There are a couple of times when a minor part in a movie just sticks with you. Sometimes they are minor roles played by big stars. Unusual characters for a certain actor/actress. It could also be just a character’s reactions to whatever happens around him in a scene, or the emotions a certain scene evokes in you as a viewer. Or it can be a hilarious moment that caught you off guard. It can be anything, really.
Here are a few great scenes with minor characters from movies that stick out:
Floyd in ‘True Romance’ – Played by Brad Pitt
True Romance is one of my favorite movies, and a lot of it is down to the brilliant characters, and the equally amazing casting. Brad Pitt is a diverse actor (’12 Monkeys’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Burn After Reading’, ‘Legends of the Fall’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’), and in ‘True Romance’ he definitely makes the most of the little screen-time he is given. As Dick´s roommate, Brad Pitt nails the character of a drugged out lazy ass roomie. His timing is perfect, and his answers are… well, correct.
L´aveugle in Amélie – Played by Jean Darie
Jean Darie plays “the blind man”, and is given a wonderful gift by Amélie (played by Audrey Tautou) who does her best to give him sight through her words, if only for a brief moment. As she guides him through the busy street, she tells him about the sights and smells that surrounds them. Wonderful scene in a beautiful movie.
Bill Murray in Zombieland – Bill Murray
Bill Murray plays himself in one of the best scenes in Zombieland (one of the best scenes in a comedy the last 10 years, probably). Bill F***** Murray is a one of those guys you just gotta love. Not only is he funny, but he seems like one of the coolest guys on the planet. He probably is. They could not have found a better guy for this cameo. Ever. Woody Harrelson´s reaction is also golden.
Drexl Spivey in True Romance – Played by Gary Oldman
“I know exactly where your white ass is coming from….”. Those words uttered by Gary Oldman seems unlikely, but that’s exactly what he says in this scene from ‘True Romance’. As Drexl Spivey, Gary Oldman shows us another side of his immense talent. And a good portion of humor. It´s as if his character was originally set to be played by Samuel L. Jackson. Only it wasn´t.
Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross – Played by Alec Baldwin
Considering the talent in the room in this scene, it´s amazing to see Alec Baldwin shine so bright as he does in this scene. Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin… The character Alec Baldwin portrays wasn´t in the original play, but was included for the movie. And the speech Baldwin delivers in this scene is brilliant. Baldwin does it perfectly, and his language reminds me of his character in ‘The Departed many’, many years later.