1. Although he got chances to play out of his sweet spot a few times, (Good Will Hunting, and Awakenings being the best examples), my favorite has always been The Fisher King. He gets to go balls-to-the-wall with the character, but with a crushing sadness underneath. He was great in a film that was only pretty good.

    I also liked him in a film that I have not really seen mentioned, and that is the American remake of Insomnia, where he played the psycho villain. That was a darling choice for him, and I remember thinking at the time that I admired him for talking on such a cold, nasty part.

    • It’s true. He was brilliant in The Fisher King. I agree about Insomnia too–an eerie choice, and he played it well. I also liked him in One-Hour Photo. His performance was so convincing that my roommate and I couldn’t sleep after watching it until we blocked our back door with chairs (he resembled our creepy downstairs neighbor). Leah

  2. Beautiful and heartfelt tribute Leah. I don’t think it’s his best role, but I love Good Will Hunting. Perhaps it’s because the whole film (and the performances) complement each other so well.

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