Meet the actor #2

I’m a massive film lover and know lots of actors I love. It doesn’t matter what kind of film or series they play in, I’ll go watch it. Okay, that’s not entirely true, but you get what I mean. Anyway, without further ado: let’s get started!

This month: Ben McKenzie

Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan, born September 12, 1981, is an American actor, writer and director. His first high (profile) role was in 2003 (till 2007) in the television series The O.C. as Ryan Atwood. In 2009, he starred as Ben Sherman in Southland until 2013. From 2014 to 2019 he portrayed James Gordon in the television series Gotham. He also wrote 2 and directed 3 episodes of Gotham. His first starring role in a feature film was in the 2008 film adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun. He voiced Batman in Batman: Year One and appeared in the films Junebug and 88 Minutes. He made his Broadway debut in the Bess Wohl play Grand Horizons in January 2020.

I discovered him in Gotham, playing James Gordon. I’ve always loved Batman and the entire universe around it (seeing as I bought and read lots of comics) and that’s where I truly discovered him. Then again, I also saw bits of his other show Southland, but didn’t finish either of them. As of right now, I’m finally resuming Gotham. And I’ve seen bits already (yes, I spoiled bits to myself) but I couldn’t help myself. Ben is an outstanding actor in both fight scenes and the more emotional scenes. He just got me really hooked in his abilities of acting. I’m gutted to know he never won an award whilst playing James Gordon. I mean, damn. That man portrays him like no one else ever did.

I watched bits of The O.C. (since I was also watching One Tree Hill) at the time, but I didn’t really like his character in it, so it was hard for me to continue watching that. But I’m currently watching Gotham and Southland and boy, is he a good actor. I’m sure you’ll agree with me once you see/know his work.

My top 5 films/series he starred in:

  1. Gotham

2. Southland

3. The O.C.

4. Line of Duty

5. Junebug

If you know this actor, how did you get to know him? What did you watch of him?

Love, Deem ❤

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