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2013-09-06 11:00:24 AM  
Faye Dunaway - Mommy Dearest
Jack Nicholson - The Shining
Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
Willem DeFoe - Boondock Saints
Sean Connery - Highlander
Anthony Hopkins  - The Silence of the Lambs
Jimmy Stewart - Harvey
Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump


I don't think those count as scene chewing.


Now, yes, definitely Hayden Christensen (from you know where), and Ahhnold, and *everyone* in that stupid D&D movie.  And I will even give you the Gary Oldman one (the "four stones" scene with the mangolores was pretty scene chewey...from an otherwise superb actor).

As for Premium Rush - most of the scene chewing was coming from the guy playing "Manny" ('roided out freak).
 
2013-09-06 11:20:14 AM  
Nicholas Cage in Kick-Ass chewed those scenes and spit. them. out. Ass. Kicked.
 
2013-09-06 11:23:38 AM  
I don't think the author understands the exact nature of what scene chewing is, as there are quite a few scenes on there where the over top fits the nature of the character and also fits the character arc..case in point There Will Be Blood. That scene is the culmination of years of systemic self abuse from an egotistical man driven to the brink of ultimate greed. So it totally makes sense for him to flip his lid there.

They did nail it with Walken though, just about everything he is in is scene chewing.
 
2013-09-06 11:34:25 AM  
Yes Crispin Glover performance in Rivers Edge. Good pick on that one. Hopper was awesome in it though. I dig the movie, because I grew up with heshers and burnouts
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2013-09-06 11:39:55 AM  
Can someone explain "scene chewing" better than the article did?
 
2013-09-06 11:44:22 AM  

Thats_Not_My_Baby: Can someone explain "scene chewing" better than the article did?


Scene chewing is where the actor is acting in character but trying to pull it off so hard and being so intense about it, that technically its out of character when placed within the context of the entire scene or movie (see Al Pachino for constant guilt of this), or you're in such a shiatty movie that you ham it up just to have fun with it and perhaps make what's a crappy film into an ok watch (see Nicolas Cage as a constant perpetrator)
 
2013-09-06 11:47:51 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Thats_Not_My_Baby: Can someone explain "scene chewing" better than the article did?

Scene chewing is where the actor is acting in character but trying to pull it off so hard and being so intense about it, that technically its out of character when placed within the context of the entire scene or movie (see Al Pachino for constant guilt of this), or you're in such a shiatty movie that you ham it up just to have fun with it and perhaps make what's a crappy film into an ok watch (see Nicolas Cage as a constant perpetrator)


Thank you very much. I got the impression it was an actor trying so hard that they make the scene/film bad, but when I went through the list and there was some good stuff on there I realized I must have not gotten it.
 
2013-09-06 11:52:10 AM  
This article praised John Travolta in Battlefield Earth.

I'm going to go cry for humanity now.
 
2013-09-06 11:54:48 AM  
This is  a regular feature on Hollywood Babble-on, called Exquisite Acting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4sco7g51Zo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXOJKWT891U
 
2013-09-06 12:03:39 PM  

Thats_Not_My_Baby: Can someone explain "scene chewing" better than the article did?


Nicolas Cage.  Every. Role. Ever.
 
2013-09-06 12:04:56 PM  

hardinparamedic: This article praised John Travolta in Battlefield Earth.

I'm going to go cry for humanity now.


sounds like your thetans are low
 
2013-09-06 12:04:57 PM  
Wouldn't this just be a list of Gary Oldman's films?
 
2013-09-06 12:07:29 PM  
Here's a good compilation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7B2P47xi_M
 
2013-09-06 12:09:42 PM  
The Christopher Lee scene that was listed first is probably the most reserved anyone has every played Dracula. DDL played that scene exactly as it was meant to be played.

Dafoe's character in Boondock Saints fits that movie's universe so perfectly, if you toned him down, the film would have suffered.

On Ian McDiarmid - he's been hidiing in plain sight since he was a kid (he murdered his parents when he was 17 and began his Sith apprenticeship) and created this fiction of this harmless old functionary of the Republic. Now that he's won and the Jedi are dead, he's gonna let loose and have a good time while trying to murder Yoda. It fits the character narrative.

Scenery chewing to me is big grandiose attention getting acting when there's no call for it (see Pacino in everything since Scent of a Woman). About the only people who do it on a regular basis are Walken because it's what he does, and Nicolas Cage because people keep putting him in the wrong movies.
 
