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Large Ham: Film
"The goddamned pen is BLUE!"

No scenery is left intact with these guys!

Note: Merely quoting a line in ALL CAPS and/or in bold does not constitute proof of hamminess. Descriptions of the performance, character, and scene are, as are links to clips of the performance.

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Actors:

    Jim Carrey 
  • Liar Liar, source of the page image (long story short: Jim Carrey's character suddenly Cannot Tell a Lie; he tests it by trying to say a blue pen is red. Hilarity Ensues.) has such gems as: "I HOLD MYSELF IN CONTEMPT! WHY SHOULD YOU BE ANY DIFFERENT?!" and this outtake:
    Swoosie Kurtz: Your Honor, I object!
    Carrey: You would!
    Kurtz: Overactor!
    Carrey: Jezeb—! (collapses in laughter as the entire "courtroom" bursts out)
    Kurtz: He [indicating the director?] put me up to it! It wasn't my idea! He told me to do it!
    Carrey: (mugging for the camera even though it's clearly not getting into the movie) ...oh no! They're onto me!
  • Count Olaf from the movie version of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events was a Master of Disguise, but also a Large Ham - not just because Carrey played him that way, but because within the story itself Olaf is supposed to be a Large Ham. There's also this outtake: "But enough of recent history, let's go back in a TIME machine! [high voice] TIIIME machine, TIIIME machine..."
    • Actually if you read the books, Count Olaf doesn't actually become a proper ham until the books that came out after the film. Beforehand, his evil was more withheld.
  • The Grinch. And given Jim's wearing tons of make-up, yellow contact lenses and dentures, it's simply a feat that his overacting surpasses any physical pain!
  • As Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber: "We've got no food! We've got no jobs! Our pets' HEADS ARE FALLIN' OFF!!!!"
  • Ace Ventura. "ALLLLL RIGHTY THEN!"
  • The Mask was a shy guy who got turned into a Large Ham by Applied Phlebotinum. "Sssssssmokin'!"
  • Carrey's acting in Batman Forever was once described as "transcend[ing] considerations of good or bad acting into sheer weirdness". "Weird", in this case, means... well... ham.
    "If knowledge is power, then A GOD... AM... IIIIIIIIIIII! (beat) Was that over the top? I can never tell!"
  • The Cable Guy
  • With Man on the Moon, Jim gets moments of ham — Andy Kaufman, after all, loved creating and inhabiting Large Ham personas such as Tony Clifton and the Intergender Wrestling Champion of the World, so the role(s) requires someone who understands the art of going over the top.
  • Bruce Almighty: You know, the one where Jim Carrey becomes God (more "A God Am I" for ya!). "SMITE ME, OH MIGHTY SMITER!", etc.
    "I AM BRUCE ALMIGHTY!!!!! MY WILL BE DONE!!!!!"
    "It's a funny thing about pleasure. It can be quite...PLEASURABLE!"
    "EROOOOOOOODIIIIIIING...EROOOOOOODIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNG!!!"
  • Earth Girls Are Easy had him in a natural role - a randy space alien with a talent for mimicry, at one point imitating James Dean out of nowhere, wailing "You're TEARING me aPAAAAHRT!!!

    Kenneth Branagh 
  • Any of his own adaptations of William Shakespeare.
    • Much Ado About Nothing being a prime example.
    • Hamlet is also notable. He plays Hamlet, and so we get to hear him do the speech on how actors should act and be a Large Ham during it; we get to see him saw the air while urging the actors not to. This makes that speech more hilarious than was probably intended. It's made even better with Hamlet's father being played by BRIAN BLESSED. The scene with the two of them together is pure Ham-to-Ham Combat.
    • His speech in his own adaptation of Henry V is especially good as he is supposed to be a Large Ham. The audience can see that Branagh is loving it - as Henry does in the play. It is incredibly powerful.
    • His 1930s-set musical version of Loves Labours Lost is full of hams, the biggest being Timothy Spall's Don Armado. His Cole Porter bit must be seen to be believed.
    • Though in the 1996 film adaptation of Othello, he's actually very subtle and restrained as Iago. Knowing how hammy he usually gets when he does Shakespeare, this makes his performance incredibly effective.
      • No so much Ham, but some TRIFLES!
  • Branagh was even hammier as Dr. Loveless in Wild Wild West. "Don't yew just haaaate thay-ut song?" complete with 720 degrees of eye-rolling.
    "Mr. West, ah am not an animal! Ah am a visionary, ah am a genius, and now AH AM 'AGREH! And I promise that when I kill you, ah will have your body boiled down for ax-ell grease!
  • His performance in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, playing the titular character. His mother dies and he feels compelled to look up the ceiling shrieking "THIS MUST NOT HAPPENNNNNNN!"
  • He even hams it up playing an American private eye in Dead Again.
  • And chews the scenery as an uptight government official in The Boat That Rocked.
  • Averted in some of his more recent dramatic roles, such as Wallander, Valkyrie, and Shackleton.

    Michael Keaton 

    Brad Dourif 
  • Pretty much anything he's in except One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
  • His crowning moment of ham might very well be Death Machine, in which he plays the very, very Laughably Evil villain. "Oprah? John, we are talking QUALITY HERE! WE ARE TALKING GERALDO!!! (and many more gems.)
  • Chucky, of course.
  • Alien Resurrection: "You are ...a beautiful, beautiful butterfly." "Oh, look. A beauuutiful little baby (alien)." You should know, it has your jaw, Brad!
    • Few people know this, but his jaw actually has its own SAG card...its a separate entity all its own.
  • His cackle. Goes well with above entry.
  • The amount of "talky villain-ness" as the Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III. "Oh, I'm so sorry. Was I raving?" He even gave notorious ham George C. Scott a pause. Now that is something.

    John Goodman 

    Gary Oldman 

    John Rhys-Davies 

    Will Ferrell 

    Dan YELL Day-Lewis 

    Tim Curry 
  • Watch Tim Curry having far too much fun playing evil wizard Trymon in The Colour of Magic.
  • I'm just a sweet transvestite... From Transexual, Transylvaniaaaaa...
  • Enjoying himself, even under the tons of brilliant make-up and prosthetics, as the quite literal Evil incarnate in Legend: "Oh, Mother Night! Fold your dark arms about me. Protect me in your black embrace. I sit alone, an impotent exile, whilst this form, this presence, returns to torment me!" And what's more, he also manages to remain genuinely imposing and scary all through the whole hamned thing, to boot! "Every wolf suffers fleas. 'Tis easy enough to scratch!"
  • As Cardinal Richelieu (what's up with Cardinals being such awesome characters?) in The Three Musketeers (1993), is what Tim Curry's all about:
    Queen: I would rather die!
    Richelieu: THAT CAN BE ARRANGED!!

    Richelieu: One for all ... and more for meeee!
    • Cardinals are awesome and usually evil characters for the same reason that viziers are (as Terry Pratchett points out in Pyramids!). Aside from some specific qualification tests during the initial interview, Narrativium radiation ensures that they are usually the power behind the throne, who wish to make sure that the throne is occupied by someone with all the ambition of a freshly-purchased gym sock.
  • In a little-known but oddly enjoyable little film called Pass the Ammo, Curry shines glitters as a crooked evangelist. Let me repeat that: Tim. Curry. as...an evangelist.
    • An evangelist from the Deep South to boot.
  • And he's the Lord Wizard in The Worst Witch. He even gets a very 1980's MTV-style music video. That lasts ten minutes.
  • He fails the Opening Line test in the film version of Annie, where the first time he opens his mouth results not in an opening line, but a Rooster's crow.
  • Oiiiilllll and griiiimmmmme! Poiiiiiissonn sluddddge! Dieeeessssel cloudss and noxxxiouss muck!
  • Who's the best part of the otherwise forgettable The Pebble and the Penguin? And who gets the best song? Just guess. "Hope you can swim better than you can (mocking Hubie's stuttering) t-t-t-TALK!"
  • He even hams it up in Muppet Treasure Island as Long John Silver. "Professional Pirate" is a particularly fun example.
  • "No one controls my mind, Shadow! There's a new world order coming, and I'm gonna be a king! A KING!"
  • Speaking of which.... Ever see Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas? Forte has to be one of the only good things about that movie. Just listen to Don't Fall In Love and you'll see what the ham can do.
  • As well as a helping of finest imitation Russian ham in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. "I am going to the one place uncorrupted by capitalism... SPAAACE!"
  • There's also the short-lived 1997 sitcom Over the Top. As the title clearly indicates, the show was about a character Tim played who just happened to be a Large Ham.
  • Think about this: it's very likely that Curry was such a large ham, he was too hammy to be the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. According to Bruce Timm, it was more about Curry getting throat problems from doing the voice. In other words, he was so hammy it physically hurt him.
  • Then there's Clue, where he played the butler:
    Wadsworth: That's what we're TRYING to figure out! We're trying to figure out who killed who, WHERE AND WITH WHAT!
    Professor Plum: There's no need to shout.
    Wadsworth: I'M NOT SHOUTING!" (pause) "All right I am! I'm SHOUTING, I'M SHOUTING, I'M SHOUT—
  • His performance as Pennywise the Dancing Ham in It freely mixes this trope with terror.
    "Aww...come on, BUCKO! Don't ya want a ba-LOON?"
    "They all FLOOOOOAT down here!"
    "I am the eater of worlds...And of CHILDREN!"
    "KISS ME, FATBOY!"
    "Don'tcha want it? Don'tcha WANT IT? Don'tcha ya WANT IT? DON'TCHA WANT IT?"
    "Beep Beep Richie!"
    • His Evil Laugh in particular touches both bases.
      • Except at one point where it becomes intentionally hilarious:
      "Excuse me, Sir!! Do you have Prince Albert in a can?? You do?? Well, ya better let the poor guy out!! WA-HA! WA-HA! WA-HA!
  • Gabriel Knight is a very scary Ham.
  • King Chicken! Buck, buck, buck!
  • They called me mad, insane, WENDELL!
  • "At last we meet, Mr. Ip--kissssss...
  • Averted when he voiced Arl Rendon Howe who manages to be one of his most repulsive villains.
    • He was saving it for his very last line. "Maker SPIT on you! I... DESERVED... moooore..."

