People may hate me for saying so, but: Gary Oldman in Leon.
Hear me out! He’s probably the best living actor. Maybe the best ever? But talk about over the top. His cartoony performance didn’t fit with the quiet tone between Jean Reno and Natalie Portman.
I spotted the typo for Super Mario Bros. (1993) too late to fix it. Discourse will only let one edit a poll for up to five minutes after posting it. Unless I delete the post and restart the poll, we’re stuck with it.
And I have not forgotten the Batman movies! I already had the actors you mentioned lined up for future rounds.
To be (slightly) fair to the producers(?), Branagh played “Dr. Arliss Loveless,” while Dunn played “Dr. Miguelito Loveless.” And don’t forget, Paul Williams as “Dr. Miguelito Loveless, Jr.” invented humanoid robots and the atomic bomb decades ahead of their time inThe Wild Wild West Revisited (1979). But onto the list Branagh goes!
Hmmm…I liked Oldman’s performance as Stansfield especially the whole Beethoven spiel. I would submit his role as the villain in The Fifth Element as one that I didn’t like, but I didn’t care for most of that flick aside from Milla Jovavich and the opera diva.
Are we counting Geoffrey Rush as Cassinova Frankenstein in Mystery Men? Or is that disqualified for being a deliberate parody? I suppose he might have chewed more scenery in Pirates of the Caribbean, anyway.
I don’t see why “Casanova Frankenstein” wouldn’t count. “Professor Fate” in The Great Race was a deliberately stereotypical, mustache-twirling (something lampshaded during the Alaskan blizzard scene) villian of the silent film era, complete with black outfit, cape (at times), and beaver top hat. If you’ve never seen Jack Lemmon enjoyably chewing the scenery in that role, you’re missing something. “Push the button, Max!”
And multiple nominations of the same actor/actress in different roles are perfectly acceptable. My only real criteria are that the actor/actress be:
Have acting abilities (reasonably) well-regarded by their peers and critics, i.e., cheesy by choice, not by limits of acting talent or skill.
For example, I’m personally unsure whether James Hong qualifies as an A-list actor. He has a filmography a mile long (over 600 credits and counting!), has an instantly identifiable face and voice, and had a spectacularly cheesy turn as “David Lo Pan” in Big Trouble in Little China (1986), but he tends to be a character actor playing side roles rather than the leads. He’s high up on the B-list at the very least, but does he qualify as A-list material?
I would also like to mention Jim Backus and Peter Lawford were plenty cheesy in our own beloved Angel’s Revenge. I am tempted to add Jack Palance to that pile but I think that’s just his thing and not an act. Like that’s how he is ordering from a drive through or asking how your day was.
To be honest, I didn’t, though I did remember that someone who sounded like Paul Williams (it was) played “Dr. Loveless" in The Wild Wild West Revisited (TV movie 1979). Your remark got me to pull up The Wild Wild West (TV series 1965-1969) and all three subsequent movies to compare the entries. There was also this little gem I’d forgotten about, with none other than Jonathan Winters as the villian!