January 12, 2013 at 1:22 am #83589
With many actors and actresses, they find their niche and become the expert at that type of performance.
However, sometimes they will play a role completely different to any of their other roles.
For example, I’ve never been a fan of Adam Sandler. However, when I watched Punch-Drunk Love, I was in awe of the fact that Sandler was able to play such a different role than his wealthy, loud buffoon of his other films
Opinions? What performance(s) shocked or surprised you?January 12, 2013 at 5:04 am #83591
The most amazing and shocking for me, in a good way
are when actors give me something I thought they
were not capable of….either because the script is so
great or the director was able to achieve something
CHER IN MASK
ROBIN WILLIAMS IN GOOD WILL HUNTING
MO, NIQUE IN PRECIOUS
MARISA TOMEI IN THE WRESTLER
NICOLE KIDMAN IN THE HOURS
MARY TYLER MOORE IN ORDINARY PEOPLE
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM IN AMADEUS
TOM CRUISE IN MAGNOLIA
MICHAEL SHEEN IN FROST/NIXON
NICOLAS CAGE IN LEAVING LAS VEGAS
I am sure i have plenty more…..January 12, 2013 at 5:15 am #83592
I am not that old, so watching Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator was the first time that I was ever floored by a performance.
I thought that Seth Rogen was just terrific in 50/50 and I would have nominated him for it, which is surprising because it, you know, is Seth Rogen.
Michael Shannon in Take Shelter has to be some of the best acting ever.
Without saying whether it worked or did not, Ben Kingsley in The Dictator is very bizarre casting off the top of my head.January 12, 2013 at 9:57 am #83593
I’ll second Nicole Kidman, but in To Die For. I didn’t know she had that inher. I’d love to see her in that sort of role again.
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone because she was a young unkown in an indie movie but was amazing.
This year, I admit Bradley Cooper surprised me in SLP. I was expecting him to be ok but nothing special. But then he came through. Who knew.January 12, 2013 at 10:05 am #83594
Surely Charlize Theron in ‘Monster’ takes the biscuit hereJanuary 12, 2013 at 10:21 am #83595
Robin Williams-One Hour Photo
Jim Carrey-The Truman Show
Meryl Streep (as the Rabbi)-Angels in America
Christoph Waltz-Inglorious Basterds
Heath Ledger-The Dark Knight
Mia Farrow-Rosemary’s Baby
Bette Davis-What ever happened to Baby Jane?January 12, 2013 at 10:30 am #83596
Charlize Theron in Monster, because all I’d known from her before was the likes of The Italian Job and The Cider House Rules.January 12, 2013 at 10:39 am #83597
I have to agree with those who have said Charlize Theron. The early 2000’s was when I really became interested in Film, and I hadn’t really seen many truly outstanding performances by actors or actresses. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw Monster. I didn’t know acting could be that….well, good.January 12, 2013 at 10:56 am #83598
I approve of this turning into a Charlize Theron in Monster appreciation threadJanuary 12, 2013 at 10:59 am #83599
Theron ist truely one of the best Best Actress winner ever.January 12, 2013 at 11:24 am #83600
Matthew McConegheny in Killer Joe.January 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm #83601
I’d never seen him before. He floored me. He moved from troubled, to pensive, to humourous and a joy to be aroumd, all while carrying an inner wound.
Omar Sy, The Intouchables.January 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm #83602
Mo’Nique in Precious
Charlize Theron in Monster
Vanessa L. Williams in Soul FoodJanuary 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm #83603
I have so many (Including the mentioned Theron and Mo’Nique)
Recently I have to say Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris. Could never stand him before, but he was simply marvelous in this film.