10 Supporting Roles You Love-to-Love

From Steve Buscemi to Fogell from Superbad here is a list of the unsung heroes that embrace the big screen. Often times their roles bring more charisma and attitude than any "A-list" celebrity. Here is a partial view of what I call the "Third Men Out."

1.    Steve Buscemi

It’s hard to narrow down the best of Steve Buscemi’s oddball characters. Possibly it’s as Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, a character you love-to-love, even though you’re repulsed by his outlook on life. He isn’t the main character in Reservoir Dogs, but director Quentin Tarantino gives him a long piece of dialogue to begin the movie. Sitting around the lunch table with the other men in the gang, Mr. Pink explains why he doesn’t tip waitresses: 

Mr. Pink: “I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.” See the rest of Mr. Pink’s quotes here:  http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0002671/quotes

If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant/diner in America you would automatically not admire this character. Instead this bit of dialogue makes us want to search for another character to relate with- the main character. Which is exactly the point of the “Third man out.” Buscemi is great at this role. Even if it’s a small role such as Donny in Big Lebowski, a man described by his Vietnam War vet friend as “out of his element” or as criminal Carl Showalter in Fargo, described as a “funny-looking guy” by two Minnesota hookers. The “Third man out” can also be a comedic relief, such as Buscemi’s role in countless Adam Sandler movies.  

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