Annlyel explores the Hollywood pairings she cannot put out of her mind!
Movies. They star some of our favorite actors and actresses in stories that are either entertaining or the exact opposite. Every once in a while you get a pair of actors that do so well together in one film that agencies pair them up again for another movie. Today, I’ll share with you the movie pairings that I can’t forget.
Domnhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina
My first introduction to Domnhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac was, as you’d imagine, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In The Force Awakens, they play roles on either side of the spectrum. Oscar Isaac stars as Poe Dameron, the dashing hot-shot pilot/commander whose every fiber of his being screams hero. And then Domnhall Gleeson plays the Nazi-like First Order general whose only goal is to watch the Resistance wiped from the galaxy like dirt from a Clorox wipe.
And yet, a year before, they starred together in the science-fiction hit, Ex Machina. Domnhall Gleeson was the innocent test dummy of sorts who ended up falling for the robot he was assigned to befriend. And Oscar Isaac was the slightly diabolical, super-smart creator of what would be the smartest robot on Earth.
They played their roles so perfectly in the film that I find myself unable to unsee it. Specifically that hilarious yet awkward yet strangely entrancing dance scene with Oscar Isaac and his robot lady friend. Yeah, I’m never going to unsee that.
Lupita N’Yongo and Duke Winston in Black Panther
Lupita N’Yongo and Duke Winston star in the Jordan Peele horror film, Us, as a loving husband and wife trying to protect their family from the evil versions of themselves. It’s a stark contrast to their roles in Black Panther where Lupita N’Yongo plays Nakia, King T’Challa’s girlfriend, and Duke Winston plays the Jabari leader M’Baku. Their characters in Black Panther aren’t the least bit romantically involved, making their scenes of affection in Us a bit awkward to observe.
Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson in Kong: Skull Island
Before Brie Larson was soaring through the air as the super-powerful Avenger in the MCU she was a modernized version of the blond-haired dame that King Kong is always trying to save in Kong: Skull Island. What makes it hilarious is that Tom Hiddleston’s macho character was slightly hitting on her throughout the movie but I, of course, can’t unsee the fact that he’s Loki. And before Samuel L. Jackson was Brie Larson’s friend as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel, he was viewed as a villain of sorts, which is also a difference to his role in the MCU.
Seeing all of these big-time Marvel actors together in this one movie is very interesting.
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron-Taylor Johnson in Godzilla
I know Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson mainly for their roles in the Marvel movies as brother and sister Wanda and Pietro Maximoff. Five years ago, I watched Godzilla in the movie theaters (it was my only time watching the movie) and at the time, I didn’t know who Aaron-Taylor Johnson or Elizabeth Olsen was. In the film, they play a husband and wife (even going as far as having a passionate kissing scene) which, now looking back on it, totally grosses me out. I know they are just actors but I’ve grown so accustomed to them as brother and sister in Avengers: Age of Ultron that well, I’m never going to be able to unsee them in these superhero roles, making their involvement in Godzilla less than inviting.
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok
Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie played off of each other so well in Thor: Ragnarok that Columbia Pictures brought the pair back together for Men in Black: International. Unfortunately, their chemistry wasn’t enough to make the film enjoyable. Honestly, if Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson ever star in a movie together I will always see them as Thor and Valkyrie. Always.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!