chew the scenery

chew the scenery

To be exaggeratedly or flamboyantly melodramatic or overly emotional while acting a role, as for television, theater, or film. I hated working with him on that play—every night he'd go out and chew the scenery so much that he was the only one the audience noticed! I love watching hammy actors chew the scenery in bad movies.
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But all in all, it's great fun, the cast are a hoot - John McGrellis and Lindzi Germain chew the scenery as rival sub captains, and the Bear-lero might just be worth the ticket price alone.
What the film may lack in originality it makes up for in exhilarating action sequences and strong performances, with Affleck noticeably giving himself the least showy role and allowing his co-stars to chew the scenery.
What the film may lack in originality, it makes up for in exhilarating action sequences and strong performances, with Affleck noticeably giving himself the least showy role and allowing his co-stars to chew the scenery.
Director: Ben Affleck Star rating: makes up for in exhilarating action sequences and strong performances, with Affleck noticeably giving himself the least showy role and allowing his co-stars to chew the scenery.
In her new short movie, directed by Matthew Pellowski, Collins--who has demonstrated that she can chew the scenery in campy roles--shows off her genuine acting chops.
Hanks and the rest of this talented cast get to chew the scenery - including Rance Howard, the director's father, as one of the cardinals - but you get the sense that this is not a film any of them will be pointing to with pride in the future.
Trapped beneath tons of dust and brick, he has no opportunity to chew the scenery, and instead relies on his power to pour emotion into the simplest facial expression or cry of pain.
It all added up to a major temptation to chew the scenery, but even as melodramatic fireworks exploded all around her, Beals chose to play it real.
I suspect that Pape, as a properly trained German artist, finds it a bit declasse to chew the scenery (as so many of his colleagues do in performing the part); he's still a bit uptight, but it's a commanding performance nonetheless.
Which means, as is often the case in action movies, it's the bad guys who get to chew the scenery.
Because his is a great story, full of highs and lows, with plenty of opportunities to chew the scenery, which for the most part Harris eschews.
She does, however, get to chew the scenery big time in ``A Defenseless Creature'' playing an unstable peasant trying to exact a claim from a bum-footed bank manager.
It stars ol' cheekbones himself Johnny Depp, Frank Langella turns up to chew the scenery, and Lena Olin and Emmanuelle Seigner provide the foreign totty quota that we expect from a Roman Polanski film.
From the vastly popular X-Files with its "The Truth Is Out There" motto and Agent Mulder's office wall poster reading "I Want to Believe," to last summer's more lighthearted box office hit Men in Black or the youth-market film Spawn, with its graphic and medieval Hell (evil always films better than its opposite, and bad guys get to chew the scenery, which is why angels do better in books than on screen), there seems to be a pervasive longing to be part of something bigger than the merely mundane, seemingly insoluable and often sordid problems of either Cops or the 6 o'clock news.
Wilkinson gets to chew the scenery as Uncle Howard.