Under-rated actors

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  1. Brad_W

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    I thought since there was a thread for under-rated movies, I'd post a thread about under-rated actors. Sorry if there was one before, but maybe a new one would be nice.
    Here it goes:
    1. Gary Oldman (yeah, he played Count Dracula and Lee Harvey Oswald... an amazing actor)
    2. Don Cheadle
    3. Kevin Pollak (of The Usual Suspects fame)
    4. James Woods (though I said this in another thread, I'll say it here: He has a genius I.Q. and it shows in his acting)
    5. Marlon Wayans (awesome dramatic acting in Requiem for a Dream)
    6. Keanu Reeves (Good God I'm Kidding!!!!!!!!!!)
    Anyway, I could only think of a few off the top of my head. This list is in no discernable order, however, I think that Gary Oldman is one of the greatest under-rated actors. I would like to see more of him, maybe even in a star-role (not to be confused with a baked good in the shape of a star!).
    any others?
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    Gary Oldman under-rated? What freaky parallel universe do you live in?! [​IMG] Gary Oldman is a brilliant actor, and I think everyone and their cat knows it.
     
  3. Rob Tomlin

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    I completely agree that Gary Oldman is not an under-rated actor! He is an extremely good actor, and has been recognized as such. Therefore, he is not under-rated.
    I do think Don Cheadle would be an example of a somewhat under-rated actor.
     
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    I personally feel that Gary Oldman does not get the credit he deserves being the awesome actor that he is. Maybe the fact that I do live in the freaky parallel universe that only exists during the solstice when Jupiter is aligned with Saturn is reason why I don't see him on top lists of great actors or other what-nots about him. To me, an under-rated actor is one that is great, but does not get the attention and credit they so deserve while an over-rated actor is one that gets too much attention and credit even though in the end he/she is not really that great of an actor. So, if there are those who do not agree with me that Gary Oldman is under-rated, that's okay. This is my opinion and I don't really think there is enough attention on him. If, however, there is and I just am not seeing it (remember Jupiter and Saturn) then it's my mistake. All-in-all, I really just want other people's opinions on actors they think are great, but not getting the credit/attention/whatever they deserve (ie: under-rated).
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    Wait a minute, do we mean underrated, or merely unappreciated, or worse yet, unknown?
     
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    I've always liked Brendan Fraser, I think when he wants, and given the right material to work with, the guy's great.
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    Whoopie Goldberg but that is probably due to the bad films in which she chooses to act. I liked her peformance in The Colour Purple as Celie.
     
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    John Saxon, Kurtwood Smith (Clarence Boddicker from Robocop), and Jeffrey Jones. Dammit, these guys don't get nearly enough credit!!
     

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