In Contention's Top 10 Performances in Steven Soderbergh Films
With 'Magic Mike' on the way, a look at the actors who excelled in the director's work
8. Jennifer Lopez in "Out of Sight" (1998)
Sneer if you like, but before she became a singer, perfume mascot and thoroughly undiscriminating talent-show judge, Jennifer Lopez was a full-time actress -- and had she stuck with mainstream projects this smart, in roles this well-tailored to her natural charms, her name might command more respect today. As Karen Sisco, a spiky US Marshal annoyed to find herself falling for her quarry, Lopez keeps her character compellingly half-closed, retaining a sour edge that Sandra Bullock, originally considered for the role, might have sweetened -- and thereby maintaining a slightly terse chemistry with George Clooney that gives this otherwise jaunty noir its bruised, heartsore beauty.