I think an underrated actor is one who is a really good actor but doesn’t get enough recognition for their work. Someone that people might not know come to mind when they think of good actors.
I don’t think you can judge a good actor from one role. That might just be how they are in real life and not really acting. You need to see them in a few roles to see if they can really act. Sometimes they are cast as the same type of character but at least they need to show the emotional range they are supposed to portray and be convincing.
Well known actors are overused and put in a lot of unnecessary roles to sell the box office when a better, lesser known actor could have been used and done a better job. It’s hard for some one who’s not already established to have a chance at a role because studios choose who they think is a “bankable” actor rather than giving someone new a chance. A lot of times even if the new actor is amazing in the role they are overshadowed by a big box office celebrity and their work and movie go unnoticed.
Overrated actors are going to continue getting more and more overused and overrated. Some actors that are in a lot of stuff should be, like Leonardo Dicaprio and Johnny Depp. But, other actors who are in way too many movies are just horrible like Angelina Jolie . Brad Pitt is a great example of an actor that’s good in about 25% of his movies and the rest he just doesn’t try or he’s just not good.
For my list of Top 10 Underrated actors click the the Movie tab above or just click here.
- Why aren’t these actors famous? (salon.com)