They''ve been around long enough to learn, but they can''t create anything resembling an authentic human emotion.
Did you called me?
John Barrowman (the only exception is when he''s playing Captain Jack)
and R2, I love the username!
Sam Worthington owns this thread
Have to agree about Brookie. She''s my age and I''ve admired her from way back. But like Madonna she can''t let her guard down. They really shouldn''t be acting.
The attempts at an accent. Oy.
If you want acting go to Broadway. H''wood is about eye candy. When they''re no longer sweet, they''re gone.
Just so all you fish will know, Lopez, Jolie, Smith and shields are ACTRESSES... NOT ACTORS.\
Actors have a penis, not a vagine.
"Aww hell NAWWWWW"
I second Angelina. The only movie I''ve ever liked her in is "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", and that''s only because Brad made her smile. \
Still, she wasn''t acting. \
Jennifer Aniston can''t act. \
But then I never thought Humphrey Bogart could act either; still don''t. He was always just Bogie, no matter what movie he was in. \
There''s almost too many to recount. Greta Garbo, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, even Jack Nicholson. They''re just themselves in every picture they do.
Meh. Give me Marilyn or Bette Davis any day.
I just can''t think of anyone.
Kristen Stewart owns this thread.\
David Caruso is ridiculous but fun.
Christopher Meloni \
David Boreanaz is annoying and unfunny in interviews. He is also fairly dumb but thinks he is smart and amusing.
Times fifty gazillion.
Brooke''s acting at the MJ funeral was pretty good. Like she really believed he was some kind of innocent, please!
Demi Moore. \
I rememeber years a go a film studio executive commenting, (anonymously, of course,) in a Vanity Fair article that to be a "star" does not require acting talent. What is required is that undefinable "something" that, when shown on film, that person maintains your attention. \
I just KNEW he oe she was referring to Moore.
Most actors are themselves in the movies they play. That is why they are cast for that particular personality. Just because they are playing themselves doesn''t mean that they cannot act.
R23, the exec kind of does have a good point. In a lot of ways, the it factor is more important than the actual acting skills.
True r24. It is ridiculous for some to suggest that Nicholson is a bad actor. He''s a great actor.
It pains me to say, because I''ve loved him since I was a kid, but I''ve watched some recent film with Robert Redford, and man, does he suck.
Yeah, R26, as long as the script calls for him to play Jack Nicholson.
Jack Nicholson in his modern crappy movies is basically just himself, but he is still animated and performing to some extent. He is just coasting and making crap.\
Now as for something like The Joker, he was brilliant and certainly not just himself. That would''ve taken a ton of effort, inspiration, and raw acting talent. Brilliant performance.
I watch Ryan Phillippe for his looks not his acting, so i dont mind if he is a bad actor
Another vote for Harrison Ford. His best performances were in two film I happened to enjoy:"Witness" and "Presumed Innocent." \
And that''s not saying much.
Harrison Ford can most definitely act.
Colin Farrell is a good actor. Watch "In Bruges" or "Phone Booth" especially.
I don''t think David Boreanaz belongs on this list... I love him.\
I have to say though, many of the other people Joss Whedon has a thing for cannot act: Eliza Dushku, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the guy who played Xander.
38 R''s and not one mention of Kevin Klein?
Chris Evans. I''m so tired of Hollywood trying to make him happen.
Almost every single person on the Disney channel. Seriously, have you ever watched it? It''s worth it just to see the strange facial twitches, weird wide-eyed expressions, wild up and down enunciations and other craziness that an actual human would never do. What kind of director lets such a thing happen?
Drew Barrymore, her ancestors must be spinning in their graves.
ACTRESS is not a word. Is a female poet a POETESS? People who act are actors. Actress is a movie magazine word.
Kate Bosworth. Do I really need to elaborate?
M (you all thought I was going to see Glenn didn''t you?)
R26, as my drama teacher once pointed out to our class, Jack Nicholson is not an actor.
Actually R46, yes. A poetess is a female poet.\
Bruce Willis. He''s like the Cheshire Cat: nothing but smirk.
Brad Pitt is the worst actor I''ve ever seen. He just sucks the life out of every scene he''s in. It''s like he walked in off the street and just joined in.\
I even think Tom Cruise is better.
Sandra Bullock, is either sassy and sarcastic (28 Days/The Blind Side) \
self demeaning and sarcastic (While You Were Sleeping and every other movie).\
As a matter of fact, self deprecation is her biggest acting tool and the reason why the public loves her.\
Keanu Reeves, great hair and great smile but he can''t let the guard down. Although he did suprise me in "The Gift".
Candace Bergen. She''s so stiff she puts me on edge whenever i see her. And her sitcom was an abomination. \
Brad Pitt is the runner up in this category. I happened to catch a clip of\
A River Runs Through It the other day while channel surfing. Totally vacant.
Tom Cruise owns this thread. Has never had one authentic moment on film.
But of course, it is all acting, even when it is good acting. Never authentic.\
I just hate it when they go from one end of the movie to the other looking serious and as though they are in a serious. drama. movie. Like Tobey Maguire in the Cider House Rules. Just stop pouting!
