15 Supporting Characters Who Stole the Spotlight

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15 Supporting Characters Who Stole the Spotlight

Leading stars are always selected with absolute care as they serve as the heart of the movie but in some cases, it is the supporting character who become the saving grace of the film. Take a look at the 15 supporting characters who stole the spotlight:


15. Steve Stifler (American Pie)

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The party animal is without question the most entertaining character in the entire American Pie franchise. Portrayed by Seann William Scott, it was the rookie actor’s second film of his career.

While the story focuses on Jim Levenstein and his buddies Kevin, Finch and Oz, the viewers cannot help themselves by desiring more debauchery antics from Steve Stifler.

Obsessed on getting laid and humiliating everyone around him, the Stifmeister serves as the life of the party whether he is in an actual party or in an ordinary environment.


14. Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

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Perhaps the greatest television show today, Game of Thrones is filled with magnificent storytelling, unpredictability, superb cast and of course, adult content. Keeping that aside and coming to the cast, if you are not familiar with Tyrion Lannister, then you are definitely not a viewer of the show.

Winning an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role of the dwarf from House Lannister, the character has proved that despite his short size, the sky is not the limit when it comes to stealing the show from the leading cast.


13. Aaron Stampler (Primal Fear)

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As one of the most intensified actors today, Edward Norton made his movie debut with a bang. Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney and John Mahoney, Primal Fear received positive reviews and owes a great deal to then-rookie Norton.

Because of the amazingly convincing portrayal coupled with incredible acting, Norton established himself as a star and even earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


12. Sean Dignam (The Departed)

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Mark Wahlberg certainly outdid himself while starring in the action-packed crime movie The Departed. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie had a star-studded cast of Hollywood legends Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon.

Shockingly, it was Wahlberg who grabbed everyone’s interest with his loudmouth, volatile character of Staff Sgt. Sean Dignam. Amazingly enough, Wahlberg was the only actor from the entire cast to receive an Academy Award nomination.

Though the actor lost to Alan Arkin, the movie won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Besides all that, Wahlberg successfully managed to prove that he can be amongst the big leagues.


11. Tonto (The Lone Ranger)

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In 2013’s western action movie The Lone Ranger, lawyer-turned-ranger John Reid is on a quest to avenge his brother by putting the outlaw Butch Cavendish behind bars.

Along for the ride is the unconventional Comanche Native American Tonto who is the wildcard. Portrayed by Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp, the actor is known for his versatility and this role was no exception.

Guiding Reid from time to time, the two have a dysfunctional relationship because of Tonto’s questionable customs. Believing he has Native American ancestry from a great-grandmother, Depp certainly proved that the stage belonged to him.


10. Gabbar Singh (Sholay)

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Arguably the greatest Bollywood movie of all time, Sholay is a masterpiece in film-making even by Hollywood standards. Starring Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan, the movie is one hell of an action-adventure movie.

Due to Amjad Khan’s magnificent portrayal of the sadistic villain Gabbar Singh, the movie became one for the ages. The character stole the spotlight from his co-stars and is responsible for influencing Indian pop culture with his several iconic dialogues such as “Kitne aadmi thay?” (How many men were there?) and “Tera kya hoga, Kaalia?” (What will happen to you, Kaalia?).


9. Dicky Eklund (The Fighter)

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The Hollywood mega-star is well-known for taking his roles too seriously and Dicky Eklund in The Fighter was no exception. Christian Bale took notes on the real Eklund’s mannerisms and recording conversations.

Adopting a Boston accent, Bale was phenomenal in his role and even managed to impress Eklund. Furthermore, the actor won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor because of his dynamic role.


8. Quicksilver (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

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As the star of the X-Men franchise, no other mutant has ever stole the spotlight from Wolverine. That is until the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Featuring a few new mutants for the very first time on the silver screen, the movie welcomed Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath and of course Quicksilver. The super-fast mutant barely had enough screen time but it was enough for him to be a scene stealer.

As an attempt to save Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto from bullets, Quicksilver heroically saved them with his super-speed as if it was not at all a problem for him. It was among the most-talked about scenes of the year and the fans could not be happier when it was announced that the character would be returning for the sequel.