    Christopher Lloyd 

    Malcolm Mc Dowell 

    Samuel L Jackson 

    George C. Scott 
  • He was a master at saving the ham for just the right moment, for maximum effect.
  • In the desert battle in Patton, he spends most of it just watching, calmly observing the whole thing. Then when it's clear his troops are winning, comes the immortal, "Rommel, you Magnificent Bastard, I read your BOOOK!"
    • Interestingly enough, George Patton's daughters said that Scott nailed Patton's personality so perfectly, they felt like they were actually watching their father on the movie screen. Does that make George Patton a ham? (especially in light of the fact that the movie actually DOWNPLAYS some of the more crude and vulgar catchphrases that he was famous for).
    • Maybe the real-life Patton was a hammier ham than George C. Scott? After all, those pearl-handled revolvers were not exactly Army regulation.
    • That jingoistic speech at the beginning of the movie? It's fairly closely paraphrased from an even more over-the-top speech that Patton actually gave.
  • Also in The Hustler, "You owe me MONEY!"
  • Similarly, The Rescuers Down Under. "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for NOTHING!"
    • "Home, home on the range! Where critters are tied up in chains! I cut through their sides and rip off their hides, and the next day I do it again! EVERYBODDAY!!!!"
  • He also, at Kubrick's urging, made quite the snack of Dr. Strangelove.
    • The overacted scenes were supposed to be practice takes. Mr. Scott was not happy to see himself hamming it up on the big screen.
  • Hardcore. TURN IT OFF! TURN IT OFF! TURN IT OFF!
  • The Exorcist III. The I BELIEVE speech was off the charts, even for Scott.
    Kinderman: Yes, I believe... I believe in death. I believe in disease. I believe in injustice and inhumanity and torture and anger and hate... I believe in murder. I BELIEVE IN PAIN. I believe in cruelty and infidelity. I believe in slime and stink and every crawling, putrid thing... every possible ugliness and corruption, YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH! I BELIEVE... in you.
    "There is a carp in my bathtub, father. Swimming. Up. And down. Up. And down. And I hate it."

    Richard O'Brien 

    Udo Kier 

    Al Pacino 
  • Al Pacino has been delivering Large Ham performances for, oh, the past decade or two. Some particular gems:
    • Scent of a Woman ("If I were the man I was five years ago I'd take a FLAME-THROWER to this place!" "HOO-AH! I'm just getting warmed up!") - after being passed over for numerous Oscars, he finally got one for this movie due to the hammy speech at the end. He's stuck with the formula since.
    • Heat ("cause she's got a... GREAT ASS! And you got your head... ALL THE WAY UP IT!" "I had COFFEE with McCauley... HALF AN HOUR AGO!")
    • The trailer for City Hall has all the ham you need. "I choose to FIGHT BACK!!!!!1111one... until this city is a palace again!"
    • Pacino as Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy is a ham large enough to choke Godzilla.
      "I'm looking for generals ... and what do I get? foot soldiers!"
    • As the Devil in The Devils Advocate, Pacino would only take the part if he got to do a ten minute rant in the film's climax. Upon hearing that, the producers must have looked at each other, shrugged, and said; "Do whatever the hell you want, Al!" Cue Satan Breaking The Fourth Wall as he dips a finger into holy water, boiling it.
      GOD!! IS AN ABSENTEE LANDLORD!!
    • In Scarface (1983), practically every line of spoken dialog by Tony Montana is Ham, and the movie wouldn't have been half as good without it (though that probably goes for all of Pacino's roles)
    "SAAAAAAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEEEEEEND"
    • ...And Justice for All - Al ends the movie with an epic bit of courtroom haminess: "My client, the Honorable Henry T. Flemming should GO RIGHT TO FUCKING JAIL!!! THE SON OF A BITCH IS GUILTY!" (lots of ranting then follows)
    • Any Given Sunday definitely lets him ham his way. Special moment at the end : "WE CLAAAAW WITH OUR FINGERNAAAIIILS FOR THAT INCH!"
    • In The Godfather Parts I and II in the early 70s, as Michael Corleone he was pretty low-key, almost Playing Against Type but years later in Part III he went full ham, especially in the scene during the thunderstorm and Michael is having a diabetic attack.

    John Turturro 

    Nicolas Cage 

    Steve Buscemi 

    Harvey Keitel 

    Benicio Del Toro 

    Johnathan Harris 
  • The late, truly great Johnathan Harris, who built his reputation on hamming it up. Who is he you ask? You know him best as Dr. Smith from Lost in Space and that's really all you need to know. Although you should also know him pretty well as Manny, the praying mantis, in Pixar's A Bug's Life. I dare you, no really, I. DARE. YOU. to come up with a better actor who has taken the Large Ham and honed it, perfected it, nay! taken it to the pinnacle of the art form! Seriously, he was such a master of it because he could take any role and imbue it with such over-the-topness, without making it silly, until it was unforgettable. You love him and you know it.

    Quentin Tarantino 

    Antonio Banderas 
  • How can you classify his work on Four Rooms?
    • "Did they misbehave?"
    • The elevator scene.
  • Also his portrayal of Zorro is quite hammy. In particular, he gleefully chews the scenario whenever Alejandro gets drunk in The Legend of Zorro.
    Alejandro (in the sequel): No-one leaves my tequila worm dangling in the wind!
  • In Spy Kids 2: "These are my children. And I will find them MY WAY!!"
  • Puss-in-Boots in Shrek!
    • "PUSS! In boots...
    • From movie numero quatro: "Feed me... if you dare!"
  • It's almost impossible to beat him as Miguel, the Ax-Crazy killer in Assassins. Just look at this! This is one of the biggest Chewing the Scenery scenes in cinema history.
    Miguel: YOU BLEW IT! I AM STILL ALIVE!!! HAHAHA!!!

    Jeremy Irons 

    John Malkovich 

Works:

    Harry Potter films 
  • Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, another character actually required by the story to be a Large Ham. His performance is summed up beautifully by Mike Nelson in the RiffTrax commentary as Kenneth first appears; "Yes, treat your family and friends to the flavor of traditional Northern Irish HAM."
  • Rumor has it Branagh, Alan Rickman (Snape), and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) had a friendly competition on the set to see who could ham it up the most. ... Ooooooh my.
  • Strangely, Voldemort, particularly in Goblet of Fire. It's easy to see the fun Ralph Fiennes is having. Fiennes has said that he tried not to go over the top with Voldemort, but then he realized there's no other way to play him. For example, "DON'T YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON ME HARRY POTTER!!!! I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT ME WHEN I KILL YOU!!! I WANT TO SEE THE LIGHT LEAVE YOUR EYES!!!!" Or, what about the infamous, "CRRRRUUUCCCCCCCC-io!" Even after calming down in each following film, his infamous "NYEEEEAAAAHHH HEH HEH" from Deathly Hallows has become quite popular.
    • For context: This is the scene after Harry is apparently dead in Hagrid's arms. Voldemort and the Death Eaters take the body back to Hogwarts to gloat at the defenders. After announcing Harry's apparent demise, the Death Eaters burst into laughter, cuing one of the most awkward laughs from Voldemort one will hear. He even seems to dance in place for a second. Coupled with one of the weirdest hugs ever done a few minutes later.
    • AAAAAAAAVADA KEDAVRA!
      • So incredibly over-hammed it sounded more like "UUUUUUUhvudu Kuduvru!"
    • NYYEEAAAAH!
  • Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. He doesn't chew the scenery; he devours it whole, spits it out, and then devours it again. At least in Goblet of Fire.
    "SIIIIIIILEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNCEEEEEEE!"
    "DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIRE!" (Did joo putyer name in'a gobletaFIYA!)
    which is said while he has Harry by his shirt collar and pressed against a wall.
    • That bit was the result of ignorance of the source material, as Mr. Gambon hadn't read the book. Still pretty darn hammy, though.
    • At least he made up for it in subsequent films.
  • Shirley Henderson as the hammiest Ghost in Hogwarts, Moaning Myrtle.
    Moaning Myrtle: I'm Moaning Myrtle! I wouldn't expect you to know me! Who would ever want to talk about ugly, miserable, moping, Moaning Myrtle? AHHHHHHHHHH!
    Hermione: She's a little sensitive.
  • It's a small role, but Miriam Margolyes is nearly intolerable as Professor Sprout.
  • Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody, between character voice, exaggerated motions, and mentoring role, fits the bill perfectly.
  • He has only a small role in Goblet of Fire but David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr fills every moment with ham, with wild eyes and that weird flicking tongue thing - sheer craziness.
  • Gary Oldman's somewhat hamtastic turn as Sirius Black. "I would have DIED, Peter! I would have DIED rather than BETRAY MY FRIENDS!!!!!" He calmed down considerably in the fifth movie.
    • Hell, that scene even leads David Thewlis overacting along with Oldman at times.
    • Oh, and the scene where Lupin transforms into a werewolf, "You know the man you TRULY ARE, Remus!" and "THIS FLESH IS ONLY FLESH!"
  • Professor Trelawney: "In THIS room, YOU shall discover if YOU possess THE SIGHT!" This is a central trait of her character. Naturally, as she's a faux psychic (most of the time, anyway).
  • Both Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint get to be this during two particularly funny scenes of Half-blood Prince — first when Ron accidentally drinks a love potion and then when Harry deliberately drinks a luck potion.
  • Emma Watson's first scene as Hermione in Philosopher's Stone gets pretty hammy. In fact most of the scenes in the first movie for the kid actors are very overly done simply because of inexperience.
  • Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter in Goblet of Fire. She has very few lines compared to the book but she makes every one memorable. Witness her interview with Harry in a broom closet.
  • Helena Bon HAM Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange. She made the character way more rabid and insane than described in the books. In her first scene in Order of the Phoenix, she's licking the dark mark on her arm. She takes it further with each subsequent film until in Deathly Hallows, each line she says is a thick slice of ham.
  • Jessie Cave looked at the description of Lavender Brown as a ditzy Smitten Teenage Girl who is Sickeningly Sweethearts with Ron, and charged in full ham ahead. Witness the hospital scene.
  • According to Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) much of the overacting was revenge for having their subplots cut.
    • Speaking of Malfoys, Jason Isaacs was more than able to bring out the porks. "You cost me MY SERVANT!"
      • Perhaps he had listened to the audiobooks, where Stephen Fry practically howls that line: "YOU COST ME MY SERVANT... BOYEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

