by Ellis M
This is an usheru list of best loved supporting roles. A list of the characters that bring a film together (sometimes) without us realising. If you took them out of the film there may, or may not, quite possibly, probably not, most likely be a hole of ‘meh’ in the film. These are the people that make you snuffle (snuffle is when you blow air out of your nose because you find something amusing but not so amusing you make noise) in the middle of a scene that then quickly moves on with the story, the people that surprise you and make you go ‘oh hey, thingy’s in this, cool’ or might make you text a mate like ‘have you noticed so so in that massive movie that everyone thought was a bit lame?’ because the story isn’t about them or they’re not a main character, the story moves on and then you quickly forget because you’re busy following the storyline like you’re supposed to, but we won’t let this happen! And so here is a list of some of our favourite scenes and characters that kinda don’t get enough credit but were an important part to the film
Zach Galifianakis as Alan in The Hangover (2009) – The wolfpack speech, we’ve all felt alone in the pack of our mind, this speech goes out to us all, sometimes we just need to connect with our feels and let them out, might not always be the best time or the best feels but we must do it, or we explode.
Joe Pesci as Tommy Devito in Goodfellas (1990), not only does he have some great lines like his ‘shine box’ scene, but Tommy’s whole story, a built up, angry little man, completely unpredictable and sensitive, so of course his story ends with a brutal and dishonest murder amongst the mobsters and seeing his personality unravel to revel a sweetheart kid when around his ‘mudda’. When Tommy describes why he likes his mother’s painting “I like this one. One dog goes one way and the other dog goes the other way […] And this guy’s saying ‘What do ya want from me?’ This guy’s got a nice head of white hair, look how beautiful with the dog… it looks the same.” Best analysis of a painting, ever.
Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken and The Sicilian scene in True Romance (1993) Don Vincenzo chewing gum? This shit is cool, confident and serious. “You’re part eggplant” “You’re a cantaloupe!”
Melissa McCarthy as Megan in Bridesmaids (2011) is hilarious amongst the other brilliantly hilarious women cast. We all know, or know of someone or other, like this and they all dress like that and have that ‘oh shit, serious?’ personality, it’s amazing! When you think about Melissa in Gilmore Girls and how we had to wait this long to see how funny and great an actress she can be, it makes me sad.
Bill Murray as Bill Murray in Zombieland (2009) – What could be better than Bill Murray, playing Bill Murray, trying to survive a zombie apocalypse?
Hooper X’s monologue in Chasing Amy (1997) “Star wars is a slight against the black man”
Christopher Walken as Duane Hall in Annie Hall (1977) a strange and mysterious young man, who describes a moment perhaps we’ve all thought about, or something less sinister like smashing a china plate on a floor or against a wall, triggered by nothing.
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stone (2001) well, pretty much all of the Harry Potters Neville has his moment, but when he is forgetful and does things like ‘land on his big arse’ and look gawky and unsure he makes Harry look tough and ready.
Christoph Waltz as Dr Schultz in Django Unchained (2012) – I love it when a character has confidence because then it makes me think nothing can touch them, or when they die it’s not sad because they had it coming but they also knew. Dr Schultz has got so much swag I feel comfortable that if something goes wrong, he got this.
Robert Shaw as Quint in Jaws (1975) He’s seen things, maaaaan. So bad he can now smile about it.
Pascal in Tangled (2010) it had been years since Disney had had a proper hit, and the comeback of the quirky animal sidekick helped solidify the film as a memorable one. The added trait of his muteness (uncommon in a Disney animal sidekick) makes him (and Maximillian) a stellar example of personality animation.
Christopher Walken as Captain Koons in Pulp Fiction (1994) – Errrr, duh!? That’s how you tell a story. (Maybe try carrying a prop watch face around with you to authenticate a story you are telling and maybe your story will get the recognition it deserves, maybe?)
Silent Bob (In every Kevin Smith film) – After Jason Mewes was too high to deliver his words of wisdom to Dante in Smith’s firs movie ‘Clerks’ and had to step in himself, it became a great trait of the otherwise mute character to have a brilliant one liner and short speech in every film that followed it. A personal favourite for Gill, our festivals person, is Dogma (special mention: Alan Rickman is also fantastic as the hilariously droll and dry-witted voice of god Metatron in Dogma)
Every cameo in Fanboys (2009) – From Carrie Fisher, to Jay and Silent Bob, to William Shatner and all the side jokes in between. Written by Ernest Cline as his first screenplay, Cline revealed his writing style to fit within the category of ‘satisfying every nerd bone in your body’. With the adaptation of Cline’s first novel ‘Ready Player One’ (2011) by none other than Steven Spielberg and rumoured to begin production in summer 2016, so we got a long way to go but we can guarantee that there’s more of that to come.
That’s all for today folks! Any questions or additions, send ’em our way.