Inspired by the worst actor thread...which movie performance do you think is the all-time worst?%0D\
Meryl Streep in "Out of Africa."\
Julianne Moore, seriously
Glennie dear, how is that little satellite TV series working out for you?
Martin Short "Clifford". Now, thread closed.
Flame me all you want but I thought John Travolta was absolutely awful in "Hairspray", followed by Patrick Swazey in "To Wong Foo..."%0D\
In both instances, masculine leading men afraid to let go, for diverse reasons.
Travolta''s Spa & Swazey''s Ballet Slippers
Tom Hanks, "Forrest Gump." He got everything wrong.
Keanu Reeves - Dracula
Paris Hilton in "The Hottie and the Nottie"
Andy Garcia and Sofia Coppola in The Godfather 3
Surely, at least in American films, there must be something far worse in any of Ed Wood Jr''s. masterpieces?\
I mean, Meryl Streep may not be your cup of tea in OUT OF AFRICA, but she must display slightly more technical skill than, say, Tor Johnson in... anything.
Cindy Crawford in... whatever that movie was called. She couldn''t even scream convincingly.
Scarlett Johansson in Match Point comes to mind although R9''s response was my first thought as well. \
I don''t known if ScarJo is "worst ever" material, but it is a perfect example of why she is incredibly overrated as an actress.
Deborah Raffin in Once is Not Enough and Christina Raines in The Sentinel (which also happened to feature Deborah Raffin!)
Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black, although this scene will never not be funny.
I was baffled by Natalie Portman''s robotic line reading in ''Phantom Menace''.
Judging from the Ed Wood films I''ve seen, the actors do all right, given the general ineptness of Wood''s scripts. He tended to have his more inexperienced actors underplay, so even if they just seem to be walking through it they''re at least not embarrassing themselves. And if he had Bela Lugosi and Criswell and Tor Johnson hamming it up it was in an appropriate context.
Do I need to make a fucking sequel before you lot give me some recognition in this category?
Melanie Griffith as an undercover Hasidic jew in "A Stranger Among Us."%0D\
Melanie Griffith as an undercover spy in Nazi Germany in "Shining Through"%0D\
Do I win?
Theresa Russell in Whore \
absolutely positively the worst acting i have ever witnessed\
Carre Otis is pretty bad in Wild Orchid as well, but at least she was incredibly gorgeous
When Melanie Griffith was the It Girl, she was pushed into a lot of projects she just wasn''t suited to. FWIW, the problem with her being cast in [italic]Strangers Among Us[/italic] was that she was supposed to be a homicide detective working undercover in the Hasidic community. Who the fuck though Griffith could convey enough intelligence or grit to portray a homicide detective? What was Sidney Lumet thinking? The screenwriter for that movie has a blog and has mentioned this movie. But he was so thrilled to be working with Lumet, he just talks about him. I haven''t seen him comment on Griffith at all.
Jessica Lange in that movie with paltrow - hush? God, she was so bad but not in a good way...
Thank you, R5. I have never forgiven Travolta for that mess. He was insulting.\
I never saw the Swayze thing because I carefully avoided seeing any of his movies after "Dirty Dancing."
Andie McDowell in Four Weddings & a Funeral. "Oh really, I hadn''t noticed."
Tom Cruise. Eyes Wide Shut. Jerry Maguire. Knight and Day. That movie where he was a swordfighter. The Nazi movie. Realy, anything he''s ever been in.
The cast of ''The Bad Seed'' except for the old, fat broad.
TIE: Ali MacGraw in "Convoy" and Meryl Streep in "It''s Complicated."
Madonna can not act, period.\
Her worst performances: "Swept Away" and that horrible film with Willem Dafoe, "Body Of Evidence", both films were laughable at best.\
Many say she was good in "Desperately Seeking Susan", I guess anyone can be good in a film where they''re basically playing themselves. When Madonna is called upon to act, to emote, she can''t.\
Every film she''s in, turns to shit.