    Superman 
  • Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.
  • Gene Hackman's Luthor in Superman II also serves, even if the next example is the biggest ham in the movie.
  • Superman nemesis Zod. One has to almost kneel before him in respect of his vast arsenal of over-the-top bluster, which he can back up on Earth with tremendous power only the Man of Steel can challenge. Whole websites have been devoted to the glorious OTTness of Terence Stamp's portrayal of Zod as a vain, short-tempered and sometimes rather bored aristocratic psycho. So indelible was Stamp's rendition (which bore little resemblance to the comic character on whom it was based) that most subsequent comic versions of Zod have been negatively received due to their lack of similarity to Stamp's characterization. Recently they just gave up and reintroduced the "real" Zod in the direct likeness of Stamp's persona.
  • Michael Shannon's version of Zod can be quite hammy as well. While he's most restrained and cool, his Villainous Breakdown and Madness Mantra near the beginning of the movie is pretty delicious.
    Zod: ''Jor-El was right! You're a pack of fools, every last one of you! And you... you believe your son is safe... I will find him. I will reclaim what you have taken from us! I will find him. I will find him, Lara. (Beat) 'I WILL FIND HIM!'

    Batman and The Dark Knight Saga 

    James Bond villains 

    Star Wars 
  • Emperor Palpatine was like this in Return of the Jedi, but substantially more subdued in the first two prequels. Then he was in Revenge of the Sith, where any given line he says after the second act is pure, unadulterated ham. And he's still a fairly effective bad guy. I guess he stopped caring about self-restraint once he conquered the entire galaxy.
    ONCE MOAAAARRR the Sith will RUUUUUULE the GALAXYYYYY... and... we shall have... peace.
  • Wass abot Jar Jar Binks! *shudder*
  • Boss Nass. Voiced by BRIAN BLESSED.
  • Three words: Jabba The Hutt! "BO SHUDA!".
  • Oh, my! The probability that C-3PO is not a fussy tin of camp ham is approximately three thousand, seven hundred twenty to one!!
  • Vader was quite hammy, not only during his Big "NO!" scene, but also in Episode IV as well. In Episodes V and VI, he was a bit more subdued and chilling. Bless you, Dave Prowse (who gestures plentifully) and James Earl Jones (who delivers his lines with intense passion).
    Darth Vader: Where are those transmissions you intercepted? WWWHHHHAAAT have you DONE with those PLANS????
    Darth Vader: Commander, TEAR THIS SHIP APART UNTIL YOU FIND THOSE PLANS! And BRING me the passengers, I WANT THEM ALIVE!
    Darth Vader: You are PART of the REBEL AllIANce and a traitor! TAKE HER AWAY!
    • Vader still had a few traces of ham left in his system, most notably in his We Can Rule Together speech to Luke in Empire:
      Darth Vader: Luuuuke, you do not yet realize your impPORtance. You have only begun to discover your POWAH. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our COMBINED STRENGTH, we can END this destrOOCTive conflict and bring ORDAH to the GALAXYYY.
      Luke: I'll NEVER join you!
      Darth Vader: IF YOU ONLY KNEW THE POWAH OF THE DAHK SIDE.
  • General Grievous What he lacks in evilness he makes up for with hamminess.
    Grievous: You FOOL! I have been trrrained in yourrr Jedi arrrts by Count... DOO-ku!
    • His hamminess probably comes from the fact that he's based a bit on Dracula.
  • Count Dooku
    Count Dooku: You MUST JOIN ME, Obi-Wan, and together WE WILL DESTROY THE SITH!
  • Watto. "YOU'LL-A FIND-AWHAT-A-YA NEED!"
  • Pretty much the main reason Admiral Ackbar ever achieved Memetic Mutation. His infamous "It's a trap!" and "Our cruisers can't repel fire of that magnitude!" lines are loved solely because he's so dramatic about it.

    Star Trek 
  • Naturally, if we're talking Star Trek, William Shatner is a given. Surprisingly averted, however, in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where he gives a remarkably subdued performance, to the level of Dull Surprise in some scenes.
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan starts out with Shatner playing Kirk as rather melancholy, as the admiral is starting to feel his age. He goes on to prove he's still got plenty of ham to serve; you know the scene. Made brilliant when you realize a few scenes later that the ham was served in-character.
  • Christopher Plummer as General Chang in Star Trek VI. His Crowning Moment of Ham-osity has to be the bit near the end where his ship is pummeling the crap out of Enterprise, and he's having total blast, bellowing Shakespeare, while twirling around in his motorized Captain's chair. Hamtacular.
    "Cry HAVOC!!! And let slip the dogs of war!!"
    • The ham is noted in-universe by Dr. McCoy, who states "I'd pay real money if he'd shut up."
    • In Shatner's book Star Trek Movie Memories, a photo of him and Plummer laughing at a flub in the courtroom scene has a caption describing the two as "Hamosauruses".
  • Ricardo Montalban as KHAAAAAN!!! Interestingly enough, his first take on the character was even hammier, and the director asked him to dial it down to make the times he did rant and rave feel more powerful.
  • Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Soren in Star Trek: Generations.
    They say Ham is the fire in which we burn.
  • Behold! The quintessential HAM in Star Trek IV: John Schuck, playing the Klingon Hambassador. Remember this well — There will be no unchewed scenery, as long as Kirk lives!!
    Sarek: Do you deny these facts?
    John Schuck: We denyyyyyy nothing. We have the RIGHT to preSERVE our RACE!!
  • An in-universe example from The Voyage Home: Scotty at the Plexicorp factory, who gets called on it by McCoy.
    Scotty: I find it hard to believe that I've travelled millions of miles—
    Bones: Thousands! Thousands!
    • As soon as they start the tour:
      Bones: Don't bury yourself in the part!
    • Not that DeForest Kelley doesn't overact - he's clearly enjoying being somewhat overblown during the hospital rescue scene.
  • Klingon captains are never not hammy. Remember Commander Kruge?
    GET OUUUUT!! GET OUT OF THERE!!
    GLORIOUS, isn't it?!
    • Apparently, Christopher Lloyd was a barely containable ham in one scene. Kruge was supposed to call to be beamed up over his handheld communicator, but they could never get him to talk into the prop — he'd always spread his arms wide, throw his head back, and bellow "BEAM ME UP!" to the heavens. Epic ham.
  • F. Murray AbraHAM as the face-stretching, scenery-chewing, Smug Snake Ru'afo in Star Trek: Insurrection.
    • He wasn't much less hammy as Salieri in Amadeus, which got him an Oscar.
  • Eric Bana: Shitty Hulk, but great Star Trek villain:
    IT HAPPENED! I SAW IT HAPPEN! DON'T TELL ME IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!!!
    FIRE EVERYTHIANNG!!!!
    SPAAAAWWWWK!!!
    • That first gets extra points because during one take Bana passed out after yelling it all.
  • Picard's rant in First Contact. Normally, Patrick Stewart keeps it mellow and classy, but when his crew suggests they run from the Borg, he has a Heroic BSOD complete with a couple of Big Nos and a thick side of ham. (Apparently he took a few lessons from Shatner in between takes of their previous movie.)
    Picard: The line must be drawn Heeyah! This far, no further. And IIIIIII... will make them pay, for what they've done!
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness gives us John Harrison / Khan, who just loves chewing the scenery while proving what a complete Badass he is.
    "Your crew requires oxygen to survive; mine does not. I will target your life support systems [...] and after every single person aboard your ship suffocates, I will walk over your cold corpses to recover my people. Now, shall we begin?"
    • Or when he kills Admiral Marcus.
    "YOU SHOULD HAVE LET ME SLEEP!"
    Admiral Marcus: "War is coming! AND WHO'S GONNA LEAD US?! YOU?! If I'm not in charge, our entire way of life IS DECIMATED! So you want me off this ship, you better KILL ME!"
    • And given the character, he manages to get Spock to chew some scenery by inspiring him to do the "KHAAAAAAAN!" scream.

    Sin City 

    Pirates Of The Caribbean 
  • Captain Hector Barbossa from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Even the character seems to be deliberately cultivating his exceptional, rum-laced ham, right down to the slightly unhinged Evil Laugh he repeatedly indulges in. And the bit where he goes "Aaar!"
    • His hamminess actually becomes an issue when trying to free Calypso. The requisite line is supposed to be whispered gently into her ear, but Barbosa hams it up so much the ritual fails.
    • Indeed, one of the best parts of the first movie is watching Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp try to out-ham one another.
    "Dearrly beloved, we be gathered here today, to nail your gizzards to the mast, you poxy cur!"
    • Also, this:
      Elizabeth: Captain Barbossa! We need you at the helm!
      Barbossa: ...Aye, that be true!
    • And then there's the scene where the Pearl is sailing around the malestrom and Barbossa is at the helm, laughing his head off and generally having the time of his life.
      • What we see in the movie is the least hammy of Barbossa's stuff. The bloopers are even funnier.
  • As mentioned above, Captain Jack Sparrow. It gets even worse when he is Talking to Himself in the third movie.
  • Davy Jones, especially with that weird accent. DAMN YOU, TV TROPEEEEESSSS!
    • HARRIDAN! YOU'LL SEE NO MERCY FROM ME!
  • In the second and third movies, Keira Knightley is clearly enjoying herself as Elizabeth ("I just wanted the pleasure of doing that myself!").
  • And then Blackbeard shows up in the fourth installment. What fate befalls mutineers?
    "Mutineers 'HAAAAANG!"

