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Miamivicecity

Lead roles that surprised you

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Miamivicecity

Basically this is really those roles in movies/tv shows from actors/actresses that really surprised you whether it be you thought they were no good, got stuck in a loop playing the same kind of characters or for any other reason.

 

I have two picks here.

 

First is Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect. I won't go into detail too much what I think of the movie (Even though I do like it), but I was really surprised by how he handled the role as up until that point I really only associated him with goofy comedies like Dude Where's My Car and Just Married. I never really thought he'd be able to pull off a thriller/drama so well. 

 

Second is Ryan Reynolds in Buried. Similar to Kutcher I only ever really associated him with goofy comedies, but Buried is one of those movies given how limit it is and relies heavily on dialogue he done such an incredible job of creating the fear and tension one would face literally being buried alive.

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Breaking Bad

Not sure why this thread got no responses, great idea for a thread. 👍

 

Wentworth Miller in Prison Break. I'd heard nothing about him at all, I didn't even know who he was really. But man, he blew me away. Especially the first season of that show. His portrayal of Micheal Scofield is fantastic, and the characters has many layers about him. Even now, the guy doesn't do many films or play too many roles, even though he's such a talented actor. 

 

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad was shockingly good. I knew him from Malcolm in the Middle and I was so blown away to see him doing such a serious & challenging role, and knocking it out of the park. It's honestly hard for me to see him as anything but Walter White these days.

 

Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper was surprising. I always thought she sucked as an actress because of Twilight, but my opinion was completely changed. She can really act. Keeping up with the Twilight theme, Robert Pattinson has also impressed me in Remember Me and more recently Good Time.

 

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Miamivicecity
12 hours ago, Breaking Bad said:

Not sure why this thread got no responses, great idea for a thread. 👍

 

Thank you. Happy you enjoy the read.👍

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el carlitos

Clearly Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. I also knew him before from "Malcolm in the Middle" and I hate pretty much every actor in this series. I was late watching Breaking Bad, Bryan C. blew me away. I have so much respect to him now. I also liked him in the latest Godzilla. Shame he just had a side role here.

 

Luis Tosar in the movie "Sleep Tight". Great acting. I recommend this movie.

 

Wagner Moura in Narcos made a very great job as Pablo Escobar. 

 

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Neon_Dreaming

Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe, had only really seen him in romcoms before but here he brought this chilling and disturbing presence to the fore.

 

Vince Vaughn in True Detective season 2. While season two wasn't a patch on season one Vaughn played an imposing gangster very well, a far cry from the  comedies he usually is in. I believed the character even despite the iffy writing at parts. 

 

As mentioned by @Miamivicecity, Ryan Reynolds also, this time in The Voices, a pitch black comedy where he plays an unstable man whose pets talk to him, great movie btw, I think it's on netflix.

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Breaking Bad

Another one:

 

Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead. I'd saw him in Love Actually and he was in a show called Teachers in the UK, but to see him in such a serious and long-running role was a shock, and being one of the best parts of that show for me. I'd really not seen him in a lot of serious things, and he was just perfect for the role as Rick Grimes almost immediately. 

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DareYokel

Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire. I'm not sure that he's ever played someone like that before. He always seems to play low self-esteem characters and comic reliefs. To see him pull off a confident gangster/politician and a leader of men so well was quite a surprise.

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feckyerlife

James Franco in Pineapple Express. Up until that point everything he was in was a Drama (not including Freaks & Geeks). So i was surprised to see how good he would do with a comedy role

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Tribalizer

Adrien Brody in Predators will never not surprise me.

 

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Mister Pinkerton

Robert Pattison in High Life (2018. I hadn't really got to see him act as I never watched any of his films until  High Life this year and he's a good actor and actually quite enjoyable to watch. 

 

I never liked Leonardo DiCaprio until I watched Blood Diamond. I didn't even like him in Gangs Of New York. He's OK and I can appreciate him in that movie now but he was always just this seemingly one-dimensional pretty boy. 

 

Mathew McConaughey in True Detective. Not much I can say here but around that time he started making some good films like Dallas Buyers Club and Killer Joe and it changed my mind about him. 

 

Most recently Jason Bateman in Ozark. Man, I didn't mind him too much before but watching him in do crime/drama/thriller in Ozark is superb. He also directs some episodes and seeing him talk about his approach to filmmaking made me realize he's not just an actor or a director but a very astute and serious filmmaker all round. 

 

Criminally underrated show, IMO. 

 

 

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FearThoseWhoFearHim

Al Pacino

 

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Mister Pinkerton
3 hours ago, FearThoseWhoFearHim said:

Al Pacino

 

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Instead of just posting a name and picture, why don't you say why his role surprised you?  :)

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Breaking Bad

Penn Badgley in You. He's never really been in the type of things I like to watch, but I was very surprised by his performance. It's dark, twisted, multiple layered, and he does it all so well. The way he can go from seemingly nice guy to sadistic is great. Would highly recommend people watch this show.

 

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