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    People Are Sharing Actors Who Played A Role So Well, They Still Can't Unsee Them As That Character

    "I absolutely despised him, which means he did his job right."

    Every once in a while, you'll watch an actor encompass a role so completely that you realize you'll never be able to unsee them in that specific part for the rest of your life.

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    Well, this week, redditor...*ahem*...u/HugeBlackBalls69 asked, "Which actor played their role TOO WELL?" and movie lovers really came through with their favorite performances — including both heroic and villainous characters!

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    So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the actors whose talent has made it difficult for people to separate them from their characters:

    1. Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

    Delores Umbridge drinking a cup of tea and sitting in fancy office
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    "There are very, very few villains that I've seen in books, movies, or video games that I've wanted to personally kill more than her, and that means that the actor did an unbelievably good job as a twisted villain."

    u/SumwhatNerdy

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    2. Danny Glover as Mister in The Color Purple (1985)

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    "I haven’t liked Danny Glover since."

    u/Golden_standard

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    3. Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator (2000)

    Joaquin Phoenix dressed in armor in "Gladiator"
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    "I couldn't watch him in another movie for years because I hated his character so freaking much."

    u/MistressVixxen

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    4. Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men (2007)

    Anton Chigurh wearing a jean jacket with a serious look on his face
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    u/Ok-Address-5466

    "Man, that scene where his candy bar wrapper uncrumples as he contemplates what to do with the store clerk — it's giving me goosebumps just thinking about it."

    u/born_again_tim

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    5. Kim Eui-sung as Yong-suk in Train to Busan (2016)

    Kim Eui-sung talking to a man next to a train
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    "Every single time I thought I couldn't hate that character more, I found a new way to hate him. As a character, I detested him, body and soul. As an actor, I can only begrudgingly admit that he was stupendous and performed his role so demonstrably well that I had, and still have, some difficulties separating him from his character to this day."

    u/WhenTheFoxGrins

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    6. Malcolm McDowell as Alex in A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    Alex from "A Clockwork Orange" smiling and peeking out from under the brim of his hat
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    "I can’t even look at the guy."

    u/143019

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    7. Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler (2014)

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    u/pseudophant

    "I always found his face to be unnerving, so when I saw him in that movie, suddenly it all made sense. He was born for that role."

    u/alamakjan

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    8. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan (2017)

    Wolverine with his claws out with blood on his shirt standing outside at night
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    "The next iteration of Wolverine is going to have to hit it out of the park to top that performance."

    u/raphthepharaoh

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    9. Gerard Butler as Clyde Owen in Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

    Clyde Owen handcuffed and in police custody
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    "Thinking about the ending of that movie still pisses me off to this day, and I still can’t stand Jamie Foxx because of it."

    u/Avaragan

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    10. Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006)

    Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin pointing with his finger and speaking in his military uniform
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    "Haunting."

    u/clickmyface

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    11. Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    Hans Landa pointing a gun
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    "The opening scene of the movie has got to be the best introduction to a character I’ve ever seen. The man was terrifying."

    u/Hooligan_117

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    12. Sam Rockwell as Wild Bill in The Green Mile (1999)

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    "What a vile, disgusting human being, and what an amazing performance! That gave me the heebie jeebies for a long time."

    u/gmasterson

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    13. Robin Williams as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting (1997)

    Sean Maguire and Will Hunting sitting in a park
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    "The scene when he's talking to Will in the park is still the only movie scene that can make me cry."

    u/SnowyInuk

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    14. Alan Rickman as The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

    Alan Rickman in armor riding a horse
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    "Everyone else was just OK in that movie, but he nailed the sheriff. That was the first time I'd seen him act. Plus, 'Cancel the kitchen scraps for the lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas!' is still one of my favorite lines in any movie."

    u/warny2187

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    15. Vincent D'Onofrio as Edgar in Men in Black (1997)

    Edgar looking menacing in a room
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    "How the fuck is someone given the role of 'A bug alien wearing a human as a decomposing skin suit,' and they absolutely nail it?!"

    u/Dangercritter

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    16. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972)

    Michael Corleone sitting in a fancy office chair looking serious
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    "He played that character only with his eyes — with that certain stare that'll make you leave the country and change your identity."

    u/need_me_a_mommy

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    17. Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990)

    Annie WIlkes driving a car
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    "She was absolutely terrifying. The contrast between this and her films like Fried Green Tomatoes where her character is really sweet is pretty amazing."

    u/bakewelltart20

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / Via youtube.com

    18. Matt Dillon as Jack in The House that Jack Built (2018)

    Matt Dillon wearing glasses and looking confused
    © IFC Films / courtesy Everett Collection

    "He did way too good in that role."

    u/REMUvs

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    19. Billy Zane as Cal in Titanic (1997)

    Billy Zane talking to Kate Winslet in "Titanic"
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    "I absolutely DESPISED him, which means he did his job right."

    u/Locamotive19

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    20th Century Fox / Via youtube.com

    20. Christopher Mintz-Plasse as McLovin in Superbad (2007)

    McLovin looking worried
    Columbia Pictures / ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Hardly anyone knows the actor's real name, but they all know McLovin."

    u/alwaysmyfault

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / Via youtube.com

    21. J.K. Simmons as Fletcher in Whiplash (2014)

    Fletcher looking sternly at a drummer
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    "I’m convinced he’s a terrifying, abusive man, and I can’t unsee it."

    u/Frosty_Onion2035

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    22. Saoirse Ronan as Briony in Atonement (2007)

    A small girl looking at a note
    Focus Features / ©Focus Features/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It’s been so long, but I still can’t watch any of her newer films because I’m still mad at Briony."

    u/njorange

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Focus Features / Via youtube.com

    23. Adam Scott as Derek in Step Brothers (2008)

    Derek in a tracksuit
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    "He was so good that now — even when I see people with his same facial type — I almost immediately assume they're going to be a condescending douchebag."

    u/KMFDM781

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    24. Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999)

    Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman holding a wrench and standing by a cab
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    "He was in character nonstop and was so good that Andy's real family came to hang out with Jim on set and said it was like Andy had come back to life."

    u/StrongStoic

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal Pictures / Via youtube.com

    25. Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992)

    Denzel Washington as Malcolm X talking at a press conference
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    "He EMBODIED that role."

    u/Rebecca1119

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    26. Gary Oldman as Drexl Spivey in True Romance (1993)

    Gary Oldman as Drexl Spivey with a glass eye in "True Romance"
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    "That guy is so over the top that it somehow became believable again. Dude disappeared into that role."

    u/Haerverk

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. / Via youtube.com

    27. And finally, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy in Scooby-Doo (2002)

    A live-action Shaggy and Scooby-Doo
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    "He was so good [that] he continued to voice Shaggy in a lot of animated projects!"

    u/PWNtimeJamboree

    Watch a little of the performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    All right, you've read theirs, but now it's your turn! What actor did a little TOO WELL in a specific role? Share all your thoughts in the comments below!

    Some entries were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.