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SLIDE SHOW: The Underacting Hall of Fame

SLIDE SHOW: The Underacting Hall of Fame

We praise subtlety — actors with no need to chew the scenery. Would you guess one is Bruce Willis?

By Matt Zoller Seitz
Press Play Contributor

Last week’s slide show, The Overacting Hall of Fame, celebrated excess. This follow-up honors the art of understatement, citing 10 performers who’ve proven that less can be more.

I’d go into more detail here about the art of underacting, but that would be contrary to the spirit of the enterprise, now, wouldn’t it? Better to just get on with it.

I think you know good underacting when you see it, and I hope you’ll list your own nominees for the Underacting Hall of Fame in the Letters section.

You can view Matt’s slide show here at Salon.

A critic, journalist and filmmaker, Matt Zoller Seitz is the staff TV columnist for and the founder of Press Play.

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