    Cecil B. Demented 

    Other Hams On The Menu 
  • My dear friend, let us not forget that heaven is blue... TAMARROW DA WAAAAAAARLD!!!!!!! Briing in my bluuuepeers!!''
    • WEEEE MEEEANIIES ONLY TAKE NOOO FER AN ANSAAA!! IIIIIS THAAT UNDASTOOD, MAX???
    • A thing of beauty! DESTROY IT FAREVAA!!!!
    • THE GLOVE IS LOSING HIS TOUCH!!!
    • SMAAASH THEEEEEMMM!!!! SQUAASH THEEM!!!! CRUUUUUUUUUUSH THEM!!!!!! Ooooobluuuueeeterate them!!!
    • SPEEEAK YOUR LAAAAAST PIEEEEECEEE!!!!!
    • SPLEEEENDEEEED!!!!!!
    • DO YOUR WORST!!! EXPLOOOOOOOOOOODE THEM!!!
  • French actor Louis de Funès.
  • Italian comedian Totò.
  • R.J. Fletcher, the main villain in UHF, is a truly monumental ham. The performance was so over the top that, according to "Weird Al" Yankovic, veteran actor Kevin Mc Carthy had a very difficult time keeping a straight face.
    "This community means about as much to me as a festering bowl of dog snot!"
  • Michael Sheen's portrayal of Castor in TRON: Legacy smells like Tim Curry caliber ham.
    "Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls, if you'd be so kind."
    "Greetings, programs! Oh, what an occasion we have here before us. Because your rumors are true! We do indeed have in our midst... A USER! A user! So, what to do? What does this user deserve? Might I suggest, perhaps... the challenge of the grid?! (crowd cheers) And who best to battle this singular opponent? Perhaps one who has some experience in these matters... oh yes indeed, programs! Your liberator! Your luminary! Your leader and beacon! The one who vanquished the tyranny of the user those many cycles before! CLU!!!!"
  • Speaking of Michael Sheen, in the Twilight saga he plays Volturi leader Aro, and his overacting makes for some of the best scenes.
  • MISSSTER PILGRIM! It is I, Matthew Patel! Consider our fight... BEGUN!
  • The entire Barrymore family are the original Large Hams. Example: John Barrymore in Twentieth Century (1934): I CLOSE THE IRON DOOR ON YOU!
    • Their prominence is all the more impressive considering it was an age when being a Large Ham was practically a requirement to appear in movies.
    • Except Drew Barrymore, who has a tendency to underplay things.
  • Billy Crystal loves to scream. A lot.
  • Michael C. Hall truly hams it up in Gamer. Just take a look at his dance number!!!
  • Robert De Niro as Max Cady in Cape Fear. His Captain Shakespeare of the movie adaptation of Stardust belongs here as well — that cancan REEKS of ham (and you can just tell he loves every second of it).
    • If Robert Bloody De Niro doing a can-can in a pink dress isn't the prime cut of all hams, watch it after Ronin.
  • Similarly, the entire cast of Brazil chewed scenery at some point or another.
  • Since Alan Rickman was mentioned in Harry Potter, this page can't be complete without mentioning Hans Gruber and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
    • Gruber's actually something of an anti-Ham; until the end of the movie, he was viewed as much more restrained than the typical action movie bad guy.
  • Robert Preston. The Music Man, Victor/Victoria, The Last Starfighter...
  • In Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk, Nick Nolte chews the set. Literally. After shouting a monologue at Eric Bana, he picks up a cable and bites it.
  • Hannibal Lecter as played by Anthony Hopkins (Brian Cox, less so).
    • Hopkins does it again as Odin in Thor. At one point, he tells his son Loki to shut up by growling at him.
      Loki: Father...
      Odin: HAEEERGH!
      • This was actually ad-libbed. Hiddleston was genuinely scared of Hopkins at that moment.
    • Although Odin's son Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) gives Hopkins a run for his money, what with all the intense gazes and grandiloquent declarations.
    • Tom Hiddleston as Loki probably takes the prize pig in a family of hams, though, leaving most of the ham for when he strikes Earth in The Avengers. Seriously, the speech he gave to the crowd in Germany was spectacularly theatrical:
      Loki: Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.
      • Loki's need to make everything into a theatrical event about him is actually an explicit plot point.
  • Dracula, in many of his appearances - most of them aping the 1931 original Hampire, the man, the myth, Bela Lugosi.
    Dracula: I have charrrrtered a ship to take us to Eengland. Ve vill be leeeaving....tomorrow....eeeee-ven-inng.
    Dracula: Excellent, Mis-ter...Ren-field...
    Dracula: I neeever drink.......wine.
    Dracula: (swings a sword at Keanu) Eet iz no laughing ma-TTAH!
    • And taken to parodistic extremes by Richard Roxburgh's turn as the Count in Van Helsing.
      Dracula: Nooo!!! I HAVE NO HEART! I feeeel no pain! No love! No...sorrow...I...am...HOLLOW...and I vill liive....forever!
      • It's a bad sign when the Big Bad opens his mouth, and all you can think of is how many Linkin Park albums he owns.
      • Then there's Moulin Rouge!, where Roxburgh's villainous Duke is the largest ham in a movie stuffed with them (although Jim Broadbent gives him a fair run for the money).
      • The fact the two of them got to sing "Like A Virgin" together absolutely cements their oversized porcine status.
  • Ray Winstone in Beowulf, although that's pretty clearly part of the character. A little more creepily, Crispin Glover as Grendel.
  • The most succulent ham of them all, Robert Newton in Treasure Island.
  • James Robertson Justice. A Ham so Large, he was BRIAN BLESSED and John Rhys-Davies combined, in virtually every single role he performed (including the cheese commercials!).
  • Charlton Heston in every movie he was in, especially as Moses.
  • Do not let the golden ham that is Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments eclipse the cured Eastern ham that is Yul Brynner in that film.
    • "The city he built ... shall BEAR MY NAME. The woman he loves ... shall BEAR MY CHILD."
    • "Farewell! ... my ONE TIME brother."
    • "Does FEAR rule Egypt ... or do IIIIIIII?" * sweep your cape around*
      • Unfortunately, constant repetition and Memetic Mutation has also invested Brynner's postmortem exhortation for people not to smoke with a degree of ham.
    • Most everyone in The Ten Commandments hammed it up to some degree. Especially Anne Baxter with her "MO-ses!" Plus the dialogue was cheesy. So does that make this movie ham & cheese?
      • It bears mentioning that the Book of Psalms in The Bible refers to Egypt as the Land of Ham.
  • ANY movie John Agar is in. And watching him is like getting hit in the face OVER AND OVER by a large ham.
  • Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime in Transformers. BEFORE TIME BEGAN, THERE WAS A LARGE HAM!
  • James Rethrick in Paycheck exclaims "Still think you can change your fate, Mike!? I AM A FUTURE MIKE!!".
  • Rupert Everett is incredibly hammy, and is the perfect example of camp 'luvvie' actors who are classically trained but pretty pretentious and deluded as to their talent.
  • Those of us with young children can take some relief in the fact that ManHAMdy Patinkin saw fit to have fun with his role as the villain in Elmo's Adventures in Grouchland.
    Who said that? Who dares challenge my evil ways?
  • Marlon Brando in some of his films.
    • Marlon Brando started dishing out large servings of ham almost as soon as he started getting lead roles.
    • Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
    • And if he wasn't hammy, it's likely because he simply didn't give a damn (the Superman movies)
      • A role for which he didn't even bother memorizing his lines. He had cue cards taped all over the set so that every time he's on-screen, he is just reading lines.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy:
    • Willem Dafoe. The Green Goblin]]. "THINK ABOUT IT, HERO!" and "Sleeeeeep!" come to mind. The performance can charitably be described as "operatic".
    • "FINISH IT!"
    • "WE'LL MEET AGAIN, SPIDAH-MAAAAAAAAAAN!" And Doc Ock in the second film. "You have a train to catch."
    • J. Jonah JamHAMeson, played with gusto by J.K. Simmons. I guess that batch of "Christmas meat" was ham...
    • And further proving villains are a fun role, Eddie Brock/Venom. "I like being bad. It makes me happy."
    • In fact, all of the villains except Sandman are this.
    • Bruce Campbell's cameo appearances.
    • Willem Dafoe. Everything Else. "THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!"
  • Virtually anybody in Speed Racer, but in particular Pops ("Terrible what passes for a ninja these days"), Royalton ("Do you want to become a real race car driver?! Then SIGN that contract!"), and impressively, eight-year-old Spritle.
  • A new age is dawning. An age of HAM, and ALL THE WORLD WILL KNOW that SPARTAN KING LEONIDAS chewed EVERY LAST INCH OF SCENERY TO DEFEND IT!
    • Ephialtes and Xerxes were pretty hammy, too. (A particular scene of the latter's earned a "Ham alert! Ham alert" in 300's RiffTrax)
  • Let's not give Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. "The Rock" a free pass. From The Rundown to Doom, hammy till the cows come home. Not that that's a bad thing, but it's pretty hilarious in every single case (the best being Be Cool, specially his "acting showoff").
    Can you SMEEEEEELL what The Rock is COOOOKIIIIING?!
    • Yes, and it's a big thick ham steak, wrapped in bacon and stuffed into a suckling pig with a can of Spam in its mouth. Served on a plate of porkchops.
    • The Rock's mother didn't like him using the word "ass" (during his general promo about "turn[ing] that sumbitch sideways and sticking it straight up your candy ass!")... so one time, he changed it to "straight up... your RECTUM."
    • His work in the masterful Southland Tales. "I'm a pimp... and pimps... don't. Commit. Suicide."
    • In The Scorpion King he proves you can ham up gestures.
    • Really, any wrestler-turned-actor is going to run into this as a rather understandable result of originating from the World of Ham that is professional wrestling, Hulk Hogan being possibly the Ur Example.
  • Oliver Reed in Gladiator. I can't think of any ham-related puns based on his name.
    • YOU SOLD ME...QUEER GIRAFFES.
    • What, no Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus? "AM I NOT MEEEEEEERRRRRCIFUUUUUUUUUUL?!"
