4. Dustin Hoffman <Kramer v. Kramer, Death of a Salesman, Rain Man, Runaway Jury, Tootsie)
-Dustin Hoffman is a man that I look up to very much as well, because he is a committed character actor that does not let the fact that he is short, stout, and not conventionally good looking get in the way of his stellar performances. My favorite performance of his is probably in Kramer v. Kramer (ironically, that is my least favorite Meryl performance). He brings so much heart, so much vulnerability, so much flaw to this character that he is completely believable. Hoffman is a living legend, and I hope that I can someday be half the brilliant actor that he is.
5. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands, Finding Neverland, Secret Window, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Blow, Chocolat)
-And now we come to Johnny Depp. The absolute hottest man to ever walk the earth. The thing about Johnny Depp is that he isn't conventionally attractive. He has an inner mystery about him that makes him sexy and that comes across on the screen in almost any role he's ever played. I am continuously blown away by how some actors who have never had any formal training can be so incredibly naturally talented. Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman - none of these people have ever studied theatre or acting in their lives. And then there are of course, the child prodigies like Dakota Fanning, Keisha Castle Hughes, and Anna Paquin that have these God-given gifts as early as age 7. But Johnny Depp, this man who never even considered being an actor until a friend of his (incidentally this friend was Nicholas Cage) told him he should pursue acting. I am always amazed at how actors can communicate so much on screen without the use of words. His subtle but heartbreaking performance in Edward Scissorhands was definitely Oscar worthy, and in every other movie he has ever been in, he has brought this originality, this uniqueness, this style to his characters that no other actor could ever replicate. I really could list Depp's entire filmography as his outstanding performances. And like Hoffman and Ribisi, he is a screen chameleon. From playing Icabod Crane to Jack Sparrow to J.M. Barrie? Dear GOD people, give this man an Oscar.