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5 Of The Greatest Scene Stealers

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February 6, 2013 by Craig Sutherland


Sometimes an actor with a bit part in a picture ends up walking away with the whole film…

Here are 5 of my personal favorites.

5) Christopher Walken – Pulp Fiction (1994)

In a four minute scene, Walken steals the show in Tarantino’s sophomore film, there’s even an argument that Tarantino himself is a scene stealer in his cameo as ‘Jimmy’. But the way Walken explains his unusual tale to a child is absolute gold-dust. Take a look here.

Key piece of script– Captain Koons ”I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal up my ass for two years”

4) Robert Shaw – Jaws (1975)

Before this scene, Jaws is just a One dimensional shark chase, Robert Shaw roots the film in actual history by telling the story of the USS Indianapolis this gives us a rare insight into the inner workings of ‘Quint’ and his reasons for hating great white as much as he obviously does. See his speech here.

Key piece of script- Quint: ”So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.”

3) R Lee Earny – Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Sgt. Hartman is by far the greatest thing about Full Metal Jacket. As an actor, Earny impressed Stanley Kubrick so much that the perfectionist director allowed him to improvise, a rarity on Kubrick’s sets. Look at him go for it in this scene

Key piece of script- Sgt. Hartman: ”I bet you’re the kind of guy that would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach-around. I’ll be watching you.”

2) Leonardo Di Caprio –

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)

There’s not many films where Johnny Depp is outdone by a sixteen-year-old, That’s what happens in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? It was also Di Caprio’s first Oscar Nomination, watch him steal the show here

Key piece of script- Arnie: ”I’m having a birthday party, but you’re not invited, but you can come if you want.”

1) Alec Baldwin – Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

This is a GREAT film, With GREAT performances but when Baldwin pops in to give Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Jack Lemmon a pep talk he decides to rip a piece of all of them! Incredible writing, perfectly executed. I bet Aaron Sorkin is a big fan of this piece of dialogue

Key piece of script- Blake: ”A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing”

What do you think? Who are your favorites?

Who’ve we missed? Let us know!

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