Don''t forget me
Transformerette M. Fox
Keanu Reeves in DRACULA owns this thread.
Ali McGraw in Love Story.
Ali MacGraw and Demi Moore in anything. Those two are the WORST. They both act like understudies who have suddenly been thrust onstage in the middle of a high school play.
Okay R24 has got me. That was just an unbelievably stinky job.
Kevin Costner in ''The Untouchables.'' I just watched it this past weekend -- he would make a golem look hammy. Frealz.
Bengali in Platforms
Yeah, I was going to post the same as r24.
Nicholas Cage in "Peggy Sue Got Married".
Madonna owns this thread.%0D\
Madonna acts to teach us all about persistence. She''s a giver that way.
I am watching it now:%0D\
Reese Witherspoon in The Importance of Being Ernest
Brad Pitt in "12 Monkeys"
You''re close R43, but she was even more insufferable in that stupid "How Much Worse Is This Movie Going To Get?" \
Her character was a bitch and she played her so charmlessly and so flat that it was inconceivable that any man, much less two of them, would fall madly in love with her.
Angelina Jolie is The Tourist. I can''t understand why you all like her so much. \
There are so many better actresses who earned their chops by starring in a sitcom for a number of years, then moving on to rom-coms, don''tcha think?
I''ll never forget Movieline magazine''s comment about Madonna''s acting ability when "Dick Tracy" was released: "If she can''t play an underhanded whore in a movie controlled by her boyfriend, she''s never going to cut it as an actress."
Hayden Christensen in Attack of the Clones.
Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly.
Julianne Moore - A Single Man (horrible British accent, very self-conscious acting, maybe she knew her accent wasn''t working? She ruined an otherwise good film.\
Kevin Spacey - "Acting" like he''s acting. overly self-conscious in all roles.\
Matt Damon - Ugh.\
"Marky Mark" - Double ugh.\
Charlize Theron - The Road. WHY did she even have to appear in this movie? Her role is so small and yet she fucks it up.\
Scarlett and Keira - Every role they play.
Bo Derek in "Tarzan".
Sofia Coppola in The Godfather Part III%0D\
(she looked and sounded like she was reading cue cards)%0D\
she may have been since Winona Ryder dropped out a day before filming or so.
Julia Roberts, "The Pelican Brief."
Harrison Ford in every movie he ever made. Simply dreadful.
Diane Keaton in Godfather II. \
"It was a son Michael. It was a son. It was a son and I had it killed...because all this...must end.'' It was a son and I had it killed......''
Mickey Rourke in Barfly.
I''m with you, R56. Diane Keaton was miscast in that role.
I agree about Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys.\
I saw it with a friend when it came outand I thought he was terrible in it. I could not believe how bad he was trying to act insane. \
My friend, who''s a straight girl, thought he was amazing. So I kept my mouth shut not to spoil the experience for her.
Barbara Streisand in Yentl%0D\
There, its been said.
Fiona Shaw in The Black Dahlia. And don''t tell me it was intentional.
There truly is a special ring of cinematic hell reserved for Sofia Coppola and her mouth-breathing, beyond amateurish and embarrassingly wooden performance in Godfather III. I have never witnessed an actor so singlehandedly ruining a movie. She should have been drummed outta Hollywood for that and then we would have been spared all her annoying pretension and vacuity as a director. And good god she''s ugly.
Ali McGraw in The Winds of War.
I often like Brad Pitt. But his performance in Inglorious Basterds was horrible, and stood out like a sore thumb in style and quality from the rest of the cast, which was sensational.
"Fiona Shaw in The Black Dahlia. And don''t tell me it was intentional."%0D\
She''s a great actress, but, yeah, she was lousy in that movie.%0D\
I love the person who asked if Kristen Stewart is mentally disabled.
