You do not should be the principal character to go away your mark on a movie.
Generally it is the walk-in roles — the characters that crop up in a single scene, solely to vanish and by no means be seen once more — that may make the largest influence. Or these whose display time is restricted throughout the movie, however leaves a long-lasting mark.
On Thursday, author/director Nina Lee took to Twitter to pose an necessary query: In the historical past of temporary movie appearances, which character has made the largest influence?
Who’s a personality that had roughly 15 minutes or much less in a movie however had a huge effect on it ?
— Nina Lee (@NinaSerafina) June 3, 2021
16,000-plus retweets later, and the recommendations have been coming in thick and quick, following (*15*) of Salma Hayek’s quick, impactful position in Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 movie From Nightfall Until Daybreak.
First, there have been some classics like Darth Vader (David Prowse), who had a notoriously small quantity of display time in the first Star Wars movie. However oh, the presence!
Twelve minutes in Star Wars in 1977. He additionally enjoys one in all the most memorable onscreen introductions of all time. pic.twitter.com/g7YJnSk0tB
— Obi Wan Knievel (@automaticdaddy) June 3, 2021
Then, there have been the award-winning cameos, like Beatrice Straight’s five-minute position as Louise Schumacher in the 1976 movie Community, for which she received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Straight nonetheless holds the report for the shortest efficiency to win an Academy Award for performing.
There’s additionally Viola Davis’ famously quick Oscar-nominated efficiency on this scene from 2008’s Doubt alongside Meryl Streep.
That is by all metrics the best instance I can consider. Davis’s breakout position was a 5 minutes scene in Doubt, and people 5 minutes rocketed her profession and made her a family identify. A number of nominations and awards for five minutes of screentime. pic.twitter.com/F1K8M38mis
— Camburger (@camburgerstein) June 3, 2021
There are a surprisingly giant variety of stars who’ve obtained nominations and wins for very temporary stints on display — Anne Hathaway picked up her personal Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Les Misérables, after appearing as Fantine for around 15 minutes, whereas Anthony Hopkins received an Academy Award for his position as Hannibal Lecter (simply over 15 minutes) in The Silence of the Lambs. Hermione Baddely, in the meantime, obtained a nomination for her look in Room at the High, which amounted to little greater than a few minutes display time in complete.
Then there have been the many cult roles in iconic movies, like Christopher Walken’s swift appearance in Pulp Fiction, Jada Pinkett and Mekhi Phifer’s roles opening Scream 2, Alec Baldwin’s “Always Be Closing” scene in Glengarry Glen Ross, and Robert Duvall’s character Lieutenant Colonel Invoice Kilgore from Apocalypse Now, who delivers the well-known line, “I like the scent of napalm in the morning,” in his quick time on display.
There’s Brad Pitt’s famously fleeting and beloved position as J.D. in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, during which the actor’s big break saw just seven minutes of screen time.
And Margaret Hamilton’s terrifying look as the Depraved Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, which reportedly saw many of her scenes cut or edited because she was too fearsome.
To not point out the well mannered little bushy worm from Labyrinth, voiced by Timothy Bateson, who offers guidance to Jennifer Connolly’s character, Sarah, in a short however memorable second.
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