"...But 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?""
"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."
"HAM AND CHEESE!! BRILLIANT!!"
— Bill Bailey, talking about Toasties during bewilderness
"Only thing I kind of like in this movie is that weirdo villain. And that's just because he's so over-the-top bad! Now to be fair, this guy has done a lot of good serious work, like Braveheart, Titus and so forth, so I really credit this more to bad directing than I do bad acting. But hey, at least it was entertaining, which is more than I can say for the rest of this stupid film!"
"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."
"...For if knowledge is power, then A God Am IIII!!! [Beat] Was that over the top? I can never tell! Hahahaha!"
— The Riddler, Batman Forever
"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."