Greatest movie characters ever

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Just wondering which actors played the very best movie characters and why...


Mine are ofcourse Brando as Don Vito Corleone, but that will be the same for many of us, so let us not go too deep into that.

However, apart from that, i found the Antonio Salieri character, played by F Murray Abraham in AMADEUS, outstanding...I mean, quasi all aspects of human behaviour are presented : jalousy, hate, love, longing, grieve, fear, agression, curiosity, crazyness...

I also very much enjoyed Jack Nicholson in a Few Good Men, in my opinion one of his best performances though it is not a big role. His character (Nathan Jessep) is omnipresent in the movie, you can feel him...and ofcourse, who else but Jack Nicholson, has the face to play the commander of guantanamo bay...

If you goto my journal at the 'celebrity prank calls'-entry, you can hear some guys using Nicholson's voice to fool other people over the phone...it is hilarious...(scroll down to entry nr 14)
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ohh, and did i mention Brando in Over the Waterfront and Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs ?


What about you , ???
 
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marlon said:
Just wondering which actors played the very best movie characters and why...


Mine are ofcourse Brando as Don Vito Corleone, but that will be the same for many of us, so let us not go too deep into that.

However, apart from that, i found the Antonio Salieri character, played by F Murray Abraham in AMADEUS, outstanding...I mean, quasi all aspects of human behaviour are presented : jalousy, hate, love, longing, grieve, fear, agression, curiosity, crazyness...

I also very much enjoyed Jack Nicholson in a Few Good Men, in my opinion one of his best performances though it is not a big role. His character (Nathan Jessep) is omnipresent in the movie, you can feel him...and ofcourse, who else but Jack Nicholson, has the face to play the commander of guantanamo bay...

If you goto my journal at the 'celebrity prank calls'-entry, you can hear some guys using Nicholson's voice to fool other people over the phone...it is hilarious...(scroll down to entry nr 14)
https://www.physicsforums.com/journal.php?s=&action=view&journalid=13790&perpage=10&page=9 [Broken]
marlon

ohh, and did i mention Brando in Over the Waterfront and Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs ?


What about you , ???
For the first time agre with you,our beloved Marlon Brando in Godfather(I)(I also like his interesting personality)My Dear Godfather,We All Miss you!I'll Try To Be As Honest As You Were. :cry:
I also like Al Pacino in Godfather(II) esp.in 1 scene
Tom Hanks in Furest Gump
Dustin Hoffman in all movie esp. Rain Man
Jack Nicholson In Shining(Where's my beloved Stanley :cry: )
Alain Delon in Un Flic
Diaz and Kidman in most of movies(except the silly ones)
 
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Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes
(still scares the hell out of me; compared to Annie, Hannibal Lecter is just a choir boy)
 
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Well how about characters played by Spencer Tracy, James (Jimmy Stewart), Gregory Peck, Sir Lawrence Oliver, Sir Alec Guinness, Sidney Portier, Richard Harris, Richard Burton, Russell Crowe (to name a contemporary) . . . . ? There have been many brilliant preformances!
 
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Astronuc said:
Well how about characters played by Spencer Tracy, James (Jimmy Stewart), Gregory Peck, Sir Lawrence Oliver, Sir Alec Guinness, Sidney Portier, Richard Harris, Richard Burton, Russell Crowe (to name a contemporary) . . . . ? There have been many brilliant preformances!
Sure; so basically, everyone interprets "the greatest.." to mean "the first who happens to pop into my head.."
 
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and ofcourse, who else but Jack Nicholson, has the face to play the commander of Guantanamo bay...
Why would the commander of Gitmo have to look like Jack Nicholson? IIRC he looked just like any other Naval officer when I was there (1970-71). It is not clear to me that there is a single base commander. Gitmo is actually divided into 2 commands, there is a Naval Air station which included the working airstrip and was for the most part located on the west side of the bay. The East side of the bay was the main base. Just to make my life difficult I was attached to the NAS, but lived and worked on the Main side. This meant that any payroll issues or other administrative details that I needed to deal with I had to catch the ferry to the other side of the bay, do my business and return. So even the most trivial detail took a half a day to deal with.


Oops now for something on topic
How about Morgan Freeman in that prison movie with Tim Robbins (Starts with an S.. but the name of the prison escapes me at this instant.
 
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Shawshank Redemption; great film!
 
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arildno said:
Shawshank Redemption; great film!
Yes,I haven't seen all Frank's movies but I think all are great.
Fear keep you prisoner.Hope can set you free.
 
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arildno said:
Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes
(still scares the hell out of me; compared to Annie, Hannibal Lecter is just a choir boy)
I agree. She was great in that movie. I also liked her in Fried Green Tomatoes, especially when she rams the young girls' car in the parking lot "Yeah, but old people have more insurance." :rofl:

I liked Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (and the nurse{edit: Louise Fletcher} was great - I finally remembered her name)

Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman

Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man

Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird

I think Shawshank Redemption is the only movie where I was really impressed with Timothy Robbins. Morgan Freeman is really good in that, as well.

Actually he was pretty good in Bull Durham, too, but I felt that Kevin Kostner and Susan Sarandon were even better.

The best performances by a star are when you forget who he is in real life and only see the character. That's hard for a lot of stars to do - it's always Paul Newman or it's always Marlon Brando or it's always Tom Cruise (except for Far and Away? the movie where he and Nicole Kidman come to America from Ireland)
 
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Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman
agreed, indeed a very magic piece of acting, huuwaaa

Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man
i still wonder how you prepare for such a role


marlon
 
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arildno said:
Shawshank Redemption; great film!

yeahh...unfortunately i don't really like Tim Robbins...

