11 Great Scenery Chewers for the (Ice) Ages
It can often be a struggle to come up with ideas for a weekly column pegged to the upcoming week's new releases. This week, Ice Age: Continental Drift brings back Scrat, that damn little acorn-chasing squirrel-rat of the series, who is perhaps the only character who makes Ray Romano and Queen Latifah as mammoths worth enduring. So in tribute to Scrat, I decided to put together a list of fellow scenery chewers for the (ice) ages. It goes without saying that, generally speaking, supporting actors in a given scene deserve much credit for emphasizing the impact of a scenery-chewing actor.
One more thing -- this was a very difficult list to narrow down to just 11 entries. So there's a good chance I left off your favorite. Sorry about that (and sorry, Val Kilmer). Not really. Just yell at me in the comments.
Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate: Naturally, Pacino earns honorable mentions for Scent of a Woman, Scarface, Heat, and many more.
Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest: Those damn wire hangers were the source of many a nightmare.
Christopher Walken in At Close Range : He's actually chewing gum in this scene, which is worth at least a few extra bonus points, right?
John Leguizamo in Romeo + Juliet: He's perhaps the smoothest curtain chomper on this list.
Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element: "I don't like warriors. Too narrow-minded, no subtlety." Love it.
Jack Nicholson in The Shining: As a matter of necessity, I forsake the "Heere's Johnny!" moment for the bar scene because he's just so damn good here.
Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood: He drinks it up!
Glenn Close in Dangerous Liasons: She throws herself on the ground and smashes the vanity just like a toddler! That's what one gets for attempting to outwit the Malkovich.
Elizabeth Taylor in X, Y and Zee: This is, perhaps, the only Liz Taylor incarnation that Lindsay Lohan has any business in portraying.
And a special bonus number for you...
Willem Defoe in The Boondock Saints: "There was a firefight!"
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