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:
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.
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.