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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I Love Supporting Actors: Leland Orser

You know, this guy:
Notable Roles:

Crazed Man in Massage Parlour - "Se7en"

Lt. DeWindt - "Saving Private Ryan"

Dr. Lucien Dubenko - "E.R."

Martin Collier - "24"

Why He's Awesome:

He's just a solid actor who can do pretty much anything. Instead of a litany of performances, let's just focus on his role in "Se7en."

The guy doesn't even have a name, but I promise you remember that scene. After several murders that come out of nowhere, cops Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are finally only one step behind the killer. They find the sex shop where he ordered an apparatus with a blade where the genitals should be. When they get to a brothel too late to stop the gruesome murder, they manage to finally get a witness, Leland Orser.

In a film full of intense imagery, this murder was simply too graphic to show on film. As an audience, we don't miss anything. The writing describes the scene, but it's Orser's performance that sells it. The absolute horror with which he recounts the murder gives you chills. He makes the most unnerving scene in a very graphic movie, a scene where a dude sits in a room and tells a story. That, good friends, is why he's awesome.

You'd Be Surprised to Learn:

As a little joke, David Cronenberg named the dudes Viggo Mortensen kills at the beginning of "A History of Violence" Leland Jones and William Orser.

Check out his imdb page.

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