- 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!!!!!
- 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 McCarthy had a very difficult time keeping a straight face.
"This community means about as much to me as a festering bowl of dog snot!"
- Andrew Divoff is deliriously over-the-top as the evil genie in Wishmaster.
- 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."
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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:
: 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
- 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!
- 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!).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 5000 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!!!!!"
- 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 Toad in Flushed Away, any time he appears on screen. Coupled with wonderful animation for that extra ham.
- Most of his covers in Burn Notice are usually of the annoying American variety or high class suit and tie coupled with a heavy serving of ham.
- Speaking of Flushed Away, the Toad's main minion, LeFrog (who, being played by Jean Reno, at least has an authentic French accent).
- Christopher Lee.
- 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). According to Brown himself on his Reddit Q&A, he was getting paid next to nothing for the movie, so the director let him play the character any way he wanted so at least he'd have fun while on set.
- 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.
- 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.
Tony P: Disco is not dead! Disco is LIFE!
Casanova Frankenstein: Yes, Tony! That is the passion I remember!
- 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
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!!!!"
- Margaret HAMilton as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
- 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!
- 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.
- Seems he and Freddie Jones had a scene-chewing competition going on.
) 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- "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. Whereas the other actors are clearly bored and just waiting for their paycheck, Voight plays the thick-accented criminal Sarone with so much overacting that a weird grandeur creeps into it. He's consequently the best thing in it.
- 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
- 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!
- As well as Star Trek, this movie is essentially a tribute to the glory of hammy actors. Which might possibly be one and the same thing given, you know, Star Trek...
- 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!"
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!
- 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.
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:
Merlin! I am the STRONGEST! I am the ONE
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?
- The Duke of Buckingham in Paul W.S. 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?"
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!!!"
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!
- 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 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.
- 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 Avatar, Lang is playing such an over the top R. Lee Ermey type of role.
- Stephan Lang ups the ante as the villain in the Conan the Barbarian reboot.
- Tcheky Karyo as the villain in both Bad Boys (Fouchet) and Kiss of the Dragon (inspector Richard), not to mention Dobermann. Kiss of the Dragon in particular has Karyo in a role that consists of yelling and screaming and then trying to act somewhat calm and then yelling some more.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Xur in The Last Starfighter, as portrayed by Norman Snow:
"My dear Ko-Dan friends! Lest we forget, it was your OWN EMPEROR who charged me with command of this armada....For only I hold the secret to the Frontier....Just as only I know the location of the Starfighter base....And therefore, ONLY I WILL GIVE THE ORDAH TO FIYAH!!"
- Stephen Mendel as General Dark Onward, the resident ham in the Angry Video Game Nerd The Movie (which is a borderline World of Ham to begin with), shouts a lot at his subordinates, and, at one point, right at the camera. For this reason, it's no big surprise that he takes a liking to the Nerd's web show.
"What the hell are all these FUCKING BOXES doing here?!"
- Geoffrey Rush, already noted in the Pirates folder, is singled out by Nathan Rabin as a "shameless ham", who won an Oscar for "a real-life person who was essentially a collection of hammy tics and actorly mannerisms" and an Emmy for "in a bit of egregious scenery-chewing, he played not only the famous acting chameleon Peter Sellers, but also, in fantasy sequences, a number of people in Sellers’ life".