Well That Was Interesting Pt 2: Fine Actresses in Off Beat Roles


Yesterday I looked at several respected actors playing off-beat roles. Today, it’s not quite so easy to apply the same to actresses, as I’ve discovered that scenery-chewing/out-of-the-box roles for non-comedic female actors are comparatively rare…unless I’m missing some glaring exceptions? Here are my top 10:



Faye Dunaway in Supergirl (1984):

Supergirl (1984) - Supergirl vs. Selena Scene (8/9) | Movieclips


Another duff superhero movie…Halle Berry in Catwoman (2004):

Catwoman (2004) Halle Berry´s sexy catwalk


Could have been for yet another comic book flick (Batman & Robin), but I went with Uma Thurman in this 2010 Percy Jackson picture:

Percy Jackson & the Olympians (3/5) Movie CLIP - Medusa's Garden (2010) HD


Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror (2012):

Mirror Mirror - Treatment


‘Ange’ Jolie has form, but Alexander (2004) was a corker:

Alexander and Olympias Full Scene - Alexander 2004 - Full HD


Anne Hathaway in last year’s lousy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake The Hustle:

The Hustle Trailer: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson's Con Comedy


Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her (1992):

Death Becomes Her (7/10) Movie CLIP - Madeline's Revenge (1992) HD


Kate Winslet -- Triple 9 (2016):

Triple 9 Movie CLIP - Fantastic News (2016) - Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor Movie HD


Nicole Kidman: Far & Away (1992):

Far and Away (2/9) Movie CLIP - I'm Running Away (1992) HD


Take me away from all this death‘ Winona Ryder (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992):

Bram Stoker's Dracula (6/8) Movie CLIP - Take Me Away From All This Death (1992) HD




I'm ready for my closeup Mr Demille

Sound off in the comments with some of your picks!

Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

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