Nai Bonet (sp?) in Vampira
There was an absolutely fantastic movie in the early ''80s called "Gloria" with a brilliant performance from Gena Rowlands. The movie should have been a classic. The problem was that the 2nd lead was a little boy. I don''t know where they found this kid ... but he gives the worst child performance EVUH. You can''t understand half his dialogue and you don''t buy anything he does, esp. when things become very dramatic. He''s practically looking in the camera and waving at his friends. 2nd worst performance: Sharon Stone in the ridiculous remake of "Gloria" around 20 years later.%0D\
Trivia: the boy who played that part, John Adames, tied for the Razzie award that year with Lawrence Olivier in "The Jazz Singer". I didn''t think Olivier was the worst thing in that movie. Neil Diamond gave another of the all-time worst performances in that debacle.
Sorry, but I have to go with Sophia Coppola, too. Godfather III was a big bowl of excrement, but she was the topping,and the cherry on top. The pacing was awful, the writing deplorable, and the acting was strained, but her performance was the absolute bottom. And they had such potential with that story. It was a sad coda to the series.
Scarlett Johansson in Match Point...no wait, Scarlett Johansson in The Other Boleyn,....ooops, Scarlett Johansson in The Girl With the Pearl Earring....no wait...Scarlett Johansson in He''s Just Not That Into You...and she had a lot of competition in that movie.
As others have mentioned, Madonna is a reliably horrible actress. I typed actress? LOL!\
I would nominate Mickey Rooney in ''Breakfast at Tiffany''s''. It isn''t a great movie by any stretch, but Rooney absolutely destroys it. Jaw-droppingly bad.
"Scarlett Johansson in Match Point...no wait, Scarlett Johansson in The Other Boleyn,...."%0D\
Both ScarJo AND Natalie Portman were horrible in The Other Boleyn Girl. That movie sucked.
Sofia Coppola in Godfather 3
I disagree with a lot on here.%0D\
Loved Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys%0D\
Loved Mickey Roake in Barfly%0D\
Loved Babs in Yentl%0D\
Others I don''t necessarily agree but I didn''t think great either so I can''t argue those opinions.
Melanie Griffith in Bonfire of the Vanities. Other performances of hers could have been worse, but I was lucky enough not to see them.
Madonna in The Next Best Thing. Weird accent, weird blinking eyes, weird lighting strip over her eyes.\
Courtney Vance in Dangerous Minds made my skin crawl.\
Sean Young in A Kiss Before Dying...I mean.\
Sharon Stone whenever she has to look scared. See Cold Creak Manor (snake scene), Sphere (underwater scene), Diabolique (pool scene)...omg, she does this wide eyed thing that is HEINOUS. Like acting 101 terrible. After Basic Instinct, she should have never acted scared and always tough.\
Natalie Portman in everything. The worst. That OSCAR was a big fucking mistake. And she clearly has major nose and mouth plastic surgery, so calm down with claims of "natural beauty".\
Angelina Jolie + accent = THE WORST
My friend and I have a game wherein we reimagine a movie with Sharon Stone playing whatever role would be the best example of miscasting. It''s fun. You should play it, too. Start with Sophie''s Choice.
No, r82, Zooey "Thorazine" Deschanel in The Happening.
Natalie Portman in ''Goya''s Ghost'' (has to be seen to be believed).
Since you bring up Goya''s Ghosts, you cannot ignore Javier Bardem. I always loved Javier, but that movie was SO SO terrible. His performance was laughable ...along with Natalie Portman.
Whew! So glad no one''s mentioned me yet!!!
R. Pattinson in Twilight, Remember Me, New Moon, Eclipse and Water for Elephants
Brad Pitt was Oscar nominated for 12 Monkeys. I know Sally Kirkland was nominated and Roberto Benigni and Halle Berry won so that doesn''t necessarily mean anything\
Here''s one for my fellow trolls - Burt Reynolds for ''at long last, love''. He even made cybill shepherd look competent.\
I''ll add Jennifer Connolly in ''requieum for a dream''. She was the weak link in that chain. (Jared Leto''s best performance ever).\
Genevieve Bujold (again, only for us trolls) has really diluted her legacy. She does plenty of shit roles.
requiem - dammit. blame the old troll eyes.
