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Happy Birthday Charlize Theron: A few of her memorable performances which remind us that her talent is unparalleled

Happy Birthday Charlize Theron: A few of her memorable performances which remind us that her talent is unparalleled
Shilpa S

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Charlize Theron is one of the most admired and highly-paid actresses in the Hollywood industry. From suffering a terrible ordeal as a child in strife-torn South Africa, she went on to become one of the most sought-after talents in the film industry. She ensured not to get typecast and became a name to reckon with in a short span of time, thanks to the variety of genres she was part of, from drama and comedy, to action flicks and biopics. Theron has made a name for herself in the action genre, playing a variety of strong female leads and pulling off physically demanding action sequences without the use of stunt doubles. Her roles have earned her several accolades as well, including the prestigious Academy Award.

As the star turns 46, check out some of her impactful performances.


North Country

Adapted from a book, North Country is based on a real life incident where a few female mine workers filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in the United States, the first-of-its-kind in the country. The story is told through the eyes of Josey Aimes, who on getting a job in a Minnesota mine, becomes the target of rampant sexual harassment and abuse, along with her female co-workers. Soon, she decides to take legal action against the company. Theron’s powerful portrayal of a victim ravaged by the harassment she endures on a daily basis will leave viewers in tears. After receiving appreciation from several quarters, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth installment in the Mad Max film franchise. A barren desert is under the rule of a tyrant who hoards precious resources to keep the people in the land under his thumb. When his trusted lieutenant, Furiosa, escapes with his wives, he gives chase vowing to get them back. The fleeing Furiosa is assisted by one of the tyrant’s prisoners and together, they make their way in search of an oasis. Charlize Theron’s performance as the no-nonsense and courageous Furiosa was lauded by movie buffs for the way she approached the women-centric action role.

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Based on a real life instance of sexual harassment, Bombshell tells the story of women employees at the American news channel Fox News, who attempt to expose the channel CEO for his rude and lustful behaviour. Charlize Theron’s incredible portrayal of journalist Megyn Kelly is not to be missed, thanks to the manner in which the characterization has been designed and her compelling performance.

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Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde is based on a graphic novel, titled The Coldest City. Set in 1989, in the year of the Berlin Wall collapse, the film chronicles the journey of a British Intelligence agent who tries to locate those agents who operate out of Berlin. Charlize Theron, who underwent intense physical training for her role, put up a captivating performance and gave it her all in the stylish action sequences.

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This drama narrates the tale of a young mother who, when overwhelmed with the arrival of a third baby, decides to hire the services of a nanny. Though initially apprehensive of the woman she hires, both of them begin to develop a close bond with each other. Theron, who played the titular role, Tully, put her body through the wringer to gain over 20 kilograms to authentically portray the role of an overworked mother of three. Apart from her role, which was widely appreciated, what stood apart in the film was its climactic twist.

The Old Guard

Based on a comic book of the same name, The Old Guard chronicles the adventures of a quartet of warriors, each centuries old, who are inexplicably gifted with the ability to regenerate and heal their bodies from massive trauma. They use their abilities to help mankind by taking up missions to serve people around the globe. However, one such mission goes awry, but they also discover another warrior with similar abilities. Charlize Theron’s action-packed performance as the axe-wielding warrior is sure to leave you wanting for more. The makers are now planning for a sequel to the film.

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