15 Action Stars Who Can Play Our Hero Anytime

As Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters, let's take a look at some of the hottest muscle-bound actors on the big screen

With the latest incarnation of the Fast and the Furious franchise -- starring bulked-up actors like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker -- steamrolling into theaters, it feels like a good time to reminisce about some of our favorite action flick hunks.

From Chris Hemsworth to Will Smith to Tom Cruise, which onscreen hero would you pick to save your life?


 

Vin Diesel

 Hot Action Stars

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Most kick-butt role: xXx
Most memorable action flick quote: "You break her heart, I'll break your neck."
-- The Fast and the Furious
Best sensitive-guy moment: Though Vin Diesel is known as one of the toughest guys in Hollywood, it's also worth noting that he played the lead voice in the Disney animated classic The Iron Giant. Sure, he's still a badass, but at least we know he has a heart.

Paul Walker

 Hot Action Stars

UNIVERSAL / THE KOBAL COLLECTION / REED, ELI

Most kick-butt role: The Fast and the Furious
Most memorable action flick quote: "Pockets ain't empty, cuz." -- 2 Fast 2 Furious
Best sensitive-guy moment: After 12 years and through five sequels, Paul Walker's Fast and the Furious character Brian O'Conner and Jordana Brewster's Mia Toretto are still an item. Say what you will about the movie franchise, but at least its men are committed.

Will Smith

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THE KOBAL COLLECTION / WARNER BROS. / WETCHER, BARRY

Most kick-butt role: I Am Legend
Most memorable action flick quote: "There’s only one way off this planet, baby, and that’s through me." -- Men in Black
Best sensitive-guy moment: Despite years as an international box office success, Will Smith still puts his kids first. He has supported both Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12, in all of their endeavors -- and also has no problem letting them pass on opportunities that they are no longer interested in, like Willow starring in the upcoming remake of Annie.

Tom Cruise

 Hot Action Stars

Courtesy of Paramount

Most kick-butt role: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Most memorable action flick quote: "I feel the need ... the need for speed!" -- Top Gun
Best sensitive-guy moment: While we still have some complicated feelings surrounding Tom Cruise's divorce from Katie Holmes, it melts the heart to see how much he loves his daughter Suri.

Daniel Craig

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Courtesy of Columbia

Most kick-butt role: Casino Royale
Most memorable action flick quote: "I've got a little itch ... down there. Would you mind?" -- Casino Royale
Best sensitive guy moment: Usually women fall in love with James Bond, not the other way around. That's why we still ache for Daniel Craig's take on the character in Casino Royale, who was so heartbroken over Vesper Lynd's betrayal that he took all of Quantum of Solace to get over it.

Keanu Reeves

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THE KOBAL COLLECTION / WARNER BROS

Most kick-butt role: The Matrix
Most memorable action flick quote: "I know kung fu." -- The Matrix
Best sensitive-guy moment: The Matrix might be Keanu Reeves' most famous film, but we really love him as the replacement quarterback who won the heart of a bartender-turned-cheerleader in The Replacements. Neo's got nothing on Shane Falco.

Chris Pine

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Courtesy of Paramount

Most kick-butt role: Star Trek
Most memorable action flick quote: "Four years? I'll do it in three." -- Star Trek
Best sensitive-guy moment: Sure, most people know Chris Pine for his role as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, but we remember him best for being a dreamboat-and-a-half in his first film role, The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. Anne Hathaway might not have won an Oscar from that movie, but at least she got to kiss those lips.

Dwayne Johnson

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Skydance Productions / The Kobal Collection

Most kick-butt role: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Most memorable action flick quote: "Your mistake is thinking you have a godd**n choice." -- Fast Five
Best sensitive-guy moment: While Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a The Rock, might be best known for his former days in the WWE and for his action hero roles on the big screen, let's not forget that he took quite a few years setting himself up as a children's movie star as well. Tooth Fairy, Race to Witch Mountain and The Game Plan, anyone?

Henry Cavill

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Universal Pictures / The Kobal Collection

Most kick-butt role: Immortals
Most memorable action flick quote: "Fight! For immortality!" -- Immortals
Best sensitive-guy moment: Henry Cavill might be playing Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel, but did you know he's also dating a super woman? Cavill and former MMA fighter Gina Carano have been an item since late 2012, making them the buffest, most attractive couple in Hollywood right now. Carano is a fan-favorite for the role of Wonder Woman, which means she and Cavill are a perfect match if Warner Bros. ends up bringing them on board for Justice League.

Jason Statham

 Hot Action Stars

Automatik Entertainment / The Kobal Collection

Most kick-butt role: The Italian Job
Most memorable action flick quote: "Try lifting some weights!" -- The Italian Job
Best sensitive-guy moment: Jason Statham has played a version of pretty much the same character for 15 years now, but he decided to mix things up a bit last year and play a hardened man who has to protect a young girl in the 2012 movie Safe. This is about as close as Statham gets to being cute.

Chris Hemsworth

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Courtesy of Marvel

Most kick-butt role: Thor
Most memorable action flick quote: "You people are so petty ... and tiny." -- The Avengers
Best sensitive-guy moment: Chris Hemsworth is at his cutest when he's being a doting father to baby India, the daughter he has with wife Elsa Pataky.

Bruce Willis

 Hot Action Stars

THE KOBAL COLLECTION / 20TH CENTURY FOX

Most kick-butt role: Die Hard
Most memorable action flick quote: "Yippee-ki-yay, motherf**ker." -- Die Hard
Best sensitive-guy moment: The Fifth Element isn't Bruce Willis' most famous movie (or even his most action-packed one), but there's something about his relationship with Milla Jovovich's Leeloo in Luc Besson's sci-fi French farce that gets us every time. For the rest of you out there, Willis' farewell to his on-screen daughter in Armageddon is a guaranteed tear-jerker.

Sam Worthington

 Hot Action Stars

The Kobal Collection / Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Most kick-butt role: Avatar
Most memorable action flick quote: "This is our land!" -- Avatar
Best sensitive-guy moment: Sam Worthington's character in Avatar may have been a mostly motion-captured CGI creation, but he was still involved in 2009's most touching love story. He might not be known for his sensitive side, but Worthington definitely showed it as Jake Sully.

Idris Elba

 Hot Action Stars

Scott Free Prod/20th Century Fox / The Kobal Collection

Most kick-butt role: Thor
Most memorable action flick quote: "Prometheus has landed." -- Prometheus
Best sensitive guy moment: Whether he's starring in The Wire or Prometheus or The Office, Idris Elba is one of the most charming men around. He showed us what a softie he is when he directed and starred in Mumford & Sons' music video for "Lover of the Light," which shows a very different side of him than what we saw in Thor.

Rain

 Hot Action Stars

The Kobal Collection / Warner Bros. Pictures

Most kick-butt role: Ninja Assassin
Most memorable action flick quote: "The breath I take after I kill you will be the first breath of my life." -- Ninja Assassin
Best sensitive-guy moment: Though you wouldn't know it by seeing him star in Ninja Assassin, Rain isn’t actually best known as an actor or martial artist. Instead, he's beloved as a Korean pop star whose claim to fame are his albums like It's Raining, Rain's World and Rainism.

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