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Chewing the Scenery...

Postby Quatermass » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:15 am

After discussing the term with ChristianBecker elsewhere, I thought that I might dedicate a thread to connosieurs of actors who go the whole hog and chew the scenery.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it basically means acting to such a degree that it can be either extremely dramatic, or just plain OTT.

Post examples if they are available on YouTube. :) I'll let people post a few. And no, the vast majority of examples that I post will NOT come from Doctor Who, if I can help it.
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:22 am

I know some people think he's great, but I can't bear to watch anything with Dustin Hoffman in. I think he's a dreadful actor - always goes way over the top. I've got the DVD movie of him in Death of a Salesman and there is some brilliant acting in it - but not by Hoffman. He totally hams it up and spoils the whole movie. :evil:
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Postby meerkat » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:29 am

He is brilliant in Hook! :lol:
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Postby Quatermass » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:30 am

Tonyblack wrote:I know some people think he's great, but I can't bear to watch anything with Dustin Hoffman in. I think he's a dreadful actor - always goes way over the top. I've got the DVD movie of him in Death of a Salesman and there is some brilliant acting in it - but not by Hoffman. He totally hams it up and spoils the whole movie. :evil:


Examples, please? Or can't you bear to watch them?

Anyway, here's one of the most infamous recent scenery-chewing moment from the English dub of Death Note, "I'll take a potato chip *heh-heh*...AND EAT IT!"
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Postby Quatermass » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:32 am

meerkat wrote:He is brilliant in Hook! :lol:


You know what? That's the only film that I think I have ever seen Dustin Hoffman in. And the last time I saw that was years ago... :?
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:35 am

meerkat wrote:He is brilliant in Hook! :lol:
Yes, but he's supposed to be over the top in that one. :P

Phil Collins was in that one, if I remember correctly. :D
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Postby BobtheDrog » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:52 am

Bruce Campbell, the master of over the top
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NexJro6w3Js


however think the award for the most over the top performance should go to Christopher Walken in "The Rundown" aka "Welcome to the Jungle"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWWo_9bqKKo
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Postby DaveC » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:54 am

I am at work and can't view/post YouTube on my phone.

I will just say this.
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Postby DaveC » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:57 am

BobtheDrog wrote:Bruce Campbell, the master of over the top
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NexJro6w3Js


however think the award for the most over the top performance should go to Christopher Walken in "The Rundown" aka "Welcome to the Jungle"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWWo_9bqKKo


Love him in that. 'Do you understand the concept of the Tooth Fairy?!?!' :lol:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:59 am

HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
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Postby Quatermass » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:15 pm

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Postby Pearwood » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:14 pm

I think William Shatner puts everyone to shame.
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Postby Quatermass » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:31 pm

Pearwood wrote:I think William Shatner puts everyone to shame.


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Postby raisindot » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:32 pm

Don't have the clips, but in nearly every scene in I Cladius in which he appeared as Augustus Q's favorite, Brian Blessed, didn't just eat up the cheap BBC scenery--he regurgitated it.
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Postby Quatermass » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:38 pm

raisindot wrote:Don't have the clips, but in nearly every scene in I Cladius in which he appeared as Augustus Q's favorite, Brian Blessed, didn't just eat up the cheap BBC scenery--he regurgitated it.


Actually, I saw some of it, and he was actually quite subtle in it, most of the time.

But then he learns of Julia...

"IS THERE ANYONE IN ROME WHO HAS NOT SLEPT WITH MY DAUGHTER?!"
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