From Frank Langella to Hope Davis, the Most Undervalued Actors in Movies

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These character actors often disappear so far into their roles that they aren't recognized offscreen.

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Robot & Frank, out now in New York and expanding to more markets in the coming weeks, is a charming and surprisingly heartfelt robot buddy heist movie; it is also a vehicle for the great Frank Langella, and one which prompts the question, "Can't Frank Langella just be in everything?" One of the many drawbacks of the star-based, high-dollar climate in Hollywood is that, too often, the only actors who get attention and kudos are the paycheck players. Langella is one of the many fine thespians who don't get enough credit for the good work that they're doing—nor do they get cast as often as they should. Here are just a few more great actors who don't get the props they deserve.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire, and has also written for Slate, Salon, and the Village Voice.

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