SUPPORTING FILM CHARACTERS WHO COMPLETELY STOLE THE SPOTLIGHT
Added on: 26th Mar 2016
‘THE DARK KNIGHT’
A posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger and memes to this day
demonstrate just how impactful the actor’s performance as
Batman’s arch-nemesis is. Even Christian Bale has
admitted his co-star acted him off the screen.
Mike Myers has (or used to have) a way of adding things
to the cultural lexicon and Verne Troyer’s hilarious creation
is one of them. Not only that, but it made the actor’s career,
including stints on Celebrity Big Brother and even
Peter Andre’s reality show.
Melissa McCarthy was doing perfectly well as a supporting
actress before this 2011 comedy. Her magnificent turn as a
sexually-liberated, golf-hatted friend turned her into a star
(and scored her an Oscar nom).
The greatest villain in screen history became the most iconic thing
in the ‘Star Wars’ universe the moment he strode through that
starship at the beginning of ‘A New Hope’. He’s so fundamental
that despite being dead he still kind of shows up in
‘The Force Awakens’.
‘SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE’
She’s only in four scenes and on-screen for about six minutes,
but Judi Dench’s deadpan portrayal of Liz was so effective
that she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar with the
second-least amount of screen time in movie history.
‘SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES’
He’s the cutest dwarf, right? The last of the septet to be developed
by the filmmakers and originally intended to speak rather than be
mute, his sweet face has launched a thousand lunchboxes.
And for grown-ups, he’s pretty much the only thing we remember
about the film.
It’s still kind of teeth-clenching to see all the other characters
in the a cappella teen pic call Rebel Wilson Fat Amy, but as a
hyper-confident member of the Barden Bellas, she went from
funny Aussie to Hollywood star.
SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM
‘ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES’
When it comes to Alan Rickman, it’s a toss-up whether it’s this
Role or Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ that deserves to be on this list.
But the knowledge that he improvised the cancelling Christmas line
and the rumour Kevin Costner cut his scenes because he was
worried about being upstaged – means the Sheriff edges it.
‘MY COUSIN VINNY’
There have been many (untrue) jibes over the years that
Marisa Tomei’s Oscar for this performance was a mistake.
Those probably came from people who haven’t watched the
1992 comedy in a while. She’s a hilarious force of nature who
steals the movie from one of the experts in the same craft,
Eugene Levy – comedic genius. Whether it’s the eyebrows, the
hesitant delivery or just the genuine, unconditional love he shows
for his son, Jim’s dad, whose actual name turns out to be
Noah Levenstein, is the heart of the raunchy series.