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9 Actors Who Totally Stole Movies From Their Co-Stars

Leading stars, who serve as the heart of the movie, are always chosen with absolute care, but in some cases, supporting characters become the saving grace of the movies.

In fact, movie studios are a business trying to set up with only one thing in mind: convincing the public to pay to see their movies. Although most movies are based on who’s acting in them, sometimes a supporting actor will perform so perfectly that they become the most unforgettable part of the movie. These actors are typically built around the lead and overshadow main characters to such an extent that it becomes their movie instead. For example, in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, Jack Sparrow sails in on a sinking ship and completely steal William Turner’s show, or Furiosa becomes the read road warrior in “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

It is time to get some popcorn and look at this list of 9 supporting characters in movies that stole the spotlight from the lead characters and stayed in viewers’ minds long.

#1 Johnny Depp stole “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” from Orlando Bloom

Source: Buena Vista Pictures

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was intended to be an Orlando Bloom vehicle because after the success of the “Lord of the Rings”, the actor was considered a rising star. In “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, he was introduced as a blacksmith, unaware of his pirate origins. The screenplay may give Will Turner the grand romance and the self-discovery arc, but it’s Captain Jack’s show. Bloom was relegated to supporting duty.

#2 Chloe Moretz And Nicolas Cage stole “Kick-Ass” from Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Source: Lionsgate

“Kick-Ass” is a comedy superhero film, which tells the story of an ordinary teenager Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) setting out to become a real-life superhero. Although it is Dave’s story, not only Cage unsurprisingly steals scenes as the former cop turned Batman-esque crusader but also Big Daddy’s expertly trained 11-year-old daughter takes center stage.

#3 Harrison Ford stole “Star Wars” from Mark Hamill

Source: 20th Century Fox

Despite his supporting character, Harrison Ford portrayed Han Solo so greatly that it becomes perhaps the most iconic character in “Star Wars”. While Hamill did more than an adequate job as Luke, it’s damn near impossible to compete with Ford’s swagger. His role as Han was the catalyst for his decades-long leading-man stardom.

#4 Zach Galifianakis stole “The Hangover” from Bradley Cooper

Source: Warner Bros.

“The Hangover” sees 4 men drive to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. In the movie, Bradley Cooper is the most recognizable actor. He portrayed Phil, the obvious alpha of the wolf pack, the only bona fide “leading man” in the bunch. But the true star was Alan played by Zach Galifianakis. Many were impressed by the scene where Zach straps a baby to his chest, gets tasered in the face, and admits to giving the pack roofies to make their night more fun.

#5 Will Smith stole “Bad Boys” from Martin Lawrence

Source: Columbia Pictures

“Bad Boys” starred Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as two narcotics detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey. When watching the movie, many viewers realized that Smith’s star power turned out to be monumental compared to that of Lawrence. The actor is central to the action.

#6 Jeff Goldblum stole “Jurassic Park” from Sam Neill

Source: Universal Pictures

Despite the importance of Grant’s point of view as the movie’s ostensible protagonist, Dr. Ian Malcolma who predicts things going awry from the jump becomes the star of the movie. The character repeatedly preaches about how “life finds a way”. As a result, the aforementioned quote has become the series’ most memorable, and Goldblum’s charismatic character is easily the franchise’s most popular.

#7 Neil Patrick Harris stole “How I Met Your Mother” from Josh Radnor

Source: 20th Century Fox

Despite Josh Radnor’s great performance, many fans admitted that they were glued to their screens because of the sly, womanizing character of Barney Stinson. Some said that the show might not be successful if Stinson wasn’t in it.

#8 Heath Ledger stole “The Dark Knight” from Christian Bale

Source: Warner Bros.

Heath Ledger’s portrayal of a mass-murdering psychopath known as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” is arguably one of the greatest movie performances of all time. His performance was beyond excellence. Although Christian Bale took on the role of Batman well, Ledger stole the entire movie and elevated it to the heights of the greatest superhero movie ever. The actor won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

#9 Anne Hathaway stole “Les Misérables” from Hugh Jackman

Source: Universal Pictures

Anne Hathaway owns not only her stunning beauty but impressive acting skills to triumph in Hollywood. Besides positive reviews, if Les Misérables proved anything it was certain that the screen belonged to no one else but Hathaway. For her incredible performance, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Of course, we can’t deny the effort of Hugh Jackman.