Besides, how about Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean ? I geart movie that it, says I, savvy ??? I also liked Geoffey Rush as captain Barbossa


marlon, parler ???
 
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The best performances by a star are when you forget who he is in real life and only see the character. That's hard for a lot of stars to do - it's always Paul Newman or it's always Marlon Brando or it's always Tom Cruise (except for Far and Away? the movie where he and Nicole Kidman come to America from Ireland)
True, though i never felt the weird behaviour for which Brando was known when he played in Last Tango in Paris...i don't really know why i like that movie so much. It is not spectacular but the setting of Paris in the seventies has something magical...but again i do not really know why

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Pirates of the Caribbean would have done a lot better if it hadn't starred a misplaced elf; but yes, both Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush made the movie into a lot of fun all nonetheless.
 
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The only actor that has ever really impressed me was Charlize Theron in Monster. I was fully convinced that they casted someone from the street to play the lead role :uhh: , I could not believe that it was actually Charlize Theron until I looked it up on the internet :eek:
 
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Steve Mcqueen as Henri 'Papillon' Charriere and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega in the movie 'papillon'.
 
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Some personal favs:

- Mel Gibson in Braveheart.
- Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption (good call guys).
- Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro in Heat.
- Cary Grant in pretty much anything he did.
- Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction
 
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Christian Bale - Equilibrium, Machinist ...wonder what batman will be like
Michael Keaton-Batman
Jack Nicholson-Batman
Patrick Stewart-Capt Picard(greatest captain of all time) and Xmen
Ian McKellen -Magneto/Lotr
Jet LI - Wong Fei Hong
Jackie Chan - 5 fists or something shaolin(with the ghosts)
Jackie Chan - some prison movie...actually there were like 5 asian stars
Robin William - What Dreams May Come
AlPacino and Robert Deniro - in heat
Robert Deniro -Ronin
ALpacino -yes he was good in scent of a women and narc.
Natalie Portman - Professional
?Jean Reno? -Professional/Ronin
gary oldman - professional
Morgan Freeman -alot of movies but yes Shawshank is a good one.
-driving miss daisy
Sean penn - I am sam, deadman walking
Susan Sarandon- Deadman walking/thelma louise
Dakota Fanning - I am sam.
Cary Elwes - THe princess bride.
Jim Carrey - Truman/Eternal sunshine...(if only batman 3 wasn't such a crappy movie
Jonny Depp - Benny& Joon
alan rickman - hans gruber
 
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Bladibla said:
Steve Mcqueen as Henri 'Papillon' Charriere and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega in the movie 'papillon'.
great movie indeed

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My favourite is Leslie Nielsen in the Naked Gun.

Outstanding performance.
 
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My favourite is Leslie Nielsen in the Naked Gun.

Outstanding performance.
excuse me but we are talking about worthy/respectable acting performances here. In order to achieve that you needs ACTORS. The person you are referring is NOT. I mean, appearing in 'movies' does not make you an actor automatically. What range of human emotions does Nielsen express in this motion picture, hmm ? What ??? Which ??? Behaving as an idiot just to be funny is not acting

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marlon said:
excuse me but we are talking about worthy/respectable acting performances here. In order to achieve that you needs ACTORS. The person you are referring is NOT. I mean, appearing in 'movies' does not make you an actor automatically. What range of human emotions does Nielsen express in this motion picture, hmm ? What ??? Which ??? Behaving as an idiot just to be funny is not acting

marlon
Marlon, I can't believe you picked on my choice of Nielsen/Naked Gun, but didn't bat an eyelid at Fred's suggestion of Mel Gibson in Braveheart (officially some of the worst acting ever)!

In terms of comedy acting, I'd probably say the two are comparable.
 
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Marlon, I can't believe you picked on my choice of Nielsen/Naked Gun, but didn't bat an eyelid at Fred's suggestion of Mel Gibson in Braveheart (officially some of the worst acting ever)!

In terms of comedy acting, I'd probably say the two are comparable.
true but you cannot deny the fact that Gibson is more talented when it comes to acting. Nielsen is more of a comedian but that is NOT an actor...

I once saw him in an episode of Columbo and trust me, it was awfull. He just is not credible for real acting roles. Why do you think that is ?

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marlon said:
excuse me but we are talking about worthy/respectable acting performances here. In order to achieve that you needs ACTORS. The person you are referring is NOT. I mean, appearing in 'movies' does not make you an actor automatically. What range of human emotions does Nielsen express in this motion picture, hmm ? What ??? Which ??? Behaving as an idiot just to be funny is not acting

marlon
I disagree. I'd like to see Brando do comedy. :rolleyes:

We are talking about two different forms of acting. Perhaps you meant to limit the field to the best dramatic performances, but it is simply untrue than any idiot can pull off a good comic performance. What is true is that it's easy to look silly or foolish, but to keep an audience laughing requires skill and talent. However, if you want to blast 95% of the "actors" on television, I'll agree with that. :biggrin:
 
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Gotta be 'Evil Roy Slade', portrayed by John Astin, because he's so much like me.
 
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I disagree. I'd like to see Brando do comedy. :rolleyes:
I disagree...he'd do a terrific job at it. It would probably be a manifestation of comic acting that we have not yet seen. This cannot be said by 99.9% of these socalled comedy actors alla Nielse or Chase...They suck big time...


but to keep an audience laughing requires skill and talent.
agreed,

and this is something which most of these comedy actors out there donnot have. Apart from Jim Carry, where are the Chaplins, the Walther Mattaus or the Jack Lemmons of this day and age, hmm???

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