Well That Was Interesting: Admired Actors Playing Offbeat Roles

Thespians on occasion like to test themselves and take roles that ‘stretch’ them beyond their usual confines. Sometimes this well be an ‘against-type’ gig, such as a baddie, a real-life character, or a someone with a challenging illness or condition.

 

Other times, it just goes off the wall and off the rails.

 

This excludes the usual suspects such as Nic Cage and Johnny Depp, who for the most part, only seem to (over) play eccentrics. You’ll notice that I mentioned both Marlon Brando and Malcolm McDowell in recent articles; I’ll reprise some of their most out-there performances here.

 

Marlon Brando -- in The Missouri Breaks (1976) and The Island of Dr Moreau (1996):

The Missouri Breaks: That For You!

THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU - Best Lines (1996) Marlon Brando

 

 

McDowell in The Passage (1979):

THE PASSAGE {1979}

 

Sean Connery in The Avengers (1998):

The Avengers (1998) - Welcome to Wonderland Weather Scene (3/10) | Movieclips

 

Jeff Bridges in Seventh Son (2014):

SEVENTH SON - Jeff Bridges

 

Roy Scheider in The Naked Lunch (1991):

 

Robert De Niro in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000):

Are you talking to me?

 

Jeremy Irons who seems to be on a one-man mission to prove he will never nail an American accent (enjoyable performances all the same):

Beautiful Creatures Movie CLIP - Petition (2013) Alice Englert

Adrian Veidt Becomes Ozymandias Again Scene [Watchmen 1x3]

Watch a master at work. Jon Voight -- Anaconda (1997):-’nuff said:

Anaconda - Jon Voight Is Watching You

 

Two from Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy (1990) -- Al Pacino (yep he’s gone off the rails since) and Dustin Hoffman, respectively:

Dick Tracy - Al Pacino scene.mp4

dick tracy-mumbles water

 

Tommy Lee Jones, not just Two-Face from Batman Forever, but in some ways surprising, as he was pretty funny in Under Siege (1992):

Tommy Lee Jones Supercut - Making Noises in Batman Forever

 

Kenneth Branagh, Wild Wild West (1999):

Will Smith vs Loveless

 

Many would say Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) for Sir Tony Hopkins…but I would submit Red 2 (2013):

Red 2 (6/10) Movie CLIP - Breaking Into the Asylum (2013) HD

 

Finally, I submit for your consideration Russell Crowe in Virtuosity (1995):

Virtuosity (5/9) Movie CLIP - SID's Symphony (1995) HD

 

Tip of the iceberg really, so feel free to weigh in.

Female actors to follow…

Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

Broadcast consultant - former Director/Creator of ITV3, ITV4 in the UK, producer/writer (most recently Bob Fosse for Sky Arts in May 2019), commentator/rent-a-gob for trades, broadsheets and magazines. Also occasional lecturer (University of Westminster, London). Content provider. Accept no substitute (terms & conditions apply) 'Nullum bonum amico, nullum peius hostes'

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