In the movie business, it’s often assumed that the best actor should play the best role. This is where the initial divide between a “lead” and “support” was born. The lead actor should carry the story, where the supporting roles are just there to, well, support the story.
Sometimes, things don’t quite turn out that way. Sometimes a supporting actor is so good that the supporting role changes the dynamic of the movie entirely. Somehow they become a very important part of the movie and often one of the more memorable roles. Let’s take a look at some Hollywood movies where the supporting role ended up being better than the lead.
Anthony Hopkins, The Silence Of The Lambs
Let’s not be foolish here – this is the textbook example of a supporting actor (Anthony Hopkins) stealing every scene he’s in and making the story about him. No disrespect to Jodie Foster of course, but how can you compete with Anthony Hopkins?