Michael Douglas – Falling Down (1993) Billed as “the adventure of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world” Joel ‘Batman Forever’ Schumacher’s film follows violent sociopath William ‘D-FENS’ Foster. Armed with a rocket launcher and an Uzi he rages against street gangs but also gets a bee in his bonnet over traffic jams and unhelpful shopkeepers. As you do.
Uma Thurman – Kill Bill (2003) Quentin Tarantino’s two-part killing spree sees Thurman’s vengeful ‘Bride’ on a mission to kill Bill (David Carradine) She’s buried alive but punches her way to freedom before show downs with Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah and a memorable carve up where she takes on an army of sword-wielding assassins before a stunning finale scalping Lucy Liu with a Samurai blade.
Gran Torino – Clint Eastwood (2008) The Dirty Harry star directed himself as Korean war veteran Kowalski. The grumpy old man becomes a mentor to his young neighbour Thao after he tries to steal his prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino. Facing off against gangs terrorising his neighbourhood Kowalski snarls, “You come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have fucked with!” Still got it.
Christian Bale – Batman Begins (2005) Christopher Nolan’s moody reimagining of the caped crusader via the Dark Knight graphic novels of Frank Miller began here. Wayne trains to become a walking martial arts weapon and returns to Gotham to quell the threat of the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows. The ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile comes in handy.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Kick Ass (2010) Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Scot Mark Millar’s graphic novel made a star of Johnson. He played a high school geek turned internet sensation when his DIY hero alter ego takes to the streets in a wetsuit and gardening gloves to fight crime. He’s rubbish at first but soon gets the hang of it though Chloe Grace Moretz’ Hit Girl could have him for breakfast.