Actors who suprised you as a bad guy...

Discussion in 'Movies & Television' started by soundmotor, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. soundmotor

    soundmotor super modified Subscriber

    I enjoy an actor's performance when they play against type and pull it off. One of my faves is John Lithgow's turn in Cliffhanger. Yes, it's a guilty pleasure and we know Stallone will pull it off against all odds but Lithgow brings some weight as a sophisticated, smart, and lethal psychopath. He's matter of fact in the execution of his plan. He is so far above everyone else as far as thespian chops go it is worth the watch for his work alone. I think this may be the only time he plays a truly bad guy (Footloose aside...).

    That's my pick, how about yours?


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  2. Quadman2

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    The one actor that threw me back on my heels seeing him as the bad guy ended up in the movie "Insomnia". This actor is totally out of character as Joe Public knew him. In this production he gravitated towards the bad side.
    Won't say who the "bad guy" is, as it will be a spoiler in this murder mystery.

    As far as the movie was concerned, I'd rate it at a 3.5 to a 4 outta 5 thumbs up.

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    Walter Koenig as Alfred Bester on Babylon 5.
     
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    Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

    "Why so serious..."

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    Dustin Hoffman as “The King” in “Confidence”.
     
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    Gene Hackman, " Unforgiven".
     
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    Lithgow was also excellent as a Serial Killer on Dexter.

    Robin Williams surprised me with his performance in One Hour Photo.
     
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    Jeff Daniels in the mini-series, Godless.

    Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man.

    Denzel Washington- American Gangster/ Training Day.
     
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    First time I really saw Woody Harelson was in Cheers. Saw him as a bad guy in a few movies after that and was blown away on how evil he really could act. Amazing actor IMHO.
     
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    Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West.
     
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    I'm not a big Robin Williams fan, but he played the criminal in an episode of Law and Order SVU, and his performance was surprisingly convincing.
     
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    Since L&O SVU was mentioned, how about John Ritter? He played a doctor who cut out....well, I’ll leave it at that. I can still remember the promo: See John Ritter as you’ve never him before. Very creepy.
     
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    Denzel in Training Day, bobsvinyl mentioned Jeff Daniels in Godless..I concur.
     
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    Tom Hanks as a mafia hitman in Road To Perdition? He did a good job in it but still,...

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    Have you ever seen him in Mesmerized? He's even creepier there.
     
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    Tom Cruise was (to me, anyway) quite believable as an evil mofo in "Collateral"....
     
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    Andy Griffith A Face In the Crowd
     
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    Alan Alda, After years of seeing him as the lovable/sensitive/empathetic scamp in MASH, nearly every other part he's played since then has been as a real asshole and he's good at it!
     
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    Matthew McConaughey in Dark Tower
     
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    Ray Liotta in Something Wild
    Willem Dafoe in Wild At Heart
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