Let me explain this: I honestly thought it was an ingenious idea to list 18 most surprising performances instead of the usual male, female, child and so on. Surprising is a positive word, but a less used one than "favourite" or "best" - at least in the blogging world. So off I went, opened Google, typed "most surprising performances" to get some input - and you can imagine what I found.
Just to make this very clear in case some people looking for something... else... this is simply a list of the most surprising acting performances I've seen. Actors or actresses that have surprised me with a performance of a character that was very different from what I had seen of their work, and what I had prejudiced them to be capable of....
EMMA Stone – Easy A
Because I had no real opinion on her after Crazy. Stupid. Love. And because she was funny.
ALAN Rickman – Love, Actually
Because he was so... modern!
ZACH Galifianakis – It's Kind of a Funny Story
Because there was depth to his character.
EDWARD Norton – Fight Club
Because again; I had no opinion on him. Except I thought he was one of the most boring looking actors in the world.
SALMAN Khan – Dabangg
Because this was the first time I understood why he is worshipped by the average Indian.
JOSEPH-GORDON Levitt – Mysterious Skin
Because he was never - before or after - more attractive than in this one. And devastating. As far as I know.
PENELOPE Cruz – Vicky Christina Barcelona
Because I finally found out what sexiness means.
QUVENZHANÉ Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Because it was the rawest, most brutal and most breathtaking child performance I have seen in my life.
KENNETH Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Because my picture of him was a blonde, handsome Hamlet. And yet that image disappeared as soon as Lawrence Olivier entered the scene.
JESSICA Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Because she was so fragile, so angry, so wild, so smart and so lonely.
ZACH Efron – Liberal Arts
Because it was different with a capital D.
KEIRA Knightley – Bend It Like Beckham
Because it was so typical.
AAMIR Khan – Andaz Apna Apna
Because he really was an idiot in this one.
ROBERT Pattinson – Remember Me
Because he proved that shade of talent I had sensed beneath the glimmer to be true.
PRIYANKA Chopra – Kaminey
Because you could finally see her expressions and talent without all the make-up.
KATE Winslet – Little Children
Because she wore no corset - and was still as wonderful as with it.
JIM Carrey – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Because of the haircut. No, I think it was more than that.
CATE Blanchett – I'm Not There.
Because in the first few moments, I wasn't sure whether this really was her.