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The Good, The Bad and the Badass: Sigourney Weaver

Sep. 26, 2013by: Chris Bumbray
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Last week, we took a look at the career of a downright icon when it comes to being a badass- Denzel Washington. But, as good as he is, I think he just might be beat in that department by this weeks subject.

Sigourney Weaver

Chalk Sigourney Weaver up as one of our true modern legends. During the eighties, Weaver did it all. Not only was she one of the few (maybe only) actual female action icons from the era (ALIENS), but she could also do just as well in comedy (GHOSTBUSTERS, WORKING GIRL), and drama (GORILLAS IN THE MIST). Her versatility is legendary, and its served her well over a career thats lasted thirty-six years.

Right from her first blink-and-youll-miss-it appearance in Woody Allens classic ANNIE HALL, it was clear that Weaver had it, meaning insane star-power and, yes, sex appeal. Her lead role as Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's ALIEN shot her to instant stardom, and in the decades since, theres never been a time that she hasnt been on the A-list. In terms of longevity, she has very few rivals.

Her Best Performance

Sigourney Weavers been great in a whole bunch of movies, but for me shell always been Ellen Ripley. Without a doubt, Ripleys one of the great action icons, comparable to any major action role played by any of her contemporaries like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, or Clint Eastwood. Weaver as Ripley is like Sean Connery as James Bond, or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. She just is the character. Whats particularly interesting about her performance as Ripley is the growth she shows across the films, particularly the first two, ALIEN and ALIENS.

In ALIEN, Ripley is ice-cold, being the second-in-command to the nice-guy captain played by Tom Skerritt. Yet, her insane struggle to survive against the xenomorph monster humanizes her. But, she really comes into her own with ALIENS, particularly the directors cut, which reveals that she left a child behind to take a contract for the company, and that her daughter died of old age while she was adrift. Her relationship with Newt is her redemption, and I defy anyone watching this not to get a chill when shes goes mano-a-mano against the Queen. Get away from her you BITCH!!! Weaver was so incredible she was nominated for an Oscar (and should have won), almost unheard of for a blockbuster action role.

Her Most Overrated Performance

Tough one. Weavers one of those actresses whos consistently underrated so picking one where shes the opposite is tough. I guess maybe the only one that seems worthy of this is the short-lived series POLITICAL ANIMALS. Despite being cancelled, it managed to finagle its way into the best mini-series category and garner a slew of Emmy nominations it may or may not have deserved. Even still, Sigourney cant really be blamed.

Her Most Underrated Performance

Im gonna give JoBlo himself a shout-out with this one. To me, GALAXY QUESTis a criminally underrated film. People see Tim Allen on the DVD cover or poster, and automatically think its one thing, where its actually quite an ingenious satire of STAR TREK and its fandom. While Allen is great as the William Shatner-style star, and Alan Rickman steals-scenes as the Patrick Stewart (whos gone on record saying he loves this film)-Leonard Nimoy serious ACT-or, Weaver is unexpectedly hilarious as the shows leading lady. Her character complains about being fetishized by fans as an airhead sex-bomb, and yearns to prove herself as something more, and certainly does over the course of the film. She also has very nice chemistry with Tim Allen. Clearly Weavers having a lot of fun here and it shows.

Her Most Memorable Scene

While this may not be the ultimate test of her acting ability, how else could I choose anything but the chest-buster scene from ALIEN? Its certainly the most memorable scene shes ever been a part of, and iconically scary.

Her Top 5 Films

1. GHOSTBUSTERS
2. ALIENS
3. ALIEN
4. GALAXY QUEST
5.THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
Next Up

Weavers not slowing down at all. While her rumored role in the next MORTAL INSTRUMENTS movie may not happen after all (considering how badly the first one flopped) shes keeping very busy indeed. Apparently, shell be back in the AVATAR sequels (even though she died in the first one), and has also signed on to Ridley Scotts new biblical epic, EXODUS.

