The world of cinema is a funny one! We have seen several actors who have managed to garner a huge fan following and bag a fair number of awards despite putting in mediocre performances most of the time. And there are those who work quietly and give it all for their performances, never selling themselves to the flashy lights of popularity. They have seldom been honoured as stardom have successfully stolen what was deservedly theirs. With that said, here’s the list of most underrated actors, who have created magic on the silver screen in recent years.
10. Johnny Depp
The man for all moments, Johnny Depp is a heartthrob around the world – stylish, elegant and irresistibly good-looking. Depp’s screen presence is met with tumultuous applause. But unlike some, Depp is not a mannequin. His acting prowess is unmatched and can be ranked amongst the best in the business. His association with Tim Burton gave some of the most memorable characters of modern cinema such as Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd. He created magic as the most famous pirate ever, Captain Jack Sparrow in the popular ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ franchise. From ‘What’s eating Gilbert Grape?’ (1993) to ‘Public Enemies’ (2009), Johnny Depp has a plethora of characters against his name, and it is highly astounding that the awards jury has managed to overlook his performance every single time.
Notable Performances: ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990), ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (2007), ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series.
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9. Sam Rockwell
From essaying the challenging role of a disturbed prisoner on death row in ‘The Green Mile’ (1999) to that of the dark character of Billy Bickle in ‘Seven Psychopaths’ (2012), Sam Rockwell is the essential ‘character actor’ of Hollywood. He has oodles of potential and is highly respected for his talent and devotion in the film circles. Sam Rockwell isn’t your average hero who the directors would turn to for the film’s success, but is the quiet anchor who would carry the film to critical success. We do hope Rockwell gets his due and soon.
Notable Performances: ‘The Green Mile’, ‘Moon’ (2009), ‘Seven Psychopaths’.