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Old 03-29-08, 10:26 PM
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Which "independent film" actors do you enjoy seeing in big, budget Hollywood films?

I understand all actors need money, so I never liked the term "selling out." I rarely believe anyone in Hollywood sells out (except for George Lucas). But I am impressed when a usually independent film actor does a huge Hollywood role, totally different from their usual movie choices. Here are the ones I can think of:


1. Steve Buscemi - most entertaining moments when he did Con Air and Armegeddon

2. Parker Posey - although I didn't like the films, I was surprised she did Superman Returns and Blade 3.

3. Phillip Seymour Hoffman - impressed that he was the "dude" character in Twister and the villain in Mission Impossible 3.

4. Lili Taylor - I still can't believe she was in The Haunting and Ransom.

5. Jeffrey Wright - to me, he'll always be Basquiat, so I'm impressed with his roles in Shaft, Syriana, and Casino Royale

6. Jason Lee - I cringe when I see him in other movies or that bad tv show of his, besides the Kevin Smith films. I only see him as Banky Edwards from Chasing Amy.

7. Julie Delpy - a consistent international arty/independant film actress - I still can't believe she was in An American Werewolf in Paris.

8. Asia Argento - consistently wierd intense actress in all of her flicks, and was impressed to see her play it normal in XXX and Marie Antoinette.

9. Ellen Page - great intellectual cutie actress - i'm impressed whenever I think about that she got to play a superhero in X-Men 3.

10. Jennifer Connelly - another great selective actress whom I never thought would be in a superhero flick - Hulk.


Eventhough they have been in mainstream movies, Vincent Gallo, Crispin Glover and Chloe Sevigny have been pretty consistent with sticking to their wierd personalities in whatever film they are in.

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Even though I haven't really seen his movies, I'd say Ewan McGregor, judging from his filmography.
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I don't want to see indie film actors star in a big budget crapfests. Though this will undoubtedly happen to Ellen Page.
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Simon Pegg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i think you can call SotD and HF independent (Rogue) and now "Run, Fatboy, Run" (Picturehouse). when he popped up in M:i:III...i was in giddy delight. i would see anything he is in.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I don't want to see indie film actors star in a big budget crapfests. Though this will undoubtedly happen to Ellen Page.
That's ok, she has been starrring in indie crapfests already. Honest to blog.

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