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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #191325

    I don’t mean people like Dwayne Johnson who used to be a wrestler and than became an actor, I mean people who are strictly known by a prefession other than acting, like a singer, sports star or equivalent.

    Which one was the “best” or at least the “least bad” that you saw in a motion picture? 

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    Tom
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    #191327

    Interesting topic, as soon as I read the title I thought of a few names.

    *Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields), he was a physician prior to this. He even won an Oscar for his role.

    *Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Wallis was only 5 at the time of casting and if I remember correctly Henry owned a Bakery prior to this role. Wallis also became on Oscar nominee.

     

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    dinasztie
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    I don’t know if he qualifies but easily Dr. Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields – such commitment and bravery, facing his own demons on the big screen. It’s a beautiful, harrowing performance that takes you through hell all the way to an uplifting redemption. The movie surely seems dated but Ngor’s honest, simple portrayal certainly doesn’t. I wish he had won in the leading category, that’s where here really belonged (sorry Amadeus guys).

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    TomHardys
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    Barkhad Abdi and the cute little dog from “The Artist” (the latter being miles better than pretty much everybody else in that cast)

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    OnTheAisle
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    WWII veteran and 1946 Best Supporting Actor Harold Russell for The Best Years of Our Lives. Russell who lost both his arms in an accident involving a bomb’s defective fuse was cast by William Wyler as the paraplegic Homer Parrish. Because they thought Russell would lose the competitive acting category, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted Russell an honorary Oscar in recognition of his work. It is the only time the Academy awarded two Oscars for the same performance.

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    Dr.Fabe
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    #191331

    I think Lamberto Maggiorani’s performance in Bicycle Thieves qualifies for that honor.

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    vinny
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    #191332

    I gotta agree with TomHardys and say Abdi as well. A close second for me has to be Lebron James in Trainwreck though.

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    KyleBailey
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    Uggie the Dog in The Artist. God rest his precious little soul 

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    Noé
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    #191334

    Speaking of dogs, I have to mention Luke and Body which portrayed Hagen in White God (and all its hundreds of dogs, literally), the three great pups that played Rocco in the underrated The Drop, and one of my favs, Cosmo who did wonderfully as Arthur in Beginners.
     

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    Macbeth
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    Tommy Wiseau, who gives possibly the greatest performance of all time. Seriously…
    (Not saying its a GOOD performance though) 

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Victoria Adams (now Beckham) — Spice World

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    Bjork in Dancer in the Dark

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    benbraddock
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    #191338

    Abdi auditioned as a struggling actor. He doesn’t qualify. Ngor in The Killing Fields to me, is the best case along with Russell from Best Years of our Lives. What William Wyler accomplished with Russell was stunning and completely making a masterpiece and never losing focus of at least 4 compelling story lines.

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    babypook
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    #191339

    Agree with most above; Dr. Fabe, OnTheAisle, Tommy…

    Let’s see….how about the cast of non-actors (not Leo, lol) in Gilbert Grape? I also enjoyed the same from Gran Torino (not Clint).

    Just being ‘yourself’ and losing that self in a character isnt easy.

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    #191340

    Jesus Carroza, 7 Virgins

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