Monday, April 21, 2008

Daily Thespian: Ted Levine

Ted Levine is an interesting actor whose career can't really be labeled like most. He's never been a leading man, but he's never been totally secondary. And he's never been "that guy" like James Cromwell or Peter Stormare or William Fitchner (whom I will always remember best as the blind guy from Contact).

Levine has been in some of Hollywood's most celebrated films, including one of the best heist films (Heat), one of the best modern-era westerns (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and one of the best modified-Honda romantic comedies (The Fast and the Furious). He's also been in unbelievable stinkers, like Flubber and Wild Wild West. He also had a small role in American Gangster, the awesomeness of which has yet to be determined by the passage of time. Some say it will become an epic in the vein of Scarface; others say it has run its course of popularity.

But certainly Levine's most famous and most memorable performance was that of Buffalo Bill, the serial killer of 1991's Oscar-dominating The Silence of the Lambs. Silence was the first and as yet only horror film to ever win Best Picture, and Levine can take a lot of credit for its success and believability.

And of course this freaky scene.


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