Roles I Wish Were Method Acted

Method acting: the art of immersing yourself so deeply in a role that every fiber of your being becomes that character, on-screen and off.  It is becoming the role so much so that even when nobody’s around you are not say, Tatum Channing, master thespian, you are John Tyree, letter writin’ Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. Needless to say, this is fucking insane and leads to things like Val Kilmer saying he understands what it’s like to kill a man and that he knows Moses better than Moses knew himself.

In any case, it is a lot of fun to watch TV and/or movies and imagine the actor off-screen behaving like their character. So here’s 50 instances where I hope to God that the actor went the extra mile and freaked everyone out, Daniel Day-Lewis-style with their intense dedication to the role.

  1. Peter Weller as RoboCop in RoboCop
  2. F. Murray Abraham as Salieri in Amadeus
  3. Jon Cryer as Duckie in Pretty in Pink
  4. Ashton Kutcher as Evan Treborn in The Butterfly Effect
  5. Harrison Ford as Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde in Cowboys & Aliens
  6. Jeff Goldblum in The Fly
  7. Any role Marlon Wayans has played in any movie
  8. Ernst Stavro Blofeld in any number of James Bond movies
  9. Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco in The Replacements
  10. Whitney Cummings as Whitney in Whitney
  11. Chris Klein as Chris “Oz” Ostreicher in American Pie
  12. Bret McKenzie as Figwit in Lord of the Rings
  13. Tyler Perry as Madea
  14. Jenna von Oÿ as Six LeMeure in Blossom
  15. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin
  16. Elizabeth Berkley as Nomi Malone in Showgirls
  17. Timothy Dalton as Slovetzian dictator Boris Pochenko in The Beautician and the Beast
  18. Jon Stewart as troubled deadbeat dad Kevin Gerrity in Big Daddy
  19. Dane Cook as “Mr. Smith” in Mr. Brooks
  20. Pauly Shore in Bio-Dome
  21. The kid who gets the blank check in Blank Check
  22. Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List
  23. Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Gandhi in Gandhi
  24. Rosie O’Donnell in Riding the Bus with My Sister
  25. Warren Beatty as Senator Jay Bullington Bulworth in Bulworth
  26. LL Cool J as Preacher in Deep Blue Sea
  27. Denise Richards as nuclear physicist Dr. Christmas Jones in The World is Not Enough
  28. Really, anyone in any James Bond movie ever, especially Oddjob, Jaws, Sylvia Trench, Honeychile Ryder, Gustav Graves, Miranda Frost, Pussy Galore, Octopussy, Kissy Suzuki, Mary Goodnight, Plenty O’Toole, Dr. Holly Goodhead, Zao, Elektra King, Mr. Big, Dr. Julius No (his wikipedia includes the sentence, “he purchased rare stamps in order to preserve his money against inflation,”), Auric Goldfinger and Francisco Scaramanga
  29. Mariah Carey as Billie Frank in Glitter
  30. Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont in Cruel Intentions
  31. Matt LeBlanc as Jack “Deuce” Cooper in Ed
  32. Nicolas Cage as freelance terrorist (?) Castor Troy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Archer in Face/Off
  33. Sinbad as Secret Service Agent Sam Simms in First Kid
  34. Robin Williams as “Andrew” in Bicentennial Man
  35. Rachel Weisz as Evelyn Carnahan in The Mummy
  36. Billy Zane as that evil dude in Titanic
  37. Billy Zane as The Phantom in The Phantom
  38. Tim Allen as Scott Calvin in The Santa Clause 2
  39. Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu in the bad Star Warses
  40. Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30
  41. Ben Affleck as Daredevil
  42. Bernie Mack as Stan “Mr. 3000” in Mr. 3000
  43. Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in Mad Men
  44. Jerry Ferrara as Salvatore “Turtle” Assante in Entourage
  45. Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow in Downton Abbey
  46. Chris Chalk as Tom Walker in Homeland
  47. David Lyons as Vince “The Cape” Faraday in The Cape
  48. Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart in Hart of Dixie
  49. Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor in Smallville
  50. Aldis Hodge as Ray “Voodoo” Tatum in Friday Night Lights
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2 thoughts on “Roles I Wish Were Method Acted

  1. sbg says:

    Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne in Revenge
    Emily VanCamp as Amanda Clarke in Revenge

  2. Emily says:

    I died laughing at #10

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