If I can point to the single greatest reason why Steve Buscemi is awesome, it’s that there’s no one like him in Hollywood. I dare anyone to come up with three actors who are anything like Steve Buscemi. No one looks like him. No one has his exact voice or mannerisms, or anything close. Plenty of actors are surrounded by lookalikes and people who can effortlessly imitate them.
While there are Steve Buscemi impersonators out there, I’ve never seen anyone who can really portray him correctly. Personally, contrary to popular belief, I don’t think John Waters looks anything like Steve Buscemi. Steve Buscemi is truly one of a kind, and that means a lot in an industry that encourages everyone to be more or less the same.
Steve Buscemi’s appearance is the detail that most people comment on immediately, and indeed, there aren’t too many people who look like him. Everyone notices his googly eyes. Lots of people will say that he’s strange looking in a way that they can’t truly identify, but that they can still recognize. One way or another, it is the sort of thing that causes you to really take notice of him onscreen. Chances are, he’s going to be filmed right next to some gorgeous male or female lead, and he’s going to look like he came from an entirely different movie. Once he starts acting, you’re going to want to wish that you were watching that movie instead.
Steve Buscemi has a tendency to play the kinds of characters that other people just don’t have the courage to play, which is one of the reasons why he creates so many great characters in the first place. A lot of people don’t want to play the frightened neurotic. They want to be the action heroes that everyone views as role models onscreen. Steve Buscemi does something different. He creates the characters that people can actually relate to, and not just the people that they want to be in order to fantasize.
One of the other interesting things about Steve Buscemi in general is that he is also able to make technically unlikable characters likable. You’ll see Steve Buscemi in all sorts of roles where he’s playing someone extremely creepy, extremely cowardly, or someone who’s an outright criminal. However, the character still manages to be likable because of the unique touch that Steve Buscemi manages to bring to the character. There aren’t too many actors who are that talented, which is just another quality that manages to make Steve Buscemi such a rare find.