In my recent review of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, I praised Adam Sandler’s performance, which greatly surprised me. I’ve never been a Sandler fan, but his dedication to his character made me wish he picked up more roles like that or worked with directors as talented as PTA.
This inspired today’s question: what is your favorite performance by an actor you don’t normally like? For me, it would be between Sandler’s in Punch-Drunk Love and Ryan O’Neal in Barry Lyndon.
O’Neal hasn’t starred in a noteworthy role besides in Barry Lyndon (with the exception of Paper Moon) and he gives a power performance as the title character. A main criticism of many of Stanley Kubrick’s movies is that they usually don’t have strong acting, which I fully disagree with and use O’Neal as an example.
But what are your picks?