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Actors that elevate any role they are in

My pick: Gene Hackman

by Anonymousreply 5202/20/2013

Gene Hackman (ditto)

Morgan Freeman

by Anonymousreply 101/24/2013

Meryl Streep

Morgan Freeman

Daniel Day Lewis

by Anonymousreply 201/24/2013

Simone Signoret

Hope you mention actresses too, op.

by Anonymousreply 301/24/2013

Jack Lemmon

Kathy Bates

by Anonymousreply 401/24/2013

A few that come to mind:

Julianne Moore

Kevin Bacon

Glenn Close

Philip Seymour Hoffman

by Anonymousreply 501/24/2013

Sigourney Weaver

by Anonymousreply 601/24/2013

Emma Thompson

Stanley Tucci

by Anonymousreply 701/24/2013

Sir Patrick Stewart

by Anonymousreply 801/24/2013

Scott Glen

Jeff Bridges

another vote for Kathy Bates

Jeff Daniels (yes Dumb & Dumber was watchable because of him)

Patricia Clarkson (I think that's the name, blonde, older, gorgeous)

by Anonymousreply 901/24/2013

Damn, some bitch beat me to Patricia Clarkson.

Now all I have is Hope Davis.

by Anonymousreply 1001/24/2013

Tom Cruise

by Anonymousreply 1101/24/2013

Morgan Freeman is getting boring same character over and over and over..the sensitive wise older black man.

Kevin Spacey is my choice.

by Anonymousreply 1201/24/2013

William Macy, Hope Davis, Cate Blanchett, David Strathairn

by Anonymousreply 1301/24/2013

Patricia Neal

by Anonymousreply 1401/24/2013

I'm not sure I understand what's being asked. Are these performers who are consistently better than their films? If so, I'm not sure that's something to applaud. They need to start picking better scripts and/or stop upstaging their colleagues. Hams.

by Anonymousreply 1501/24/2013

Edward Norton

Colin Ferrell

Ewan McGregor

Daniel Day Lewis

Christopher Eccleston

Philip Seymour Hoffman

For old movies:

James Stewart

Grace Kelley

Barbara Stanwick

by Anonymousreply 1601/24/2013

Dianne Wiest

Jodie Foster

Meryl Streep

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Brian Cox

Frances Mc Dormand

I feel like I'm just listing our best screen actors...

by Anonymousreply 1701/24/2013

Kim Kardashian

Paris Hilton

Justin Timberlake

Lindsay Lohan

Rob Schneider

The Situation

Justin Beeeeberrrr

by Anonymousreply 1801/24/2013

Vanessa Redgrave

James McAvoy

Dianne Wiest

by Anonymousreply 1901/24/2013

Jonah Hill

by Anonymousreply 2101/24/2013

taylor lautner

by Anonymousreply 2201/24/2013

Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in "The Wiz"

by Anonymousreply 2301/24/2013

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Judi Dench, Viola Davis, Javier Badem, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Rockwell, Kate Winslet

by Anonymousreply 2401/24/2013

Ed Harris.

Guy Pearce.

by Anonymousreply 2501/24/2013

That guy is revolting! When a gay man says "he's so Hawt",my fucking skin crawls! It's something I've felt my whole life. I am not self-hating. It's more a feeling that my friends are degrading themselves,or selling themselves short. Like getting sex from a troglodyte(gay-basher?)somehow makes a gay man (what?)! Honestly,it just makes me sad. As Karen Walker said "Honey,I don't look.I'm looked at."

by Anonymousreply 2601/24/2013

Second Kathy Bates. In the old days, Joanne Woodward.

by Anonymousreply 2701/24/2013

Joseph Gordon Levitt

by Anonymousreply 2801/24/2013

Tilda Swinton-- chameleon extraordinaire.

by Anonymousreply 2901/24/2013

Viggo.

Even made the crappiest Texas Chainsaw movie watchable.

by Anonymousreply 3001/25/2013

Maggie Smith. Brilliant (and often hilarious) deliveries!

by Anonymousreply 3101/25/2013

Kirstie Alley. Oh wait, I thought it said [italic]roll[/italic]. Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 3201/25/2013

Brendan Gleeson

by Anonymousreply 3301/25/2013

Fran Drescher

by Anonymousreply 3401/25/2013

Ahem...

by Anonymousreply 3501/25/2013

Madonna. Omg I love her.

by Anonymousreply 3601/25/2013

Kaye Ballard

by Anonymousreply 3701/25/2013

Elizabeth Berkley

by Anonymousreply 3801/25/2013

Edie McClurg!!!!!! Love her dearly.

by Anonymousreply 3901/25/2013

Um, yeah -- Morgan Freeman really elevated "The Patriot".

by Anonymousreply 4001/25/2013

Samuel L. Jackson

by Anonymousreply 4101/25/2013

I nominate Willliam Shatner

by Anonymousreply 4201/25/2013

Helen Mirren

Andre Brauer

Jean-Marie Baptiste

Michelle Yeoh

by Anonymousreply 4301/25/2013

Great examples, r43.

by Anonymousreply 4401/25/2013

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Javier Bardem

Judi Dench

John Goodman

William C Macy

Bill Murray

Viola Davis

RDJ

Sam Rockwell

Kate Winslet

Guy Pearce

Ben Mendelsohn

Toni Colette

among the younger ones, Paul Dano, Tom Hiddleston, Andrew Garfield, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan, Amy Adams, Tom Hardy

by Anonymousreply 4502/20/2013

Cillian Murphy elevates every role by her wearing high heels.

by Anonymousreply 4602/20/2013

To Blanchett, Wiest, Collette already listed i would add Joan Allen and Emily Watson.

by Anonymousreply 4702/20/2013

Benedict Cumberbatch Susan Sarandon Jeremy Irons

by Anonymousreply 4802/20/2013

Andrew Scott

by Anonymousreply 4902/20/2013

John C. Reilly has been in some really stupid comedies and nonetheless retained his likability. I'll watch him in anything.

by Anonymousreply 5002/20/2013

This thread is a List Queen's dream.

by Anonymousreply 5102/20/2013
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