Actors long overdue for Leading Man roles

Aren't you tired of Hollywood reserving all the sexiest, juiciest Oscar bait roles for the likes of George Clooney, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt? Hollywood has cast against type before and got the wildly successful Beverly Hills Cop franchise for it. For a town full of artists, Hollywood sure is reluctant to challenge the status quo.
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Idris Elba
Actor, Prometheus
An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant...
“ Sex appeal thy name is Idris. Be it the cockney accent or the confident swagger, who here thinks Idris could inject a much needed boost to the tired James Bond franchise? ” - karimahboston
T.J. Ramini
Actor, 24
TJ is a British actor, writer and producer who was born and raised in London. He has enjoyed a fruitful career in multiple platforms from television and film, theatre and several voice overs in numerous video games. TV fans will most likely recognize TJ from his recurring roles on 24, NCIS and Twisted and from his comedic turn on Desperate Housewives as Gabby's maniacal personal trainer...
“ Also in the running for a fresh take on Bond, English actor T.J. Ramini. For far too long he's been relegated to minor roles such as the boot camp instructor on Desperate Housewives or stereotyped as a Middle Eastern terrorist. Why not cast against type? The movie terrorists (and the audience) will never see it coming. ” - karimahboston
Jimmy Jean-Louis
Actor, Joy
Jimmy led a simple life in a remote village in Haiti until the age of twelve, when he moved to Paris. He has worked in musical theatre in Spain, spending three years with a musical theater "La Belle Epoque", and has had a successful career as an international model. Jimmy moved to Los Angeles in 1998...
“ Heroes alum, Jimmy Jean-Louis consistently turns laughably flat roles in films such as Soul Sisters or Diary of a Tired Black Man into hauntingly nuanced performances with relative ease. One can only imagine what he'd do with some real Oscar bait. ” - karimahboston
Laz Alonso
Actor, Avatar
Born and raised in Washington DC, Laz always knew he wanted to be an actor. He remembers at a very early age entertaining his family by imitating relatives and family friends. He graduated from the prestigious Howard University School of Business, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing...
“ We never saw his face in Avatar and no one probably saw his next biggest performance as the conflicted groom in Jumping the Broom but the world is a dark place if this actor doesn't get a leading role in a major picture TODAY. He's done sci fi, romantic comedy and historical drama. There's no doubt about the range so where are the roles? ” - karimahboston
“ Sy's breakout role as Driss in the Intouchables showed a range and depth of character that should earn him an Oscar nod if not the Oscar itself. ” - karimahboston
Sendhil Ramamurthy
Actor, Heroes
Sendhil Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in the action spy series Covert Affairs. He appeared as Abhay in the Indian film Shor in the City. He played Gabriel Lowen in The CW sci-fi romance series Beauty & the Beast...
“ Admittedly I haven't seen much from this actor since his role in the now defunct Heroes but he had potential, and by potential I mean white hot sex appeal. Screen test this man ASAP! ” - karimahboston
Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim, classically trained in the UK at the highly regarded Bristol Old Vic and soon after graduation was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hakeem's list of impressive credits include Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost, Cane with Jimmy Smits, Law & Order: SVU with Mariska Hargitay...
“ In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End, Hakeem showed the world that Africans not only sailed the seas, they sometimes pirated on them too. He's had a lot of small parts or played a lot of African bad guys since so he needs to play against type something fierce. ” - karimahboston
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian...
“ He was thisclose to super stardom in movies such as The Mummy Returns and the TV series, Lost then...nothing. The roles are out there, the distribution, not so much. ” - karimahboston
“ Sure he ran intellectual circles around his cohorts at the Pimmit Hills trailer park in the TV series My Name is Earl and usually did so while stoned but the man has dramatic chops too playing a slightly scary but surprisingly supportive gang leader to Keke Palmer's Akeelah in Akeelah and the Bee. Aren't you curious what he would do in a well written thriller? ” - karimahboston
“ I couldn't end this list without a shout out to high school alum Dorian Missick. To see his evolution from teenager to leading man on the verge is a credit to his ability. The fact that he's co-starred with the likes of Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston is proof that I'm not prejudiced in my assessment. ” - karimahboston