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firefly5 April 2nd, 2016 9:33pm

Considering their full acting careers, who has had the better roles?

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suppressedID the glory of Yo Semite
04/02/16 8:19 pm

McKellan is a WAY better actor, but Neeson is more bankable.

ronderman North Carolina
04/02/16 5:57 pm

Great question! Should be a series. The below comes from IMDB.

Liam-105 rolls starting in 1978
Ethan From, Oscar Schindler, Rob Roy, Michael Collins, Jean Valjean, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ducard/Ra's Al Ghul (Batman Begins), Aslan, Bryan Mills (Taken), Hannibal Smith (A-Team), Zeus

Ian-also 105 rolls starting in 1965
Hamlet, King Edward, King Richard, Macbeth, Adolf Hitler, Magneto, Gandalf, Sherlock Holmes.

The problem is that as Gandalf, Ian gets SO many bonus points. It quite possibly is the best casting/acting performance in cinema. That said, Liam has had more iconic rolls.

I must give my vote to Liam.

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firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 7:43 pm

They have the same number of roles? That's a cool coincidence.

ronderman North Carolina
04/03/16 4:37 am

Surely you knew that! That's why you picked them. 😜

Most of them are smaller roles. Ian had many TV movie credits and his first large role was Magneto.

Liam broke out into major roles in Next of Kin.

inge MIA
04/02/16 4:01 pm

Oh gosh, hard question. I just keep clicking back and forth.

firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 4:03 pm

I haven't decided yet, either.

CoffeeNow CCP virus
04/02/16 4:15 pm

I don't think it's close at all

swervin Maryland
04/02/16 4:59 pm

I agree with Coffee. It's not even close.

inge MIA
04/02/16 5:19 pm

Magneto was overrated.

firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 7:31 pm

Whether or not you liked Liam as QGJ, he was objectively brilliant as Oskar Schindler.

inge MIA
04/02/16 7:35 pm

And that's exactly why I'm stuck. Schindler's List is one of my top ten favorites. But...so is Lord of the Rings.

firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 4:01 pm

Liam Neeson:
Oskar Schindler
Qui-Gon Jinn
Aslan

Sir Ian McKellen:
Gandalf
Magneto

swervin Maryland
04/02/16 4:59 pm

So 2 of the most iconic characters ever vs a character that almost ruined Star Wars with his "midichlorians" crap. No contest.

firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 7:29 pm

To be fair, Oskar Schindler.

swervin Maryland
04/02/16 10:32 pm

That's one movie. Plus, look at the overall picture. You show a picture of Magento to 75% of the population, they will know who it is. You show them Liam from Schilender's List, probably less than half will know.

CoffeeNow CCP virus
04/02/16 2:38 pm

Liam was in the SW prequels. I rest my case

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Malekithe Final Frontier
04/02/16 4:28 pm

So Ian in a landslide