5 Actors You Didn’t Know Were Talented

Posted on September 30, 2010
Views: 46,771

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisements

As moviegoers and T.V. watchers, we all like to assume that everyone in Hollywood is talented. MTV has long since destroyed that notion and now the cynics among us view Tinsletown as a wasteland- a shell of its former self- a desolate spread of tabloid despair and pet pharmacies. In the land where Peck and Hitchcock once roamed, Kardashian and Lohan now dominate. But it isn’t all bad. In fact, many actors who seem to be irrevocable wastes of space- actually have a modicum of talent left in their surgery riddled bodies.

1.

Ben Affleck

“Pearl Harbor”, “Gigli”, “Reindeer Games”, “Daredevil”. None of these titles inspire images of greatness. Ben Affleck, who started his career freezing in the massive shadow of Matt Damon, eventually shifted his career, providing moviegoers with competent, yet uninspiring performances. As an actor Mr. Affleck can be described as mediocre- he won’t make you shed a tear, but he isn’t going to provide ‘meme-worthy’ material like Gary Busey or Keanu Reeves would.

ben

Affleck redeems himself in the areas of writing and directing. He co-wrote “Good Will Hunting” with Matt Damon - a film which proceeded to win many awards, including the “Faulkner- Beating Your A#@ with Words” award - for a memorable scene at a Harvard Bar (delivered by Damon of course). As a directing debut, Affleck teamed up with his brother Casey Affleck in “Gone Baby Gone”, which didn’t win any Oscars but was well received, nonetheless.

ben01

2.

Randy Quaid

Randy Quaid looks more like somebody you’d buy meth from and less like someone who is an established actor. Then again, it’s Hollywood, so that gap might not be very large. Today, people know Randy Quaid's face more than his name. Instead of, “OMG its Randy Quaid!” Mr. Quaid is more likely to hear, “Aren’t you the drunk weird guy from Independence Day?” He was, in fact, that aforementioned drunk weird guy. Mr. Quaid is actually so proficient at playing the role (all the ‘Vacation’ movies) that causal moviegoers might mistake him for some inebriated fool who happened to wander onto the set. Mr. Quaid has a secret however. Mr. Quaid can act- a fact confirmed his performance in “The Last Detail”. Acting alongside Jack Nicholson, Quaid still garnered enough attention to his performance to earn a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination. Show me another drunk weirdo who can say that.

randy01

3.

Joe Pesci

If you ever hear anyone say, “hey who is that short annoying Italian guy?” just shout out Joe Pesci - but be careful not to say it three times in front of a mirror or else he’ll follow you for a year saying, “Funny, whaadaya mean funny?”

joe

Known for his role in the “Lethal Weapon” series (where he tried to not get shot by Mel Gibson) Joe Pesci is regarded by many as nothing more than a typecast curiosity. Short. Loud. Unique. Irritating. And very, very Italian. But Joe Pesci has shown commitment and execution when doing serious acting, on more than one occasion - something Mr. Quaid probably can’t say. Although nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” in one of the greatest films of all time, “Raging Bull”, it’s clear Joe wasn’t satisfied. Instead he waited a decade- and then in 1990, he teamed up with the Oscar-maker Martin Scorsese and landed a little, gold man for “Best Supporting” in “Goodfellas”, another supremely acclaimed film. So next time someone dismisses Pesci as bumbling crook #1 from Home Alone, do what he would do: shoot that person in the foot.

joe01

Advertisements
Random
Page 1 of 3
Loading...

Latest Articles

20 Bizarre Flavors of Food You’ll Find Around the World

20 Bizarre Flavors of Food You’ll Find Around the World

People all over the world have different tastes in all sorts of things. Music, movies, television, politics, and so forth. And in some cases, it’s their actual tastes that vary...

20 of the Most Terrifying Things Kids Have Ever Said

20 of the Most Terrifying Things Kids Have Ever Said

Kids say the darndest things, as the old saying goes. They also say some of the most horrifying things, as well. Most of the time it’s just because they don’t know any better...

20 Creepiest Abandoned Hospitals From Around the World

20 Creepiest Abandoned Hospitals From Around the World

Hospitals can be scary places. They’re sterile and often impersonal, and oh yeah, there are often people dying all around you. And let’s not even get into the fact that...

7 Weird Ways People Try to Get Drunk

7 Weird Ways People Try to Get Drunk

People like their booze, and have for centuries upon centuries. It’s not a secret that basically as long as there have been human beings roaming the Earth, there have been human...

8 Ways Science Says Sex Is the Best Medicine

8 Ways Science Says Sex Is the Best Medicine

With a few odd exceptions, people love sex. Sex sells, people enjoy watching it, and more importantly, people enjoy having it. That’s because sex makes you feel good, and it...

10 Absolutely Baffling Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

10 Absolutely Baffling Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

Believe it or not, music videos are actually things that still exist, despite the fact that channels like MTV would have you believe otherwise. Celebrities popping up in a music...

7 TV and Movie Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Spinoffs

7 TV and Movie Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Spinoffs

One of the hardest things about writing fiction is coming up with interesting, fully developed side characters. After all, you can’t spend too much time on them because you...

8 Incredible Facts About Game of Thrones

8 Incredible Facts About Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an absolute juggernaut. There’s no denying it. Along with Walking Dead, you’d be hard pressed to find a television show that gets more online chatter that...

7 Books That Should Would Make Great TV Shows

7 Books That Should Would Make Great TV Shows

With the return of the immensely successful and wildly popular Game of Thrones, it’s only natural to look at the bookshelf and imagine what books may have a chance to rival the...

8 Completely Off the Wall Zombie Movies

8 Completely Off the Wall Zombie Movies

First things first, let’s not pretend that zombie movies are ever going to be exactly “normal.” After all, we’re talking about movies that center on the conceit that the...