Follow TV Tropes

Discussion Main / LargeHam

Go To

Mar 24th 2020 at 1:35:01 PM •••

Does anybody know the context to the page image?

Jan 24th 2012 at 1:17:18 PM •••

Aren't there times when this is a character trope, rather than acting? Rarity and Daniel Plainview are large hams not just because their actors portray them as such, but because being melodramatic and over-the-top is part of their personality. "I drink your milkshake!" isn't just Daniel Day-Lewis overacting, it's also Plainview's rage and savage glee at breaking Eli down boiling over and exploding into a climax of violence.

Nov 10th 2011 at 4:25:31 AM •••

There's a little trivial fact i want to share for this page: In the Japanese language, hammy actors are mostly referred to as "daikon actors".

Feb 24th 2011 at 8:06:39 AM •••

Might want to look up the term "hamfatter". It's an old term for actors, back when acting was (rightly?) known as a disreputable occupation :D Don't have time to go into it thoroughly today, but a little research might improve this trope.

Jan 1st 2011 at 2:03:16 PM •••

What happens if two hams get together and have ham-like babies?

I'm just saying...

Oct 23rd 2010 at 11:03:13 AM •••

It's clear to be that 90% of the contributors to this topic have no idea what hamming is. Most of the entries (Film in particular) have dozens of examples which are merely people raising their voice. Hamming is NOT loud acting. Hamming is NOT "big" acting. Hamming is broad acting. An actor is hamming when they go beyond what the character they're playing would do in order to elicit a response from they audience. It's being overly eager to please.

Take Nicolas Cage's performance in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" for example. Anybody who says he's hammy in that movie is wrong. He acts within the confines of his character. Terrence Mc Donough is simply a big character. Note that he changes his body and vocal mannerisms depending on what drug he's on. He's only really over-the-top after he smoked crack, and anybody who smokes crack will start to act crazy. If he was truly hamming, he'd act like he was on crack the whole movie.

Hide/Show Replies
Oct 15th 2011 at 2:46:16 AM •••

Would Dr Perry Cox from 'Scrubs' count? He's incredibly enthusiastic.

Oct 12th 2010 at 10:04:00 AM •••

Large ham is... Subjective?! This... Is... UNFORGIVEABLE!!!

Seriously, though, at this rate, the subjective pages for works are going to be three times as long as the main page.

(My apologies for the first sentence, I'm not THAT upset, but I really like this trope. In particular, I enjoy using it.)

Hide/Show Replies
Dec 12th 2010 at 12:17:36 PM •••

yeah, it's been bothering me too. mainly because a screaming, overacting guy it's always going to be a screaming overacting guy. it's enjooyability is another thing altogether.

Type the word in the image. This goes away if you get known.
If you can't read this one, hit reload for the page.
The next one might be easier to see.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: