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Circuit Q&A: Remembering Anton Yelchin – What’s Your Favorite Performance?

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Anton Yelchin would have been 31 years old today. His untimely death was a shock, snuffing out a life that was just getting started. Yelchin had a whole career in front of him but had already made such an impact, which the documentary “Love, Antosha” gets into. Today, for his birthday, we want to find out which of his roles you’re most fond of. Plus, if you’re not totally familiar with his work, you can use this as a handy starting point.

In terms of a wide audience, Yelchin is certainly best known for his involvement in the “Star Trek” franchise. His performance as Chekov is one of the many reasons why this interpretation of the property worked so well. Whether the current group of cast members continues in the series or not, his contribution will decidedly be missed.

Other Yelchin roles that garnered some acclaim include  “Alpha Dog,” “Green Room,” “Like Crazy,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Those titles each generated some buzz, and in particular with “Like Crazy,” contended for some Oscar love. While co-stars like Felicity Jones deservedly got a lot of attention, sleeping on his work, in addition to snubbing it, was a real shame.

If you’re looking for some underrated turns of his, look to “5 to 7,” “The Beaver,” “Charlie Bartlett,” and “Rudderless.” He was long a rock of indie cinema, putting forth challenging and interesting work that defied easy description. In particular, “5 to 7” represents one of his very best performances, while “The Beaver” was sadly overshadowed by the bad behavior of Mel Gibson.

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We want to hear about your tributes to Anton Yelchin now. On his birthday, which movies or performances of his are your favorites? Is there something you’ll be watching today to honor him? Let us know!

What are your favorite Anton Yelchin films or performances? Discuss in the comments below!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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Joey Magidson

He was always a really underrated actor to me.


Green Room and Like Crazy take it for me, a less talked about role of his I really enjoyed was Thoroughbreds, I remember walking out of that film thinking he did a great job with a supporting role that could have honestly been pretty one dimensional with a lot of other actors.


I always loved the charisma he brought to Rudderless. The dude has ‘movie star’ written all over him in that one. Also, the amount of range Anton has to cycle through in Green Room is always impressive.


Completely agree with Ben actually. It’s Green Room, Like Crazy, Thoroughbreds(felt exactly how Ben felt with that role), Rudderless and The Beaver in that order for me. Also had a nice supporting role in Experimenter. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the Star Trek performances. Definitely will always wonder what direction his acting career would have went in.


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