He had only a few scenes scattered here and there in the assassination comedy of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (pictured), but Vaughn gave a sharp film extra bite. Despite the high wattage of costars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, he was unforgettable as Pitt's addled boss, a particular incident with Mom and a gun comes to mind. A tight turn can pay off big: Consider the Oscar nomination William Hurt picked up for a riveting few minutes in "A History of Violence."
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