  • Both the villains of Space Mutiny. One of them is extremely easy to amuse ("Remember Carl's blond joke?") and seems to think that acting is entirely based on scrunching up your forehead ("Come on, skull, pop out of my skin!"). The other is unnaturally intense and always hisses.
    "I'm surrounded by INCOMPETENCE! I'm being undermined by my own disciples!"
  • Jellon Lamb. Or perhaps, Jellon Ham.
    "He sitssss up there, in those melancholy hills. Some say he SLUMBERS DEEP, like the KRAKEN! The troopers will never catch him! So... I... wait, Mr. Murphy. I wait."
    • Or his even more delightful line, which is censored not because it's a spoiler, but because of how offensive it is,. "What is an Irishman... but a nigger turned inside out?"
  • Faye Dunaway, burying herself in the character and a very Large Ham, as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest. "NO. MORE. WIRE. HANGERS!!!"
  • Creeeeeeeeeedence Léonore Guilgud from Troll 2, incapable of not extending a word to epic proportions, and playing up the creepy witch Depraved Bisexual angle for everything it's worth. As Rifftrax so memorably put it: "This is community college draaaaaaaaama class!".
  • Dorothy Lamour commenting on making the Road to ... pictures with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope: "I felt like a wonderful sandwich, a slice of white bread between two slices of ham."
  • Vincent Price is another classic example. For a particularly thick slice, check out one of his own particular favorites: Professor Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective.
    • Justified in Theatre of Blood, where his character is a murderous actor. A HAMMY murderous actor.
    • His monologue at the beginning of the song Black Widow by Alice Cooper is nothing short of hamtastic. Same goes for his rap in Michael Jackson's Thriller.
    • In The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Price chews the scenery without even opening his mouth.
    • Price was always the right side of ham though, as his passion for acting and captivating voice and mannerisms helped him stop becoming cheesy.
    • He also played Egghead in the 60's Batman series, delivering a fine meal of ham and eggs.
    • In His Kind Of Woman, Price plays an Errol Flynn-style movie star who, when confronted with real mortal danger from mobsters, gets a huge rush from it, and leaps into the fray shouting out Shakespeare with extra ham - he even wears a thespian cape!
  • Everybody with a name from Super Mario Bros. gets to ham it up now and again (Toad's guitar playing for one), but Dennis Hopper as King Koopa stands out above all the rest. "Bobomb..."
    • Given that the two leads have said they only got through the film due to large amounts of alcohol, it stands to reason.
  • Joan Cusack in School of Rock, although Jack Black outhams her in that film.
    • But can you name a role where Jack Black isn't being hammy? (only Shallow Hal comes to my mind)
      • He was also remarkably subdued on his guest spot in The X-Files, despite playing himself again.
      • Also subdued in King Kong and The Holiday.
      • Ironically, Black's liberal use of ecstasy while filming King Kong was likely a great contributor to his down-to-earth performance.
    • Also, Joan Cusack as the nanny in Addams Family Values. ''Don't I deserve love... and jewelry?
      "That's not what I wanted! That's not who I was! I was a ballerina! GRACEFUL! DELICATE!"
  • Chris Farley in Tommy Boy.
    • In anything. He hammed 'til the cows, er, pigs came home in every role. Especially in Beverly Hills Ninja.
      • He acknowledged this fully, saying once in an interview that he played the same character in every movie, "just at different volumes."
  • An exceptionally fabulous ham can be found in The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T, another Seuss story; Hams Hans Conried plays the doctor with the relish of a thousand Burger Fools and the camp of a hundred Mardi Gras. The man made pointing downwards epic. And there's this line:
    Dr. Terwilliker: We shall play the most beautiful piece ever written. I wrote it.
    Dr. Terwilliker: I want him disintegrated. ATOM... by ATOM!!!!!"
  • "Inconceivable!"
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar was the proverbial feast of a thousand hams. Every lead actor was salted, cured, and hickory-smoked. And it was delicious.
  • Jack Palance could go from quiet, breathy ham to loud, bombastic ham in the blink of an eye.
  • Half the cast of Oceans Eleven and its sequels, with special mention going to Elliot Gould as Reuben Tishkoff and Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr.
  • Meet the Fockers has a tag team of Large Hams in the form of Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, both shamelessly mugging for the cameras and having a blast doing it. Amazingly, they manage to pull off the feat of being Large Kosher Hams.
  • Apparently directorial advice to Forest Whitaker for playing Cpt. Jack Wander in Street Kings was something like "speak very VERY loudly half the time, act like you're hitting on Keanu Reeves for the other half" - with a wikked Baw-stahn accent all the while. Yum yum, good ham.
  • Michael "Basil Exposition" York as the Antichrist in The Omega Code 2: Megiddo probably tops every single example on this page, to the point that the movie should have been called The Omega Ham. His performance single-handedly elevates this movie to So Bad, It's Good status. See for yourself.
  • Nathan Lane, in nearly everything, but especially The Birdcage.
    • The whole movie was a hamming competition between Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.
      • In The Birdcage, Williams and Lane were hamming it up so much they had to promise to do at least one 'straight' (term used loosely) take for every scene.
  • Austin Powers has quite a few including the main character and Dr. Evil (both played by Mike Myers). "OH BEHAVE!"
  • Listen up you primitive screwheads! Bruce Campbell is a LARGEHAM! He starts off as a Deadpan Snarker, top-of-the-line. You can find this in lines like "Groovy". That's right, then this sweet actor from Royal Oak, Michigan gets 110 bucks worth of ham. He's got a hyperactive jawline, walnut brown eyes and a hair ham trigger. So when shopping for ham, Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart. GOT THAT?
    • Also, the only Sci Fi original movies that are even close to bearable are the ones with Bruce Campbell in them, specifically for this reason.
    • His performance as an elderly Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep is a slightly subdued version.
    • Sort of lampshaded in Army Of Darkness, where one character asks if everyone in the future is as much of a loudmouthed braggart as he is.
    • Sam Raimi gave him cameos in each film of the Spider-Man Trilogy. The first two (a wrestling announcer and a theater usher) are short and constrained. But as a French maître d' in the third, he chews scenery and easily steals the scene.
  • The delightful Sir Ian McKellen.
    YA SHOULDA KILLED ME WHEN YA HAD THE CHANCE!!
    • Followed by some rare wordless hamming in X3, where Magneto lives out the secret fantasy of anyone who's ever been caught in traffic.
    • The Toad in Flushed Away, any time he appears on screen. Coupled with wonderful animation for that extra ham.
  • Speaking of Flushed Away, the Toad's main minion, LeFrog (who, being played by Jean Reno, at least has an authentic French accent).
  • Let's give Christopher Lee some love, shall we?
  • Cliffhanger featured John Lithgow as the Big Bad, a criminal mastermind trying to find 100 million dollars, but finding plenty of ham.
    • John Lithgow? You mean Dr. Emilio Lizardo himself? "CURSE-A YOU BANZAI!"
    • Everyone in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was hamming it up so bad that toss in some cheese and a couple loaves of bread and you could feed Grovers Mills for a month. Just try to tell me that every single person in front of that camera wasn't having the time of their lives by trying to out-ham everyone else.
    • John Lithgow in anything he's in. Especially 1985's Santa Claus The Movie. "FOR FREE?!?!"
  • Cate Blanchett in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Complete with Ukrainian accent.
    • Lao Che and his cronies in Temple of Doom. "To the poison you just drank, Doctor Jones!" "Too much to drink, Doctor Jones?"
      • Back into Blanchett, her performance as Galadriel is subdued... except for this scene (warning: scary).
    "In the place of a Dark Lord you would have a Ham! Not dark but beautiful and hammy as the Morn! Treacherous as the Seas! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!"
  • Another female example: Hermione Gingold.
  • Sean Connery's mentor role in Highlander - bonus marks for a velvet pimp outfit with peacock cloak - see here
    • The Kurgan (played by Clancy Brown) in the same movie sometimes becomes hammy as well (turning him even more creepy).
    • His performance as Sir August de Wynter in The Avengers (1998). Includes his bombastic address to the Council of Ministers, his "Rain or shine, all is MINE!", and his over-the-top insults to Steed.
  • John Travolta's backing of and appearance in Battlefield Earth would be damning enough, but his performance... wow.
    • "While you were still learning how to SPELL YOUR NAME!...I...was being trained...to conquer GALAXIES!"
    • "If you RATBRAINS knew AN-Y-THING about FIREARMS, you'd know you never store LOADED WEAPONS!"
      • The main hero of the film isn't much better. "A demon! A monster! A BEAST! RAAAAAAH!"
  • "I aM TorGo. I tAke caRe oF tHe PlaCe wHilE thE MastEr iS aWay."
    • The actor was actually dubbed by someone else, as the camera they used couldn't record sound. Although, Torgo's constant mugging and twitching suggests that he was perfectly capable of hamming it up in mime. Even his walk is over the top.
    • "MANOS! As thou hast decreed, so have I done. The Hands of Fate have doomed this man! Thy... will...is...done."
  • Ann-Margret in Ken Russell's Tommy. Fine ham abounds. And your ham has to be pretty damned fine to stand out in that freakfest (see Tina Turner as the Acid Queen and Keith Moon as Uncle Ernie just for starters). She even got an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
