The underacting hall of fame

Slide show: We praise subtlety — actors with no need to chew the scenery. Would you guess one is Bruce Willis?

By Matt Zoller Seitz

Published October 1, 2011 5:25AM (EDT)

 Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood

Last week's slide show, "The Overacting Hall of Fame," celebrated excess. This follow-up honors the art of understatement, citing 10 performers who've proven that less can be more.

I'd go into more detail here about the art of underacting, but that would be contrary to the spirit of the enterprise, now, wouldn't it? Better to just get on with it.

I think you know good underacting when you see it, and I hope you'll list your own nominees for the Underacting Hall of Fame in the Letters section.

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