Bradley who? It’s all about Sharlto.

So The A-Team was pretty much like Prince of Persia: not a great movie but entertaining. I laughed for two hours and everything blew up. Also like Prince of Persia, The A-Team had criminally bad marketing. Based on the advertising, I suspected The A-Team would be a shitty and ridiculous action movie that I would love anyway because it’s just so preposterous, which it was, but who knew it was that funny? Who knew, going off the ads, that The A-Team was a comedy? A real comedy, like they set up jokes and punchlines on purpose, not just achieving unintentional comedy through the badness of their movie? The A-Team was a bromance comedy (bromcom?) with guns and dynamites. Why didn’t they sell it that way?

I left the theater with two principal thoughts after seeing The A-Team. The first was that Liam Neeson is a sexy beast. That’s a given. Also, I understand better why he accepted the role of Colonel Hannibal Smith. The A-Team looked like everyone had a blast making it, so I will give Neeson the benefit of the doubt and not assume he was blackmailed into starring in it, but instead saw an opportunity to hang out and have fun for five months. I will go along with that. The second thought was, Bradley who? Because Sharlto Copley stole the show.

There’s a very real chance you don’t know who Sharlto Copley is. He has only been in one other major movie, 2009’s District 9, though he has had short films screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the past. Copley is a South African actor—he can’t quite kill his accent in The A-Team—and he’s only been working in film since 2005, though he is apparently very involved in South African theater and television or some such. The point is, his first major film role was an international hit and he was the best part (yes, better than Coop’s pecs) of box office disappointment The A-Team. The surprising element in The A-Team was that comic aspect which saved it from being complete trash, and 95% of the comedy was generated by Copley’s batshit insane helicopter pilot, Murdoch. I don’t want an A-Team sequel; I want Murdoch to get his own movie so we can have two hours of Copley being crazy and hilarious.

Therein lays the lure of Copley. His performance in District 9 was dramatic, tense, and one of the best of 2009. I was annoyed not to see him on red carpets come award season. But in The A-Team he displays real comic ability. He can be serious, he can be funny, and he can handle the action stuff. Sharlto Copley can do anything. He completely charmed me in The A-Team, and rocking the longer hair landed him on my Freebie Five, and left me wanting more from Sharlto. Check out the Funny or Die video below—Copley as his District 9 character, Wikus, attempts to find fellow South African Charlize Theron so she can present some random music award with him. Funny stuff. Currently, Copley doesn’t have any upcoming projects listed. Please, someone fix this.

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6 thoughts on “Bradley who? It’s all about Sharlto.

  1. I was gonna see A-Team simply ’cause of Sharlto Copley. NOT Bradley Cooper. He doesn’t do a thing for me. District 9 was one of my favorites of last year. And Sharlto? Well, even with the prawn arm & eye he DID do it for me.

    Really.

    1. Gosh. They’re basically the same movie. As ridiculous as it is, The A-Team is funnier and I think the cast had better chemistry than in The Losers. So probably The A-Team. It’s like choosing between Fun Dip and Pixie Stix, though. They’re both sugary crap that’s going to give you cavities.

  2. Maximum

    Controlled levels of sugary crap aren’t that devastating, yeah? 🙂
    There’s no real reason for me to watch A-Team at the theatres but I will watch A-Team or The Losers over Prince of Persia (yes, I read your JG piece :P) or Clash of the Titans.

  3. Caitlin

    Hell yeah, I agree with everything you’ve said! I honestly love Sharlto and he shot to the top of my most favourite actors list after watching District 9 for the first time. I only liked the A Team because of Sharlto’s character and I couldn’t help but laugh at his wacky accent and the fact that he can’t cover it awesome South African accent. I would happily watch a terrible film if he is casting in it, even if we only see him once in the film. I love him and really want to see more of him. Go Sharlto!

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