    • Everybody in Tommy.
    • Ann-Margret is no stranger to ham. A decade before Tommy she stole the show as juvenile delinquent Jody in the silly potboiler Kitten With a Whip.
  • Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith in The Matrix is so hammy he doesn't need a ham-related pun! "Humans...are a virussss...a disease...and we are the cure!"
  • Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent in Fright Night and its sequel. Also Chris Sarandon's character Jerry Dandridge counts too. Oh yeah, and Evil Ed. "You're so cool Brewster!".
  • Mystery Men has quite a few most notably Casanova Frankenstein and Tony P.
    • Both Tonies, actually: "Hey, shovel man! Dig this!"
  • Jeff Bridges' Obadiah Stane. "TONY STARK was able to ham it up in a CAVE! With a box of SCRAPS!"
  • The Wizard played by Mako in Conan the Barbarian (1982) is a humming ball of ham in a seaweed outfit, while Thulsa Doom manages to be completely mesmerising, yet hammy as well. "Steel isn't strong, boy...flesssh is stronger."
    Contemplate this... on the tree of woe.
    Mako: "BETWEEEEEN THE TIME WHEN THE OCEANS DRAANK ATLAAANTIS... AAAND the rise of the sons of Aryas... there was an age undreamed-of. AND ONTO THIS, CONAN! Destined to bear the jeweled cwown of Kahlifonia Aquilonia UP...PON A TROUB...BLED...BROW. It is I, his KWONICLER who ALONE can tell thee of his saga. LET ME TELL YOU OF THE DAYS OF HIIIIIIIGH AD-VEN-TUUUUREE!!!!"[1]
  • Margaret HAMilton as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
    "I'll get you my pretty! And your large ham too!"
    I'm me-eeelting, I'm me-eeelting!!! What a world, what a world, oh!
  • Speaking of witches, The White Witch in The BBC adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In every damn scene.
    • "Then how DAAARE you come ALOOONE?!"
  • John Candy sometimes played roles like this. In the 1986 film version of Little Shop of Horrors he had a cameo as an over-the-top radio DJ named Weird Wink Wilkinson. Weirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd stuff!
    • Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello D.D.S. from that same movie.
    • The late Levi Stubbs as the film's Man-Eating Plant, Audrey II, counts as well.
  • Dan Aykroyd as JP Valkanheiser in Nothing But Trouble. Boola boola boola!.
  • Peter Sellers knew a thing or two about being this in many of his films. Prime cuts of ham include the title character in Dr. Strangelove and Dr. Fritz Fassbender in What's New Pussycat? (arguing with his wife: "Is she prettier than you? I'M prettier than you!"). And Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau was good for five films' worth of this, especially as he drove Herbert Lom's hapless Dreyfus to the (hammy) edge of sanity.
    • Stanley Kubrick, making Lolita, gave Sellers plenty of room to improvise, so his part as Claire Quilty grew much larger than planned, apparently bothering star James Mason in the process.
  • Half the cast members of Enchanted are practically required by the situation (cartoon fairy tale characters thrown into the real world) to do this. James Marsden and Susan Sarandon are especially generous with the ham.
  • George Pickett is played this way in Gettysburg. In his first appearance, he comes riding into Longstreet's camp shouting "HELLO MY BOYS, VIRGINIA HAS ARRIVED!".
  • In Gods and Generals, Jeff Daniels hams it up HUGE with his recitation of Marcus Lucanus's poem about Caesar crossing the Rubicon. Tops it off with "HAIL, CAESAR! WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE, SALUTE YOU!"
  • The Baron Harkonnen of David Lynch's film of Dune is an enormous bucket of ham. His nephews Rabban and Feyd are definitely on their way to full ham-hood, Piter de Vries even proves you can give sign language a pork content, and Gurney Halleck is hammy as ever.
    Gurney (Patrick Stewart) MOOD?! Mood is for cattle and loveplay!
    • Seems he and Freddie Jones had a scene-chewing competition going on.
    Thufir Hawat: (Wait, what?) THOSE SOUNDS ...(smack your lips, wiggle your jowls) COULD. BE. IM-IT-TAYT-TED.
    • Ian McNeice chews up immense amounts of scenery as the Baron in the Sci-Fi miniseries. Possibly lampshaded when Paul suggests renaming House Harkonnen to "House Hog". Though it's probably just the Atreides having a laugh at the Harkonnens' expense.
      • To be fair, half the dialogue they had to work with had distinct pork content to begin with.
  • Kyle Reese in every line of The Terminator.
    • Speaking of Michael Biehn, he actually plays the soft-spoken badass in Aliens, letting Bill Paxton take charge as the memorably large Ham of that movie ("Game over, man! GAME OVER!").
    • As mentioned in the Batman entry, Christian Bale as John Connor in Terminator Salvation.
  • John Belushi in the criminally under-rated war comedy 1941.
    • The Blues Brothers. Take the scene where Belushi finally comes face to face with Carrie Fisher (aka the Chick With the Flamethrower) and throws himself on his knees to apologize:
      Jake: Oh, please, don't kill us! Please, please don't kill us! You know I love you baby. I wouldn't leave ya. It wasn't my fault!
      Mystery Woman: You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me.
      Jake: No, I didn't! Honest! I ran out of gas! I, I had a flat tire! I didn't have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn't come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE! A TERRIBLE FLOOD! LOCUSTS! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!
      • How could we mention the good Mr. Belushi without talking about his most ludicrously over-the-top role ever: Bluto Blutarsky!
      TOGA! TOGA!
  • Listen to the announcer in any trailer for a science fiction film from the 1950s. Every single one of them tries to inform the audience, in the hammiest way possible, how terrifying, imaginative, fantastical, mind-revolutionizing, and amazing their film is. The trailer for Them! is especially notable for this.
  • The Cat in the Hat:
    Mr. Humberfloob: Fired.
    Jim McFinnigan: I beg your pardon?
    Mr. Humberfloob: Fired.
    Jim McFinnigan: But I...
    Mr. Humberfloob: FIIIIIIRRRRRRREEEEEEDDDDDD-UH!
    • Soon after:
      Mr. Humberfloob: [speaking to Joan] If your house is as messy as last time, YOU'RE FIIIIIIRRRRRRREEEEEEDDDDDD-UH!
  • Dolph Lundgren reeeally hammed it up as a villain in Universal Soldier.
  • Zero Mostel. Estragon in Waiting for Godot. Max Bialystock in The Producers. Abe in The Hot Rock. Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. John in Rhinocerous. He wasn't always a ham, but when he was, he was the biggest, best, hammiest ham ever.
    • He was also the voice of Kehaar, a Large Ham seagull.
    • The one human being who can out Ham The Muppets. Don't believe me?
      • In the second clip even his index finger overacts.
      • Subverted in The Front, in which he plays an actor who plays Large Ham, but is generally low key save one drunk scene. His suicide is quiet, dignified, and depressing.
  • Peter Lorre on some occasions.
  • Peter Ustinov steals the spotlight in every movie he appears in. Special mention goes to his performance of Nero in Quo Vadis, where he makes being the emperor of Rome look so fun that it's impossible to hate him even as he makes living torches out of Christians. invoked
    • "Oh! Is this the untimely end of Nero?" Declare it in your most florid voice; it's fun!
    • KILL! KIIIILLLLLLLL THE NEWBORN!!
  • A good chaser to Tim Curry's Pass the Ammo performance is the barely-released Marty Feldman comedy In God We Tru$t (1980), which brought the world Andy Kaufman as a Deep South televangelist. The character's name, Armageddon T. Thunderbird, is just the tip of the ham hock here.
  • Supporting performer Scott Paulin, in the beat-'em-up Knights. The leads are either capable only of Dull Surprise (Kathy Long), or clearly thinking mainly of their pay-cheques (Kris Kristofferson, Lance Henrikson); Paulin appears to have been the only one on the set who realized he was playing a vampire ninja cyborg named after an apostle and decided to just go with it! The resulting exuberant, gleeful bombast that embues 'Simon's' seven screen-minutes almost hauls the movie up into the 'cheesy-fun' bracket.
  • Ciaran Hinds in the 1997 version of Jane Eyre. Just look at this.
  • Mamma Mia! consists of Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski switching between hamming it up for all they're worth and giving a heartbreakingly genuine performance. Sometimes they do both at once.
  • Jon Voight as Paul Sarone in Anaconda.
  • Christopher Walken playing an outsized version of himself in Balls of Fury.
  • The best part of Steven Spielberg's Hook was undoubtedly Dustin Hoffman as the titular character.
    Oh, I hate being disappointed, Smee. And I hate living in this flawed body. And I hate living in Neverland. And I hate... I hate... I hate Peter Pan!
    Peter. I swear to you wherever you go, wherever you are, I vow there will always be daggers buried in notes signed James Hook. They will be flung into doors of your children's children's children, do you hear me?
  • Naomi Watts in The Ring. "What do you WANT from MEEE!?" and most infamously in The Ring Two, "I'm NOT your FUCKing HAMMYMOMMY!"
  • Mel Brooks in anything. Particularly hammy as President Skroob in Spaceballs:
    "Why didn't anyone ever tell me my ass HAM was SO BIG!!"
    "This ship is too long! If I walk, da movie'll be over!!"
  • Kurt Russell has such a habit of hamming it up that you could practically make a drinking game out of it. Probably the most jarring example would be the river shoot out in Tombstone, shouting a Big "NO!" as he unloads two barrels of buckshot into Curly Bill while making a face that could only be described as the face that a walrus makes when sucker-punched in the kidneys.
    • Everybody in Tombstone takes big pieces out of the scenery - Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo, Sam Elliot as Virgil Earp ...
  • Daredevil was notable for one thing: the deliciously hammy performance of Colin Farrell as Bullseye. It was quite an appropriate way to play scenes in which he killed people with peanuts, pencils, paper clips, and playing cards.
  • Galaxy Quest Never give up! Never surrender!
