Great role: Clive Owen in ”Croupier”
PREMISE By day, Jack (Owen) is a frustrated novelist; by night, he’s a debonair London casino dealer, a thrill-seeker who moves from fleecing gamblers into shadier territory.
FUN FACT Owen spent a few weeks in croupier school to learn the tricky sleight of hand that Jack displays with cards and chips.
WHY IT’S GREAT The frequently silent Owen gives a textbook definition of smoldering. Plus, the memorable image of Owen in a tuxedo at a casino explains why all those ”next James Bond” rumors won’t go away.