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That Signature Role

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  1. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    When you think of an actress or actor, what is that one single role they played which stands out for you in his or her career? That one movie or television character, which only she or he seem destined to play, and no one else could have possibly played it nearly as well?

    Some of mine:

    Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi
    Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X
    Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich
    Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs
    Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles in Cabaret
    Mo'Nique as Mary Lee Johnston in Precious
    Hughie Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in House M.D.


    Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in the Terminator movies. :laugh2:
  2. Yeagermeister

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  3. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    :laugh1: That has truly been a role for the ages. :laugh2:
  4. Duane

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    R Lee Ermey - Gunnery Sergeant Hartman - Full Metal Jacket
    Wilford Brimley - Diabeetus
    Jeff Bridges - The Dude - The Big Lebowski
  5. Yeagermeister

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    See also Otis the town drunk :laugh1:
  6. a_minimalist

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    Natalie Portman - Leon the Professional
    Tom Hardy - Bronson
  7. ologan

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    Al Pacino- Michael Corleone;
    Clark Gable- Rhett Butler;
    Robert Duval- Gus McRae;
    Tommy Lee Jones-Woodrow Call.
  8. DallasEast

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    Just wanted to comment that the FIRST time I saw her in The Professional I knew Portman would eventually win herself an Academy Award some day. I try to re-watch the movie at least once or twice a year. Gary Oldman's bad cop character is one you love to see get what he deserves in the end. :)
  9. Phoenix

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    Bruce Willis - John McClain

    Arnold - Terminator

    Sigourney Weaver - Ripley
  10. stasheroo

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    Dudley Moore as Arthur.

    Recently proven to be a fact that nobody else could play the role.
  11. BrAinPaiNt

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    Gary Oldman is just so awesome in so many different roles.

    That cop...Drexel in true romance.
  12. vta

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    Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    Gregory Peck - To Kill A Mockingbird
  13. 03EBZ06

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    Robert Blake - Baretta

    Telly Savales - Kojak

    Charles Bronson - Death Wish

    Herve Villechaize (ze plane, ze plane) - Fantasy Island
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    Barbara Billingsley - June Cleaver
    Jerry Mathers - Theodore Cleaver
    Hugh Beaumont - Ward Cleaver
    Tony Dow - Eddie Haskell
  15. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Jackie Gleason - Ralph Cramden
    Jack Klugman - Oscar Madison
  16. 03EBZ06

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    Raymond Burr - Perry Mason

    Barbara Hale - Della Street

    William Harper - Paul drake
  17. CowboyMike

    CowboyMike Stay Thirsty, My Friends

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    I keep wanting to think of one for Harrison Ford, but there are so many iconic roles for him that kind of just take on a persona for themselves. When you watch him as Han Solo, you don't think that he's also Indiana Jones, and vice versa. A testament to how good he is.
  18. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I think the same goes for Oldman. From rotten cop to Sid Vicious to Mason Verger. His ability sort of transcends them all.
  19. a_minimalist

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    I watched it after her career began but when I watched it it was so easy to see what agents/directors/producers saw in her and why she became who she is. That performance still stands out to me and I rank it in the top 10 I've ever seen, and she was only a kid. I still don't think I've seen her do better.

    Gary Oldman was awesome in it too!
  20. a_minimalist

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    This is a slight variation to the topic but a possible signature role--this is pure speculation--could be the kid who plays Joffrey from A Game of Thrones. If he goes on to have a big career I'm sure people will be looking at his performance on the show.

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