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Hollywood stars are all the rage. You’ve got Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, etc.. Yet, what about those actors that are much more low-key, but still manage to steal whatever scene they’re in? Sure, they may not be household names, but they should be the names on moviegoers’ lips. So, we’re spotlighting 10 character actors that deserve a little more shine.

Name: Margo Martindale
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Paris, je t’aime; August: Osage County; Million Dollar Baby 
Where You’ll See Them Next: Wilson, Table 19
Why You Should Be Watching Them: If the fact that she’s a recurring character on Bojack Horseman isn’t enough proof of how universally beloved Margo Martindale is, one need only look at the performances she’s given over the years. From a monstrous mother to a sweetly ambitious tourist to everything in between, she is a master at disappearing into a role.

Name: Shea Whigham
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Kong: Skull Island, Take Shelter, Lila & Eve
Where You’ll See Them Next: LAbyrinth, Death Note
Why You Should Be Watching Them: With Kong and Take Shelter in particular, it’s become clear that Shea Whigham can hold his own against even the most intense of our contemporary screen presences. He also makes the most of the material he gets, creating memorable characters out of limited screen time.

Name: Elena Anaya
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Van Helsing, The Skin I Live In, The Infiltrator
Where You’ll See Them Next: The Summit, Wonder Woman 
Why You Should Be Watching Them: With roles in action movies, twisted thrillers, and romantic comedies, Elena Anaya has proven that she can do anything. Her onscreen presence is naturally sharp, and should make her more than a match for Wonder Woman.

Name: Ewen Bremner
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Death at a Funeral, Snowpiercer, T2 Trainspotting
Where You’ll See Them Next: Renegades, Wonder Woman
Why You Should Be Watching Them: With features nothing short of elastic, Ewen Bremner’s shown himself capable of finding the pathos in every role he takes, no matter how clownish his character may seem.

Name: Courtney B. Vance
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Office Christmas Party, The Hunt for Red October
Where You’ll See Them Next: The Mummy, Isle of Dogs
Why You Should Be Watching Them: Throughout his career, Courtney B. Vance has proven more than able to balance drama with humor, and the new Mummy, with Tom Cruise at the helm, looks like it’ll be a perfect outlet for both (dialed up to twenty). Isle of Dogs is sure to be worth catching, too, as the stop-motion picture will feature voice performances from Vance as well as others of Wes Anderson’s repertory players.

Name: Demián Bichir
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Che, The Heat, The Hateful Eight, A Better Life
Where You’ll See Them Next: Alien: Covenant, Walden
Why You Should Be Watching Them: Bichir is a slight exception to the rule, as he’s carried movies on his own before, but never quite been given the leading man slot in Hollywood. He’s more on the sidelines in his upcoming films, but they’ll still be worth seeking out, especially Alien: Covenant, which is already generating a lot of buzz and mystery.

Name: Djimon Hounsou
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Blood Diamond, The Tempest, Guardians of the Galaxy
Where You’ll See Them Next: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Same Kind of Different as Me
Why You Should Be Watching Them: In The Tempest, Hounsou lent a tremendous amount of nuance to a character that was truly a monster. He’s been pigeonholed before, but even when that’s the case, his performances are magnetic.

Name: Stephen Graham
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: This is England, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Season of the Witch
Where You’ll See Them Next: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Journey’s End
Why You Should Be Watching Them: This is England offered up what was easily one of the most blistering, affecting performances of the decade, and in the parts that Graham has received in Hollywood since, he’s proven capable of putting a note of that humanity into even the most comic of roles.

Name: Kenneth Choi
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: The Wolf of Wall Street, Captain America: The First Avenger
Where You’ll See Them Next: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Bright
Why You Should Be Watching Them: Having built up a body of work that’s made it clear he can play one tough nut to crack, it’ll be fun watching him play a character in Homecoming that, judging by his name, just might be a connective thread to the first Captain America movie. He’ll also be in the pilot of the new show from Nahnatchka Kahn, creator of Fresh Off the Boat.

Name: Tony Revolori
Where You’ve Seen Them Before: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The 5th Wave, Dope
Where You’ll See Them Next: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Please Stand By
Why You Should Be Watching Them: Revolori’s turn as Zero in The Grand Budapest Hotel was a revelation, and seeing him in a superhero movie — let alone one stacked with other young talent — is sure to be a treat.

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