Good Actors

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    Let's throw up some names of people who we think act well. Not people who have been in a million movies and can't act, or people who have been in multiple blockbusters and can't act (Keanu), but people who actually have skill acting and can portray a wide variety of characters instead of just themselves over and over again.

    I mentioned Billy Bob Thorton (Slingblade, U-Turn) and Robin Williams (What Dreams May Come, Awakenings, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire), I'd also throw out:

    Anthony Hopkins

    Tim Robbins (radical political agendas do not disqualify)

    Liam Neeson
     
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    Sam Rockwell (Wild Bill in the Green Mile and Guy Fleegman in Galaxy Quest)

    Dough Hutchison (percy whetmore - Green Mile and Ifty in I am Sam

    Michael Wincott The Crow, 3 musketeers, Metro, Robin Hood
     
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    Ian McKellen

    Robert Duvall

    Peter Sellers

    Sean Penn

    Dustin Hoffman

    Susan Sarandon

    John C. Reilly

    Joan Allen
     
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    Tom Hanks

    Jim Carrey

    Kate Winslet

    Johnny Depp

    Al Pacino

    Robert De Nero

    Michael Madsen

    Julianne Moore

    Nicholas Cage (when he wants to be)

    Brad Pitt

    Edward Norton
     
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    Nice list. I might take the Nick Cage qualifier away, though, and add "when he wants to be" to Michael Madsen.

    Madsen has been in some pretty bad "b" movies where he gave a "b" quality performance.

    Cage is the man, IMO. Plus, he can pull off the alligator skin boots. I thought he was as excellent as his character was fucked up in Leaving Las Vegas.
     
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    Dr. Strangelove

    He plays the President, Group Commander Mandrake, and the title character, Dr. Strangelove. AND he's the Pink Panther. That's versatility.
     
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    Dang, I forgot he was the Dr.
    That's range, going from the Pink Panther to Dr. Strangelove. I haven't watched any of the Pink Panther series in a while, but if I had them on DVD I think I could watch them over and over like some people do Jim Carrey movies.
     
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    I don't know how I feel about Nicholas Cage. I don't think his acting in roles like The Rock, Con-Air, or Face Off was any good. In fact I think he was awful.

    He's good in some roles, but he just doesn't make a believable action hero I don't think. Of course all those movies fucking sucked anyways, so who knows.
     
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    You have a good point there. I had forgotten Madsen in such classics as Species 2. Still, he is good when he wants to be, and his character in Kill Bill was probably the most complex one in the entire movie.

    I love Nic Cage, but he's a lot like Ben Affleck, in that he keeps doing these horrible action movies even though he's not good in them. Like Affleck, if he stuck to more dramatic roles, he'd be a lot better, I think. That said, Leaving Las Vegas, Valley Girl, and Adaptation are great great performances. Heck, in Adaptation, he plays twins, and you never once think about the fact that it's one person playing both of them.
     
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    I gotta say, yeah, those movies all sucked...
    I think he definitely shines in good movies, but can't carry a bad one.

    I dunno, maybe he's not the BEST actor but I liked him in Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas, Fast Times, Peggy Sue Got Married, Wild at Heart and even Guarding Tess.
     

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