Patrick Wilson: An appreciation for one of Hollywood's most versatile stars

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Noticed Patrick Wilson lately? You may not have — he’s been flying relatively, and tragically, under-the-radar since 2009’s Watchmen. And that’s even considering the guy starred in three films last year! But after seeing him as a homicidal evangelist in the trailer for The Ledge, it occurred to me that he could be poised for some big-screen attention, similar to what he garnered during Little Children‘s 2006 run. And he certainly would deserve such recognition: When I first noticed him in 2005’s Hard Candy, as the creepy object of Ellen Page’s sadistic yet completely valid vigilante justice, I discovered one of the few actors who seems to seamlessly float between genres with enviable ease.

Let’s look at this. Before Hard Candy, he was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for playing Joe Pitt in the critically lauded miniseries Angels in America. That was his first TV role ever. And he was a double-nominee. Breakout awards show favorite: Check! And before his work on screens big and small, he had a successful career on Broadway, which ultimately lead his playing Raoul in 2004 version of Phantom of the Opera. Who doesn’t love a double-threat? (Especially when his name isn’t David Hasselhoff or Paris Hilton.) In any case, Wilson can sing. Musicals: Check!

Next, he starred as a married man sleeping with the also-married Kate Winslet in the intense drama Little Children (2006). The film picked up Academy Award nominations for Winslet for Best Actress, and for Best Screenplay. So, a role in an Oscar bait film: Check! (We only ask: Where was his nomination?)

Then, sadly, there were some forgettable comedies followed by Lakeview Terrace in 2008 (thrillers: check!) and the aforementioned Watchmen in 2009 (big-budget adaptations: check!). And 2010 kept him busy — he joined The A-Team and starred as that handsome fellow in The Switch, also that handsome fellow in Morning Glory (romantic comedy: double check!) This year he led the cast of the insanely profitable Insidious (horror: check!). But, looking ahead, it seems his star could shine even brighter: He has three more movies slated for release by December. And if that’s not enough, he’s returning to television in the fall as a doctor whose dead wife guides him in CBS’s A Gifted Man, a show which our TV guru Ken Tucker is already sold on.

There are very few actors this versatile in showbiz today — and very few who can execute all their roles with such aptitude. Isn’t it time give this guy some credit? Why doesn’t Patrick Wilson have more stalkers?

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  • Danny

    I agree wholeheartedly … Patrick Wilson is a gifted, undervalued thespian. One quibble in the article: when he was attacked by Juno, er Ellen Page, in “Hard Candy,” the dilemma posed by the film was that it was never confirmed is he was actually guilty of the crimes for which she was accusing him. The movie was well-done, but it portrayed both key characters as monsters.

    • Josie

      Spoiler: he admitted it – he said he ‘just watched’

  • Dash

    I always get him confused with Patrick Wilson who played Razor in ‘Whip It’.

    • Dash

      Oops meant Andrew Wilson, see I can’t even comment appropriately when it comes to those two!

  • Miriam

    I’ve been a HUGE Patrick Wilson fan ever since I saw him on Broadway in “The Full Monty” Homeboy is gorgeous.

    • Dyana

      Agreed! Wasn’t he in that Gap commercial dancing with Claire Danes? Pantsless? Yummy.

      • BrandonK

        That’s one of my favorite and earliest memories of him! His little lip twist expression is just so adorable. :0)

      • Katie

        Yes, and confirms he is a TRIPLE threat because the boy can dance!

  • ChaCha

    Totally agree, too. Not too sure about the new fall series he’s going to be in, but that says way more about the premise of the show, and where the network places it. I’ll watch anyway just because it stars Patrick Wilson.

  • Amanda

    I totally agree with this article and thanks SO much for posting about Patrick!!! I’ve been a fan of his for years and he’s so talented and deserves more praise and attention. He’s fantastic and he can sing!!! I’ve seen majority of his films and I can’t wait to watch “A Gifted Man” this fall!!!

  • Connor

    Seems like a nice guy and he’s very talented,but he takes off his shirt a bit too much for my liking. But of course the ladies love him for it so good for him. Lucky dude. xD

    • AC

      Patrick IS a nice guy, a family man, and generally just a “normal” person. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t attract a huge following. No dirt and nothing to exploit.

      • Sandra

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  • Mikey M

    You didn’t mention that he can sing. He was great in Phantom of the Opera.

  • Sharon

    Been following his career since Dec 2003 when he appeared in HBO’s “Angels in America” as Joe Pitt.
    Want more info on him, try our veryy humble Patrick Wilson Fans Website (a google site)…our blogspot…FB Fan Page…Yahoo Group… Twitter (PW Fans). You can access all of them on the main page here:

    Join the fun! :o)

  • HC

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been a huge Patrick Wilson Fan and thinks he deserves way respect.

    • Camila

      Yep First skin scene in A Gifted Man here’s hnoipg that while the series is still on He’d have several more throughout the show I very much Liked/Enjoyed the Towel scene in the 4 episode.xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Ricky

    I’ve always been a big fan since seeing him in Angels in America. As you say, a very talented, versatile actor. And easy on the eyes to boot. What’s not to love?

  • B

    Yes, super talented, and his singing voice is amazing.

  • Stacie

    I’m surprised he’s been in so many things. I find him pretty boring to be honest, but very good-looking.

  • BabyJ

    And he is super hot and looks great naked on film…double check!

  • MD

    THE ALAMO!! He was great in this movie with Billy Bob Thorton, Dennis Quaid and Jason Patric!

  • ron

    Don’t forget that he starred in “Barry Munday.” A feel good comedy with the exception when his character loses his testicles in a trumpet accident.

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