The Queen Vs. The Queen

Posted 04/04/2012


The Queen Vs. The Queen
‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ are two wildly divergent adaptations of the classic ‘Snow White’ tale. ‘Mirror Mirror’ took the lighter Disney-esque approach, while ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ has the much darker Grimm Brothers-style stamp on it.

But although they’re two very different films, whenever two A-list Hollywood actresses play the same role– in films releasing within months of each other, no less – we’re obviously going to make comparisons! So we decided to find out which queen deserves ‘fairest of them all’ status?

Her Humble Beginnings
Charlize - ‘Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest’
Talk about humble: Charlize didn’t even get credit for her non-speaking role in this direct-to-video flick. But maybe that’s a good thing.

Julia - ‘Mystic Pizza’
The 1980s were rife with coming-of-age films, but not all were such early stomping grounds for talent. Fellow cast members Lili Taylor, Annabeth Gish, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Matt Damon were all young and relatively fresh faces on this set.

Advantage: Julia

Her Breakout Role
Charlize – ‘The Devil’s Advocate’
Although this wasn’t her first time co-starring with major Hollywood players, it was certainly her first as a leading lady. If two years into your acting career, Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves are the only names above yours in the marquee, you’ve done well.

Julia - ‘Steel Magnolias’
Upstaging Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and Daryl Hannah is not an easy feat. But the young Julia walked away from this film with an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of diabetic, juice-drinking, pink-loving Shelby in this titan of chick flicks.

Advantage: Julia

Her Oscar
Charlize- ‘Monster’
Theron definitely came with the big guns on this one. Proving she was more than just a pretty face, she gained 30 pounds for her portrayal of real-life convicted serial killer and former prostitute Aileen Wuornos, and had a make-up team transform her into someone deserving to be the title character in a film called ‘Monster’.

Julia – ‘Erin Brockovich’
Her Oscar also came from a biopic: the 2001 feel-good movie of the year, about an unemployed single mother who becomes a legal assistant and fighting to bring a California power company to justice. But her only physical transformation involved a push-up bra.

Advantage: Charlize

Her Flop
Charlize - ‘Reindeer Games’
Charlize is one of many in a long list of actresses who found out the hard way that co-starring next to Ben Affleck is not a sure thing when it came to box office success. The film received poor reviews, and even Theron herself called it her worst film in an interview.

Julia – ‘I Love Trouble’
In the 1990s, simply saying ‘Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte’ was probably a guarantee that a studio would sign on to your film. Too bad the actors now can’t stand each other after working together on this poorly received film about two competing newspaper reporters chasing the same story. Turns out it’s not too easy to play a couple falling in love when you despise each other in real life.

Advantage: Charlize (our rationale being that, although both films are relegated to the bargain bin of DVDs, if we were forced to watch one or the other we’d go with ‘Reindeer Games’)

Looks like it’s a tie, 2-2! Consider yourselves equals, ladies… for now!