2013-09-06 12:10:17 PM  
 
2013-09-06 12:18:51 PM  
From the headline, I was expecting a Shatner film-fest.

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I would've bet a hundred quatloos on it.
 
2013-09-06 12:19:01 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Scene chewing is where the actor is acting in character but trying to pull it off so hard and being so intense about it, that technically its out of character when placed within the context of the entire scene or movie


Not necessarily.

IdBeCrazyIf: Al Pachino


Who?
 
2013-09-06 12:20:57 PM  
I feel like Nick Nolte should have made that list somewhere.
 
2013-09-06 12:26:03 PM  
 
2013-09-06 12:26:05 PM  

HoboCop: I feel like Nick Nolte should have made that list somewhere.


Breakfast of Champions - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120618/?ref_=sr_5
 
2013-09-06 12:30:53 PM  
is BRIAN BLESSED on the list?

He should have a permanent spot.
 
2013-09-06 12:33:09 PM  
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-06 12:33:40 PM  
Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element? That's not even close to the level of scenery-chewing in Leon/The Professional.
 
2013-09-06 12:33:45 PM  

pgh_navigator: HoboCop: I feel like Nick Nolte should have made that list somewhere.

Breakfast of Champions - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120618/?ref_=sr_5


I'd nominate his scene at the end of Hulk with Eric Bana....and Eric Bana there as well. They can co-own that award for over the top.
 
2013-09-06 12:35:18 PM  

Virtual Pariah: is BRIAN BLESSED on the list?

He should have a permanent spot.


BRIAN BLESSED doesn't chew scenery.

He disintegrates it with his mighty booming voice
www.moviebrainrot.com
 
2013-09-06 12:39:19 PM  

Snapper Carr: Virtual Pariah: is BRIAN BLESSED on the list?

He should have a permanent spot.

BRIAN BLESSED doesn't chew scenery.

He disintegrates it with his mighty booming voice
[www.moviebrainrot.com image 415x523]


He was a great Exeter in Brannagh's "Henry V."
 
2013-09-06 12:41:50 PM  

Crewmannumber6: The All-Powerful Atheismo: IdBeCrazyIf: Al Pachino

Who?

This guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfCjxDTyOIA


I know him, Al Pacino.  Still not sure who this Pachino guy is.
 
2013-09-06 12:43:35 PM  
Gene Hackman ate every square inch of scenery east, west, north AND south of the Pecos in the Quick and the Dead.
 
2013-09-06 12:44:52 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I know him, Al Pacino. Still not sure who this Pachino guy is.


I needed more coffee at the moment
 
2013-09-06 12:46:18 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: The All-Powerful Atheismo: I know him, Al Pacino. Still not sure who this Pachino guy is.

I needed more coffee at the moment


I hope you've learned your lesson!
 
2013-09-06 12:46:21 PM  

Fano: Gene Hackman ate every square inch of scenery east, west, north AND south of the Pecos in the Quick and the Dead.


What I liked about Hackman was he had no agent and did not negotiate for his pay. If you wanted him in your movie, regardless of how good or bad it was, the cost was $1,000,000.
 
2013-09-06 12:46:49 PM  
1. Nicolas Cage - The Wicker Man (2006) I really need to watch this film.

Sorely missing from the list Gary Busey.
 
2013-09-06 12:46:51 PM  
Faye Dunaway gave the performance of a lifetime in Mommy Dearest. The editing and marketing of that movie turned it into a farce.
 
2013-09-06 12:49:32 PM  

Saiga410: I really need to watch this film.


Maybe.  I also suppose it's possible that some guys need their penises cut off, that some babies need to be punched in the face, and that some dogs need to be thrown into an industrial blender.
 
2013-09-06 01:07:07 PM  
two of my very favorite over-the-top movie villains are coincidentally both in stallone films.  armand assante in judge dredd and john lithgow in cliffhanger.  but anyway, armand assante chewed the hell out of that scenery in that movie and the big climax where he's freaking out at stallone is legendary.  "this is your family, i'm your family!  i'm the only family you ever had!"  he spends the entire film with a batshiat crazy look in his eye.

filmdope.com
 
2013-09-06 01:25:50 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Wouldn't this just be a list of Gary Oldman's films?


