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Cachoo
05-28-2011, 09:19 PM
Ok--without skating (and college basketball) I'm bored: So my question to you is this: Whether old or young or middle-aged, and dead or alive, who do you feel are underrated actors/actresses?

My selection is (or I think they still are) a couple:

British actors David Thewliss and Anna Friel. David especially but he is not conventionally handsome so that must make him a difficult fit for producers looking at the bottom line. From what I've read they are also fine stage actors though I've not seen them. I think Anna gets some throwaway parts sometimes but I love that she had comedic skills I've read are often more difficult than dramatic roles.

Tell me who I should be watching for when I'm flipping through all of those cable channels this summer.

IceAlisa
05-28-2011, 09:32 PM
Naomi Watts. She was amazing in Mulholland Drive. She hasn't had many roles worthy of her talent since.

Edward Norton. Loved him in The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Illusionist and The Painted Veil (with Naomi Watts).

Agree about David Thewliss.

falling_dance
05-28-2011, 09:52 PM
Among those actors I feel are underutilized on film, Stephen Dillane (Leonard Woolf in The Hours), Kelly MacDonald (Carla Jean in No Country for Old Men), David Paymer (Dan Enright in Quiz Show), and Michael Pennington (the eponymous hero of the 1984 BBC production of Oedipus the King) are my favorites. In Pennington's case, however, all of his best work seems to be on television and in the theater, but I for one will be looking out for his performance as Michael Foot in The Iron Lady.

vesperholly
05-28-2011, 10:47 PM
Naomi Watts. She was amazing in Mulholland Drive. She hasn't had many roles worthy of her talent since.

Edward Norton. Loved him in The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Illusionist and The Painted Veil (with Naomi Watts).

I LURVE them in The Painted Veil. Beautiful movie :swoon:

James McAvoy. Great in Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, Becoming Jane, and he was even good in that schlock Wanted.

Ever since Wimbledon, I've quite liked Paul Bettany.

Grannyfan
05-28-2011, 11:10 PM
Kevin Bacon, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Tim Roth

The following are all from an earlier era and may not really belong in the category of underrated. They just weren't as famous as others of their time. The names may not be familiar, but the faces would be. They all show up on TCM.

Beulah Bondi, Edward Arnold, Donald Crisp, Sterling Holloway, Spring Byington, Gladys Cooper. Also from this era, the marvelous Jack Carson and Joel McCrea, who was a fine comedic actor before his western movie days.

MR-FAN
05-28-2011, 11:41 PM
cillian murphy

IceAlisa
05-28-2011, 11:45 PM
ITA about Kevin Bacon. Love him.

cailuj365
05-28-2011, 11:47 PM
cillian murphy

YES. Completely agree.

pollyanna
05-28-2011, 11:50 PM
Hugh Bonneville. I always admired how brilliant he was with comedy, and then he blew me away with his cruelty in Daniel Deronda.

Grannyfan
05-29-2011, 12:30 AM
Hugh Bonneville. I always admired how brilliant he was with comedy, and then he blew me away with his cruelty in Daniel Deronda.

I like him, too.

BigB08822
05-29-2011, 12:31 AM
Brittany Murphy
Juliette Lewis

orbitz
05-29-2011, 12:48 AM
Kirsten Dunst. Glad to see her win the major acting prize at this year's Cannes.

Eden
05-29-2011, 01:31 AM
Totally agree regarding Naomi Watts and Edward Norton.
Would like to add to that list:

Paul Giamatti, who was absolutely amazing in Sideways & The Illusionist;

Helena Bonham Carter, whom I loved in A Room with a View, The Wings of the Dove & The King's Speech;

Stanley Tucci, who was wonderful in The Devil Wears Prada & Julie & Julia;

Billy Crystal did a great job in Soap (as Jodie, who was probably among the first gay characters on US TV), Throw Momma from the Train & When Harry Met Sally;

Michelle Pfeiffer who was fabulous in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Dangerous Liaisons & The Age of Innocence;

Leonardo DiCaprio deserved an Oscar for his roles in What's Eating Gilbert Grape & Shutter Island.

GarrAarghHrumph
05-29-2011, 01:57 AM
Donnie Wahlberg. Yes, *that* Donnie Wahlberg. He's really very good.

Satellitegirl
05-29-2011, 02:09 AM
Bruce Willis. He may do a lot of action movies, but the ones where he actually has dialogue and has to do more than just jump from building to building...he's excellent. Unbreakable is one of my favorite with him :)

Claire Danes is another one. Temple Grandin was great, but not a lot of people saw it and you rarely hear people talking about her acting abilities.