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
6. Matt Damon in "The Informant!" (2009)
At some point in the past decade, without ever seeming to shoot too hard for it, Matt Damon became one of our most valuable and dependable movie stars -- but while he's carved a comfortable niche for himself as Hollywood's conscientious dramatic everyman, it's Soderbergh who has best exploited his ample capacity for comedy. He was the gamely dorky MVP of the "Ocean's" films, but it's in this playful, tonally counterintuitive spin on a true-life corporate scandal that he offered up his most surprising work to date -- as Mark Whitacre, a schlubby whistleblower in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the 1990s, he's ideally cast as an average Joe floundering under the absurd weight of his own dishonesty.