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Movie where supporting actor outshines lead?

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Initial post: 11 Jul 2009 18:32:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2009 18:36:01 BDT
Ok so its raining cats and dogs and with crap on tv have decided to put on KELLY'S HEROES

To me the real star is the supporting actor TELLY SAVALAS who just blows all off screen with every scene he's in even Eatstwood who just seems to squint alot!
Reflecting on this theme another i was thinking was Shaw as Quint in JAWS

What others can you guys think off?

Posted on 11 Jul 2009 19:39:09 BDT
Stu says:
I would say Richard Keil who plays Jaws in the Bond films completely outshines Roger Moore - even tho Moore is playing bond

Posted on 11 Jul 2009 21:40:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2009 21:40:53 BDT
R. J. Led says:
Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight

Posted on 12 Jul 2009 10:49:08 BDT
Mark Preer says:
alan rickman in robin hood prince of thieves,adds a little sparkle to combat the dullness of kevin costner.

Posted on 12 Jul 2009 20:29:02 BDT
It's not well known but there's a low budget sci-fi actioner from about 1996 called Space Marines which is exactly the chunk headed pile of idiocy you expect, except for the wonderfully eccentric villainous turn by John Pyper-Ferguson. So strong is his performance that it's actually reason enough to watch the film in itself.

A particular highlight is him rehearsing his victorious speech for the end of the movie on a portable tape player.

Posted on 12 Jul 2009 21:14:57 BDT
A customer says:
Martin Landau in ' Ed Wood' starring Johnny Depp

Posted on 13 Jul 2009 08:15:15 BDT
B. Allen says:
Leo DiCaprio in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' - the first time he amazed me
Heath Ledger in 'Dark Knight' - what a performance - utterly mesmorising
Liam Neeson in 'Batman Begins' - I was so rooting for him
Johnny Depp in 'Benny & Joon' - beautifully understated bit of acting
Paul Bettany in 'Master and Commander' - well, for me at least ;)

Posted on 13 Jul 2009 10:36:25 BDT
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, William Sadler as Death steals every scene he's in

Posted on 13 Jul 2009 14:56:30 BDT
The obvious one is Girl Interupted , Winona Ryder played Susanna ; this was a role that was designed for her to get her acting crededtials , it followed all of the cliches for an oscar not.
i.e. Big Star , disturbed and complex character overcomming adversity.

However , Winona was over shadowed by two other actors Anglina Jolie ( playing Lisa the sociopath ), and Britianny Murphy ( playing the sexually abused Daisy).

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 07:49:54 BDT
ZetecTurbo says:
Val Kilmer - Doc Holliday in Tombstone.
Truely astonishing.

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 09:33:17 BDT
Sam Worthington in Terminator Salvation: though I'm a fan of Christian Bale, Worthington really stole the show from him
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight: Again with Bale, Ledger was outstanding and desvered that Oscar award.
Stephen Dorff in Blade: Wesley Snipes rocked as Blade but Dorff was sexy and was brilliant as Deacon Frost
Ioan Gruffudd in King Arthur: So Clive Owen's movie but Gruffudd outshone him with his powerful protrayl as Lancelot

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 11:49:03 BDT
Burl Ives as Rufus Hennessy in The Big Country - superb.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2009 14:41:30 BDT
Ed Norton steals every scene he's in from Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt.

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 16:36:20 BDT
The most obvious one, Han solo over Luke all day long!

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 16:43:07 BDT
David says:
Alan Rickman in Die Hard - he had all the best lines and stole every scene he was in. He did the same in Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves as the Sherriff Of Nottingham. Barry Foster in Hitchcocks Frenzy - one of his best performances as the neck tie strangler. Donald Plesence as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice put Sean Connery (who gave one of his worst performances as Bond) to shame.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 20:38:40 BDT
that is a great list and they are all spot on!!! does anyone else think sean connery in "the untouchables?" Kevin Costner couldnt cope with his prescence, and then in "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves" he outshines him at the end!!!

Posted on 18 Jul 2009 12:03:59 BDT
* Ellie * says:
Joaquin Pheonix over Russell Crowe in Gladiator
Harrison Ford over Mark Hamill in Star Wars
Zachary Quinto over Chris Pine in Star Trek

Posted on 18 Jul 2009 23:32:03 BDT
Gary Busey in pretty much anything.

Posted on 19 Jul 2009 18:39:01 BDT
One case where the director himself realized the same thing: Peter Sellers in the original "The Pink Panther." People tend to forget that in the original, David Niven played the lead, and Sellers' Inspector Clouseau was just a supporting character.

Posted on 19 Jul 2009 21:06:49 BDT
J. Allin says:
Eli Wallach over Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad And The Ugly.

Posted on 24 Jul 2009 09:16:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2009 09:17:56 BDT
Paul Bettany in a Knights tale and Paul Bettany in Master and Commander. Both Movies are great with Paul Bettany edging both leads.

Posted on 24 Jul 2009 14:44:08 BDT
Beancounter says:
Rupert Everett in My Best Friend's Wedding.

Posted on 24 Jul 2009 16:02:54 BDT
A. Crutchley says:
Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption, Robin Williams in Good will Hunting.

Posted on 24 Jul 2009 22:30:24 BDT
Yaphet Kotto as Mr Big/Dr Kananga in Live and Let Die, where he outshone Roger Moore. Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men stealing every scene he appeared in.

Posted on 25 Jul 2009 10:52:44 BDT
A. Baines says:
Kevin Spacey in se7en.
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