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    Antonio Banderas 
  • How can you classify his work on Four Rooms?
    • "Did they misbehave?"
    • The elevator scene.
  • Also his portrayal of Zorro is quite hammy. In particular, he gleefully chews the scenario whenever Alejandro gets drunk in The Legend of Zorro.
    Alejandro (in the sequel): No-one leaves my tequila worm dangling in the wind!
  • In Spy Kids 2: "These are my children. And I will find them MY WAY!!"
  • Puss-in-Boots in Shrek!
    "PUSS! In boots...
    • From movie numero quatro: "Feed me... if you dare!"
  • It's almost impossible to beat him as Miguel, the Ax-Crazy killer in Assassins. Just look at this! This is one of the biggest Chewing the Scenery scenes in cinema history.
  • Galgo from The Expendables 3, who might be low-energy compared to other Banderas performances but it's still hammy for how much he speaks.

    John Belushi 
  • "Wild Bill" Kelso in the underrated WWII comedy 1941.
  • The Blues Brothers. Take the scene where Belushi finally comes face to face with Carrie Fisher (aka the Chick With the Flamethrower) and throws himself on his knees to apologize:
    Jake: Oh, please, don't kill us! Please, please don't kill us! You know I love you, baby. I wouldn't leave ya. It wasn't my fault!
    Mystery Woman: You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me.
    Jake: No, I didn't! Honest! I ran out of gas! I, I had a flat tire! I didn't have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn't come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE! A TERRIBLE FLOOD! LOCUSTS! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!
  • How could we mention the good Mr. Belushi without talking about his most ludicrously over-the-top role ever: Bluto Blutarsky!

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    Kenneth Branagh 

    Steve Buscemi 

    Nicolas Cage 

    Jim Carrey 

    Tim Curry 

    Dan YELL Day-Lewis 

    Benicio Del Toro 

    Brad Dourif 

    Will Ferrell 

    John Goodman 

    Jonathan Harris 
  • The late, truly great Jonathan Harris, who built his reputation on hamming it up. Who is he you ask? You know him best as Dr. Smith from Lost in Space and that's really all you need to know. Although you should also know him pretty well as Manny, the praying mantis, in Pixar's A Bug's Life. I dare you, no really, I. DARE. YOU. to come up with a better actor who has taken the Large Ham and honed it, perfected it, nay! taken it to the pinnacle of the art form! Seriously, he was such a master of it because he could take any role and imbue it with such over-the-topness, without making it silly until it was unforgettable. You love him and you know it.

    Charlton Heston 

    Jeremy Irons 

    Samuel L. Jackson 

    Michael Keaton 

    Harvey Keitel 

    Udo Kier 

    Christopher Lloyd 

    John Malkovich 

    Malcolm Mc Dowell 

    Ian Mc Kellen 

    Jack Nicholson 

    Richard O'Brien 

    Gary Oldman 

    Al Pacino 
  • Al Pacino has been delivering Large Ham performances for, oh, the past decade or two. Some particular gems:
    • Scent of a Woman ("If I were the man I was five years ago I'd take a FLAME-THROWER to this place!" "HOO-AH! I'm just getting warmed up!") - after being passed over for numerous Oscars, he finally got one for this movie due to the hammy speech at the end. He's stuck with the formula since.
    • Heat ("cause she's got a... GREAT ASS! And you got your head... ALL THE WAY UP IT!" note  "I had COFFEE with McCauley... HALF AN HOUR AGO!")
    • The trailer for City Hall has all the ham you need. "I choose to FIGHT BACK!!!!!1111one... until this city is a palace again!"
    • Pacino as Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy is a ham large enough to choke Godzilla.
      "I'm looking for generals ... and what do I get? foot soldiers!"
    • As the Devil in The Devil's Advocate, Pacino would only take the part if he got to do a ten-minute rant in the film's climax. Upon hearing that, the producers must have looked at each other, shrugged, and said; "Do whatever the hell you want, Al!" Cue Satan Breaking The Fourth Wall as he dips a finger into holy water, boiling it.
    • In Scarface (1983), practically every line of spoken dialog by Tony Montana is Ham, and the movie wouldn't have been half as good without it (though that probably goes for all of Pacino's roles)
    • ...And Justice for All - Al ends the movie with an epic bit of courtroom hamminess: "My client, the Honorable Henry T. Flemming should GO RIGHT TO FUCKING JAIL!!! THE SON OF A BITCH IS GUILTY!" (lots of ranting then follows)
    • Any Given Sunday definitely lets him ham his way. Special moment at the end : "WE CLAAAAW WITH OUR FINGERNAAAIIILS FOR THAT INCH!"
    • In Ocean's Thirteen, Willy Bank is nothing but ham topped with bacon under a layer of fried pork chops. Every scene he's in has him yelling or browbeating someone, and when he's not, he's still incredibly full of himself.
    Reuben: (heartbroken after finding out Bank renamed their casino after himself): You changed the name.
    Bank: I LIKE IT BETTER. DON'T YOU? (walks away laughing while Reuben collapses from heart attack)
    • Or when The Plan is being executed under his nose without him being any the wiser.
    "EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM (the security center), EMPTY YOUR POCKETS NOW!"
    • He was pretty low-key as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Parts I and II, back in the early 70s, but years later in Part III he went full ham, especially in the scene during the thunderstorm where Michael is having a diabetic attack.

    John Rhys-Davies 

    George C. Scott 
  • He was a master at saving the ham for just the right moment, for maximum effect.
  • In the desert battle in Patton, he spends most of it just watching, calmly observing the whole thing. Then when it's clear his troops are winning, comes the immortal, "Rommel, you Magnificent Bastard, I read your BOOOK!"
    • Interestingly enough, George Patton's daughters said that Scott nailed Patton's personality so perfectly, they felt like they were actually watching their father on the movie screen. Does that make George Patton a ham? (especially in light of the fact that the movie actually DOWNPLAYS some of the more crude and vulgar catchphrases that he was famous for).
    • Maybe the real-life Patton was a hammier ham than George C. Scott? After all, those pearl-handled revolvers were not exactly Army regulation.
    • That jingoistic speech at the beginning of the movie? It's fairly closely paraphrased from an even more over-the-top speech that Patton actually gave.
  • Also in The Hustler, "You owe me MONEY!"
  • Similarly, The Rescuers Down Under. "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for NOTHING!"
    • "Home, home on the range! Where critters are tied up in chains! I cut through their sides and rip off their hides, and the next day I do it again! EVERYBODDAY!!!!"
  • He also, at Kubrick's urging, made quite the snack of Dr. Strangelove.
  • The Exorcist III. The I BELIEVE speech was off the charts, even for Scott.
    Kinderman: Yes, I believe... I believe in death. I believe in disease. I believe in injustice and inhumanity and torture and anger and hate... I believe in murder. I BELIEVE IN PAIN. I believe in cruelty and infidelity. I believe in slime and stink and every crawling, putrid thing... every possible ugliness and corruption, YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH! I BELIEVE... in you.
    "There is a carp in my bathtub, father. Swimming. Up. And down. Up. And down. And I hate it."
    "WE'RE FINE!"
    "It is NOT in the file! It is NOT!"

    Quentin Tarantino 

    John Turturro 

    Hugo Weaving 

    Other Hams on the Menu 


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