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KHenry14
05-29-2011, 07:14 PM
A couple of my favorites...

Stephen Root--he works all the time and is consistantly good. From Dodgeball ("L for Love") to Finding Nemo and King of the Hill to The Men Who Stare at Goats and Office Space he makes an impact. And of course his break out role on News Radio was a hoot.

Bruce McGill--starting wilth D-Day Lewis in Animal House all the way through My Cousin Vinny, Collateral and Cinderella Man, he delivers varied and important performances. Plus he's a great guy.

Stephen Lang--Talk about an intense performer. He plays crazy (The Hard Way) Obsessed (Avatar) an outlaw (Tombstone) a prima donna (Gettysburg) and brings it every time. You can hardly believe it's the same guy playing a serial killer The Party Crasher, George Pickett and Colonel Quaritch

Grannyfan
05-29-2011, 08:05 PM
Thought of another actress I feel is underrated--Samantha Morton. I've loved her in just about everything I've seen, especially In America. And the actor who played her husband was wonderful as well.

Regarding Angela Bassett, she's talented as well as one of the most beautiful actresses out there.

Zemgirl
05-29-2011, 08:20 PM
Stanley Tucci, who was wonderful in The Devil Wears Prada & Julie & Julia;
Definitely!



Donnie Wahlberg. Yes, *that* Donnie Wahlberg. He's really very good.
I loved him in Band of Brothers. But I loved just about everyone in that.
Band of Brothers has to be one of the best-cast projects I've ever seen, and Wahlberg was certainly one of the standouts.


Would've loved to see Michelle as one of the leads in Mama Mia.
Oh, yes, considering how good she was in Hairspray, that would have been fantastic. She's much more versatile than people give her credit for.

cruisin
05-30-2011, 02:04 AM
Grease II was very early in her career. Pfeiffer has proven herself many times since then.

I agree, but sometimes actors can get labeled.


I think her career has cooled due to a combinations of her taking some time off to raise her kids, making too many dramas that failed at the box offices, and just not getting the juicy roles any more now that she's past 40. For a while it seemed like Susan Sarandon had first dip on roles for older actresses and then Meryl Streep became hot again and now Helen Mirren is the hot go to old dame for Hollywood.

Would've loved to see Michelle as one of the leads in Mama Mia.

I wonder if Michelle is almost too pretty, still, to be cast in the juicy older women roles.

GarrAarghHrumph
05-30-2011, 02:20 AM
When I was thinking about my list I wanted to add Liev Schreiber: the mention of Naomi Watts made me think of him. And I agree about Naomi...she is first rate.

I don't think that anyone thinks that Liev is underrated, what with his multiple Tony's and rep as an "actor's actor". I think he's just little known outside of acting/Broadway circles. I know he's been trying to find his big break in film. I hope he does.

rjblue
05-30-2011, 03:14 AM
Ed Norton underrated? He got an Oscar nom for his first major film (Primal Fear). He starred in Fight Club and got another Oscar nomination for American History X. He's not underrated, he's one of the most respected A-list actors. (And I love him)

My pick for an underrated actor is Jim Carrey. I wish he'd be given (or choose) more serious roles, because Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Truman Show are two of my favourite movies.

I also think Marisa Tomei's Oscar was completely deserved. I think her acting is wonderful.

Oh- and every movie that requires a romantic leading man (not a youth) should just go ahead and cast Sean Bean and I'd be very happy. The fact that he got so typecast as a villain in NA is just a tragedy.

I just went to see Pirates of the Carribean 4 - to see the amazing Ian McShane. He's right up there with DeNiro in filling the screen with his presence.

eta - Stephen Root- I agree he is great. He's one of those "Look it's that guy" actors, who I'm always happy to see.

TygerLily
05-30-2011, 03:20 AM
Stephen Root- I agree he is great. He's one of those "Look it's that guy" actors, who I'm always happy to see.I saw him in two different things this weekend and he was just great in both!

