You do not have to be the principle character to go away your mark on a film.
Generally it is the walk-in roles — the characters that crop up in a single scene, solely to vanish and by no means be seen once more — that may make the largest affect. Or these whose display screen time is restricted throughout the movie, however leaves a long-lasting mark.
On Thursday, author/director Nina Lee took to Twitter to pose an necessary query: Within the historical past of temporary film appearances, which character has made the largest affect?
Who’s a personality that had roughly quarter-hour or much less in a movie however had a big impact on it ?
— Nina Lee (@NinaSerafina) June 3, 2021
16,000-plus retweets later, and the ideas have been coming in thick and quick, following Lee’s own pitch of Salma Hayek’s brief, impactful position in Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 movie From Nightfall Until Daybreak.
First, there have been some classics like Darth Vader (David Prowse), who had a notoriously small quantity of display screen time within the first Star Wars film. However oh, the presence!
Then, there have been the award-winning cameos, like Beatrice Straight’s five-minute position as Louise Schumacher within the 1976 film Community, for which she received the Oscar for Greatest Supporting Actress. Straight nonetheless holds the report for the shortest efficiency to win an Academy Award for performing.
There’s additionally Viola Davis’ famously brief Oscar-nominated efficiency on this scene from 2008’s Doubt alongside Meryl Streep.
That is by all metrics the perfect instance I can consider. Davis’s breakout position was a 5 minutes scene in Doubt, and people 5 minutes rocketed her profession and made her a family title. A number of nominations and awards for five minutes of screentime. pic.twitter.com/F1K8M38mis
— Camburger (@camburgerstein) June 3, 2021
There are a surprisingly massive variety of stars who’ve obtained nominations and wins for very temporary stints on display screen — Anne Hathaway picked up her personal Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Actress in Les Misérables, after appearing as Fantine for around 15 minutes, whereas Anthony Hopkins received an Academy Award for his position as Hannibal Lecter (simply over quarter-hour) in The Silence of the Lambs. Hermione Baddely, in the meantime, obtained a nomination for her look in Room on the Prime, which amounted to little greater than a few minutes display screen time in whole.
Then there have been the various cult roles in iconic movies, like Christopher Walken’s swift appearance in Pulp Fiction, Jada Pinkett and Mekhi Phifer’s roles opening Scream 2, Alec Baldwin’s “Always Be Closing” scene in Glengarry Glen Ross, and Robert Duvall’s character Lieutenant Colonel Invoice Kilgore from Apocalypse Now, who delivers the well-known line, “I really like the scent of napalm within the morning,” in his brief time on display screen.
There’s Brad Pitt’s famously fleeting and beloved position as J.D. in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, through which the actor’s big break saw just seven minutes of screen time.
And Margaret Hamilton’s terrifying look because the Depraved Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, which reportedly saw many of her scenes cut or edited because she was too fearsome.
To not point out the well mannered little bushy worm from Labyrinth, voiced by Timothy Bateson, who offers guidance to Jennifer Connolly’s character, Sarah, in a quick however memorable second.
You possibly can flick thru your entire thread here, however be warned — there are just a few spoilers lurking about in there too. Possibly you’ve gotten a pitch?