William H. Macy supercut: revisit the roles of Hollywood's number one loser.

This Supercut Proves It: William H. Macy Is Hollywood’s No. 1 Loser

This Supercut Proves It: William H. Macy Is Hollywood’s No. 1 Loser

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April 30 2015 8:50 AM

This Supercut Proves It: William H. Macy Is Hollywood’s No. 1 Loser

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US actor William H. Macy poses during a photocall for the TV show 'Shameless' as part of the 2011 Monte Carlo Television Festival held at the Grimaldi Forum on June 9, 2011 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The Monte Carlo Television Festival held since 1961, aims at encouraging the new art form of television. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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When I saw the title of the Huffington Post’s latest movie mashup—“William H. Macy Is Cinema’s Number One Loser”—I thought: Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. After watching it, though, I’m sold. Has any actor been humiliated and abused—both physically and emotionally—as thoroughly as Macy? This deftly edited supercut, which draws scenes from 27 films, revisits all the betrayals, rejections, insults, and bad haircuts the actor has endured over the years.

It’ll also remind you why Macy keeps getting cast as a sad sack: He lends an uncommon depth and humanity to even the least likable characters. And luckily for audiences, casting directors realize they have a rare talent in Macy—he has roles in three movies in post-production, according to IMDB—which means that we’ll hopefully continue to enjoy watching nebbishy Macy creations for years to come.

L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.