Portraying a character under the influence of alcohol often requires an understanding of human behavior and a skilled approach to acting. Here are six of the most acclaimed drunk-acting scenes for you to watch and enjoy.
6. Catherine O’Hara – Waiting for Guffman
In ‘Waiting for Guffman,’ Catherine O’Hara’s approach to playing a drunk character involves acting as though she is trying to appear sober yet failing. Her portrayal is not only convincing in terms of physical mannerisms, such as hand movements and speech patterns, but also adds a layer of realism and depth to her performance. O’Hara’s talent in drunk acting is also seen in other roles, such as in ‘Orange County.‘
5. Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Jon Hamm’s Don Draper in ‘Mad Men’ represents various stages of drunkenness. Hamm’s performance is enhanced by effective makeup, including sweat beads and an ashen complexion. Overall, the series itself is appreciated for its realistic approach to the aftermath of heavy drinking, including hangovers.
4. Kaitlin Olson – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Kaitlin Olson’s approach to playing a drunk character in ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ involves portraying someone attempting to appear composed despite being highly drunk. This method shows the authentic struggle of a character trying to maintain control while under the influence.
3. John Dunsworth – Trailer Park Boys
John Dunsworth’s performance as Mr. Lahey in ‘Trailer Park Boys’ is one of the most famous drunk acts, showing both the humorous and tragic elements of alcoholism. His talent is particularly impressive, given that Dunsworth was not a drinker in real life.
2. Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round
In ‘Another Round,’ Mads Mikkelsen plays a character exploring the effects of alcohol. His preparation for the role included experimenting with varying levels of intoxication to understand and accurately depict the stages of drunkenness. This research helped him deliver a performance that is both believable and informative about alcohol consumption.
1. Evan Peters – Mare of Easttown
Evan Peters’ performance in a bar scene alongside Kate Winslet in ‘Mare of Easttown’ comes forward with its realism and authenticity. Peters’ portrayal, which won him an Emmy, was achieved through meticulous preparation, including using vinegar shots to induce realistic facial expressions. According to fan comments, the scene is a very convincing depiction of drunkenness.