"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
"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.
"...mostly 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?'"
"(Klaus) Kinskiís reputation for being impossible preceded him at this point, and he didnít get many job offers, so had to act in abject crap like David Schmoellerís 1986 film ďCrawlspace.Ē... 'I am my own judge, jury, and executioner,' Dr. Gunther shrieks, walking around in his basement in an SS uniform. 'Heil Gunther!' Kinski puts on a crazy smile and wobbling eyes when he says this line. Itís a fuck you to the idiocy of the script, and itís so funny, itís actually scary."
Mike: Paul Giamatti, in his greatest role since the John Adams miniseries!
Rich: What is his name, the guy who played, uh, Norman?
Jay: That's Chris Cooper, he's a really great actor. (I guess that's a running theme.)
Mike: Chris Cooper is an Academy Award-winning actor.
Rich: That's fine, but he was more cartoony in that deathbed scene than he was in the Muppet movie.
Mike: There's a lot of good actors in this movie, it's just—....just...just...shit.
"[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."
"I shouldnít condemn (Jeremy) Irons too much, because in truth he ends up providing most of the movieís meager entertainment value. Itís obvious that early in the production, he realized that this was not going to be his finest hour no matter what he did, so he chose to indulge himself and turn his usual carefully-measured intensity into full-on scenery chewing. Itís fun to watch him cut loose and forget everything he ever learned about good acting, as we will see shortly."
"As he descends the stairs, we see Profion is played by Wayne Newton...no, wait, I mean itís Jeremy Irons, who earns his place in the annals of embarrassed actors with one of the most over-the-top performances in recent bad movie memory. Really, this is $9.95-a-plate off-strip Las Vegas dinner theatre Hamlet bad. He howls, cackles, and waves his arms around wildly... Between the way Irons gestures, closes his eyes while orating, and shakes his head as he speaks, he winds up looking like a faith healer on one of the Protestant channels in deep cable."
—Jabootu on Dungeons & Dragons
"To be fair to Bruce Payne, though, I donít think there was much he could do with this role. I checked the script Ė all of these lines, including the uber-creepy, ďWhatís the matter? Donít you want to be inside me?Ē line were all in the script. Whatís an actor supposed to do with that? You can either play it straight and sound like a tool or you can go the route that Raul Julia went in the Street Fighter movie and give a performance that includes a large order of ham with a side of cheese. Iím not happy with Payneís performance, but this guy had to go through this movie and Dungeons & Dragons in the same year. If he hadnít been given the chance to go stupidly over the top with his performances, his head might have exploded."
"[Robert] Duvall is seriously hilarious in this movie and the Cape Fear comparison is apt. He apparently goes all native when he gets captured by the Indians so he is like a two face when he returns to civilization. In the Puritan camp he is all super prim and proper and stiff. When its night, he strips down, shaves his whole body, carves things into himself, whoops, hollers, and kills motherf*ckers with a knife. Everyone else tries to be all stiff and have proper accents and talk formally and whatnot. No, not Duvall. He went all Martin Riggs in this movie and itís glorious."
"Cut to Napier and Boss Grissom, whoís played by a Jack Palance who couldnít possibly chew more scenery. Noticing his woman glancing at Napier, itís pretty clear that heís aware that theyíre banging...he grabs Napier by the shoulders and goes ďyouÖ are my number oneÖ GUY.Ē In all honesty, if youíve never done it to a friend, I highly recommend it. There is nothing more fun than pretending to be Jack Palance."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 heís not destined for fan acclaim, but heís easy to like if youíre of the mind to."
David: Lionel Luthor is just an unrepentant asshole...The biggest high point for me was Lionel, probably. He looks like he can chew up some scenery, and Iím looking forward to seeing him the rest of this season.
Chris: Definitely. Things were just way more fun when he was around, just arch-villaining it up all over the place and hitting Green Arrow with pipes.
David: This show really isnít at its best when itís trying to be subtle.
"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."