BySree Lal, writer at
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Sree Lal

Charlize Theron quickely established herself as a glamorous model and a talented actress. Her versatility is her greatest asset which even helped her to achieve an Oscar. As a native South African, Theron is now a well-known actress in Hollywood, with movie credits like Monster and [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) under her belt. Let’s take a look at Theron’s five badass, versatile performances we all love and enjoy.

1. Meredith Vickers (Prometheus)

Ridley Scott’s Alien spin-off was criticized for a number of reasons, but not for its performances. Prometheus brought fine turns from Fassbender and Rapace, and of course Theron. The character Meredith Vickers was constructed in a despicable manner, and jealousy and stubbornness were her traits. While in most parts, we were shown the unlikable part of Vickers, we are also shown the other side of her character in the end. Theron managed to impress us by giving an outstanding performance and that’s what makes her a badass.

2. Anna (A Million Ways to Die in the West)

Seth Macfarlane’s stinker is bad for a number of reasons, but Theron’s Anna is not one of them. Wife to an outlaw, Anna is quick with guns and witty all along. Falling in love with Macfarlane’s character, things get messy between Anna and her outlaw husband. Produced as a slapstick comedy, this movie failed to bring good humor, but Theron still maintains her status as a great actress, giving an enjoyable performance.

3. Aeon Flux (Æon Flux)

Adapted from the animated series of same name, Aeon Flux was a disaster critically, but Theron was praised for her versatility. A performance that mostly relied on action sequences, Theron’s Aeon Flux wasn’t just a typical action movie star, as she managed to deliver the emotional depth the character needed.

4. Aileen Wuornos (Monster)

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute turned serial-killer, this role gave Theron the greatest challenge of her career and with great dedication, she nailed the role. Theron proved herself to be one of the best actresses working today, winning her an Academy award for her efforts. Using prosthetics and her brilliant acting talents, she transformed into Aileen with ease. A depressing tale with a strong lead, Monster was a success both critically and financially.

Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road)

This year’s Mad Max sequel/reboot was a surprise for everyone. With a story that does justice to its source and fantastic action sequences, Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best movies of 2015. It’s easy to conclude which of those badass characters impressed us most, when we consider Theron’s brilliant performance as Furiosa. An important character in the story, Furiosa managed outshine Max in most parts. Some of us even wanted to rename the movie to Mad Furiosa. All thanks to Theron’s commanding performance, Furiosa now has the status of characters like Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor.


Which badass Theron performance do you like the most?


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