Underrated badass: Elijah Wood
Why? Elijah Wood has the soft, sweet looks of a living teddy bear. He speaks with an accent that falls somewhere between Iowa and New Zealand. And there's at least one website (veryverygay.com) that exists solely to prove that he is very, very gay. Essentially, he doesn't seem like a badass. But, make no mistake, he is one––at least onscreen. After all, it was Wood, as the titular good son, who battled Macaulay Culkin on a cliff in The Good Son. And it was Wood who stole Jim Carrey's girlfriend, using Carrey's own words, in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. And it was Wood who punched like a girl, yet still managed to become a top hooligan in Green Street Hooligans. What does it all mean?
The evidence: He may not be the strongest, and at 5'6", he's definitely not the tallest, but there's got to be something, some dark impulse, lurking behind those huge, eerily unblinking eyes, right? Hollywood certainly thinks so: Elijah Wood's next role is the chest-slashing punk rocker Iggy Pop. [Emphasis mine]
For the record, I'd always planned for the chinadoll-looking golem who can punch through a four-inch steel door in my germinating modern-day fantasy novel to bear a striking resemblance to Lij.