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There are some exceptional actors and actresses out there these days who put their heart and soul into playing a character. In fact, some admit they have been changed by the roles they played.
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When we typically think of the greatest acting performances, many of us focus quite naturally on the best films ever made or films with breakout performances by actors that would go on to have great careers, with films that are commonly part of acting classes.
However, there are far more great actors out there than scripts that do them justice, and a hallmark of a truly great actor is to take a script that may not have the same renown, make do and mend, often with particularly personal reasons as to why.
Here are some great examples of fantastic acting performances found in somewhat unexpected films and the reasons why they appeared.
Mixing Up Directors
Fresh off of an Oscar nomination for the brilliant and subversive Lost In Translation and in the middle of working on the unique The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Bill Murray was sent a script that he read for, his curiosity sparked by its apparent author: Joel Coen of the Coen brothers.
Ultimately it turned out he had gotten the name mixed up. It was Joel Cohen and the script was for the somewhat infamous Garfield live-action adaptation. Bill Murray’s enthusiasm quickly waned, which was perfectly suited for the laconic cartoon cat.
Not Realising It Was A Video Game Adaptation
In 1992, Bob Hoskins was cast as Mario Mario for the film Super Mario Bros, one of the strangest and most troubled film productions of all time, and a film that throughout the rest of his life he said he regretted doing more than any other.
He was bombarded with script revisions until he finally agreed to be the star but did not realise the origins of the source material, leading to a somewhat infamous interview where Mr Hoskins turns to the camera, takes a pause and laments that he used to star in Shakespearean adaptations.
Award season is upon us, which means Hollywood stars will be gracing the red carpet, paparazzi will be snapping furiously, and budding actors and actresses will be listening to winners’ speeches for encouragement and inspiration.
The third and final series of the TV serial Happy Valley has captured the imagination of millions of viewers, but it might also provide some inspiration for those keen to follow in the footsteps of the cast, who are mostly from the north.
When studying unique performances as part of acting classes or listening to actors discuss particular roles, one point that becomes clear is that the inspiration for particular acting decisions can come from a wide variety of different places.
Many actors, whether they have recently completed their acting classes or have been in the profession for decades, often play specific roles or have a type that is associated with them.