BILLY BOB THORTON AS WILLIE T. STOKES IN BAD SANTA (2003)

We like actors that can put a little bit of themselves into the roles they’re playing. And if you ever see Billy Bob Thorton in his spare time he certainly resembles a bedraggled old boozehound, so he was perfect for the role of a whiskey soaked mall Santa in Bad Santa.

The dark comedy was a nasty romp and has become an instant Christmas classic based almost solely on Thorton's performance. Cursing at children, back-dooring horny shoppers, and throwing a drunken tantrum in the middle of a department store—Thorton's performance was a gift to us all.