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essay29-Sep-2006media/entertainmentCarlHalling by votes38652.9%


Who are the most underrated screen actors (male or female) in the history of the cinema?


posted 30-Sep-2006 8:44pm  
How the hell am I supposed to know?
posted 1-Oct-2006 1:01am  
I used to think Philip Seymour Hoffman, but he has a lot of recognition now. I still think he's great.
posted 1-Oct-2006 1:07am  
Kate Winslet, I have always felt like she missed out on a lot of praise she deserved. I have a lot of respect for her. Also, Cate Blanchette (sp?) I couldn't say of ALL time because that too much for my work to work on right now. Men, Joaquin Phoenix doesn't get the recognized as much as he should. Man, in Gladiator, that was awesome, and The Village.
(reply to ausfox) posted 1-Oct-2006 1:09am  
He is one seriously great actor. William H. Macy too. And Steve Buscemi.
posted 1-Oct-2006 10:57am  
Umm, I don't know. I'm not much into film.
posted 1-Oct-2006 11:19am  
I don't know about the most underrated actors, but I feel that the following are excellent and should be appreciated more: Robert Downey, Jr; Val Kilmer; Harvey Keitel; Madeleine Stowe, Cate Blanchett. This is totally top-of-mind and incomplete.
(reply to RGirl) posted 1-Oct-2006 11:20am  
> He is one seriously great actor. William H. Macy too. And Steve Buscemi.

Are you a Coen Brothers fan? Macy and Buscemi guys were awesome in Fargo!!!!

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(reply to hypersky) posted 1-Oct-2006 12:50pm  
Harvey Keitel used to be awesome, but 10 or 15 years ago, he completely lost his ability to act. Everything he's been in since then has been dreadful--not just the script or the plot, but his acting has stunk, too. However, his earlier work is amazing--everything he did with Scorsese is great. Have you ever seen Scorsese's (and Keitel's) first film? It's called "Who's That Knocking at my Door?"
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posted 1-Oct-2006 12:51pm  
Willem Dafoe.
posted 1-Oct-2006 1:08pm  
History of cinema? I don't know.
posted 1-Oct-2006 2:10pm  
Only one can think of, and I love this actress but hardly see here anymore is Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 1-Oct-2006 4:13pm  
I'm not much of a film fan, really, but he's one of those guys who when he's on he is on. I liked him in the Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver and the Piano, among others
(reply to hypersky) posted 1-Oct-2006 4:14pm  
Nothing as specific as that. Just like the actors and movies. Fargo was probably the first or one of the first I'd seen them in & I have liked everything else they have done.
(reply to RGirl) posted 1-Oct-2006 4:15pm  
I hear you.
(reply to RGirl) posted 1-Oct-2006 4:35pm  
Yeah, Steve Buscemi is great
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posted 1-Oct-2006 4:53pm  
It's hard for me to come up with a good list, but here's one that just came to mind:

Jeffrey Wright

...this is more current than historical (I suspect within the next 10 years, he will be fully recognized and appreciated), and he does already get high rating from critics, but hasn't really achieved the recognition that he deserves (like more leading roles, Oscars, etc.) yet.
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posted 1-Oct-2006 5:15pm  
I agreed that Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe are also great... though, they have both achieved a decent level of recognition. Kate was just on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Still, I agree they deserve even more recognition.
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(reply to RGirl) posted 1-Oct-2006 5:16pm  
> Kate Winslet

Have you seen Heavenly Creatures? ... it's a great but obscure movie with Winslet in it.
posted 1-Oct-2006 5:27pm  
That's hard to say. All the actors I can think of (that I like) have received the critical acclaim they're due.

Okay, here's one. I thought that Sting's performance in Richard Loncraine's 1982 film "Brimstone and Treacle" was outstanding. It was a very difficult role, that required a certain level of subtlety, in order to make it convincing and compelling, that most actors aren't capable of. Sting hasn't had that many film roles, and most of them have been bit parts and voice overs. I thought that his performance in that film should have opened the doors to more and better roles. The critics do seem to agree that it was his best performance. Why hasn't anyone given him the opportunity to do more leads? I don't know...
(reply to RGirl) posted 1-Oct-2006 5:28pm  
Steve Buscemi is fantastic! I wouldn't call him underrated though...
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(reply to hypersky) posted 1-Oct-2006 5:54pm  
I haven't seen Bad Lieutenant, but I like the other ones you mentioned. He's also in my favorite movie, "The Last Temptation of Christ."
(reply to bill) posted 1-Oct-2006 7:24pm  
Oh yeah! I've seen it several times. Bizarre! I loved it. True story too. Creepy huh? One of my absolute favorite movies.
posted 1-Oct-2006 11:47pm  
I used to think Johnny Depp was underrated but he's not anymore.
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(reply to RGirl) posted 2-Oct-2006 1:48am  
(reply to Enigma) posted 2-Oct-2006 1:58am  
He may soon be over rated.
posted 2-Oct-2006 12:53pm  
I didn't know they were rated. Think it would be better to pick 'over-rated' ones.
(reply to CarlHalling) posted 2-Oct-2006 3:30pm  
Helen Hunt and Jane Alexander (sometimes I think of them as the same person).
(reply to RGirl) posted 2-Oct-2006 9:35pm  
> He may soon be over rated.

So true!
posted 3-Oct-2006 9:27pm  
Marilyn Monroe.
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posted 5-Oct-2006 7:23pm  
Most of the ugly fat ones.
posted 6-Oct-2006 8:11pm  
Until the last Oscars I would have said Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Now I'd say Steve Buscemi. Although I don't know underrated actors from the 70's, 60's, 50's, etc.
posted 15-Oct-2006 1:10am  
Claire Danes. And a lot of other female actresses who are not getting any good roles right now because there are none.
posted 2-Nov-2006 12:34am  
I don't know.
posted 3-Nov-2006 12:09am  
I don't know.
posted 4-Nov-2006 8:33pm  
Marilyn Monroe was underrated as a dramatic actor.
posted 26-Nov-2006 11:44pm  
I assume you think I know underrated actors, which I don't, but I can tell you I loved Yul Brenner when he was alive and still love James Garner... but, of course, I like their acting.

I enjoy them, but I'm not what you call a movie buff.
(reply to RGirl) posted 26-Nov-2006 11:46pm  
> He is one seriously great actor. William H. Macy
> too. And Steve Buscemi.

I totally agree with them both! I saw Macy on the Actor's Studio interview and he is absolutely great.

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