August 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm #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?August 13, 2015 at 3:14 am #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.August 13, 2015 at 3:16 am #191328
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).August 13, 2015 at 4:12 am #191329
Barkhad Abdi and the cute little dog from “The Artist” (the latter being miles better than pretty much everybody else in that cast)August 13, 2015 at 4:27 am #191330
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.August 13, 2015 at 5:01 am #191331
I think Lamberto Maggiorani’s performance in Bicycle Thieves qualifies for that honor.August 13, 2015 at 6:13 am #191332
I gotta agree with TomHardys and say Abdi as well. A close second for me has to be Lebron James in Trainwreck though.August 13, 2015 at 10:38 am #191333
Uggie the Dog in The Artist. God rest his precious little soulAugust 13, 2015 at 11:57 am #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.
August 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm #191335
Tommy Wiseau, who gives possibly the greatest performance of all time. Seriously…
(Not saying its a GOOD performance though)August 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm #191336
Victoria Adams (now Beckham) — Spice WorldAugust 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm #191337
Bjork in Dancer in the DarkAugust 14, 2015 at 2:52 am #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.August 14, 2015 at 8:03 am #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.