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Old 20-03-2013, 14:23
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apropos the overrated thread

I think Liev Screiber and Daniel Craig always seem to improve films.

they were both in the excellent Defiance


I always find Mel Gibson consistenly good.
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Old 20-03-2013, 14:29
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I don't really watch recent films so I can't really think of anyone. If we are going back (and I mean way, way back) I think Lon Chaney Jr was underrated, his father got all the acclaim but I think Jr was just as good. I definately think Herbert Lom was underrated.



I also think most of the Carry On team were underrated, particularly Hattie Jacques and Bernard Bresslaw. Jon Finch is another one, he starred in two of my favourite films, Frenzy and Death on the Nile, and was great in them both, but I doubt anyone knows who he is.
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Old 20-03-2013, 16:10
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Richard Jenins imo is . But he has recentley taken some quite big roles in films so hopefully he will get more recognition.
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Old 20-03-2013, 16:47
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A friend asked a similar question last year. So I'll just copy and paste my response to here.

Lothaire Bluteau (probably best known for his leading role in Jesus of Montreal from the 1980s)
Warren Oates
John Savage
Eileen Brennan
Ben Foster
Catherine O’Hara
Charles Martin Smith
Angela Bassett
Annie Corley
and controversially, Jude Law.

I felt he performed well in Gattaca (he practically stole the film), Road to Perdition, The Talented Mr Ripley and Wilde. He does often ham it up, especially when using a painfully bad accent, but when with a good director, he's pretty decent. However, not many could get past his 'sleazy prettyboy film star' image.

I mean, he'll never be as good as, say, Robert Shaw, but certainly miles better than the likes of Robert Redford, even though Redford has far better (and more likeable) screen presence than Law's. My friend once described Law as "Robert Redford's sleazy nephew", which is pretty apt. There, that's my case for Law presented.

Underrated actors who're kept being typecast (no female actor as this list was a response to the friend's other question):

Paul Bettany
Stephen Tobolowsky
Peter Lorre
Brad Dourif
Frederic Forrest
Yaphet Kotto
Lance Henriksen
John Vernon
Bruce McGill
Christopher McDonald
Richard Jenkins
Joe Morton
Harry Dean Stanton
Billy Drago
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Old 20-03-2013, 16:52
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A friend asked a similar question last year. So I'll just copy and paste my response to here.

Lothaire Bluteau (probably best known for his leading role in Jesus of Montreal from the 1980s)
Warren Oates
John Savage
Eileen Brennan
Ben Foster
Catherine O’Hara
Charles Martin Smith
Angela Bassett
Annie Corley
and controversially, Jude Law.

I felt he performed well in Gattaca (he practically stole the film), Road to Perdition, The Talented Mr Ripley and Wilde. He does often ham it up, especially when using a painfully bad accent, but when with a good director, he's pretty decent. However, not many could get past his 'sleazy prettyboy film star' image.

I mean, he'll never be as good as, say, Robert Shaw, but certainly miles better than the likes of Robert Redford, even though Redford has far better (and more likeable) screen presence than Law's. My friend once described Law as "Robert Redford's sleazy nephew", which is pretty apt. There, that's my case for Law presented.

Underrated actors who're kept being typecast (no female actor as this list was a response to the friend's other question):

Paul Bettany
Stephen Tobolowsky
Peter Lorre
Brad Dourif
Frederic Forrest
Yaphet Kotto
Lance Henriksen
John Vernon
Bruce McGill
Christopher McDonald
Richard Jenkins
Joe Morton
Harry Dean Stanton
Billy Drago
Im not the only one then!. How would you say hes typecast though. ?
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Old 20-03-2013, 16:54
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Kristen Stewart

She gets tons of hostility mainly due to a backlash against Twilight

But if anyone has seen her work beyond Twilight, she proves she's a good actress.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:03
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Kristen Stewart

She gets tons of hostility mainly due to a backlash against Twilight

But if anyone has seen her work beyond Twilight, she proves she's a good actress.
Ive only seen her in Adventureland but shes great in that.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:07
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Sean Harris

Only seen him play bad guys so far but he's done it extremely well indeed.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:10
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Im not the only one then!. How would you say hes typecast though. ?
Oh, you were referring to him? I thought Richard Jenins was a different actor. Typo, eh?