Minnie Driver in.... anything.
I don''t know how we forgot Robert Pattinson R86. He''s shitty in everything.
[Madonna] "Every film she''s in, turns to shit."\
Uh, A League of Their Own was a big fat hit, and she was good in it. She never will, but it''s always been my contention that she should take more parts in ensemble pieces...\
Go ahead, flame away!\
Andie MacDowell sucks the oxygen right out of Four Weddings and a Funeral. Everyone else is hilarious and every scene she''s in goes *poof*!
Madonna has turned in two good performances. A League of Their Own and Desperately Seeking Susan. Both times she played a foul mouthed slut, essentially herself. She can''t lose herself in a role and be anything else. Her ego is too large.
"Here''s one for my fellow trolls - Burt Reynolds for ''at long last, love''. He even made cybill shepherd look competent."%0D\
Agree with this one.%0D\
R81, Sharon Stone in Sophie''s Choice wouldn''t be as bad as Melanie Griffith or Julia Roberts in that role.
Definitely Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany''s.
Keanu Reeves sucks ass as an actor. His performance in A Walk in the Clouds is hilarious.
Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon.\
"You don''t even know where San Farisco is!"
^ Brooke Shields in ANYTHING
r94, you''re doing it wrong. Cast her as one of the children or a nazi or in Kevin Kline''s role.
Five pages, and no one has mentioned John Wayne as Genghis Khan? Maybe it''s because the movie is so old.
Wahlberg is pretty bad. \
Always plays confused! \
Oooohhh...watch his journey.
John Wayne in Geigus Kahn
All of mine have been taken already but here''s my order:%0D\
1) Ali McGraw in Love Story. %0D\
2) Sophia Coppola in GF3%0D\
3) Keanu in A Walk in the Clouds and Hardball...I love it when you call me Big poppa) OMG!!
p.s. from previous post....I will give kudos to Keanu for Parenthood....that''s the only performance I will give him credit for..
Barry Nelson in Mary, Mary.
I am not a Babs worshipper, but Yentl is among the best things she's ever done.
Can't argue with Sofia Coppola, but there is another similar good-movie-wrecker that I can never forget. Obscure, but if you see her you won't forget either.
Ingrid Boulting in The Last Tycoon.
And yes, I'm fucking old.
Macauley Culkin was cute, but horrible in "Home Alone", even by child actor standards. His mugging was as mannered and dated as Spanky Mcfarland in an "Our Gang" comedy.
And I agree re. Andie McDowell in "Four Weddings and a Funeral". I remember when "sex, lies, and videotape" came out, Steven Soderbergh tried to create some buzz about McDowell's acting "abilities" by pointing out that she could "blush on cue"!
"I mean, Meryl Streep may not be your cup of tea in OUT OF AFRICA, but she must display slightly more technical skill than, say, Tor Johnson in... anything."
You leave Tor Johnson alone! He was God's gift to the acting world. Laurence Olivier used to call him up and ask him for acting tips!
Ingrid Boulting...so that's what that inert mass in "The Last Tycoon" was called.
[quote]I guess anyone can be good in a film where they're basically playing themselves.
I guess you haven't seen Brett Favre in "There's Something About Mary."
Lana Turner was usually bad in a particular manner in the last couple of decades of her career, but she really bottoms out in THE BIG CUBE. A must-see.
I relish the thought of selecting a tea leoni performance for this thread. Hmmmm, what to pick, what to pick!
If I could ask Francis Ford Coppola one question it would be, "When you looked the rushes during the making of Godfather 3, did you really think Sofia's performance was good? REALLY!?!?
Keanu Reeves in anything.
The nominees are
Ali MacGraw (in: take your pick!)
