The protagonists and heroes of films may get top billing and their names in the titles, but often what makes a film stand out to an audience is the work of a supporting character. Awards ceremonies certainly understand this, with plenty of Best Supporting Actor and Actress love, giving props to those who play their secondary roles so well they deserve recognition.
But there's a whole other category of supporting actor that hasn't gotten nearly as much love. Until now.
Jon Lefkovitz, a filmmaker, editor, and composer, has put together this supercut of the very weirdest of sidekicks in movies. Featuring 56 strange and quirky characters, the video essay is set to "Strange" by Wire and "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" by The Kinks.
Watch this veritable convention of kooky characters below:
What's fun about the supercut is how recognizable so many of these characters are. Lefkovitz edited the clips together in a conversational way, almost as if these outliers have been communicating with one another through their various films. Weirdos of the film world uniting!
Lefkovitz was inspired by a bold range of odd characters, dating back as far as 1927's Metropolis where Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the kooky inventor Rotwang, and up to Melissa McCarthy's crazy cousin in 2011's Bridesmaids. The fun part is realizing that a few of these sidekicks are exactly the reason you watch these movies. Marty McFly is certainly the hero of Back to the Future, but without Crispin Glover's oily-haired, nerdy George McFly, the film just wouldn't have quite so many funny moments. The Princess Bride is nothing without Wallace Shawn's Vizzini, possibly the most-quoted character of the film ("Inconceivable!"), and one of the most-quoted characters of all time.
It takes a special kind of talent to play compelling characters, an even rarer gift to play the misfits who upstage the leads and inspire mimicry from their audience. In this case, mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery.
Heck, for some of us, Jurassic Park would literally not be the same without Ian Malcolm "rawr"-ing at us before abstractly lecturing on the abuse of power. Swoon.
Be sure to watch the video multiple times and take note of any characters in movies you don't recognize. All these weirdo sidekicks deserve our respect, and repeat viewings.
Which of the characters shown in the video are your favorite?