A cast of interesting characters is essential in producing a compelling and captivating film. Some actors dedicate themselves, delving deeply into the persona someone else created. While the screenwriter and director may have a hand in bringing a character to the actor, it is the actor’s duty to bring the character to fruition and sometimes that can be unforgettable. Whether it be an ensemble film or one with a showcased lead, every supporting player has the potential of shining just a little bit brighter than everyone else. Here are 10 Amazing Movie Characters who Completely Steal the Show.
Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
It is hard to believe that there was time before Harley Quinn but unlike her maniacal paramour, the Joker, who first appeared in DC comics in 1940, she did not make her first appearance until 1992 in Batman: The Animated Series. In that time, she has become one of the most popular characters in the DC universe with her appearances in video games, comics, and animated series. She even popped up on the short-lived live action series Birds of Prey. It was the eagerly anticipated Suicide Squad that combined all of the Harley Quinn fervor into one tremendous portrayal by the stunning Margot Robbie. Harley’s beguiling beauty is made even more fascinating by her absolutely psychotic dedication to The Joker but the Joker takes a backseat to his girlfriend in Suicide Squad. There is a reason why each of the film’s trailers featured Harley Quinn front and center; she is hypnotizing in her madness. Dragging her baseball bat behind her as she nearly skips with joy to create even more chaos, Harley Quinn is a pigtailed nutcase and completely steals every scene she’s in and has a good laugh about it afterward.
Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs
When thinking about The 1992 Academy Award winning film, The Silence of the Lambs, most people immediately think of Hannibal Lecter. However, if viewers think about it, Lecter was not the main character and was actually only in 25 minutes of the 2 hour film. While the demented killer Buffalo Bill is the psycho Agent Clarice Starling is desperately searching for, it is through Hannibal Lecter she believes she will find the answers. The character of Hannibal Lecter is terrifying, brilliant, and has some of the most memorable lines in film history. Lecter is such a scene stealing character that along with multiple films made featuring the character, NBC created a show starring the psychiatrist turned cannibalistic killer. Lecter is a truly delicious film character.
The Joker in The Dark Knight
The Joker has always been an interesting scene-stealing character in every interpretation of the role. From the illustrated pages of DC comics in the 1940s to Cesar Romero in the 1960s, Jack Nicholson in 1989 to the current tattooed, mouth-full-of-metal, Jared Leto version. The one that sticks out among all others is Heath Ledger’s portrayal which annihilated any past or future attempts at the grinning lunatic. The Dark Knight was a filmmaking revolution and created a precedent for performances in comic book films. Ledger’s performance was no joke and his character sticks out as the most important element of the film. His deeply unhinged Joker not only filled every scene with uncomfortable moments that washed away any trace of the actor playing him, but maintained a kinetic quality throughout each scene in the movie. Even the scenes he wasn’t in were made more exciting as audiences did not know when to expect his entrance and what may be next. The Joker certainly put a smile on the faces of audiences.