Playing a supporting character is a tough gig, as often you are there to simply further the lead’s story. As a result, these characters often do not have an enormous amount of depth or range. Sometimes, however, the writers will create phenomenal supporting characters that prove to be integral to the film, and sometimes these will be the characters that first spring to mind when thinking of the movie. In order for these characters to steal the spotlight from the lead character, however, they will also have to be played by an actor of the highest caliber who is able to bring the role to life. Here are 10 memorable supporting characters from film history.
10. Jeffrey Goines – 12 Monkeys (1995)
Terry Gilliam’s twisting, bizarre neo-noir science fiction film 12 Monkeys stars Bruce Willis journeying through time to discover the cause of a virus that has wiped out most of the world’s population, and it is a wild and enthralling ride that keeps you guessing throughout. The madness of the film is only possible through the supporting character of Jeffrey Goines, who is expertly played by Brad Pitt. Willis’s character, James Cole, first meets Goines after travelling back in time and being admitted to a mental institution. Goines displays fanatical views and goes on epic rants, and he is soon revealed to be the leader of an organization thought to be involved with the virus. It is an electrifying performance from Pitt which adds to the mania of the film, and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.