And about the Brad Pitt thing...I just noticed this when I was flipping channels and caught Interview with the Vampire. Holy shit, both him and Tom Cruise are embarrassing.\
What the hell??
My pussy STINKS!
Miss Helene Bed
McBongo, all day long.
Pitt can be good, especially when playing himself (Ocean''s movies) or totally weird (I liked him in Burn after Reading), but he does seem to be mostly scenery in my favorite Pitt movie Meet Mr. Black.
I said Nic Cage, but you know what? R62 wins.
This clip sums things up perfectly, especially the bit around the minute mark about the difference between a movie star and an actor.
What about actors who were okay as kids, but became too self concious and rigid as adults.\
This is totally off topic, but I really hate that Sarandon is now too old to star in a Bette Davis biopic. I''ve always envisioned her in this role.
oops, that would be "conscious"
Salma Hayek, Keanu Reeves, Demi Moore, Winona Ryder, Penelope Cruz, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Depp (sorry, I like you), Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise ....
I actually think David Caruso''s a decent actor. He does the "small moments" really well. IMO, his problem is his ego. Some actors get shit writing but compensate with great (or at least very good) performances. Caruso plays down to the level of his material. And face it, these days not even our greatest living actors are getting consistently great material to work with. If Caruso thinks he''s better than the material, he either sleepwalks or substitutes shtick for acting.\
Like many actors, he needs to get over himself. (But it ain''t gonna happen)
What are you smoking, r70?\
Caruso and "acting" don''t even belong in the same paragraph!
I think Jodie Foster is a very good actor, I just don''t care for her choice in roles.\
Speaking of good actors, here''s my list (I know .. another thread) of the most versatile actors:\
Philip Seymour Hoffman\
Max Von Sydow\
I forgot to add these:\
David Boreanaz is terrible.\
Jared Padalecki is awful and is not even trying anymore.
Sarah Michelle Gellar\
All have awful voices and desperately need voice training.
Al Pacino, one time fabulous actor now he does the same thing over and over in every movie, same voice, everything, can''t stand to watch him.\
Daytime tv, the winner is Michael Easton, he has no clue, terrible, terrible, terrible.
R71, I can see why you''d think so, but have you ever seen Caruso in anything besides CSI MIAMI or JADE? He was the only thing worth watching in PROOF OF LIFE (outperforming Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe), and the character he created on HILL STREET BLUES showed his skill.
[quote]Jared Padalecki is awful and is not even trying anymore.\
Jared is terrible, but I actually think his problem is that he''s trying [italic]too[/italic] hard, not that he''s not trying hard enough.
Meryl own this thread.
Actually, r79, Caruso was never on "Hill Street Blues". He did the first season of "NYPD Blue" - and he was godawful on that as well. As for "Jade" - GAAAAAAHHHHHK!
ACTUALLY, R82, he did. Caruso had a multi-episode arc on HSB, playing an Irish-American street thug. He made such a positive impression, Bochco remembered him years later when casting leads for NYPD BLUE--this time, for a role on the opposite side of the law.
Hill Street Blues fan from back in the day
I don''t get any pleasure watching Jodie Foster. She seems so tense, every tiny emotion forced out like a bad bowel movement.
Foster, like Swank, is very good in a very limited range of roles
Is this list "actors who can''t act - In MY opinion" or "Actors who can''t act - and everyone in the world knows it"\
Example: Keanu is someone almost everyone would agree is HORRIBLE.\
If its the latter, then Jodie, Jack, Warren and others do not belong on this list. Very few people would say that Jodie, Jack, Warren and others are not good actors. The general public loves these actors.
An oldie: Robert Friggin'' Cummings. I NEVER found him believable in any role. He ruined "Dial ''M'' for Murder" for me.\
Never understood that guy''s enduring popularity. Wooden, fake, and boring. \
Speaking of which--Hugh O''Brien.
Yeah, I''m old.
[quote]Keanu Reeves, great hair and great smile but he can''t let the guard down. Although he did suprise me in "The Gift".\
Did he come up behind you and push you or something?
Tom Cruise IS better than Brad Pitt.\
And Heath Ledger is the most grossly overrated actor of all time. He was fairly bad, fake and constipated sounding in BM, and atrocious in The Dark Knight. He deserved a razzie.
R66, that''s a whole ''nother can of worms. Some of them had no right to become legit adult actors, but that doesn''t detract from their qualities when young.\
Culkin wasn''t a good actor in home alone, but he was likable, believable, and had star power. Kids at the time wanted to be him.\
It''s better to have that as a kid then be a more legit kid actor who is always ''on'' and self conscious, I think. That always looks fake to me, although they may end up being the better actors as they age.
"Heath Ledger is the most grossly overrated actor of all time"\
He is overrated as is anyone who dies prematurely, but "the most grossly overrated actor of all time"? Hyperbole much?
I''m not exaggerating. He was absolutely horrible in TDK. Profoundly bad. It was something a high school student trying to be cool would do. Completely self conscious and fake.\
I was embarrassed by it.
