which ACTOR best played an INSANE/ CRAZY/ DEMENTED PERSON for you?

Philippines
February 19, 2007 9:10pm CST
..and which movie was it? easily i remember Dustin Hoffman in Rainman.. Also, getting my vote is Edward Norton in Primal Fear and the Score..well, his roles doesn't really fit the descriptions in the title but i hope you get the point of the topic.. How about John Malkovich in "Of Mice and Men"? "Natural Born Killers" was hardcore for Woody Harrelson, really demented..
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@LindaLou (483)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
Ummm...Dustin Hoffman's character in Rainman was autistic. An autist savant. This is most certainly NOT the same as insane, crazy or demented. Those are psychotic people. Autism is a disorder of the nervous system and causes them to be unable to function normally with social interaction, communication, imagination and activities. Autistic savant causes these people to sometimes have extraordinary mental abilities, such as Raymond's mathematical genius in the movie. It doesn't make them dangerous or psychotic killers. Having cleared that up...Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs was, in my opinion the best psychotic killer character in a movie.
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
if only i can edit my title to include autism or any mental disfunction so that Rainman can be a legitimate inclusion in the list.. i stand corrected..i appreciate it..
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• United States
20 Feb 07
I totally agree about Woody Harrelson in Natural Born Killers. He made that film what it is. He was really disturbed in that movie and he really played the demented nature of the character well.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
20 Feb 07
For me it's usually the ones who don't play the demented or crazy person that sticks with me longer. Judd Nelson in Relentless was chilling. There have been a few that really come from out of the blue and make you wonder. I think it's great when they do take risks with their careers and put themselves as the bad guy or the one with problems. Kevin Bacon in Criminal Law really had me going. It was the first one I saw with him where he played the crazy bad guy. Of course in the River Wild he did as well and he was excellent in that one too. There are a lot of those nuts in the movies aren't there?
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@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Jack Nicholson in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Heeerrree's Johnnnie!!!!!
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Dustin Hoffman's Rainman character doesn't fit any of those descriptions his performance of a man with Autism was excellent, and it showed an understanding of people with this time of disability, but in no way was he demented, crazy or insane. Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane This movie creeped me out so much when I was a kid, there was something in Bette Davis' eyes that you could really believe she was unbalanced, that she gave the element of never knowing when she was going to snap. Even after seeing the movie once and knowing what was going to happen I would still get startled by some scenes. Douglas Roberts playing Larry Silver in Patch Adams, the way he moved, his eyes, you knew that something was wrong, that something was off, and while there was nothing to indicate that you should be scared of this person, there was something that made you pause when they showed his face, and sure enough later on he did kill someone. He did this with little to no dialog all with his body language and facial expressions, showing real talent. Of course there is Anthony Perkins in Psycho Doug Hutchison playing Eugene Victor Tooms in two episodes of the tv show X-Files while this is not a movie his performance was so menancing and spooky and scary that it deserved mention.
@phatkat (113)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Thank you for commenting on Dustin Hoffman's character. I am so glad you clarified that Rainman has a disability. Saying that Rainman was demented is like saying Forrest Gump is in the same cell block as Hannibal Lector.
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Thanks, I didn't read this before I commented. Yes you're right, Dustin Hoffman doesn't play an insane man, but an autisic one. Thanks so much for explaining this so well!
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
i'm so sorry, guys, i already stood corrected when an early poster pointed out the fact about Rainman..if only i can edit the post.. good post though..
• United States
20 Feb 07
I was going to say Malkovich..he is my fav actor of all time. He also played a bad guy in a Clint Eastwood movie. I can't remember the title of it, but he was a crazy guy in that movie.
• United States
20 Feb 07
I love him in Dangerous Liasions. He is just so evil, yet likable in that!
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• United States
20 Feb 07
Yep...Dangerous Liasons is my all time favorite movie. :) That is where I first was introduced to Malkovich. LOVE HIM
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• United States
20 Feb 07
My pick is Antony Perkins in Psycho.
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
i knew someone would give this answer
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
how about credit for Jennifer Jason Leigh in "Single White Female"? or how about Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction"?
@brimia (6584)
• United States
23 Feb 07
Yes, I agree with Woody Harrelson in "Natural Born Killers". Christian Bale played a very good murderous psychopath (somewhat humorously) in "American Psycho". Robert DeNiro portrays convincing psychos in "Taxi Driver" and "Cape Fear".
• United States
20 Feb 07
Jack Nicholson is classic. "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" and that Kubrick movie are probably his most famous roles. But let's not forget The Joker from "Batman," or even "Anger Management" and whatever the name of that movie with Helen Hunt was, where he played the guy with OCD. Edward Norton is great too. Primal Fear was fantastic.
@astroo13 (965)
• India
20 Feb 07
Kevin Bacon in the "sleepers". Remember the line when he meets the former children he abused." Yeh I remember you. I made you tough didn't I?" You are not going to get any crazier person than that. Regards
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Raising Cain - John Lithgo's 1992 suspense movie
Dustin Hoffman didn't play a crazy or insane man? He played an autistic person. There's a big difference!For me it would be John Lithgow in Raising Cain.
@steerpyke (396)
20 Feb 07
surprisingly Brad Pitt has done a couple of good roles along those lines, First as the psycho in Kalifornia and then as a nutter in Twelve Monkeys.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
20 Feb 07
John Travolta - One of the most gifted actors in the world.hi is perfect for any role.
his performance in face off as a criminal and a hero was simply awesome.his performances in broken arrow was a class act too.
@bkfuels (1605)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
I would have to say Michael Keaton in Pacific Heights. He was an absolutely nutty villain. He went on to do another movie and played a physco inmate I cannot think of the movie name but Andy Garcia was in it also.