Some actors don’t have to act to be cool in movies. They’re just naturally cool.
Like when initially seeing an extremely attractive woman walking down the street, a guy thinks, “Damn, she’s fine.” When watching a cool actor in a movie, even if it’s a bad film, guys still have to admit, “That’s a cool cat.”
And with that said, here are my top seven coolest black actors currently in Hollywood. Please read, enjoy and drop a comment.
7). Ice Cube. His name signifies just how cool he is. Though Ice Cube doesn’t have the big-time acting accolades of others on my list, the hardcore rapper turned actor has always exhibited a cool factor on camera from playing Craig in “Friday” to Curtis in “Longshots.”
6). Blair Underwood. Blair Underwood is the jack of all trades and the king of cool. Underwood’s played roles in films, but has also starred in classic TV shows like “L.A. Law” and undervalued tv shows like “City of Angels.”
5). Idris Elba. The British-born actor’s one of the most sought after guys in Hollywood. Idris Elba received national praise as the cool, but ruthless Stringer Bell in the HBO hit drama series, “The Wire.” Most recently, he’s repped hard in movies like “Obsession” and “Takers.”
4). Samuel L. Jackson. In his early career, Jackson was continually typecast as the bad guy or a drug addict in movies, which wasn’t very cool. However, through the years his natural, smooth swagger has become crystal clear as his work has diversified.
3). Laurence Fishburne. His daughter has gone wild, but that doesn’t cool the coolness Fishburne has displayed through his roles in films and now on TV. Where shall we start? He was furious in “Boyz N The Hood” or Morpheus in the “Matrix” film series.
2). Terrence Howard. Perhaps the No. 2 slot for Howard is a surprise here, but the 41-year-old actor has always been one of the coolest dudes around. He first joined the conversation playing Quentin in “The Best Man,” but really wrapped it up as the pimp D-Jay in “Hustle & Flow.”
1). Denzel Washington. No one can deny it! Denzel Washington is the coolest, as well as one of the best actors in Hollywood. You know his resume. It doesn’t matter his role, he nails the essence of his characters and his cool lines and gestures steal the show.
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