You know the feeling. You’re about to write off a so-so trailer, movie or show, when suddenly they appear: that actor or actress that immediately elevates the material with their mere presence. Setting aside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (as he’s a given), here’s a brief, incomplete roll call for some of these legends:

Michael Keaton

Jennifer Coolidge

Rip Torn

Jeffrey Wright

John Lithgow

Randy Quaid

Idris Elba

Martin Mull

Sarah Paulson

J.K. Simmons