The Smiling A$$hole

A list of actors known for cultivating the above image. An a$$hole with seemingly no regard for whether or not people like or approve of his behavior. Such characters have no concern for the consequences of their actions, and the goal for the character is that we laugh enough to forget about or otherwise ignore said qualities.

Some ups, some downs. This is just a character I've been seeing on TV and in movies a lot recently. I thought it deserved note.

For each character, I write whether I think the character works (up) or doesn't (down).
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“ Pick a character he's played, any character he's played (well, maybe not the guy from Up in the Air), and voila! A perfect example of the smiling a$$hole! If you need someone who can switch from friend to enemy and back in an instant; Danny's your man.

He has ups and downs. ” - danhollow
 
2.
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ He plays the SA to critical acclaim and endless gawking from people. One of the top SA's working today.

Moral Character Down = Career Up ” - danhollow
 
3.
“ Most of the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia qualify, but Mac takes the cake. He has no standards for what's polite and what's awful. Admittedly it makes him unbelievably funny, but my god, he has no conscience at all. There is no low he will not sink to.

Down to the point of being up. ” - danhollow
 
4.
Woody Harrelson
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, had a brief stint in New York theater...
“ He creates characters we instantly dislike one minute and love the next. Without seemingly changing anything. He's cocky, confident, generally missing some important piece of information, but pushes through anyway with the kind of nerve that would make other men wet themselves. If Tallahassee is anything but a SA, I'm a mook.

Nut Up or Shut Up. ” - danhollow
 
5.
Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg was born in Berkeley, California, to Marjorie (Marrow), a teacher, and Joe Samberg, a photographer. With Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, Samberg is one of three Los Angeles, California-based writer-performer-filmmakers--all childhood friends--dubbed the Lonely Island, whose short films were showcased on the popular untelevised television network show and Web site Channel 101.com...
“ Also a shining advocate for "Clever Stupidity". It's his major selling points, cleverly making something stupid funny. He's definitely one of the Top 5 Smiling A$$holes of the present day.

Down is Up, get used to it. ” - danhollow
 
6.
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Charlie's father right after he had moved to Manhattan...
“ On and off set. Dreadful human being, but funny enough to help us forget it once in a while.

Ups and downs, but more ups than people like to admit. ” - danhollow
 
7.
Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon (Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. His siblings are music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica and went on to The New School in New York to study drama...
“ Slightly less smiling, but he has the attitude down.

Some good ups, some BAD downs. ” - danhollow
 
8.
Denis Leary
Denis Leary was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Nora (Sullivan) and John Leary, Irish immigrants who had grown up together. His mother was a maid and his father was an auto mechanic. After a childhood in the 1960s, Leary went to Emerson College in Boston, where he tried his hand at acting and writing...
“ See his song "I'm an A$$hole" for more clarification. ” - danhollow
 
9.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. While tagging along with his older brother of 3 years...
“ Barney Stinson does qualify, but he makes being awful awesome. Over 200 women bedded by 2008, and yet we never grow bored of watching him work his stuff.

Suit up! ” - danhollow
 
10.
Owen Wilson
Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Wilson was born in Dallas, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. He grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura (Cunningham), a photographer; his father, Robert Andrew Wilson, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson (the eldest) and Luke Wilson (the youngest)...
“ A definitive example, but that's all I can think to say. I can't think of any particular examples that stand out above the others. A lot of people don't quite realize that most of the characters he plays are, indeed, a$$holes.

He's all over the place. ” - danhollow
 
11.
Adam Sandler
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
“ I can think of plenty of other names to call him (some good, many bad), but I'd say a SA fits him pretty well. One of his best examples is Funny People, wherein he plays a parody of himself, but with less moral fiber than usual. At the same time, it's one of his best characters.

Good ups, lots and lots of downs. We still kinda like the downs, though. ” - danhollow
 
12.
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ Maybe subtract the "smiling" part. Then again, maybe not. But definitely a character who doesn't apologize for who he is, or how mean he might be.

Mostly ups. ” - danhollow
 
13.
“ He transcends being a Smiling @$$hole. Mr. Tosh is a Cheeky F____er. The Cheekiest F____er you will ever see.

He will continue to go up, unless someone shoots him. ” - danhollow
 
14.
Seth MacFarlane
Music Department, Ted
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from Mayflower passengers...
“ For a guy as stressed out and busy as Seth, you would never think it to look at him. Everywhere you see him, this guy is always smiling; it's simultaneously infuriating and reassuring. Is he a Smiling @$$hole though? I think he's a little too smart to properly fit the term. But I'll bet you could find his picture in the dictionary under "smartass". Seriously, look at him; you just instinctively know he's a smartass. A damn funny one, too.

Down with the @$$hole! Up with the smart@$$! ” - danhollow
 
15.
Ricky Gervais
Writer, The Office
Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and went on to study at University College, London, where he gained a degree in Philosophy...
“ Why do we continue to let him host awards ceremonies when he insults and browbeats the people he's congratulating? Because he's just too good at it to make him stop.

Putting you down brings him up. ” - danhollow