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29 Times Famous Actors Aced Roles That Not Enough People Have Heard Of

29 Underrated Roles That Famous Actors Should Get More Credit For

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1.

Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in Fargo.


FX

“Everybody talks about him in Sherlock, the Hobbit films, and The Office, but Fargo was far and away his best performance! He could slip from a sympathetic dork who was kicked around by everybody in his life to a complete psychopath who let his innocent wife die to save his own skin so easily, often in the same scene. One of my favourite performances from anybody ever.”

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2.

Ryan Gosling as in Holland March in The Nice Guys.


Warner Bros. Pictures

“He’s so hilarious in this! The whole film is brilliant and underrated (and if you don’t believe me, the movie actually won ‘underrated film of the year’ at the Golden Schmoes awards in 2016).”

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3.

Anthony Stuart Head as Nathan Wallace in Repo! The Genetic Opera.


Lionsgate

“The film is weird and trippy and ridiculously fun! Plus it’s a rock opera, and hearing him belt is always a blessing.”

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4.

Kunal Nayyar as Sandeep Singh in Criminal.


Netflix

“He was so fantastic in this role. Sinister and chilling; a perfect performance to show he is far more than Raj from The Big Bang Theory.”

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5.

Kristen Stewart as Mallory in Welcome to the Rileys.


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6.

Melissa Mccarthy as Dena in Samantha Who?.

7.

Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon.


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“Her acting AND her dancing were amazing! I wasn’t a huge fan of the series overall, but her acting made me watch the show all the way through and I don’t regret it.”

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8.

Olivia Colman as Hannah in Tyrannosaur.


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“Absolutely devastating performance in an incredible film. I could only watch it once, but it’s stayed with me.”

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Scarlett Johansson as Rebecca Doppelmeyer in Ghost World.


United Artists / MGM Distribution Co. / Icon Film Distribution

“People only know her for Marvel nowadays, but she was an excellent indie darling actress earlier in her career.”

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10.

James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson in Filth.

11.

Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer in Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

12.

Hugh Jackman as Jack Willis in Paperback Hero.


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“More people need to know about this gorgeous Australian rom-com! It really showcases his skill as a leading man, and we get to see him sing too.”

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13.

Daniel Radcliffe as Dr Vladmir Bomgard in A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

14.

Halle Berry as Angela Lewis in Boomerang.

15.

Brendan Fraser as John Gunther in The Affair.


Showtime

“You know it’s good acting when the world’s sweetest actor can seem so creepy. His character made my skin crawl.”

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16.

Mark Wahlberg as Melvin in The Big Hit.


TriStar Pictures

“Everyone knows him from big-budget ‘tough guy’ films, but while he does play an assassin in the Big Hit, his character is socially anxious and hates it when he thinks someone doesn’t like him!”

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17.

Robert Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins in Remember Me.


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“He’s an amazing actor and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves because of Twilight (which happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine). He’s excellent in every other movie I’ve seen him in! Water for Elephants is another example.”

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18.

Brie Larson as Grace Howard in Short Term 12.


Cinedigm

Captain Marvel and Room are really fantastic roles, but Short Term 12 is my favourite Brie Larson film! That’s the great thing about indie films – it gives actors a chance to explore a world without the fear of being typecast.”

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19.

Benedict Cumberbatch as James in Third Star.


Western Edge Films

“That film tore my heart to pieces and I loved every second of it!”

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20.

Dave Bautista as Sapper Morton in Bladerunner 2049.


Sony Pictures Releasing / Warner Bros. Pictures

“He was only in the beginning for about 10 minutes, but he was unforgettable. Incredibly poignant and amazing. He stole that scene and I thought about him for the rest of the film.”

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21.

Tom Hanks as Ray Peterson in The ‘Burbs.

22.

Jason Statham as Rick Ford in Spy.


20th Century Fox

“We all know him as an action movie star, but he really shines in Spy. His comedic timing is perfect!”

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23.

Jim Carrey as Jeff Pickles in Kidding.


Showtime

“That character has a lot of depth and the role goes way beyond Carrey’s usual physical comedy. I’m not his biggest fan, but he nailed that role.”

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24.

Andrew Garfield as Sam in Under the Silver Lake.


A24

“He is known for The Social Network and Spiderman, but he’s also funny, energetic, and watchable in Under the Silver Lake. It’s such a great performance, and the scene in the mansion with the songwriter is so good!”

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25.

Chris Evans as Michael David Weiss in Puncture.

26.

Sam Rockwell as Owen in The Way, Way Back.


Fox Searchlight Pictures

“I feel like he’s gotten so much recognition over the past couple of years for movies like Three Billboards and Vice, but I think The Way, Way Back is by far his best role. He’s absolutely hilarious AND relatable in it.”

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27.

Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning as Nick Gant and Cassie Holmes in Push.


Summit Entertainment

“This movie is so below the radar it’s criminal. It’s an interesting paranormal/mystery fusion, and both actors have an amazing, almost sibling-like chemistry. SO good!”

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28.

Robin Williams as Maxwell Wallace in August Rush.


Warner Bros. Pictures

“Such a dynamic character, and the first step out of true comedy I saw him in.”

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29.

Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilot in Dark Waters.


Focus Features

“That movie is very underrated and his performance in it was amazing.”

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