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Chris: Going into this episode, I was dreading seeing Erica Durance and Teri Hatcher face off in an ACTING! contest — I figured that junk would go down like Alien vs. Predator: no matter who wins, we lose — but I actually thought they both did pretty well, considering.
David: Teri Hatcher was never that shitty of an actress, she’s just been in badly written roles, really. It’s the curse of getting known for a single role on network television.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Abandoned")

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Whilst clearly being played by David Duchovny, the blank faced automaton that squares off with Doggett at the top of this episode is clearly not Mulder. The expressionless way he advances on his foe and steps from the precipice to his (apparent) death is jaw droppingly handled. It makes me wonder if I have been wrong about Duchovny all these years in my criticism of his acting because he is genuinely chilling in this scene.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Without"

There’s a long sequence when Alan, Maria and a firefighter are trying to reassure Elmo. Elmo says he’s okay, but he’s clutching really tightly onto Maria’s skirt and talking really soft. It’s a great, subtle performance from Elmo. I’m amazed at how they can completely trust Kevin Clash to nail this moment, with very small gestures and a change in the tone of his voice. Elmo looks so genuinely frightened that I actually go into the other room to get an Elmo doll to hug. He’s that good.

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I never knew the big son of a bitch could act!
John Ford after seeing John Wayne's performance in Red River

This is the best picture I have made, and it's the only time I've been able to act.
Clark Gable after seeing a rough cut of The Misfits

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