Bill Hader’s 10 best performances of all time (so far)

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8. Inside Out

Original Release Date: June 19, 2015

Box Office: Grossed $857.6 million worldwide, making $90.4 million in its opening weekend, making it the highest opening for an original title at the time.

Critical Review: Critical acclaim from both critics and audiences. It won several awards including a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award, an Annie Award, a Satellite Award, and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

About the Role: I didn’t rank Inside Out higher on the list because I decided to keep the focus on Hader’s live-action performances over his vocal ones. He’s done so many voice roles that it would have filled up every slide, so I left them all out except for Fear.

In a story about a little girl and her developing personality, inside of her mind are the physical representations of her emotions. Hader voices Fear, a nervous nelly who panics over every little thing. His panic makes him incredibly chaotic, which, ironically, is the last thing a frightened individual needs to be.

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Simply the Best: Leave it to Pixar to ask the question, “what if feelings had feelings?” Living inside the mind of a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) are personifications of her five basic emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Their job is to try and get Riley through each day in one piece, but when her parents uproot and move to San Francisco they find the job getting harder.

Do you remember the pain of puberty? The angst and conflicting emotions swimming all over the place? Well, imagine if there were colorful creatures living inside your mind that were meant to manage you during that time because that’s exactly what Riley’s emotion friends have to deal with. However, in their desire to protect Riley, they often exclude Sadness from their activities, unintentionally causing repressed turmoil within Riley.

The film has an important message about the need for empathy, warning that the suppression of emotions won’t make them go away but instead keeps everything else from moving on. There is also the unbearable scene featuring Bing Bong who represents the end of childhood innocence. If you haven’t seen it, bring tissues and clutch them to your chest the moment Bing Bong appears.