Summer is winding down as August comes to a close… but hey, there are still plenty of Autumn movies to look forward to! In fact, more smaller-budgeted but with more character-driven fares featuring ‘bigger’ performances are often released in the Fall/Winter months, though of course there’s always exceptions to such a rule.
Well, like I mentioned in my Movie Questionnaire post yesterday, I’ve been pondering about doing a blog-a-thon for a while. I have only done ONE blog-a-thon in my 3 years of blogging, that was the Gregory Peck birthday bash last April. Well this one it’s going to be entirely different. It’s sort of inspired by my almost 2-year-old post of seven talented actors who deserve more leading roles and also by Encore Entertainment‘s 90s Essential Performances Showdowns, but this time I’d like to shine the spotlight on performances by under-appreciated actors.
I think the title SMALL ROLES…. BIG PERFORMANCES is pretty self-explanatory but here’s what I have in mind:
- Highlight a performance from an actor [classics or contemporary] in a supporting role or cameo, it can be as short as five-minutes, as long as that particular scene is memorable and/or makes an impression on you.
- I’d ask that you choose a performance that was NOT nominated for major awards and as much as possible choose an actor that isn’t generally well-known, the more obscure the better!
- You could choose to do a write-up of ONE or several (up to three to keep things from being too long) performances. It’s up to you how long you’d like it to be, I don’t want to restrict you if you are passionate about a particular scene, but I think 150 – 400 words is ideal. Write why you love that particular scene and how it’s touched you, be as specific as you’d like to be and you could even elaborate on the actor or share some trivia about the movie in relation to that performance.
- I recommend using clips/photos/quotes as you see fit. I LOVE what Sati does with her weekly scene spotlight, but feel free to add your own spin to it 😀
- Let me know in the comments or email me [address below] if you’d like to participate, and I will add your post link to the main blog-a-thon post here. If you don’t have a blog but would like to participate, you can email your write-up and I’ll create a post here along with submissions from FlixChatter’s contributors.
- Deadline: I’m hoping to have the blog-a-thon post be up on Monday, October 1st so please email me your link to rtmaramis@yahoo[dot]com by Friday, September 28.
The idea of this blog-a-thon is to shine a spotlight on the ‘unsung heroes’ if you will, the overlooked performers who add so much richness/entertainment value to the film no matter how brief their appearance is, but yet they don’t get the credit they so deserve.
P.S. I haven’t had a chance to create banners for this blog-a-thon yet, I will let you know when those become available.
I hope you all would take part in this. Please help spread the word, the more the merrier!
80 thoughts on “‘Small Roles… Big Performances’ Blog-a-thon!”
Kevin Corrigan is always under utilized in the films he’s in, and he is always terrific. Has a bit of a larger part in “Big Fan” and he’s great
Hi there, welcome to FC! I haven’t even heard of Kevin, so yes, do take part and talk about the great roles he’s done.
You probably have! He is probably most known as his role as cousin Eddie on sitcom “Grounded for Life” but has been in recent notable films like “The Departed,” “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad.” His roles were small but he delivered big time
I’m afraid I haven’t seen any of those movies you mentioned [sheepish smile] so by all means do a write-up on him 🙂
Haha wow! You’ve managed to miss some popular films. Honestly he’s been one of my favorite actors for awhile, his comedic timing is insanely good but he can also bring the drama…thanks for the suggestion, I will try to do that asap
No rush, man, you have about a month to do it 🙂
Kevin Corrigan was the male equivalent of Lili Taylor or Parker Posey of indie film in the 90’s/00’s. Probably the biggest movie he was in was Goodfellas as Ray Liotta’s brother in the wheelchair toward the end of the movie. He almost always plays a lowlife.
I can think of one. So, I guess I’m in :-).
All right!! I’m curious which actor you’d highlight, I’m guessing from the 70s? 😉
Someone totally unexpected, a comedian, from a 60s cold war thriller. I can say no more ;-).
Just a suggestion as for submitting ideas, WordPress allows you to create a form. That might be useful for something like this.
Here’s an idea for a notable small role–Bronson Pinchot in “Beverly Hills Cop.” His one scene stole the show.
Hi Jamie, I might look into that, thanks for the tip!
Oh yeah, I think I remember him, so does that mean you’ll join in then? 😀
Oh, I thought you were looking for suggestions for your own article! I may be able to come up with one of my own.
I think i will be able to participate in this. There’s a Deborah performance i may use if i can find a good scene from it on youtube
Awesome! I knew you’d highlight Deborah, ahah.
Fantastic idea Ruth! I’m in. 😀
Glad to hear, Josh!
