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  • Chris Beachum
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    Thanks for the great comments about your favorite young film actresses. They will be featured tomorrow on our home page.

    Next up — tell us who you believe is the best film actor under 30. Just offer one choice along with your detailed reasons. Your response may be featured in an upcoming blog item.

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    KristopherRod
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    My choise is Daniel Radcliffe. He was the star of the 8 Harry Potter movies and I feel like the roles that he’s done since then have been diverse and interesting. He’s got my vote!

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    manakamana
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    Ugh, this used to be such an easy question until Andrew Garfield turned 30! 

    I’m actually a big fan of Josh Hutcherson. Besides his own personal responsibility he takes as a voice to LGBT rights with the size of his audience, I’ve found him a compelling screen presence and innately talented in emotionally articulating his characters going as far back as The Bridge to Terabithia. Super underrated. 

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    – Ezra Miller for sure is among the best, and one of the most underrated too.

    – Miles Teller.

    – Dane Deehan.

    – Logan Lerman came to mind as one of the most promising.

    – Michael B. Jordan.

    – Evan Peters, though I´d like to see him somewhere other than AHS.

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    Emmys2011
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    Oh, just realized it said one choice. Go with my first one then…..

    My reason is simple: I´ve seen him in 2 movies where he showed an incredible versatility and created full fleshed, layered characters. I also percieved him as much mature than his body of work would suggest. In both we need to talk about kevin and the perks of being a wallflower he nearly stole the movie from the brilliant leads, and his performances became unforgetable in completely different ways, which I attribute to him, not the characters as one might think.

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    Logan Lerman.

    Zac Efron.

    Liam James.

    Johnny Simmons.

    Josh Hutcherson.

    Tye Sheridan.

    Emile Hirsch.

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    Pieman1994
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    I’m gonna go with Ezra Miller. His performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin is not just a good film debut. It’s a GREAT film debut, up there with Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Edward Norton in Primal Fear, Jamie Bell in Billy Elliott, and a host of masterful performances that actors put into their firrst roles. Though he has not inhabited a role so frightening as his school massochist Keven, Miller has yet to give a subpar performance, and he is only going to be doing more fascinating and impressive work.

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    Eh, there’s no best to easily choose. I’ll say that I think these in particular are talented/show potential: Dane DeHaan, Tye Sheridan, Ezra Miller, Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin, Shia LaBeouf (underrated), Sam Claflin, Nicholas Hoult.

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    vinny
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    So this was pretty easy for me becuase as somone said before Garfield no longer is a candidate but my pick has to be Radcliffe. He makes interesting choices that really work (The Woman in Black) and takes risks (Kill Your Darlings and the upcoming “Horns”).

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    Ezra Miller, Dane Deehan and Logan Lerman

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    moviefan61794
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    This isn’t as instantly easy for me as the actresses. That might be saying something. I’m reading some of the names posted above and I’m agreeing with a number of them. But I don’t think I’ve seen most of them in any more than two films. I’ll go with Miles Teller. He’s not a pretty face (but not a bad looking kid by any count), but he seems a lot more relatable than most young actors his age. His performance in “The Spectacular Now” absolutely blew me away with the honesty and the ableness to take a lead character who, I would say, isn’t necessarily likeable, but still make him charming. That movie is a true tango between him and Shailene Woodley, and they push each other further and further. He’s balancing smaller movies like “Now” and “Whiplash” with blockbusters like the “Divergent” series and the “Fantastic Four” reboot, so he’ll be a strong force in years to come.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I think Tye Sheridan has a totally spotless resume so far, with Mud, Joe and The Tree of Life. Regardless of if you like the movies or not, his acting is impeccable. I can’t wait to see if he continues to get large roles, and I really hope he does.

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    I’m fans of most of the poeple mentioned, including Tye Sheridan, Ezra Miller, Jamie Bell, etc. I think the reason this is so much harder than it is for actresses is the same age biases we notice at the oscars. While female leads are quite often in their 20s, male leads are usually older, in their 30s and 40s. Young women just get to lead movies (or play the love interest most of the time) more often than young men do, who often get put in supporting roles with older men as the leads. 

    With that said, I guess I’ll go with Daniel Radcliffe. I honestly don’t think I’ve seen him in anything other than the Harry Potter movies, but those showed that even at such a young age he was able to carry one of the biggest film franchises of all time and create a truly iconic character. And his choices after the series ended have been very varied and interesting, and the little bits of him I have seen in movies like What if and Horns have really impressed me (his accent for Horns is ON POINT). He can do a lot more than just Harry Potter.

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    Ezra Miller.

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    Someone mentioned Zac Efron, which I am a little hesitant towards. Even though I liked him in Neighbors, as that was his best work ever, I wouldn’t make that distinction.

    But yeah, my choices would be like what a lot of people thought, Daniel Radcliffe, Logan Lerman, Josh Hutcherson, Liam James, Ansel Elgort and Ezra Miller, particularly his excellent performance in Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

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