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Small Roles… Big Performances blogathon

Ruth from Flixchatter has started a new blogathon and I felt compelled to join her in this one. The idea of this blogathon in her words is:

to shine a spotlight on the ‘unsung heroes’ if you will, the overlooked performers who add so much richness/entertainment value to the film no matter how brief their appearance is, but yet they don’t get the credit they so deserve

Now I have to admit that I had a hard time coming up with someone and it took me a while before I remembered two performances, one from Olivia Thirlby in 2009’s New York, I Love You and the other one by Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride

As it’s a movie with a couple of seperate stories, you might argue that it’s not a small role as she does appear in most of the segment, but somehow it stayed with me. I loved the segment for the way it plays with expectations and Thirlby plays with those expectations in an interesting way. I managed to find the segment on Youtube for your enjoyment.

Since I saw Princess Bride for the first time last year I’ve already seen it several times. The kids love the movie and so do I. I especially look forward to the scene in which Billy Crystal plays the wizard who attempts to revive Westley. Even though you realize quickly it is him, it’s a funny cameo which I thoroughly enjoy each time.

You can find other entries in the blogathon on Flixchatter.

Which are your favorite small roles with a big performance?

Category: Movies
  • dirtywithclass says:

    Watched the clip. A good performance, although i don’t think it amazed me like it did with you. Haven’t see Princess Bride.

    And i posted my choice, which is Deborah Ann Woll in the Mothers Day remake.

    October 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Somehow it was something that I thought of when searching for something. The movie itself didn’t do much for me but that performance did.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  • Alex Withrow says:

    I LOVE Oliva Thirlby… definitely a young actress who is not talked about enough. And while I wasn’t the biggest fan of New York, I Love You, I definitely enjoyed seeing her in it.

    Two great picks here!

    October 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, she deserves more attention.


      October 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  • ruth says:

    I just learned about Olivia Thirlby from the DREDD trailer. Glad to see her being highlighted here Nostra, sounds like she’s a versatile actress. Thanks for taking part in the blogathon!

    October 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    • Nostra says:

      No problem, was looking forward to joining even though I really started to wonder if I would come up with something in time.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm
  • Josh says:

    Interesting choices. Can’t argue with either one of them. :)

    October 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Josh

      October 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm
  • Mark Walker says:

    I haven’t seen New York, I love You yet Nostra but your shout out for Billy Crystal is a beauty. You’ve put me in mind to see this again soon.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I’ve seen it two and a half times in one year because I knew the kids would love to see it (and they did)

      October 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm
  • momto3feistykids says:

    Great choices! I haven’t seen New York, I Love You, but I love that fact that you included Miracle Max. “He’s only mostly dead!”

    October 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hahaha, yeah it’s such a small part but all the bickering he does is so great. Despite the makeup you immediately know it’s him.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm
  • Dan says:

    Of course, the Billy Crystal appearance in The Princess Bride. Great pick…it is the only thing I like about that film.

    October 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Wow, I thought everyone loved that film ;)

      October 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm
  • fernandorafael says:

    Nice post. Glad you took a part in Ruth’s AWESOME blogathon :)

    October 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    Great choices Nostra

    October 3, 2012 at 9:51 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks a lot Scott.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm
  • Jaina says:

    Great choice with Billy Crystal. Damn near stole the spotlight when he was onscreen.

    Olivia Thirlby was one of the good things about that film, which I really didn’t enjoy all that much. She had some life to her!

    October 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    • Nostra says:

      He sure did.

      I can’t remember much of the rest of the movie and looking at IMDB I have given it a 7, so I guess I did like it.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm
  • Fogs' Movie Reviews says:

    Have fun storming the castle, Nostra! :D

    October 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Fogs!

      October 4, 2012 at 9:14 am
  • Eric says:

    Haven’t seen New York, I Love You, but Billy Crystal is an inspired choice. Good one, Nostra!

    October 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Haven’t got the feeling that it’s a movie that should be high on your to watch list, so that’s no problem. Crystal really stood out though. Thanks Eric.

      October 4, 2012 at 9:15 am
  • Novroz says:

    I haven’t seen both movies but from the clip you put there, I can understand why you choose her.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks for your comment Novroz. You should check out the second movie, it’s a fun one.

      October 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm
      • Novroz says:

        I will if I can find it :)

        October 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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