  • Most of the cast of Rat Race, with special mentions to Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese.
  • Michael Caine in The Swarm plays his Heroic Scientist character as condescending towards everyone and with a tendency to start shouting at the top of his lungs with almost no provocation.
  • The main villain in the otherwise forgettable Warriors of Virtue. While everyone else appeared to be playing their roles arrow-straight, the Big Bad goes so far over the top throughout the movie he could touch God.
  • The Doctor/Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra — and he spends most of the movie with a mask on, hamming it up with just his Darth Vader-like voice.
  • Clive Merrison's headmaster in The History Boys is definitely hamming it up.
    • Also, most of the boys get an element of this at least once in the show, especially when they're acting out scenes from classic films.
  • Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? "But you are, Blanche! You are in that chair!"
    • Beyond the Forest.
    If I don’t get out of here, I’ll die! If I don’t get out of here, I hope I die!
  • Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate in The Great Race. His character is a parody of Mad Scientist villains, thus he overacts as much as it's possible.
    PUSH THE BUTTON, MAX!
    MAAAAAAAAAX!
  • RoboCop. Peter Weller in the first two, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, and Miguel Ferrer (among others) in the first one, Tom Noonan (among others) in the second, Rip Torn (among others) in the third...
  • Judge Dredd. Armand Assante as Rico.
  • Gene Wilder as Frederick Fronkensteen Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein.
  • For single film Ham content, it's very difficult to get past Gabriel Byrne as Uther and Nicol Williamson as Merlin in John Boorman's Excalibur. Williamson in particular makes a massive meal out of the scenery:
    Merlin: BeHOOOOOLLLLlllddd! The sword of POWahhhh! ExxxxCALibahhh!
    Merlin: CHHHAAAAaaaange! TRANS! FORM! NOWWW!
    Merlin: Oh, I have sleeept. For nine moOOns. What I did for eeeewe wasn't easy.
    Merlin: Do nothing. Sleep! Rest in the arms of the dragonnnn. DREEEEAAAAMMM.
    Merlin: A dream ham. To some. A NIGHTMARE!!! TO OTHERS!!!
    • Gabriel Byrne chews up a pig's worth of Ham even though he's only in the movie's first act:
      Uther: Merlin! I am the STRONGEST! I am the ONE!!
      Uther: They were hasty words Merlin! This is FLESH! and BLOOD! Ham and Cheese!
    • Patrick Stewart also hams it up as Arthur's father-in-law Leondegrance.
  • Orson Welles. Don't you know who he is? HE'S CHARLES FOSTER KANE!
  • Hank Azaria as evil pharaoh Kahmunrah in the Night at the Museum sequel.
    • Hank Azaria VA'ing a cute little bat in Anastasia.
  • Raul Julia's performance as M. Bison in Street Fighter? OF COURSE!! GAAAAAAAAAME....OOOOOOOOOVERRRRRRRRRR!!!
    • "Something wrong, Colonel? You come here prepared to fight a MADMAN, and instead you found... A GOD?"
    • Raul Julia was also pretty hammy in The Addams Family movies. "MAAAAMUSSSSSHKAAAAA!" "CARA MIA!"
    • And in The Gumball Rally. "[shouting] Now you are marked... for life!"
  • Both Doctor Logan: "I want you to sit there in the dark and think about what you've done. Think about it. Think." and Captain Rhodes: "I'M RUNNING THIS MONKEY FARM NOW, FRANKENSTEIN, AND I WANNA KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOU'RE DOING WITH MY TIME!!!" in Day of the Dead.
  • Ben Foster as the drifter in 30 Days of Night.
    • And as Jake Mazursky in Alpha Dog: "No matter where you go, No matter what you do, I'm gonna hunt you down. I'm gonna hunt you down and then I'm gonna slit your throat and then I'm gonna cut you open and then I'M GONNA EAT YOUR MOTHER FUCKING HEART! YOU BETTER YOU PRAY, JOHNNY YOU BETTER FUCKING PRAY THAT THE COPS FIND YOU, BEFORE I DO! GET ON YOUR COCKSUCKING KNEES AND PRAY!"
  • French actor Gérard Depardieu in about every single role he had.
  • Pontius Pilate in the 2000 filmed version of Jesus Christ Superstar. I especially love it when he yells "HE'S HEROD'S CAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE!"
  • Jon Lovitz as the Radio in The Brave Little Toaster. Practically everything he says from the first lines spoken in the movie identifies him as a "Large Ham Radio".
  • Ed Harris resuscitating his dead wife in The Abyss "NOOOOOOOO!! She has a STRONG HEART, She wants to LIVE!!"
  • Beware the wrath...of CROKER!!!
  • Karl Malden hamming it up big time to fill the CINERAMA screen in How the West Was Won.
  • Tod Slaughter, the screen's original Sweeney Todd. How he should love to polish you orff! Heheheh...HEHEHEHEHEHEHHEHEHHHHHHHHHHH!
  • Half the cast of Troy are hamming it up but Brian Cox easily bests them all as a bloodthirsty, utterly batshit insane Agamemnon.
    • Brad Pitt as Achilles isn't a slouch either: "Immortality? Take it! IT'S YOURS!"
  • David Hurst wildly overacts as the headwaiter in Hello, Dolly!.
  • Tom Cruise in Minority Report: "Don't you EVER SAY HIS NAME!"
    • Him in Tropic Thunder.
      • "Okay, Flaming Dragon. Why don't you take a big step back, and literally FUCK YOUR OWN FACE!!!"
  • Bernard Hill as Theoden in The Lord of the Rings. He even says ham.
  • Victor McLaglen in most of his appearances for John Ford.
  • Kathy Bates as The Waterboy's overbearing mother: "FOOSBALL?!"
  • Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds: "We're gonna be doin' ONE THANG and ONE THANG ONLY: Killing Natzies."
  • Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen.
  • Bill Nighy, people. Especially when he's Viktor in the Underworld films and Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean films. And as Rattlesnake Jake in Rango.
  • He's a villainous sorcerer who got no less than three songs, one of which was a Villain Love Song. He had an Unlimited Wardrobe replete with swirling capes and infamous tights. On top of that, he was frightening, he reordered time, he turned the world upside down, and he did it all for you! Jareth (David Bowie) is exhausted from living up to your expectations of hamminess. Isn't that generous?
  • Spawn has John Leguizamo as the Clown, better known as...
    "I'm not the Vindicator or the Victimizer or the Vaporizer or the Vibrator! I'm... The Violator!"
  • Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, especially in her Mama Bear moments. Surprisingly enough, she won an Oscar for it.
  • Ralph Fiennes as Hades in the remake of Clash of the Titans. Apparently he watched Battlefield Earth a lot while preparing for the role.
    • Liam Neeson sometimes dives into it as well. "RELEASE THE KRAKEN!"
  • Paul McGann's cameo in The Three Musketeers (1993) is brief, but more than makes up for it in hamminess ( "D'ARTAGNAAAAN" )
  • Paul Giamatti chews up a whole castle, and chews off a few hands, in Ironclad.
  • Jay Robinson
  • The Court Jester. Half the budget was apparently spent repairing the scenery Danny Kaye ate. Get it?
    • Got it.
      • Good.
  • The Duke of Buckingham in Paul WS Anderson's re-imagining of The Three Musketeers (2011) is a scenery-chewing, tantrum-chucking hunk of smoke-cured goodness. And he's played by Orlando Bloom, believe it or not. And it's glorious.
  • It's not all that often you see Tim Roth embracing the ham. Fortunately, he does so to great effect in Hoodlum.
    • Planet of the Apes, where the hammy performance transcends the heavy make-up (and makes General Thade even more chilling).
  • Jared Leto along with a head of cornrows in Panic Room.
  • Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger is practically ham personified...especially in Freddy vs. Jason
    "OH THAT'S RIGHT! They all forgot! That's why I needed Jason to kill for me to get them to remember! But now, he JUST WON'T STOP! That. Hockey. Punk!"
  • Maximilian Schell as the Mad Scientist in The Black Hole.
  • Juliette Lewis really goes for it as Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers.
    "Are yew flirtin' with me?"
    "How sexy hammy am I now, you fuck?!?"
  • Watching Bruce Payne, it is difficult to tell if he takes his roles too seriously or doesn't take them seriously enough but it amounts to the same. Just watch how he says the phrase "headless chickens" in Highlander: Endgame.
  • Steven Seagal is a crowning example of Dull Surprise, even though sometimes he speaks very passionately ("I'll take you to the bank, senator Trent,*dramatic pause*, the blood bank!"). His lack of expression is usually countered by hammy villains (who probably knew what film they were dealing with): in Under Siege, Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones; in On Deadly Ground, John C. "Dr. Cox" McGinley (who F-yous an old guy several times before killing him) and Michael Caine:
    "FUCK, THOSE ANIMALS STINK!"
    "Then we should COUNT on that, Mr. McGruder! Forrest Taft is the patron saint of the impossible. And if you had only done your job like you're supposed to, it wouldn't have COME TO THIS!"
    " You're a bunch of GUTLESS PRICKS! ALL OF YOU!"
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. SO MUCH.
    Wallace Wells: "FFFIIIIIIIIGGGHHHTTT!!!!!"
    Lucas Lee: "Now you listen close, and you listen hard, bucko. The next click you hear is me hanging up. The one after that... IS ME PULLING THE TRIGGER!!"
    Roxy Richter: "Give it a rest, Ramona! This is a LEAGUE game... meaning your precious Scott must DEFEAT ME WITH HIS OWN FISTS!!!"
    Matthew Patel: "MISTER PILGRIM!!!!"
    Todd Ingram: "Because you'll be pulverized in two seconds, and the cleaning lady? She cleans up... dust. SHE DUSTS."
    Gideon Graves: "You made me swallow my gum... it's gonna be in my digestive tract for SEVEN YEARS!!!"
  • Joe Clark as portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Lean on Me.
  • Edward James Olmos as Selena's father in Selena, don't start him on how Hispanic-Americans get treated he won't stop. And also there's the scene where Selena starts dancing in a skimpy clothing and Olmos' character nearly has a meltdown, and yelling "YOU'RE FIRED" at Selena's boyfriend/band member either when he trashes a hotel room or he makes it clear he has a thing for his daughter. There are times where he's calm and subtle and there's other scenes where Olmos completely loses it and goes completely over the top. Though Stand and Deliver was pretty hammy in the performance department too, though a little more subtle than Selena.
