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:
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.
Resurrected by stuntwoman Patricia Tallman, Barbara gained three dimensions in the 1990 zombie movie.
The future superstar cut his teeth with the sitcom’s most famous “very special” episodes.
For its 15th anniversary, we look at how Jennifer Carpenter’s factual take on demonic possession subverted every expectation we had from the exorcism subgenre.
Sometimes a great performance is made in the quietest moments.
Jeon delivers a jaw-dropping performance as a grieving mother.
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Stealing every scene he appears in, Hoffman’s performance in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ is an early career triumph.
60 years ago, ‘Psycho’ set the gold standard for handsome homicidal maniacs. In this column, Jacob Trussell explores Anthony Perkins’ performance as Norman Bates.
Hodder was the first actor to make the undead icon from ‘Friday the 13th’ suddenly feel alive.