(Original post by Phalanges)
American Beauty is probably the best example, as he is in many different states throughout the entire film (Sight & Sound labelled him as 'sap and hero') and he doesn't put a foot wrong. Se7en is also a very good example, as he manages to play timid, cool and menacing perfectly and switches effortlessly. Try American Beauty, you'll be blown away by his performance. And bear in mind while you're watching it that the studio wanted a better known actor to play his role, namely Kevin Costner.
I have no idea how I've managed to thus far avoid both American Beauty and Se7en, but I might rectify that over the weekend, as I'm moving back to halls and internet that doesn't move at a snail's pace tomorrow.
Ah, Kevin Costner. I've always found him a strange one - on the one hand, he lands roles in good films, yet on another, everyone seems to think of him as bland and personality-less. Likewise, every film he's in could've been done better by someone else, tbh. Field of Dreams might not have been a completely corny crock of **** with Christopher 'voice like a broken clock' Walken, for example. The Untouchables is perhaps the best example of how to **** up a leading role by casting the wrong person completely.
Sean Harris isn't someone I really know that much about, I need to see him in some more films before I make a judgement. I see he's going to be in Brighton Rock though, which should be interesting. Khalid Abdalla is one of my favourite breakthrough actors at the minute.
The man plays the twisted, sadistic, psychopath in a very entertaining, realistic and enthralling way. As an example, there's his character in Outlaw or Creep, as well as a thug in Harry Brown. He's also someone I like all the more as he's a British actor. I've only seen Mr Abdalla in United 93 and Green Zone. In the former he only really got a chance to act for about 10-15 minutes of the film. He was excellent in Green Zone though.
Yep, that's the one that Fincher directs. The story behind that film is actually quite interesting (far more interesting than the film itself, tbh) - Fincher got brought in really late by the studio to be it's yes man off the back of a few music videos, and gave him the crazy task of making a film equal to the works of Scott and Cameron when there wasn't even a script ready for the film. They interfered throughout the entire filming, and then hacked his cut to bits to produce the film.
That's what makes him such a controlling nutter today, most likely. I was reading an article on The Social Network the other day. For one scene where all that happens is a character places business cards on a table, he did 48 takes. I love that guy.
Yeah, tbf. The film is particularly poor. It's one of the Poselthwaite associations with a series equals a crap film formulas, another being Jurassic Park 2. I met Poselthwaite near Tower Bridge though, and he does have good roles, so I like the guy. Off on a tangent...