"HAM AND CHEESE!! BRILLIANT!!"
— Bill Bailey, talking about Toasties during bewilderness
"...For if knowledge is power, then A God Am IIII!!! [Beat] (to Two-Face) Was that over the top? I can never tell."
— The Riddler, Batman Forever
[M]ostly it's an opportunity to watch John Malkovich turn in a performance that had to - HAD TO - be a direct challenge to the director, 'Please, fire me. I'm begging you to fire me. I'll do a take like this and then you'll have to fire me. Wait, I'm still not fired?'
Eric Roberts, for all the criticism he gets, is at least having fun with the script. His decision to devour large swaths of scenery locate him firmly in the tradition of Graham Crowden and Joseph Furst. Which is to say that he’s not destined for fan acclaim, but he’s easy to like if you’re of the mind to.
I'd like to be able to say that Raul Julia is the film's high point, and I suppose he technically is, but all he really does is wear an assortment of vinyl capes and Nazi hats and deliver the hamboniest dialogue ever written. Unlike the filmmakers, who couldn't figure out exactly what kind of movie they wanted to make, Raul clearly decided that Street Fighter was meant to be utterly ridiculous. He may have gotten this idea from the scene in which he transforms a man into a giant green troll doll with Kool-Aid, or it may have occurred to him during the five-minute sequence wherein he tries to blow up an invisible speedboat with a Super Street Fighter II arcade stick.
"That sardonic thing is mostly when the dialogue is puerile. You want to let the audience in on the fact that 'Yes, I know this is shit'."
— Christopher Plummer on the common characteristics of the characters he plays.
What I am saying is, Billy Zane, alone among all Titanic's many acclaimed cast members, seems to have realized what a ridiculous movie he was making, and he apparently decided to go full-on cartoon villain for the occasion. For though Billy Zane may not be the most able of actors, he possesses the essential quality of enthusiasm. Specifically, enthusiasm for unhinged, hilarious overacting. ... Zane is wildly over-the-top, which is probably why he didn't get good reviews. Also, Zane is wildly over-the-top, which is why he is the most entertaining thing in the movie.
"[Guy] Pearce, as the hero, makes the mistake of trying to give a good and realistic performance. [Jeremy] Irons at least knows what kind of movie he's in, and hams it up accordingly."
"It's literally like he woke up every morning and said to himself "I'm not going to act today! I don't know WHAT I'm going to do, but it's not gonna be acting."
"The one thing I do like about the sequels is just how much fun Hugo Weaving seems to be having with the character. It's like he realized how poor the scripts were, and decided to make the best out of a bad situation."