The 20 Best Scene Stealing Movie Performances
Constantin Stanislavski famously remarked that “there are no small parts, only small actors”. A supporting actor must use restraint not to upstage the main actor/actress in the movie. But sometimes even a tiny role in a short scene can shine brighter than the leading role(s) in an entire movie. They may not purposefully steal the whole show, but due to brilliant performance, we remember them along with the movie. Here are 20 greatest supporting performances that easily stole the shows.
20. Benicio Del Toro – The Usual Suspects
Sure, Kevin Spacey has that iconic moment at the end of the film, but Del Toro is effortlessly enigmatic way before that in Bryan Singer’s brain-melting thriller. Examples? Just check out the line-up scene. “Hand-me-the-fuckin-keys-what-the-fuhhh?”
19. Judi Dench – Shakespeare In Love
Bringing a regal reserve and a rattlesnake tongue to the ‘character’ of Queen Elizabeth I, Dench is unforgettable despite only appearing in John Madden’s film for a total of eight minutes. It’s all quality over quantity there, eh?
18. Dean Stockwell – Blue Velvet
An unnerving pimp and druggy who only shows up for one scene of David Lynch’s film, Ben (Stockwell) nonetheless makes one heck of an impact – even Frank (Dennis Hopper) is afraid of him…
17. Val Kilmer – Tombstone
As eccentric but lovable ex-dentist Doc Holliday, Kilmer brings true grit to a gift of a character, fearlessly taking down any bad guy who crosses his path. We could watch that drunken poker game scene on repeat for hours…
16. Orson Welles – The Third Man
He only has three scenes in the entire film, but Welles is spellbinding as Harry Lime, coming equipped with a truly iconic entrance and an unforgettable monologue.
15. Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick-Ass
Foul-mouthed and more flexible than a Romanian gymnast, Hit Girl (Moretz) is, somewhat ironically, the most kick-ass character in Kick-Ass. We bet she steals every scene in the upcoming Kick-Ass 2, as well.