Peter Sarsgaard, the actor in An Education, is the also the guy from Boys Don't Cry. Need I say more?
I do; his performance in the latter was so pitch-perfect I was sure the director, Kimberly Peirce, had simply picked a piece of white trash off the road and dumped it in her movie, convinced the guy to read some lines and be ultra violent and asshole to women, as I was sure he must have been in real life. John Lotter, the character in Boys Don't Cry was so real, so raw, so disgusting it couldn't possibly be that he was portrayed by some kind of polished actor. What did I know? Turns out that actor picks some pretty perfect movies to be in. I highly recommend both.