Bold Face: Character

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A character actor is a supporting actor skilled at playing distinctly unusual, interesting or eccentric characters. Often they are almost unrecognizable from part to part but the good ones have played many roles convincingly and memorably. In this week’s Bold Face, we feature three such actors who have excelled at making their characters more famous than themselves...

Whiplash is a drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle based on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band. Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a first-year jazz student drummer at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York. Conductor Terence Fletcher, played by consummate character actor, J. K. Simmons, accepts Andrew into his studio band as the alternate for the core drummer. Fletcher is abusive toward his students, mocking and insulting them. For his performance in Whiplash, Simmons won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Simmons wears the new Flexon Sun Collection style FS-5025 from Marchon

Robert Davi has one of those faces you instantly recognize the minute it hits the screen but maybe you couldn’t immediately pull the actor’s name to mind. A prolific actor, Davi was in five movies in 2014, the biggest of which was Expendables 3 and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, all while on tour to promote his album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance. He also has had a long career, spanning 37 years and more than 130 films, including a drug lord villain in the Bond classic, License to Kill; and criminal Jake Fratelli in the classic 80’s movie, The Goonies. In 2015, he has several more films on tap and continues his concert tour. He was recently snapped while in New York for a performance wearing the Celine Classic Black 807 sunglasses from Safilo.

Someone as good looking as Rodrigo Santoro tends to stand out, but the handsome actor has made a very successful career out of transforming himself into some surprising roles. Brazilian and quite famous in his home country, he has appeared in many successful American movies, including the wildly popular Love Actually in 2003, the black comedy I Love You Phillip Morris in 2009 and most recognizably (or not!) as the Persian "God-King" Xerxes in 300 in 2006 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire in 2014. Not to mention being a series regular, Paulo, in the television series Lost. Santoro is in theaters again now as Rafael Garriga, an Argentinean billionaire, in Will Smith’s latest film, Focus. In the film and promotional posters, Santoro can be seen wearing the Malibu sunglass from Sama Eyewear.