Some actors are good at drama, others at comedy, but a small group of the elite excel at it all. Last week, Twitter erupted with a new trend of posting which actors ‘understood the assignment’ by wowing audiences with their resume of different roles. Here we have collected some of the best tweets, with a deep dive into some notable mentions!
Carter’s intense method acting has gripped us for years. Known for taking on outlandish and off-beat characters, she has always gone the extra mile when molding into her roles. When preparing for her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series, Carter went through weeks of wand school and months of internal character development. And for her role as Tyler Durden’s hopeless girlfriend in Fight Club, Carter imagined the character as ‘Judy Garland for the millennium’ – incorporating eclectic pieces into her wardrobe to make her feel more connected. Formerly married to horror and fantasy director, Tim Burton, Carter took part in many of his eccentric films including Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – always blowing her character out of the water. For their movie Planet of the Apes, Carter also attended ape school to perfect her mannerisms, and read all possible works by primatologist Jane Goodall.
Once running the scene as a 90s heartthrob in movies like Benny & Joon and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Depp then moved on to deeper character roles with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Blow. Another member of Tim Burton’s talented posse, a lot of the more colorful roles in Depp’s career have come from their friendship. Starting with the timeless Edward Scissorhands and the darkness of Sleepy Hollow, Burton then paired up Depp and Carter in a laundry list of classics. And as for his role in as Captain Jack Sparrow – it taught an entire generation how to walk and talk like a pirate.
I can’t go through the rest of my life without meeting this kaleidoscope of a man. When it comes to character acting, he is IT – because you may not even realize it’s him until halfway through the film. From Miranda Priestly’s snappy right-hand man in The Devil Wears Prada to a child murderer in The Lovely Bones, Tucci has garnered quite the cult following. When speaking to Interview Magazine, Tucci commented on his journey from being typecasted to a man of many roles, saying, “Eventually somebody gives you a chance to do something off the beaten track and then suddenly people see, ‘Oh, he can do this or that.’ I think ultimately people still don’t quite know what to do with me. [laughs] But I think that’s never going to change.” Like Pete Davindson’s SNL skit, we are definitely members of the Tucci Gang.
So much talent packed into such a small frame. Starting acting at 12 and going through her career self-taught, Portman has always made a point to enter her roles with deep insight and research. She now even teaches an acting MasterClass on how she creates her complex characters by digging for internal details, creating timelines, and analyzing character relationships. Portman discusses the importance of ‘staying true to the facts about your character, while leaving room for invention and discovery.’ From her shaved head in V for Vendetta, to her pink wig in Closer, and months of ballet school for Black Swan, Portman’s dedication is always apparent.
I’ve grown up with Jim Carrey so close to my heart and television screen that I consider him a family member. If there is ever an outrageous role to be filled, Carrey is usually the first name out of my mouth. Come on, there is clearly nobody else that could have starred in The Mask of The Grinch. While he does bring a certain kind of ‘goof’ to his characters, people who think he only plays these kinds of roles have obviously never seen The Number 23 or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Carrey is known for his physical comedy acting, but check out this Netflix documentary on the lengths he went to portray Andy Kaufman in The Man on the Moon.
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like Sandra Bullock? Whether she’s turning heads in Miss Congeniality, warming hearts in The Blind Side, or flying through space in Gravity, she’ll make you feel things. I throw on All About Steve when I need a good laugh, Crash when I need a good cry, and Speed to let off some steam. There’s a Sandra Bullock movie for everyone and we can’t get enough of this icon.
RIP to the true king of character acting. Whether he was dancing around as a woman in Mrs. Doubtfire, cracking jokes as an animated genie, or fighting against a killer board game in Jumanji, we’ll never forget the warmth that Williams brought to the screen. In the 2018 documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Williams comments on where to start when playing a character, saying, “Every person is driven by some deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep secret and finding that for a character gives you that which drives it through. You look for it and then you try and find that essence that drives them. If you can find it, if you find the right one, they’ll know it.”
Relatively new to the scene, Robbie has collected some amazing characters under her belt in a short amount of time. After landing her role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, Robbie then made a drastic 180 for the character of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Nominated for an Oscar the next year for her groundbreaking performance in I, Tonya, Robbie was then offered huge roles as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots and Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood. Judging by her IMDB profile, Robbie has a ton of projects in the works, including the live-action role of Barbie.