The 5: Supporting Actors Who Stole the Film


This Week on the Five:  Supporting Actors Who Stole the Film, The Nineties Edition

 It isn’t always the lead actor who you remember at the end of the day, sometimes even a brief walk on can steal the entire film.  Here are our picks:

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  • Don Cheadle, Devil With the Blue Dress. “You said don’t shoot him, right? Well I didn’t; I choked… If you didn’t want me to kill him, why did you leave me alone with him?” Denzel Washington is a two time Oscar winner and one of the biggest stars of his generation but Cheadle smokes him this brilliant supporting role.
  • Joe Pesci, Goodfellas. “I said, no more shines. Maybe you didn’t hear about it, you’ve been away a long time. They didn’t go up there and tell you. I don’t shine shoes anymore.” Funny how the air leaves this great movie the second Pesci takes one to the back of the head. Almost all focus is gone and it becomes about helicopters and a paranoid coke run. Pesci owned Goodfellas and we compare every role he’s ever done against this one.
  • Michael Madsen, Reservoir Dogs. “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?” Such a great cast and such great dialogue but can you imagine Reservoir Dogs without Micheal Madsen as Mr Blond!? Stop lying to yourself, you can’t. Casting Madsen in this role may have set the table for Tarrentino’s upcoming successful career.
  • Alec Baldwin, Glengarry Glen Ross. “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.” David Mamet’s Pulitzer and Tony winning play gets turned into a great screenplay by Mamet with an award winning cast. Mamet thought he needed to add a new character to fill out the screenplay. Blake Mitch and Murray sent him from downtown and he unloads on the all star cast. It’s short screen time and when he leaves you’ll wish the camera went with him.
  • Christopher Walken/Dennis Hopper, True Romance. “I’m the Anti-Christ. You got me in a vendetta kind of mood. You tell the angels in heaven you never seen evil so singularly personified as you did in the face of the man who killed you.” Yes it’s cheating to pick a tie to end this list but it would be a bigger cheat to choose one over the other. The ten minutes of dialogue they share is one of if not the best scene in film history. It has tension, humor, sadism, heroism and heartbreak. It would be worth the ticket to go into a theater and only see this scene.
    
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 Send us your picks– sticking with the nineties.

123 comments
loandinasor
loandinasor

Glenne Headley in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

loandinasor
loandinasor

Huh.  I though Kevin Spacey stole the show in GGR because before that I never noticed him before.

JimPatrick
JimPatrick

the fact people are picking different actors from Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty is proof non of them stole the film.

JohnWaynesColon
JohnWaynesColon

The Hot Box in "Django Unchained" .... I used to live near East St. Louis ... that really could have come in handy.

JBinTN
JBinTN

Wilson in Castaway.

52Ravens
52Ravens

Marissa Tomei - My Cousin Vinny

Nic Cage - Moonstruck

Mandy Patinkin - Princess Bride (Hello my name is Indigo Montoya, you killed my father- prepare to DIE!) 

guy11
guy11

Not a huge batman fan but when i think of the dark knight I think of Heath Ledger performance. just saying....

Alex
Alex

Joe's performance in Goodfellas was extraordinary, but your comment on the movie is complete bullshit. That was the main idea of the movie, the ways the mob and the times changed, in the 60's everything was great and peaceful, and in the 90's the gangster era was gone. Goodfellas is a masterpiece, all the actors were at their best and the movie also if 100% consistent

FredDerf
FredDerf

John Goodman in Barton Fink.

billweem
billweem

holy crap !! Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday in Tombstone !!

AmberKipp
AmberKipp

Great choices but you couldn't spell Tarantino right? Come on.

sherlockzz
sherlockzz

About the only one I quibble with is Baldwin. Yes, he was excellent but I don't think he stole the movie. I think everyone was performing at a very high level. Baldwin's stuff too short and too near the beginning to steal what was a very satisfying film overall. 

And, for my two cent entry... Tim Curry as the Devil in Legend. 


Sean
Sean

James Dean in Giant.

JohnEsteele
JohnEsteele

Ron didn't mention Robert Shaw from Jaws? How dare him....

ManOSteel
ManOSteel

The RAPE VICTIM from any film.

ManOSteel
ManOSteel

FUCK THAT!

JOHN TORTURRO FROM BIG LEBOWSKI!

ManOSteel
ManOSteel

BUBBA FROM FOREST FUCKING GUMP!

Sandycobra
Sandycobra

Sorry Nineties Edition!!!Didn't realize:
Ed Harris-Truman Show
Apollo 13
Gene Hackman-Absolute Power,Get Shorty
Dan Akroyd + Alan Arkin-Grosse Pointe Blanke

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Sandycobra
Sandycobra

Alan Alda-Crimes and Misdemeanors
Robert Loggia-Scarface
Jack Nickleson-Easy Rider
Robert Duvall-Apocalypse Now
Jeffery Jones-Amadeus

Tom Cassino
Tom Cassino

best supporting team Jay and silent bob in Clerks

Bmqq316
Bmqq316

Dennis Farina in Get Shorty..."Did you just say look at me?"

Lakerfan17
Lakerfan17

Peter Gallagher in American Beauty ...He is the king.

MuleJuiceMcGee
MuleJuiceMcGee

Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction
Jay Mohr in Jerry McGuire

Jeff -Greenlightning
Jeff -Greenlightning

Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road. And in my opinion, the only sane one in the lot.

Dottie
Dottie

Martin landau..Ed Wood

Mostjunk
Mostjunk

Samuel L. Jackson -- Pulp Fiction {"Jules Winnfield"}
Leonardo DiCaprio -- What's Eating Gilbert Grape {"Arnie Grape"}
William H. Macy -- Fargo {"Jerry Lundegaard"}

Josh Scott
Josh Scott

Benecio Del Toro in Usual Suspects
Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day

brian c
brian c

Marky Mark in the Departed

fezitorium
fezitorium

@Alex Couldn't have said it better. It's about turning your back on the rules only to see the whole thing unravel as every man looked out only for himself. 

sherlockzz
sherlockzz

Oops! Nineties. My bad. I that case, I have to give thumbs up to those posts for DiCaprio in Grape and Yoakum in Sling Blade. 

Verbal Kint
Verbal Kint

I'd have to say Goodman before Torturro.

JimPatrick
JimPatrick

@Jeff -Greenlightning i hate that movie

sherlockzz
sherlockzz

@Mostjunk I swear, I had never heard of or seen DiCaprio before I saw Gilbert Grape and I went for months praising "that retarded kid" (sorry) in that movie. I was sure he was really learning disabled. I was blow over when I say him accepting an award or something and it turned out to be... ACTING!!!


JimPatrick
JimPatrick

@brian c hahaha that was leos movie all the way

guy11
guy11

@fezitorium  exactly. I actually really think Pesci did a great job in Casino as well. I thought he really nailed that role.

sherlockzz
sherlockzz

And, for the distaff side, Angelina Jolie in Girl Interuppted.

FredDerf
FredDerf

@sherlockzz He was in a film with Robert DiNiro just prior to Grape called This Boy's Life. In fact, DiNiro himself handpicked him for the role. Good film, check it out.