfect performances that elevated the movie even further.

- Memento

The movie that really announced Pearce on the global stage was Memento back in 2000 when Christopher Nolan showed off his unique directing style.

The movie followed Leonard Shelby (Pearce), suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.

Memento is an incredibly complex and complicated movie but it never gets lost in that complexity - this type of storytelling really elevates the film.

It's an incredibly tense performance from Pearce and Nolan really seems to have got the best out of him.

- The Proposition

He moved into the Western in 2005 as he teamed up with filmmaker John Hillcoat for The Proposition.

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him 9 days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

This is a stunningly shot Western, a genre that has really enjoyed big success in recent years, that really brings to life the Outback.

This movie is brutal and bloody and Pearce really does work well with Ray Winstone throughout.

- Factory Girl

Factory Girl may have struggled with the critics and at the box office when it was released back in 2006 but it was a movie that I really enjoyed.

Pearce plays Andy Warhol in the movie that charts the rise and fall of Edie Sedgwick (played by Sienna Miller).

Pearce turns in a great performance as Warhol the chillingly self absorbed icon who viewed humans as mere commodities who could be enjoyed for their aesthetic purposes, used for what they had to offer before being disregarded and replaced.

Warhol was a man who wanted to appear one dimensional and Pearce really does capture his lack of emotion.

- Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was one of the best Australian movies that we got the chance to see last year as Pearce teamed up with Joel Edgerton and Jacki Weaver for this crime drama.

The movie follows seventeen year old J who finds himself thrown in the middle of his criminal family after his mother dies.

Animal Kingdom is an intimate portrayal of a criminal family that shows the inner workings as well as the hierarchy and the fear.

Pearce took on the role Sgt Nathan Leckie who tries to convince J to turn in his dangerous and violent relations.

This week he is back in Lockout and it kicks off a busy year for the actor as will also be starring in Prometheus and Lawless.

He is currently filming Jack Irish: Black Tide for TV

Lockout is released 20th April

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