Holley Calmes
05-30-2011, 04:10 AM
I just went to see Pirates of the Carribean 4 - to see the amazing Ian McShane. He's right up there with DeNiro in filling the screen with his presence.

We're watching all three years of Deadwood for the first time....we're just starting year 3 tonight. I have been enjoying the lovely Mr. Olyphant, but the longer we watch, the more I look for and enjoy the scenes with McShane...yes, presence! I even find him somehow attractive in a gnarly kind of way. Those eyes! That series was HIS.

vesperholly
05-30-2011, 08:18 AM
I agree, Claire Danes is an excellent actress. And I think she gets praise for the significant roles she plays, don't forget Brokedown Palace and Romeo and Juliette. Temple Grandin was an exceptional portrayal of an exceptional woman. I think she is very selective (we'll forgive her for doing Mod Squad) and that might be why she doesn't do as many films as some other actresses.

Agreed. She was very highly rated for her role in My So-Called Life, which is one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and won a Golden Globe for it.


Thought of another actress I feel is underrated--Samantha Morton. I've loved her in just about everything I've seen, especially In America. And the actor who played her husband was wonderful as well.

I LOVE her!!! My family was on vacation when BBC's production of Tom Jones was serialized on A&E, and we rushed back to watch it every night. She was so good. And what a departure her part in Minority Report was from typical actressy roles.



My pick for an underrated actor is Jim Carrey. I wish he'd be given (or choose) more serious roles, because Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Truman Show are two of my favourite movies.

I also think Marisa Tomei's Oscar was completely deserved. I think her acting is wonderful.
Agreed on both points. I was disappointed Carrey wasn't nominated for Eternal Sunshine, he really dove into that performance and it's one of my favorite movies (not in the least because of Miss Kate).

Who could argue with Tomei?! "Imagine you're a little de-ah, just wanting a sip of wah-tah, then BAM!" :rofl:

rudi
05-30-2011, 02:18 PM
I always thought that Eric Roberts is underrated and is 10 times the actress his sister is. (I think Julia Roberts is an overrated actress. She seems to act the same in every movie.) Haven't seen him in anything lately, so I'm not sure if he is still out there acting.

I also agree with those of you who said Leonardo DiCaprio. I think that he was overlooked for a few Oscar nominations and possibly overlooked for an Oscar win for What's Eating Gilbert Grape. (I can't remember who won that year.)

I also think Johnny Depp and Claire Danes are fantastic actors and perhaps underrated. I'd like to see both of them win an Oscar at some point.

rudi
05-30-2011, 02:20 PM
My pick for an underrated actor is Jim Carrey. I wish he'd be given (or choose) more serious roles, because Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Truman Show are two of my favourite movies.


I totally agree. He is very talented. He seems to be able to pull off any role, and do it well.

Jenny
05-30-2011, 03:03 PM
I always thought that Eric Roberts is underrated and is 10 times the actress his sister is. (I think Julia Roberts is an overrated actress. She seems to act the same in every movie.) Haven't seen him in anything lately, so I'm not sure if he is still out there acting.

Agree - always been a fan of his. And, he's got to be one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood - massive list of credits, and about a dozen projects in the pipeline: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000616/

rudi
05-30-2011, 03:07 PM
Agree - always been a fan of his. And, he's got to be one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood - massive list of credits, and about a dozen projects in the pipeline: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000616/

Wow, that's quite a long list. Glad to see he's still out there acting.

cruisin
05-30-2011, 03:31 PM
^^ I remember seeing Eric Roberts in Star 80, years ago. I thought he was amazing. When Julia came on the scene, I thought of her as Eric's sister, not the other way around :).

Holley Calmes
05-30-2011, 03:46 PM
Count me as another who is not a Julia Roberts fan. I find her shallow and brittle. There are so many other actresses with far more beauty and gifts. I just never got why she was such a big deal. I did like her in Steel Magnolias, though. But the older she gets, the harder she seems. I see she might play the wicked witch in a new version of Snow White or Sleeping Beauty or something.....good casting!