  • Morgan Freeman as a pimp named Fast Black in Street Smart, not only is it against type casting even for its time, Freeman gives a pretty frightening over the top performance. The most frightening the bathroom beatdown on Christopher Reeve, that probably made him piss his pants.
  • Joe Spinell in Maniac and to a greater degree The Last Horror Film complete with whining, crying and general disturbing behavior which is natural considering one was a serial killer and another was a crazed stalker fan.
  • Most of the characters, even the atmosphere in John Woo's HK movies (Sometimes in his American movies but to a lesser extent), to a glorious level. Chow Yun Fat is the winner of hamminess in Woo's movies though, with the most hammy being the rice scene in A Better Tomorrow 2 where Fat nearly force feeds an American Gangster rice at gun point. Hard Boiled is built of ham, which just makes it more awesome. The villains in nearly all of Woo's films, even his American films with the exception of Windtalkers, are great giant hams (best example being Face/Off where Nicolas Cage becomes John Travolta and vice versa, and the results are copious amounts of Ham-to-Ham Combat).
  • THAT WAS AN ORDER! STEINER'S ATTACK WAS AN ORDER! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, TO DISOBEY AN ORDER THAT I GIVE! THE GENERALS HAVE BEEN LYING TO ME, EVERYONE HAS BEEN LYING TO ME, EVEN THE SS!
    • In fairness, this is a pretty accurate portrayal.
  • Syndrome from The Incredibles flip-flops between dangerously understated and hammier than a Honeybaked warehouse, especially when he's enjoying himself. In fact, he gets so hammy that he actually loses Mr. Incredible.
    Syndrome: [with Mr. Incredible in his tractor beam] I am Syndrome! [wild hand gestures] I am your nemesis! I— [Syndrome's hand gestures accidentally turn off the tractor beam and Mr. Incredible goes flying.] Oh, brilliant.
  • Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    • Jack Skellington can be pretty hammy too. Seriously: "I AM THE PUMPKIN KING!!!"
  • Ludmilla from Bartok the Magnificent.
  • Igor has quite a few, including the mad scientists.
  • Lampshaded in Shrek the Third. When Arty starts guilt tripping Merlin to help Shrek, Donkey, and Puss back to Far Far Away, little Arty starts hamming it up to a fairly respectable degree. After his little guilt-trip is over, Shrek, obviously impressed, asks "Would you like some eggs with that ham?" Granted, little Arty has nothing on Shatner, but still...
  • BOB in Monsters vs. Aliens. Also Stephen Colbert as the president, and to a lesser extent, Kiefer Sutherland as a General Ripper.
  • Brian Thompson in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation:
    The merger has begun! Earth is under attack! And IT! IS! GLORIOUS!
  • Piper Laurie as Margaret White, the fanatically religious mother of the title character, in the 1976 version of Carrie. Her performance was so over-the-top that she thought that the film was meant to be a comedy... before she saw the finished product. She wound up getting an Oscar nomination for it.
  • Proving again that no one can ham it up like an Oscar-winner, the normally restrained Charlize Theron really goes for it as the evil Queen Ravenna in Snow White & the Huntsman - watching her guzzle all the scenery in sight is by far the most entertaining thing about the movie. She even goes into orbit when she isn't turning the volume up:
  • Melissa Leo in The Fighter, whose scenes feel like that they are in a different film (compared to the restrained acting of Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams and the hyperactive method acting of Christian Bale). Along with Sandra Bullock in Literature//The Blind Side (playing an over-the-top version of a rich Southerner), it proves that hamminess is exactly what the Academy wants (both performances won Oscars).
  • John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven. Combined with Chewing the Scenery, it's clear that Cusack is having fun with playing Poe.
  • Jeff Bridges as U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn in True Grit. Somehow manages to out-ham the John Wayne portrayal from the original 1969 version.
  • Rambo. "NOTHING IS OVER! NOTHING!"
  • The Drake crime family in Hobo With a Shotgun - the main villain even dances a jig half the time he's on screen as he boasts about being an evil bastard.
  • Stephen Lang and to a lesser extent Giovanni Ribsi in Avatar, Lang is playing such an over the top R. Lee Ermey type of role. While I don't know Ribsi just came off as extremely cartoonish for a businessman bad guy type villain.
  • Stephan Lang ups the ante as the villain in the Conan the Barbarian reboot.
  • Tcheky Karyo as the bad guys in both the first Bad Boys (fouchet) and the bad guy in Kiss of the dragon (inspector Richard), not to mention the bad guy in Dobermann. But Karyo always becomes so hilariously hammy. Kiss of the dragon is crown example, most of his role consists of yelling and screaming and then trying to act somewhat calm and then yelling some more.
  • Robert De Niro as Fearless Leader in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle." "GEEETTTT TTHHHEEEMMMMM!!!!!!!"
  • Yello Dyno of Tricky People: "NOT THE OLD 'I GOT SOME PUPPIES IN MY CAR' ROUTIIINE!!"
  • Johnny from The Room is one of the more bizarre examples of the trope, due to his strange accent and bored tone of voice whenever he's trying to emote.
  • Dieter Laser, the villain in the first Human Centipede film, is quite proud of himself for the surgical monstrosity he has created, and isn't afraid to show it. He even pulls a mirror off the wall and kisses his own reflection as he sheds tears of joy.
    "I DID IIIIT! AAHH HAH HAH HAH!"
  • Harrison Ford playing Dodgers manager Branch Rickey in 42. This is apparently Truth in Television, as baseball historians said the real Rickey was even more hammy than Ford's portrayal.
  • The 2013 CBC movie Jack, about Canadian politician Jack Layton, portrays him as a bit hammy. It's also discussed within the movie; Olivia mentions that Jack Layton is a ham. Truth in Television, since in real life his time as NDP leader was marked by a relatively hammier debating style than that associated with the leaders of the more mainstream political parties.
  • Clarence Williams III as Mr. Simms in Tales from the Hood. Especially in the final scene when he makes his dramatic revelation to his three visitors.
  • In Help! John Lennon is the hammiest of The Beatles, but the villains take the cake (Leo McKeren as a Thuggee priest, Victor Spinetti's Mad Scientist...).
  • Nearly every main character from Robots is one in different levels of hamminess. (aside from arguably Aunt Fanny, Cappy, Lug and Rodney's Parents though they had a few moments.) Whether its Bigweld when he makes one of his speeches, Crank being The Cynic "Never try, never fail.", Diesel managing to be one without saying a word (though he's a bit hammy whenever he gets a voice chip) most of the time; Fender with well every line he says, Madame Gasket when she tells her son what to do, Piper taking after her brother with her levels of ham, Ratchet being near Fender levels (his biggest moments his villainous breakdown "No wait, please listen to me; you cant do this to me. This job is my life, it means everything to me! You don't know what I've done to get here, the lies I've told, the lives I've ruined! -pause- this isn't helping me." Then "Wait, please! Can't I just make one more heartfelt plea?" Bigweld asks what he wants to say, he hits him with the intercom mic"THAT!-another pause-Oh my gosh I'm as crazy as my mother!" Bigweld stirs a bit and he growls and hits him again) or Rodney when he confronts Ratchet both times he does so; hell even Wonderbots one, the majority of the cast are hams.
  • In Cats & Dogs, we have the Big Bad feline, Mr. Tinkles.
    Mr. Tinkles: At what point did you forget that WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD?!?
    • And in the sequel, we have another evil feline, Kitty Galore.
  • Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones And The Templeof Doom in the spike chamber scene: "WILLIE. WE. ARE. GOING. TO. DIE!!!"
  • Elysium: Delacourt is hammy enough, though she has absolutely nothing on Sharlto Copley's batshit insanity as Kruger. Another example is Spider, who spends most of the movie biting off pieces of scenery with some... interesting gestures.
  • Colm Feore (The Lord Marshal), Karl Urban (Vaako), and Thandie Newton (Dame Vaako) in The Chronicles of Riddick.
  • In the tradition of its source material, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has several grade-A hams. Hiroki Narimiya as Phoenix Wright and Akiyoshi Nakao as Larry Butz are just two of the louder portrayals in the movie. Even the 'hair'' in this movie overacts.
  • Robert De Niro as Al Capone in The Untouchables, particularly during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Lee Pace camps it up as the Elf-King Tharanduil in The Hobbit to levels of utter hammy fabulousness unheard of by lesser mortals.
  • Several actors in the adaptation of Cloud Atlas get to have a lot of fun.
    • Tom Hanks really gets to let loose in several of his roles, especially with Dr. Henry Goose and Dermont.
    • Jim Broadbent as Timothy Cavendish is very fun to watch and his narration is the most playful than any of the other ones.
    • Most of Hugo Weaving's performances are pretty restrained, but he completely gobbles the scenery as Old Georgie.
  • In the horror anthology film Body Bags, John Carpenter as the Coroner is chewing the scenery during his segments with a very goofy character who constantly makes death-related puns and treats the corpses he gets in as if they were living people.
  • Eccentric swedish actor Ernst-Hugo Järegård became a cult actor for turning any role of his into a devoted combination of a really Large Ham and an extra deadpan Snark Knight. His enormous charisma was a problem for directors and Lars von Trier remarked that during the filming of Europa, Järegård craved for attention even when he was supposed to be in the background and had to be appeased with cigars.

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