EVERYYYYYONNNNNNNNE!!!
 
2013-09-06 01:26:00 PM  

Thats_Not_My_Baby: Can someone explain "scene chewing" better than the article did?


Here's the TV Tropes link. Basically, any time an actor is required to show INTENSE EMOTION and then takes it a step (or seven) further into OH MY GOD I'M SO EMOTIONAL territory. As some have pointed out already, there are times where this is called for in the scene or the role - nobody expects Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington to be calm about starting a nuclear war, for example - but there are other times where SO MANY FEELINGS is more than a bit ridiculous. When the director asks for it, and the actor gives it, it can make for some really hilarious and/or powerful scenes, but scenery chewing is all about the actor not being afraid of being ridiculous and making sure that the character's motivation/emotion comes through clearly. Generally, a habitual over-actor like Pacino (later years) or Nic Cage get the reputation of being Large Hams, as well, where they constantly have one eye on the audience, saying "Look how hard I'm ACTING" in every performance.

They definitely picked the best Gary Oldman role, by the way - any time an actor actually, literally, describes his current emotions ("I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED!") at the top of his voice, well, that's practically the definition of scenery chewing.
 
2013-09-06 01:26:54 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Wouldn't this just be a list of Gary Oldman's films?


Every one
 
2013-09-06 01:32:00 PM  
Al Pacino's "[God] is an absentee landlord!" scene from The Devil's Advocate should be #1, followed closely by Mel Gibson's "FREEEEDDOOOMMMM!" from Braveheart

*clicks on link*

FAIL AND DOUBLE FAIL.
 
2013-09-06 01:35:56 PM  
David Caruso....good lord he makes Shatner look normal.

No Adam West?
 
2013-09-06 01:44:04 PM  
Seems that a lot of people in this thread (and the writer) don't understand the meaning of "chewing the scenery".
 
2013-09-06 01:50:48 PM  

Snapper Carr: Virtual Pariah: is BRIAN BLESSED on the list?

He should have a permanent spot.

BRIAN BLESSED doesn't chew scenery.

He disintegrates it with his mighty booming voice
[www.moviebrainrot.com image 415x523]


Brian Blessed is a living legend. He's training to go into space, I kid you not. All Brian has to do to steal a film is appear in it.
 
2013-09-06 01:51:07 PM  
Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs is listed. Wut.
 
2013-09-06 01:52:11 PM  
Kevin Spacey in House of Cards? Wut.
 
2013-09-06 01:57:12 PM  
"I could have saved one more!"
 
2013-09-06 01:58:28 PM  
How about the dude who played Kruger in Elysium, would that count as scenery chewing or just a combo of bad acting, bad script and bad movie?

He was beyond annoying and over the top.
 
2013-09-06 02:01:14 PM  

Obscure Login: How about the dude who played Kruger in Elysium, would that count as scenery chewing or just a combo of bad acting, bad script and bad movie?

He was beyond annoying and over the top.


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noseriously, that was a rare combo there.
 
2013-09-06 02:05:21 PM  
What a stupid farking list... Seriously, it's a total piece of shiat. Christopher Lee as Dracula? Aston Kutcher in prison in The Butterfly Effect? Jesus, even Crispin Glover. You PUT him in a role precisely because that's the end result you want. I gave up after these first three.

YOUR
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2013-09-06 02:20:26 PM  
By rights, Pacino and Nic Cage should have occupied 45 of the top 50 spots between them.

'88 Minutes' is a masterclass of Pacino scenery chewing.
 
2013-09-06 02:26:43 PM  

GungFu: Snapper Carr: Virtual Pariah: is BRIAN BLESSED on the list?

He should have a permanent spot.

BRIAN BLESSED doesn't chew scenery.

He disintegrates it with his mighty booming voice
[www.moviebrainrot.com image 415x523]

Brian Blessed is a living legend. He's training to go into space, I kid you not. All Brian has to do to steal a film is appear in it.


Apparently, Branagh specifically wanted Brian Blessed to play the role of Hamlet the Elder in his 4 hour monstrosity simply because he thought it would be funny to have BRIAN BLESSED do a Shakespearean role where he had to speak in nothing but a whisper.

Top three Brian Blessed moments: 1. "Gordon's alive?" / "DIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!" 2. "Is there anyone in Rome who has not slept with my daughter!?" 3. "Chiswick! Fresh horses!"
 
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