I love movies.
And when I think about actors in amazing roles in films that I’ve seen, several come to mind: Leonardo DiCaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, Sean Penn in D**d Man Walking.
The list goes on and on.
And now we’re about to hear about some more great roles.
What actor was so great in a role that it can’t be topped?
AskReddit users shared their thoughts about this.
1. Never got an Emmy…
“John C. McGinley as Dr. Cox.
It’s absolutely criminal that he never got an Emmy for that role. I still maintain that Dr. Cox is one of the most complex characters to ever appear on television. He’s a self-righteous, depressed, borderline al**holic jacka** who nonetheless feels an incredible sense of duty to his patients and the practice of medicine in general.
He thinks that he’s Superman, and simultaneously loves and despises that idea. Scrubs usually focuses on how much the younger cast like JD, Elliot, and Turk grow over the series, but if you look at Cox – the way he mentors JD, builds a successful relationship with Jordan, deals with the d**th of his best friend, and becomes a father – he grows just as much.
God I love that character.”
2. So good.
“Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall.
So good that I can actually hear her delivering lines from the book that I know never made it into the films,”have a biscuit Potter”.”
3. A great one.
“Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride.
I would like to follow up with everyone that was cast in The Princess Bride.
There is no way to remake that movie. It is magical.”
“Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin.
And Frank Drebin as Enrico Palatzzo.”
“Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.
Best book to movie translation for a character I’ve ever seen.”
“Christian Bale in American Psycho.
The Huey Lewis and the News scene is iconic.”
7. Born to play him.
“Val Kilmer in Tombstone.
Amazing Doc Holliday!
Every once in a while there’s a role that it seems like the actor was born to play.
There’s really not another role that compares in his career.”
8. He is missed.
“Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.
There are so few actors out there that could be so funny with such an air of dignity about them.
The boat scene in Willy Wonka simply could not be pulled off by anyone else.”
“Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge.
Umbridge sucked in the books, but in the movies she turned Umbridge into a character that you just don’t like into one that you h**e with a burning passion.”
10. Love this!
“Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice.
“Ah. Well… I attended Juilliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT.””
11. Trejo for President!
“Danny Trejo as Machete.
I’m pretty sure Machete was just a film crew following around Danny Trejo on a Tuesday.”
12. Rocky Horror.
“Tim Curry as Frank N Furter.
Anyone else in the role knows they never live up to that s**y god of a man.
‘I can make you a man’ is the most brilliant filthy scene to appear on cinema screens while people aren’t nude.”
13. Run for it, Marty!
“Christopher Lloyd as Doc in Back to the Future.
It’s the role he was born to play.”
“Tom Hanks as Woody in Toy Story.
Other characters I feel could be replaced quite easily. Tim Allen is obviously brilliant as Buzz, but it’s a pretty standard Captain Kirk inspired space captain performance. But I just can’t imagine Tom Hanks’ manic, neurotic Woody being played by anyone else.
It’s really impressive to see a screen actor do such a good job as a voice over too. A lot of them end up sucking, because cartoons require pretty big , exaggerated performances for them to work, and actors can seem to either do it or not.”
What do you think is the best acting performance you’ve ever seen?
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Thanks in advance!