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Here's the real secret to being a great action hero

Here's the real secret to being a great action hero

When it comes to being an action star, many have tried and few have succeeded. Not everyone — even those with terrific acting skills — can make the leap to action hero. A piercing gaze helps, and being a physical specimen never hurts (see Daniel Craig as James Bond), but the key is what's behind the eyes: relatability, emotional vulnerability, a glint of humor, an inner life. Some stars are surprisingly adept at transporting themselves to an action mode — for example, Zoe Saldana as an avenging angel assassin in "Columbiana" — while others seem hopelessly ill-suited in these roles, like Shia LaBeouf in the most recent "Indiana Jones"...

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