Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ted Levine

When The Silence of the Lambs came out, it was Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster that received all of the awards and acclaim, but it was Ted Levine's brave performance as Buffalo Bill  that proved to be the scariest parts of the movie.

Based on that film alone, the talent of this actor is obvious. And why he ended up featured today on this blog instead of starring in the next big Hollywood drama is a question that will forever linger on my mind.

Probably best known by the mainstream public as Captain Stottlemeyer on Monk, that role doesn't really showcase the depth and creativity that Ted Levine can and has brought to his many film and television characters.

My guess is that after his breakout role in The Silence of the Lambs, Hollywood wanted to type cast him as a crazy. Ted Levine has since spent a career playing against that type and if you see any of his work, especially Georgia, Wonderland or the HBO movie, From the Earth to the Moon, you will realize that Buffalo Bill was just one of many wonderful roles that this talented actor has played, and the reason he's featured today on Not Very Famous...but should be.

1 comment:

  1. I knew him from Monk, as I avoid watching Jodie Foster in anything...but upon hearing what a terrific scare the Bee-hey-soos out of you role he had in Silence OTL, I tried to watch just for him. He TRANSFORMED into that part and was almost unrecognizable. Rare talent. Read an interview where he told both of his parents had been physicians,moved to Appalachia to practice. Hence he described himself as 'a Hillbilly Jew'. Fantastic guy.