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:42PM on 09/26/2013
Weaver is a complete bad-ass. I thought that it would've been awesome to see her pop up in the Expendables franchise. If they make more than 3, maybe she will. While I do like Galaxy Quest & believe that it's an underrated flick in general, Alien 3, especially the extended cut, is a good flick that is way underrated.
Weaver is a complete bad-ass. I thought that it would've been awesome to see her pop up in the Expendables franchise. If they make more than 3, maybe she will. While I do like Galaxy Quest & believe that it's an underrated flick in general, Alien 3, especially the extended cut, is a good flick that is way underrated.
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1:09PM on 09/26/2013

Underrated

Great list, and I would have gone with GALAXY QUEST too, but I'd like to add a close second with her performance in ALIEN 3. It is completely underrated because of audience expectations and what they thought a sequel to ALIENS should have been (myself included). In that film you see Ripley show more sides of her character than in any other ALIEN film. She's overcome with grief at the loss of her friends, she's unflinching in the presence of Charles S. Dutton and the other prisoners, she's
Great list, and I would have gone with GALAXY QUEST too, but I'd like to add a close second with her performance in ALIEN 3. It is completely underrated because of audience expectations and what they thought a sequel to ALIENS should have been (myself included). In that film you see Ripley show more sides of her character than in any other ALIEN film. She's overcome with grief at the loss of her friends, she's unflinching in the presence of Charles S. Dutton and the other prisoners, she's vulnerable and intimate with Charles Dance, she shows her strength by assuming her familiar leadership role, and she's stoic when she finally sacrifices herself for humanity. It's a very bold performance for a very grim film. Give ALIEN 3 another chance if it's been awhile.
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12:04PM on 09/26/2013

Love Galaxy Quest

nice job on the shout-out, that film gets overlooked way too often and Weaver fit into the skin of a sex bomb flawlessly. I call second on the finale of Aliens as the most memorable moment, a kickass scene and a great showcase for her, the scene from Alien is iconic of course but was more of an ensemble deal.
nice job on the shout-out, that film gets overlooked way too often and Weaver fit into the skin of a sex bomb flawlessly. I call second on the finale of Aliens as the most memorable moment, a kickass scene and a great showcase for her, the scene from Alien is iconic of course but was more of an ensemble deal.
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11:33AM on 09/26/2013
Badass doesn't even begin to express Sigourney Weaver. My favorite scene with her is the climax of Aliens. "Get away from her you bitch!" Female space Rambo. Also I liked her in Avatar.
Badass doesn't even begin to express Sigourney Weaver. My favorite scene with her is the climax of Aliens. "Get away from her you bitch!" Female space Rambo. Also I liked her in Avatar.
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4:18AM on 09/26/2013
Sigourney Weaver is awesome; she totally deserves the iconic status she's played on with cameos in stuff like Paul and Cabin and the Woods recently. Love that Galaxy Quest has been picked for her most underrated performance; she was hilarious in that and it's just one of my all-time favourite anythings. The DVD has a special feature of her rapping as a birthday present for her agent under the name "Siggy Blonde Sig", which has to be seen to be believed. I think she was great as The Warden in
Sigourney Weaver is awesome; she totally deserves the iconic status she's played on with cameos in stuff like Paul and Cabin and the Woods recently. Love that Galaxy Quest has been picked for her most underrated performance; she was hilarious in that and it's just one of my all-time favourite anythings. The DVD has a special feature of her rapping as a birthday present for her agent under the name "Siggy Blonde Sig", which has to be seen to be believed. I think she was great as The Warden in Holes, and I liked her a lot opposite Kevin Kline as the First Lady in Dave, too. She always plays a great woman in charge who has a vulnerable side that you have to reach after a little digging.
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3:43AM on 09/26/2013
She's an exceptional actress and sometimes very sexy!
She's an exceptional actress and sometimes very sexy!
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1:58AM on 09/26/2013
A surprising choice but she IS Badass. I'd say her most underrated performance is her role in The Years of Living Dangerously with Mel Gibson. Good movie too.
A surprising choice but she IS Badass. I'd say her most underrated performance is her role in The Years of Living Dangerously with Mel Gibson. Good movie too.
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1:48AM on 09/26/2013
She's a true one of a kind. One of my favorite films that she is in is Imaginary Heroes. Great, little underrated film that also stars Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch, and Michelle Williams. A very underrated gem that I suggest to everyone.
She's a true one of a kind. One of my favorite films that she is in is Imaginary Heroes. Great, little underrated film that also stars Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch, and Michelle Williams. A very underrated gem that I suggest to everyone.
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