Quotes: Chewing the Scenery

Swoosie Kurtz: Your Honor, I object!
Jim Carrey: You would!
Swoosie Kurtz: Over-actor!

Big Cheese: Do I chew the scenery?
Jerry Atrick: You even swallow it!

You told me... to play... BASKETBALL!
KC Guthrie, Degrassi

Boy, those Canadians can really write.
Nick Danger, after a particularly hammy moment.

Poor Peter Davison; he really was lumbered with some pretty dire companions during his run, wasn’t he? ...'Good, then I can catch a train!' enthuses Tegan with such unnatural stress it sounds as though she is waiting for an applause for making the most mundane of observations. 'Maths!' spits Tegan as though Adric has suggested taking her up the ass (seriously, go and watch it again!). 'Look, a door!' she exclaims as though she is witnessing a miracle...do they not have them in Australia? There is a hilariously awful moment when Tegan discovers her body will be disposed of (hooray!) and she starts stamping her feet and screaming 'No! No! No! No! No!' like a kid that has been told that if she doesn't clean her room she'll be grounded for a week.

"Flair bursts into Bichoff’s office, and he’s STILL REALLY REALLY MAD.

This is important to know, because when he has a heart attack later on in the night and people wonder why it was that it happened, you can confidently tell them that it’s because Ric Flair spends this whole show yelling, and turning red like a cartoon character after eating some kind of insanely hot pepper...Flair then forgets which direction the door is in, before leaving in a huff."
Cewsh Reviews on TNA Against All Odds 2010

Cage is a good actor in good movies, and an almost indispensable actor in bad ones. He can go over the top so effortlessly he rests up and makes lemonade for everybody.

At one point, toward the end of this uneven, 2 1/2-hour romp in Japan, Cruise trembles with such grief, rage, injustice and despair, his eyes literally begin to cross and you sense that this is it. The man really is going to be the first actor ever to pass out onscreen from overacting.

The dialog and hamminess of the script is amazing. Take for instance when Billie gets her first big music video with the evil/corrupt/faceless corporate recording label. The smarmy director cuts into the video going (I shit you not) 'WE NEED MORE OF HER BREASTS!' and saying of her two lifelong friends/backup dancers 'Ugh, just get some strippers already!' We then get Mariah in a bikini surrounded by a cast of men in leotards in tribal Indian paint with the director screaming 'Yes, this is what I wanted! Like fire!!!'

(Raul Julia) was only doing (Street Fighter) for his children, and he leapt into it with all the energy and glory of a man leaping on a grenade for the same reason. The sets were so cheap because they had to be replaced after he had eaten them in their entirety with every take. While the other actors were realizing that 'Third Tree in Nativity Play Once' hadn't quite prepared them for the camera, he was flicking off immortal villain lines like he'd found them clinging to his evil dressing gown.

Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.
Variety reviewing Mommie Dearest

Agatha, who has just had her locket stolen: You swine! I... I'll report this! Dr. Beetle's clanks will come after you! They'll find you and put you in a jar in University Square to ROT! And I'll come EVERY SINGLE DAY while you BAKE IN THE SUN and STARVE and CLAW AT THE GLASS and SCREAM as you DIE SLOWLY LIKE THE MISERABLE RATS YOU ARE!

Gilgamesh: You knew me at school, and perhaps don't take me very seriously. That would be a mistake. You must understand this. When I come to her, she will be safe, unharmed and free. Because I will come to her, and if she is not, I will DESTROY "Her Undying Majesty", melt what is left of your miserable island to SLAG, AND BOIL THE SEAS AROUND YOU FOR THE NEXT THOUSAND YEARS! Do you understand?
Wooster: You... you couldn't!
—Extracts from Girl Genius

You see, Darwin has his sights set on world domination. That is, of course, provided the world is still left after Richard E. Grant's scenery chomping.