Developing the main character is the basis of any good film. As a rule, their emotions, personal growth, and relationship with other characters exist to help move the plot forward. However, sometimes minor characters overshadow the big stars, thanks to their enormous charisma and maybe a more interesting, niche image.
Naturally, there are dozens if not hundreds of movies where a secondary character outright steals the show, but today we’ll take a look at the seven most prominent ones.
1. “The Silence of the Lambs” — Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins)
Did any of you know that Lecter had only like 20 minutes of screen time in the “Lambs”? I sure didn’t. He immediately captivates and attracts the audience’s attention with his cold yet polite psycho vibe. And he’s just a tiny man in a grey cell!
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past — Quicksilver (Evans Peters)
Pietro Maximoff, nicknamed “Quicksilver,” only had a couple of scenes in “X-Men: DoFP,” but now every single fan wants him to migrate to the MCU. All that thanks to a two-minute-long scene, where he saves the heroes from the Pentagon guards, gracefully pushing bullets away and pointing pistols in different directions in super slow-motion. Quicksilver singlehandedly diluted the serious and gloomy plot with his appearance, brought a bit of humor to the growing drama.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. All — Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin)
Throughout the entire movie, Scott is accompanied by his friend and room-mate Wallace, played by Kieran Culkin. With his matter-of-fact demeanor and deadpan line delivery, Wallace is the highlight of the movie, constantly giving funny but effective advice to Scott, teasing him in every possible way throughout the entire film.