11 Actors Who Disappear Into Their Characters

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There are so many actors from the past and present who always give superb performances. You can also name quite a few who give 110% of themselves with each role. On a movie forum, fans share the performers they believe make this impressive effort, no matter how large or small the role and no matter what the movie is.

1 – Christian Bale

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Christian Bale had been dazzling audiences since he was a child, growing up before our eyes and carving out an indelible place for himself in cinema history. Bale is an actor who commits fully and disappears into a role with a career far from one note.

His varied roles include Empire of the Sun, Little Women, American Psycho, The Dark Knight, The Fighter, and Vice. One fan confidently asserts, “Christian Bale is the only one.” He is an artistic chameleon with flawless performances.

2 – Meryl Streep

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A multitude of film lovers consider Meryl Streep one of the greatest and most accomplished actresses of all time, and rightly so. Streep never phones in performances and gives her ultimate best to her roles, whether it’s a heavy historical drama like Sophie’s Choice or light light-hearted musical like Mamma Mia.

She infuses her roles with subtleties and authenticity, which you can only accomplish with a significant effort. Her performance as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada is an excellent example of her talent and commitment to turning a role that could be a caricature in lesser hands into a nuanced and iconic role.

3 – Gary Oldman

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Gary Oldman is another actor who truly disappears into his roles, so much so that often some don’t even realize it’s him in the movie initially. That can’t be done without embracing the part and finding a way to embody the character. One viewer says, “I don’t think I’ve seen a movie with Gary Oldman where he’s not fully committed to his role.”

Indeed, I marvel at his varied performances in films such as Air Force One, the Harry Potter franchise, and The Darkest Hour. The latter performance is remarkable. Others point out that he gives that extra effort even in odd films like Tiptoe.

4 – Christoph Waltz

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Christoph Waltz is a magnetic and captivating performer. He is capable of sending chills down our spines with his performances. Each time that commitment is fully displayed on the screen.

One person mentions his two different roles in Tarantino movies, where he plays “a Nazi detective” and “a mentor who is a bounty hunter and a dentist,” winning Oscars for both. Another person adds, “Even in stupid movies like The Green Hornet, he gives it his all.” He is capable of anything, so I would love for him to subvert expectations and play a romantic leading role.

5 – Viola Davis

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Viola Davis is an actress who has paid her dues and is finally gaining much-deserved recognition. But she is also an example of a performer who tackles a role with utter commitment no matter the size of the part. Her respect for her craft is evident in films like Doubt, Fences, The Help, and How to Get Away With Murder. An individual shares, “She transcends every role she’s been in. She truly embraces what it is to be an actress.”

6 – Daniel Day-Lewis

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As one user states, “Daniel Day-Lewis always gives his all in acting.” That is a statement that I completely agree with. Indeed, in Day-Lewis’ career, he chooses his roles precisely and sparingly. Moreover, he has a reputation for disappearing into his role, on and off screen, employing a method-acting style. You fully believe you are watching President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln and Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. If Day-Lewis is cast, the movie is guaranteed a powerhouse performance.

7 – Jack Black

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Jack Black may not be an actor who performs in award-bait films. But that makes his commitment and effort to his roles much more impressive and worthy of respect. Not everything is trying to win awards; some just want to entertain audiences. Jack Black manages to do this time and time again because he gives his all with a unique screen presence.

Black is capable of surprising audiences as well. One filmgoer mentions their amazement with his performance in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: “Jack Black nailed being a teenage girl in that movie. I just don’t understand how.”

8 – JK Simmons

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J. K. Simmons is a marvelous example of an actor who gives so much of himself, always making a film better simply by his presence. He can be a lead or supporting player and leave his mark on a movie because of his efforts. A viewer remarks, “It doesn’t matter how small his role is; he is usually the best part of whatever he’s in. His performance as Terrence Fletcher in Whiplash is unmatched. Also, nobody could capture J. Jonah Jameson from Spider-Man as well as him.”

9 – Jim Carrey

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Anyone who believes Jim Carrey does not give 110% in every part he plays does not pay attention. He plays many highly exaggerated comedic roles, such as The Mask, Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty, only work so well because he commits so fully. Likewise, he still blows our collective minds when he gives understated performances, such as in The Truman Show, The Majestic, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

10 – Jodie Foster

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Jodie Foster is an actress who can go head-to-head with brilliant co-stars and elevate any film she is in. Her talent and efforts cannot be denied. Someone proposes, “If you need someone to give the best monologue with no cuts, she’s the one to do it.”

11 – Renée Zellweger

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Renée Zellweger is another actress who could amaze audiences with no-cuts monologues and tackles very different roles in such films as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago, Cold Mountain, and Judy. She shows her commitment with thorough research, physical transformations, and doing everything within her capability to embody a character. Zellweger is the kind of actress that makes you forget who you’re watching, and it’s a remarkable feat.

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