Nice one Ruth. I have a page on my site called Memorable Performances that highlights some unsung pieces of work. I’ll take part in this too. It’s a great idea for a blogathon. 😉
Yay Mark! I hope you’d highlight one from your buddy Robert Carlyle 😀
Ahaha! You must be reading my mind. He was the first one to pop into my head. I might just go ahead with that, unless someone else comes to mind. There are so many to chose from and I love ‘smaller’ actors getting more publicity.
Hey you can spotlight up to three people so you can include someone else in mind other than Carlyle 😀
When choosing does it have to be on a specific performance or are we highlighting just the actor and their body of work?
Specific performance. I’d like to see a specific example of how an underrated actor helps elevate a film no matter how brief/seemingly insignificant his/her role is.
Okay. Gotcha! 😉
Well of course I’m in!
Glad to have you on board, Rich!
Awesome, awesome idea for a blogathon ruth! I definetly have several in mind but I was actually going to launch new series “Performances I love” and feature this one which I will use for your blogathon as first, but hell, I can make a joined post, will let you know wen it’s up! 🙂
Also thank you so much for the mention!
Oooh I look forward to your new series Sati, I’m sure it’ll be brilliant! This blogathon focuses specifically on not-so-well-known actors, so it limits the actors that people could pick.
Hey, this sounds pretty rad, Ruth. I’m going to have to brainstorm this, but I’m sure I can come up with something. 🙂
I’m sure you will!
Yep, I’m in! I’ve got several that have come to mind. Now it’s just going through the process of elimination. This is gonna be fun.
Remember, you can feature up to three if you choose to, Keith.
Ooooooooooh, good idea, Ruth. I am in.
Yay Nick, was hoping you’d join in!
I’m in! Sounds awesome.
Yay! Welcome to FC btw, hope to see you around more 🙂
Sounds like a great blogathon, Ruth! Can’t think of anything know but if I have one, I’ll definitely join
I’m sure you can think of someone, Andina, I’d love to have you join in.
I am in Ruth!! I have been very slack with blog-a-thons and memes, and blogging in general… remind me though
I’m happy to hear that matey! I will send a reminder to all who have signed on to join. I look forward to your pick(s)!
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I LOVE highlighting character actors, so I’m all over this. Great idea!
All right Alex, glad to have you on board!
I have so much going on right now that I swore I wouldn’t do any more blogathons, and I’ve got one of my own Sept. 22-24…but this is such a great topic and I can think of a bunch of these right away…I sure am wavering…let me think about this.
Oh right, you have that What a Character blogathon. I hope that’s ok that this one happens a week after yours 🙂 I do hope you’d take part girl, especially since you have a few in mind already.
Thanks doll, absolutely it’s OK, i wouldn’t want you to change it at all 🙂
Sounds fun…count me in, Ruth 😉
If I can, I want to try avoiding my dear Cillian…no promise, but I will try
Ahah, yeah it has to be someone other than Cillian as he’s quite well-known 🙂
Awesome idea. I’m in! Already thinking which three performances I’ll spotlight.
Woo hoo! Glad to hear, Fernando!
I’d have to send it to ya.
Sounds good Dave, looking forward to your picks (you can feature up to 3 performance). I’ll have a post of all FC contributors’ submission for the blogathon 🙂
What a neat idea, Ruth. I’d like to be a part. count me in.
Wahoo!! It won’t be the same without you, T!
Great idea for a blogathon Ruth! Just a reminder darling, GB and GP don’t qualify for this ahah 😛
Sign me up!
I’m so glad to hear you’ll do it, Castor! I think Nick has signed up too, but maybe other AM staff might join in also? Ahah yeah, no those two won’t be eligible 😀
I’ve been thinking of something for this blogathon but still come up empty. I’m wondering if I have a crap memory when it comes to remembering performances!
Oh I’m sure you’ll think of something Nostra, I’d love to have you join in, man!
I’m in; I may need a reminder though.
Interesting blogathon, I might do it soon, but not in the next few days, I am moving back home, so I have a lot of stuff to do! Good luck with it!
It’s not due for another 2 weeks, Diana 🙂
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I plan on contributing a piece to my friend Ruth’s upcoming blogathon. Anyone else interested in joining me?
As I sat here reading this, I kept thinking of a film that my daughter and I had watched a couple of nights ago. An actor (whose name is infuriatingly absent from my brain) stole the entire film. His performance could not have taken up more than a couple of minutes of screen time, yet, his was the stand out performance of the film.. My ‘long-winded’ diatribe here is my attempt at saying, “What a lovely idea!” 🙂
Hope you’ll take part! Curious to hear who that actor is you mentioned. Anway, I’ll be sending a reminder in a bit. Welcome to FC, Mike!
Ok! I have a great idea. Now I just have to get it written. Better late than never? 🙂
Oh you’re not late m’dear, it’s not due ’til Sept. 28 😀
Oh, good. I still feel like I’m playing catch-up from the whole SYTYCR thing. Phew!
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