19 Actors Who Fully Committed To A Role And Played Their Parts A Little Too Well

    Actors whose acting captivated you or terrified you.

    Recently, a Redditor asked a pertinent question that many of us have pondered upon on many occasions: Which actor played their role too well? The answers had some expected names, but some overlooked stars often seen in supporting roles also found mention.


    1. "Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones. It took me forever to get that creepy-ass character out of my head whenever I saw him."

    Stanley Tucci smiles at someone

    2. "Kathy Bates in Misery."

    Kathy Bates holds a chef's knife in her right hand and looks upon someone

    3. "Sam Rockwell in most of his roles. To me as a kid, he was the most convincing character in The Green Mile — and Tom Hanks was the lead in that movie."

    Sam Rockwell addressing media

    4. "Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds."

    Glenn Howerton has his hand on a dart board

    5. "Giancarlo Esposito as Gus in Breaking Bad. He was brilliantly evil."

    Giancarlo Espósito stares threateningly at someone

    6. "Bryan Cranston as Walter White. Also, the guy (Raymond Cruz) that played Tuco."

    Raymond Cruz threatens Aaron Paul while Bryan Cranston looks at them

    7. "Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange. I can’t even look at the guy."

    Malcolm McDowell looks menacingly into the camera

    8. "Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter."

    Anthony Hopkins looks menacingly into the camera

    9. "Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men."

    Javier Bardem talks to someone

    10. "John Goodman in 10 Cloverfield Lane."

    John Goodman stands against a door

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

    Joaquin Phoenix gives a thumbs up

    12. "Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler."

    Jake Gyllenhaal walks away with a large screen behind him

    13. "Catherine O’Hara in Schitt’s Creek. I have no idea how she managed to make everything consistently over the top and yet still not turn her character into a despicable self-parody (of a parody of a spoiled millionaire wife)."

    Catherine O’Hara looks at someone

    14. "Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List terrified me."

    Ralph Fiennes gives a very grim look

    15. "John Lithgow in that one season of Dexter. I can’t look at him the same anymore."

    John Lithgow looks at someone while holding a newspaper

    16. "Matthew Lillard as Shaggy."

    Matthew Lillard stands next to an animated dog

    17. "The pedophile dude in Prison Break."

    Robert Knepper hides from someone round a corner

    18. "Jon Heder cannot undo Napoleon Dynamite."

    John Heder sits on a sofa

    19. And finally: "Christian Bale from American Psycho."

    Christian Bale attacks someone with an axe