Awesome character actors that automatically make a movie better (most of the time)
The character actor is that vital piece of the puzzle that is a movie that not only makes the picture complete, but in the cases of these groups can make quite a splash. Please add your choice!
- •Daniel RoebuckHe has such a sweet, chubby face (and, from what I've seen in interviews, a personality to match) but I have seen him in some major drama. You might remember him as poor Arzt on "Lost" or as Jay Leno o. "The Night Shift".
- •Missi PyleI love this woman. She can go from cute to downright WEIRD in a heartbeat. Her breakout was in "Galaxy Quest" as Laliari, but she's been in... well, damn near everywhere.
- •JK SimmonsAfter his Oscar-Wyoming performance in "Whiplash", the man has left the background forever. And thank God: he can do no wrong in my eyes. It's the J. Jonah Jameson in the first "Spider-Man" movies. It's the dad in "Juno". It's the boss in "Thank You For Smoking" and "Burn After Reading". It's certainly his chilling role as Vernon Schillinger in "OZ".
- •Stephen TobolowskyStephen's Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog Day" does the impossible: steal a scene from Bill Murray. But in recent years, I'm also amazed his talents as a story-teller. Listen to his podcast "The Tobolowsky Files" and watch his movie, "The Primary Instinct", both directed by (favorite movie blog of mine) Slashfilm managing editor David Chen.
- •Bill NighyI know at least one of you will squeal with delight at this inclusion, given all the attention you've given to "Love Actually". And rightfully so: This man is a world treasure of cool. That the same outrageous elder rocker can play the cruel Viktor in "Underworld", Davy Jones in "Pirates of the Caribbean", Philip in "Shaun of the Dead"... Also, my favorite word of the day: he has this delightful chortle that is so British.
- •Hank AzariaI am both happy and saddened that his dramatic work hasn't paid off (remember "Huff"?) YET, because I never want him NOT to make me laugh. His roles in "The Birdcage" and "Mad About You" are still standouts in my head (I still occasionally greet people with a "Hey dere, ho dere"). Add his gajillion voices on "The Simpsons" and I can still sorta forgive him for "The Smurfs".