Julie Delpy in The Countess
Ryan O'Neal in Barry Lyndon
Natalie Wood in Penelope
Richard Burton in Doctor Faustus
Simon Callow in A Room with a View
Simon Callow in Four Weddings and a Funeral
Barbra Streisand in The Owl and the Pussycat
The entire cast of Myra Breckenridge (Mae West excluded)
Judy Davis in Where Angels Fear to Tread (for this performance, Ms. Davis has already received the award for the worst performance ever given by one of the hundred greatest screen actors of all time)
Tom Cruise in, well, let's see, so much to choose from, but I'll just say The Firm
Lily Tomlin in Moment by Moment
Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet
John Travolta in Moment by Moment
Liza Minnelli in A Matter of Time
Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds
Sophia Loren in Man of La Mancha
Peter O'Toole in Man of La Mancha
Lee Remick in The Europeans
Lucille Ball in Mame
Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma
* * * * * * * * * *
and the winner is Julie Delpy
"Ah FEEL...awl the time... lahk a CAT... on a HOT. TIN. ROOF!!!"
though don't get me wrong - Love her in the haunted house show.
So many of these are in the category of "good actors perpetrating awful performances."
And the winner is (nervously opening the envelope)... Angelina Jolie in Alexander!!
Thandie Newton in W
keanu when he played that fbi agent/surfer dude-loved looking at him but damn his acting sucked.
Meg Ryan in Restoration
Meg Ryan in Hurlyburly
Meg Ryan in The Doors
Meg Ryan in In the Cut
Nancy Kelly in "The Bad Seed" (played the mother). Can you believe she was nominated for an Oscar for that over-the-top ridiculous acting?
[quote]Barbra Streisand in The Owl and the Pussycat
You're full of shit.
I thought Meg Ryan was passable (not good or great) in 'the doors' and 'in the cut'.
I haven't even seen most of these films but Julia Roberts in Notting Hill springs to mind.
disagree w/ R20, theresa russell was brilliant in whore, great movie!
R126, since you posted a response to R20 years late, we thought you should know that R20 died after a long illness in August of 2012.
Are you the bump troll or are you just "special"?
I can't tell you which Jennifer Jason Leigh performance is the worst, because I have been unable to watch any of them since Dolores Claiborne. If her performances have all been better since then, that was the worst film performance in the history of the medium.
Okay, I'm reading along here and realize I've seen some of these performances. Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black or Inglorious Basterds. Lucy in Mame. I think Streisand has a magnificent voice, but never liked her in movies. Now I'm thinking I should see Yentl. Holly Hunter in Crash, what the hell was that? The one about car accident fetishists. Madonna in Body of Evidence? "She's a whore, darlin." Mark Wahlberg, generally. Stephen Seagal, specifically. Demi Moore in Striptease. Hugh Marlowe in The Day The Earth Stood Still. And Shia LaBarf in anything.
Nick Nolte in Lorenzo's Oil...
Worst dialect ever!
[quote]I'll add Jennifer Connolly in 'requieum for a dream'. She was the weak link in that chain. (Jared Leto's best performance ever).
No way. She was great in Requiem as was the entire cast (especially Ellen Burstyn who was robbed that year...robbed!)
Nicholas Cage in . . . everything, but especially the "Wicker Man." I saw this in a theatre (yeah, I know) and he essentially goes around punching various women all throughout the film. In the end when he dies (don't worry that I'm spoiling it), the audience clapped.
I just watched "Dishonored" (1931), with Marlene Dietrich as an Austrian spy and Victor McLaglen as a Russian spy. Dietrich is fantastic (especially when she pretends to be an innocent farm girl), but McLaglen, omg, that had to be one of the worst performances I've ever seen. If they'd just switched him out for somebody else (Nils Asther, perhaps).
There is nobody but Winona Ryder in Age of Innocence.
(By the way, it's too bad that Mae ends up dying on the Vulcan homeworld)
Penelope Ann Miller has way too many to single out the worst one. It would be like Sophie's choice.
