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Probably bindunne...

i will start with Heath Ledger as "The Joker".....the epitome of method acting, a true masterclass...apparently he locked himself away in an apartment for a couple of months to 'evolve' the character of The Joker! Rumour assumes that the role was so dark it literally overcome him leading to depression, prescription drugs etc.


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Gary Oldman as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. No idea what methods he used but it was the perfect nuanced performance for me. Pitched it perfect and I was actually awestruck while watching in the cinema from how perfectly he fitted into the role.

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Wide awake my friend! Thinking of ways to dodge people I haven't seen for 10 years at a wedding tomorrow lol!!

a film I've never seen!!

i would say Damon as Will Hunting in "Good Will Hunting" along with Robin Williams was well worth the Oscar!

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These are just from scanning my DVD/Blu-ray collection, there's an absolute **** tonne that could go on the list tbh.


David Thewlis in Naked

Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, The Wrath of God

Malcolm McDowell in Clockwork Orange

Paddy Considine in Dead Mans Shoes

Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose

Bruno Ganz in Downfall

Robert De Niro in King of Comedy

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

Michael Fassbender in Shame

Benoit Poelvoorde in Man Bites Dog

Adrian Brody in the Pianist

Ed Norton in American History X

Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream

Jack Lemmon in The Apartment

JK Simmons in Whiplash

Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men

Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West

Bill Murray in Broken Flowers

Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic

Belen Rueda in The Orphanage

Richard Jenkins in The Visitor

Ray Winstone in Nil by Mouth

Mitsuri Fukikoshi in Cold Fish

Koji Yakusho in Hara-Kiri

Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

Mia Wasikowska in Stoker

Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe

Takako Matsu in Confessions

Peter Mullan in Tyrannosaur

Presley Chweneyagae in Tsotsi

Charlotte Gainsbourg in Nymphomaniac

Sean Penn in Mystic River

Andrew Garfield in Boy A

Pater Dinklage in The Station Agent

Bob Hoskins in 24/7

Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition

Michael Rooker in Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer

Ulrich Muhe in The Lives of Others

Gael Garcia Bernal in The King

Michael Gambon in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and her Lover

Joseph Gordon Levitt in Mysterious Skin

Paul Giamatti in American Splendor



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No mention for Di Caprio in Django?  I thought he was unbelievable in that.


The scene at the dining table where he smashes the glass and cut his hand was apparently real.  He wasn't supposed to break the glass, but just went along with it.  He needed stitches afterwards.


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Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast

Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon, Scent of a Woman, Heat, Carlitos Way (etc etc etc)

Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part 2, Midnight Run, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, Goodfellas (etc etc)

Nic Cage (yes really) in Raising Arizona, Wild At Heart and Leaving Las Vegas

Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam, One Hour Photo and Dead Poets Society (could chuck in The Fisher King too)

Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski

Gabriel Byrne in Millers Crossing

Matthew McConnaughey in Mud

Ben Mendelsohn in Animal Kingdom

Tom Hardy in Bronson (for performance, not the overall film)

(off the top of my head)

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4 hours ago, theboyangel said:

Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast

Was an early thought of mine

4 hours ago, theboyangel said:

Nic Cage (yes really) in Raising Arizona, Wild At Heart and Leaving Las Vegas

Yes, but Bad Lieutenant (and I'm being serious). 

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