Acting is an art form, and behind every iconic character is an artist expressing themselves. The Great Performances is a recurring column in which Jacob Trussell explores the art behind some of cinema’s best roles.
If you are new to reading this column, we suggest starting with these entries:
Washington’s triumphant performance in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic is a perfect representation of the tightrope actors must walk when playing an iconic figure.
Foster’s own experiences dealing with the psychopathic obsessions of men helped her craft a psychologically stunning performance as Clarice Starling.
Portraying a fictionalized version of ‘Nosferatu’ star Max Schreck, Dafoe uses his expressive talents to let us laugh at the ridiculous antics of overly committed actors.
We unlock the reasons why Cage’s Academy Award winning performance is as stunning as it is deeply uncomfortable.
It only took one frenzied role for the world to recognize he wasn’t just a pretty face; he was a bonafide character actor.
Legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen gave Goldberg the tools she needed to create her revelatory performance.
As Annie Wilkes, the accomplished character actor takes the passionate obsessions of a fanbase to homicidal new heights.
Who among us hasn’t craved a prolonged staycation of eating pizza, watching movies, and never getting out of your favorite pair of sweats?
Clive Barker may have created the titular villain, but it was actor Tony Todd who infused historical and social significance into the movie maniac’s origin story.