[quote]She was great in Requiem as was the entire cast (especially Ellen Burstyn who was robbed that year...robbed!)
Nope - not true. Burstyn would have swept the awards in the supporting actress category (where she belonged). It was insane (pardon the pun) to enter her in Best Actress. Although it worked for Nicole Kidman and her prosthetic nose.
Madonna in That Boat Movie was really, really fucked up on many levels.
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Nicolas Cage (Wicker Man) - Worst acting EVER.
Oh puhlease, R138. Julia Roberts's portrayal of Erin Brochovich didn't even come close to Burstyn's transformation into Sara Goldfarb. The awards that year were politics as usual and not any indication of talent. Blaming it on the category is just a sorry excuse for the injustice. Burstyn deserved best actress.
But Brokovich is in nearly every scene in that movie - it was clearly a lead actress role. Burstyn was brilliant. I love Marcia Gay Harden but Burstyn's performance was incendiary.
Here were the nominees for supporting actress: MARCIA GAY HARDEN in "Pollock," Judi Dench in "Chocolat," Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous," Frances McDormand in "Almost Famous," Julie Walters in "Billy Elliot"
Can you imagine a universe where Burstyn wouldn't have beaten any of them handily?
I would have given best actress to Laura Linney that year (and easily Joan Allen). Julia Roberts is a joke but that role was her finest performance and she did kind of go away for the most part after she won.
jennifer connelly in requiem as bad? thats stupid, she got universal acclaim, the performance completely transformed the perception of her as an actress
Madonna, in anything. She makes my ears bleed normally, but to hear her 'acting', I get tremors.
Trying to make 'musicians' and models into actors is a waste of time and money, very few can act,
Offhand, I can think of a few who can act: Cher, who actually wanted to be an actress before a rockstar, Marianne Faithfull and that guy who used to be in Spandau Ballet, I think his name is Gary Kemp, he's been playing tough guys over the years.
Acting is more than someone having a compelling or alluring look, it's not like modeling, you have to act! Speaking of, very few models have made as actors and actresses. Faye Dunaway and Rene Russo have succeeded, but Cindy Crawford's attempt was laughable.
Norma Shearer Romeo and Juliet
Truly Madonna in anything. She has such a big fucking ego that it makes the timidity and woodenness of her performances all the more horrific.
Cameras have been known to spontaneously combust rather than capture her "art" for posterity.
Rosie O'Donnell in Another Stakeout.
Worse than "Exit to Eden," R153?
Jennifer Jason Leigh is very hot or cold for me. She can be very brilliant in limited, one-note roles like in "Short Cuts", but when a range is required I find her forced and inauthentic. She was in WAY over her head in "Dolores Claiborne". The movie holds together because Bates and Judy Parffit are so commanding, but it would have been much better with a decent actress playing the daughter. A young Jessica Lange would have nailed that role, although who would believe she would be the daughter of Bates and Strathairn?
[quote]Uh, A League of Their Own was a big fat hit, and she was good in it
Uh, no she wasn't. The scene where she starts crying was laughable. The film screeches to a halt every time and you're left with watching Madonna try to imitate authentic human emotion rather than the story.
Halle Berry in Catwoman.
Bo Derek in Tarzan the Ape Man
[quote]And I agree re. Andie McDowell in "Four Weddings and a Funeral". I remember when "sex, lies, and videotape" came out, Steven Soderbergh tried to create some buzz about McDowell's acting "abilities" by pointing out that she could "blush on cue"!
She's very good in "sex, lies.." and "Short Cuts". Go figure.
[quote]Ryan O'Neal in Barry Lyndon
An astonishing feat considering he just had to sit still and look vacant and pretty for 3 hours.
Robin Williams playing Popeye.
Marion Cotillard's death in Batman Rises was surprisingly bad. Her performance was barely there overall.
Sharon Stone in "If These Walls Could Talk 2."
Was she trying to play a mentally retarded lesbian?