He usually does authoritarian-type roles. Senior corporate minion, business man, school principal, manager, military senior, politician, father, etc. Usually as an self-serving obstacle. He's also frequently confused with James Cromwell, who's also typecast in similar roles.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:23
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Oh, you were referring to him? I thought Richard Jenins was a different actor. Typo, eh?

He usually does authoritarian-type roles. Senior corporate minion, business man, school principal, manager, military senior, politician, father, etc. Usually as an self-serving obstacle. He's also frequently confused with James Cromwell, who's also typecast in similar roles.
Oops . Yeah I meant him . IIRC he didnt play any of those roles in The Visitor. You do mean this guy right?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Jenkins
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Old 20-03-2013, 22:54
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Michael Wincott.

I was reminded of him when watching the Hitchcock film last night, he plays the real-life Ed Gein that the Psycho story was loosely based on. Have not see him for a while.

He has not made that many films, but I always find he has a great, laconic and often menacing presence, and one of the most distinctive, gravelly voices ever.

Here's a good example from one of his more high profile roles in The Crow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_NS0vAYGVk
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Old 21-03-2013, 13:06
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Old 21-03-2013, 13:13
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Bruce Greenwood

Always brings a touch of class to whatever he's in, and certainly held his own against a rather showy, hammy William Hurt in The Challenger the other night.
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Old 21-03-2013, 23:52
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Old 22-03-2013, 00:04
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Tom Sizemore
Stanley Tucci
Paul Giamatti
Kevin Bacon
Gary Oldman
Donald Sutherland
Guy Pearce
Geoffrey Rush
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Old 22-03-2013, 00:57
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three actresses that I have thought of that are underrated are Juliette Binoche, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Watson.
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Old 23-03-2013, 20:15
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Ethan Hawke. He was amazing in Before Sunrise/Sunset and can't wait for the third movie.
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Old 23-03-2013, 20:59
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Josh Hartnett. Should've been a far bigger star than he is.
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Old 23-03-2013, 21:56
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I don't really watch recent films so I can't really think of anyone.
How sad
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Old 23-03-2013, 22:41
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Oops . Yeah I meant him . IIRC he didnt play any of those roles in The Visitor. You do mean this guy right?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Jenkins
Yes, I do mean him.
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Old 24-03-2013, 02:08
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William H Macy and his wife Felicity Huffman. Also, Rachel Weisz and to an extent Daniel Craig. I also think Don Cheadle should be held in higher regard.
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Old 24-03-2013, 04:12
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Having just watched Arbitrage, I would say Richard Gere. I think he always got stuck with the pretty boy/hunk label and his acting was overlooked to a large extent. He's not the greatest actor in the world, sure, but he's acted his socks off many a film. He's also great at the lighter stuff, such as The Runaway Bride.

Some examples where I thought her was terrific:

The Hoax
Primal Fear
Internal Affairs
Power
Hachi: A Dog's Tale

To be honest, I think he's been pretty good in most films he's been in, often better than the film itself.
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Old 24-03-2013, 04:31
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Hal Holbrook. In anything he's in.

Jeff Daniels. Terrific actor, and watching him in The Newsroom just confirms this.

William Hurt

Sam Waterston

Paul Giamatti

Ed Norton

Kevin Kline

Brian Dennehy

Eli Wallach

I presume we can include females - they use they term 'actors' for both sexes these days

Joan Allen

Laura Linney

Joan Cusack

Kathleen Turner

Diane Lane

Sela Ward
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Old 24-03-2013, 09:43
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Laura Linney
Barbara Hershey
Cynthia Nixon
Stanley Tucci
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Old 24-03-2013, 10:23
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Parker Posey
Famke Janssen
Oliver Platt
Hal Holbrook
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