Favorite Actor Who Was Never In A GREAT Movie?

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  1. Honey Bunches of Sadness

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    From that Charlie Rose interview you posted later: Martin seemed more bemused by the odd experience of his evening with Kubrick. Steve Martin smirks a lot, and that can make him seem smug and superior. But I don't think he was implying, "I'm glad I didn't work with that guy!"
     
  2. Oatsdad

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    I think @Neil Anderson is probably confusing Robert Downey Jr. and Bacon...
     
  3. Neil Anderson

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    even more embarrassing: for some reason, I remembered Kevin Bacon's character in Novocaine as having been in Bowfinger. Oops.
     
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  4. jojopuppyfish

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    Any interview online with someone who met Kubrick gets really excited or has a big smile talking about him....except for Steve Martin.
     
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  5. Fastnbulbous

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    Dabney Coleman.
     
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    Probably the best documentary (series) ever made. I suspect it will continue as long as Michael Apted is able to do it.
     
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  7. Oatsdad

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    "Tootsie" not good enough to count?

    He was also in "Melvin and Howard", which I never saw but which has a good reputation, I think...
     
  8. Fastnbulbous

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    Never heard of that one. His contributions to "Tootsie" and "On Golden Pond" were superb, but the roles were minor ones and I don't consider either of those films great. I'm sure I'm in the minority which is not unusual.
     
  9. Oatsdad

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    Given Coleman was a supporting actor in the vast majority of his films, I think ya gotta count the "minor roles" for the purpose of this thread.

    I can see omitting stuff like "Towering Inferno", where he really did play a minor role, but he's 4th billed in "Tootsie" and 5th billed in "Pond" - those are large supporting parts...
     
  10. Johnny Action

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    Gary Oldman. One of my top three actors, but never in what I’d consider a “great” film.
     
  11. Honey Bunches of Sadness

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    He's been in all the Christian Bale Batman films, as well as much of the Harry Potter series. True Romance has a huge cult following. (Although his role there was minor.) All these movies were critically well-received.
     
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  12. Johnny Action

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    But none were “great.”
     
  13. fr in sc

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    Ann Sheridan; she and Cagney were good together in 1940's Torrid Zone, but I wouldn't call that a great film (good and enjoyable, but not great). She was offered Mildred Pierce and turned it down; Joan Crawford snagged it and got an Oscar.
     
  14. Gems-A-Bems

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    Leon / The Professional ?
     
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  15. Johnny Action

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    Good. Not great.
     
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  16. Hexwood

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
     
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  17. Juan Matus

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    Probably right. The Contender was probably the best film he was in imo but I don't know if I would consider it GREAT.
     
  18. the pope ondine

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    hmmmm good pick, i really like State of Grace, and he was amazing in it, might be one that sticks out for me as great
     
  19. Gems-A-Bems

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    I think Sid & Nancy is a great film but I understand that I may be in the minority there.
     
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  20. the pope ondine

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    and shelley duvall

    i forgot about that one, yeah that should be in the great category
     
  21. White Heat certainly qualifies and is considered a classic.
     
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  22. Well it depends on how you define great movie. ‘Aliens” is considered a classic.
     
  23. the pope ondine

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    he had a pretty big role in Downhill Racer in 69 too
     
  24. CraigBic

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    I think I'll go with Jenna Coleman, she's done some good television work but she hasn't really found her way into prominent roles in movies.
     
  25. Oatsdad

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    Never said Coleman never had a big role in anything. I didn't look through his whole filmography. (Never saw "Downhill Racer", but he's billed 7th, apparently.)

    I just said that we can't only count his leads, mainly because he had so few.

    I also disagreed that he had small parts in the movies mentioned. Like I said, he played prominent supporting parts in a bunch of movies.

    Coleman was a character actor. He was never gonna be a leading man in movies, so he shouldn't be excluded from this thread because of that...
     

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