The internet is always coming up with its’ next viral social media trend, and this one may be one of our favorites. Fans are posting popular actors and entertainers, who “understood the assignment,” or in the realm of acting, understood the role.
The trend started a few days ago, around April 4, when Twitter users began posting a series of photos recognizing the work of their favorite entertainers. The list of accomplished actors that would follow are infamous for masterfully executing a role in both film and television. The art of acting is centered around an actor’s choice in each scene, and the performers mentioned in this trend are those who make skillful choices.
Maybe, the latest Tina documentary inspired people to go back on Angela Bassett’s catalogue of legendary films. She always nails the assignment. From What’s Love Got To Do With It, Waiting to Exhale, to American Horror Story, Bassett slays in every role she takes on and we’re convinced she was meant for each part.
Is it even a list without the goat of all things talent? Jamie Foxx can sing, act, and his impressions are gold. Foxx is masterful at nailing the role. From his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray to Django Unchained, fans believe him. Give Jamie his things!
Next, we have Joan Cusack. Unsure if she would be considered highly-underrated, but we definitely don’t talk about her talents enough. Cusack has appeared in several classic films from The Addams Family, Sixteen Candles and the Showtime series, Shameless. She’s usually casted as the wonky and a bit out-of-touch character, but it works for her. The photos listed below show a bit more of her range.
Of course, we could not leave our moms and aunties favorite Black actor out of the conversation. Mr. Denzel Washington has always understood the assignment since he first appeared onscreen. There are actually too many films to name, but John Q and American Gangster alone will say enough about his consistently stellar performances. The man is talented.
Though, some users argue that Washington plays the same character in every role. *Sips tea.
This next actress is one of our favorites, and it wasn’t until her latest role in the hit series Schitt’s Creek that people began to give her, her due flowers. Catherine O’Hara is the gift that keeps on giving in each role she touches. She has been performing for years. O’Hara has given life to roles in many cult classic films and series such as Home Alone and Beetlejuice. There isn’t a moment we can recall where she hasn’t understood the assignment.
Larenz Tate is another actor who was mentioned amongst the all-star students in film and TV. The actor has appeared in timeless films like Love Jones, Dead Presidents, and Starz’s Power series. He certainly has the range and delivers in each role he takes on.
Viola Davis is the queen of spot-on reactions in the many drama series and films she’s starred in. The mainstream began to fall in love with her in How to Get Away With Murder and fans grew to love her even more for her performances in other works like Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
We couldn’t finalize a list of actors recognized in this social media trend without mentioning Angelina Jolie who literally always understands the role. She has given effortless depth to each character. From her roles in the films Maleficent, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Girl, Interrupted, she is the assignment.
What other actors should be acknowledged in this trend?
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