Actors love to give great performances. Apart from the obvious glamour and glory come awards season, doing reliable work helps build up a strong reputation and pad out the resume. Lord knows countless great actors have given great performances… but rarely are they brave. Rarely do they shock.
Shocking performances are a scarce commodity. Hollywood has a way of making actors look beautiful even at their ugliest. Astute actors, managers and agents know that a career can suffer if an actor takes on an unsympathetic role. At the same time, giving a brave performance in a controversial or taxing role can make a career, and land a performer in the cinematic hall of fame.
The actors on this list all pulled off that feat—giving brilliant performances that also shocked …
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