Eli Wallach is the all-time winner and patron saint of this category. Not just ham, but dripping processed smug ham lunch meat.
R58 I think Tom Cruise is a good actor. He''s annoying, kind of a jerk and batshit crazy, but he''s a good actor.
Julianna Margulies owns this thread. She was lucky they gave her a second chance at a tv show after her movie career bombed. She is also extremely lucky to have such a great supporting cast that makes her look good. She really is the weakest actor on that show.
[quote]Candace Bergen. She''s so stiff she puts me on edge whenever i see her. And her sitcom was an abomination. \
On Murphy Brown she shouted every punchline, and that somehow passed for comedy. I couldn''t believe she got Emmy after Emmy just for shouting. She was awful.
Channing Tatum is atrocious.
All 99 posts in this thread should read: Halle Berry.\
The entire cast of Twilight
Tom Cruise and George Clooney, joint equal first.\
Brad Pitt and any other ''actor'' who got cast for looks alone (and it is possible to have both looks and talent)\
Sandra Bullock is very, very good in a very, very limited type of role. Likewise Jodie Foster.\
To be honest, very few of the ''big'' hollywood stars appeal to me as actors. Maybe I know too much about them, so it''s difficult to suspend disbelief (''oh look, Meryl and Alec Baldwin having sex...'')
I second R8. Gerard Butler has a great publicist, but he cannot act.\
R103 and the other posters are right. Tom Cruise is a one note actor.\
Both Butler and Cruise went to The Linda Evans School of Acting.\
I''d add Jack Nicholson. He plays himself more and more these days!
Compared with most American leading men of his day Bogart was a decent actor. At least when he lost his looks he was able to carry on in more mature roles. If Clark Gable and Cary Grant hadn''t had such enduringly pretty faces they would have been long gone.
Ashton Kutcher. This "thespian" makes bomb after bomb and he''s still allowed to make movies. He''s gotta be leaning back on the casting couch.
Butler and Worthington are both terrible.\
I don''t always love Pitt but he''s done some okay work: FIGHT CLUB, 12 MONKEYS.\
And Clooney was wonderful in UP IN THE AIR.
I just saw VALENTINE''S DAY and was dismayed by how much of the movie Kutcher carries. And he''s bad, as bad as he''s ever been. Smirking adorably is not acting.
R44 is right. That''s why so many of the graduates of the Disney studio system can''t act for shit. They''re like trained seals who wouldn''t know a real emotion if it hit them in the face.
Emily Deschanel doesn''t belong on this list. She plays an autistic character. Watch an interview with her; she''s not at all like Brennan in real life.
Austin Peck. Gets hired for S&M only - Standing & Modeling, shirtless.
[quote]Sandra Bullock is very, very good in a very, very limited type of role. Likewise Jodie Foster.\
I agree about Sandra and I think she has more range than she is ever given credit for but, Foster isn''t good at anything. At least Bullock is likable. Foster is her usual stuck-up, uptight self. She''s fug, too.\
That grotesque caveman like creature who does movies with the equally untalented Cruz woman. Whatever his name is his ugliness and lack of talent make it difficult to watch a movie with him in it. I tried watching the woeful VCB and he almost broke my tv set with his revolting looks...not to mention the stupid script.\
There is boatload of hammy actors who are just that HAMS.
[quote]Compared with most American leading men of his day Bogart was a decent actor. At least when he lost his looks he was able to carry on in more mature roles.\
Bogart wasn''t even a decent actor and he sure as hell wasn''t good looking!
I was always puzzled and appalled by all the Emmys Bergen got for Murphy Brown.
Renée Zellweger. Her acting consists of making her "I just ate a pickle" face and the occasional squint.
No one fits this description better than Emily Deschanel.
Thank god you were able to add that 3 years after this thread died!
That horrible soap actor who whispers and makes 'concerned" faces all the time, Drake Hogstein or something, the guy who plays Dr. Marlena Evans husband, he is possibly the worst actor ever to grace a soap.
Same for the actress who play Kristen on DOOL, she also whispers like Drake, they are completely awful, neither can act to save their lives. You'd think after YEARS of being on a TV show, there would be some improvement?
Speaking of terrible actors, is that horrible Andrew Triscuit still in the online version of OLTL? If so, I sure hope the kid took acting lessons during his downtime. He's another completely awful 'actor'. There is just so long one skate on their looks or their image.
Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. Holy fuck.
Nobody yet has mentioned one of the most wooden actresses of all time (besides Candace Bergen):
Like Foster, she's tense and self-conscious all the damn time. She couldn't even play Henry Fonda's daughter convincingly in On Golden Pond. Even in that, I could hear her reading lines all the way through. On the other hand, she did have (and still does) one of the best asses ever.
About 90% of all soap actors. Even the ones who are not awful are really not that good.
Angela Bassett. An extremely overrated, one-note "actress" who plays every character the same way: sanctimonious, self-important, humorless, intense and angry. 99% of the time she basically plays herself and audiences lap it up.
r120 I think someone upthread explained the problems of "actors" like Madonna: she can't let her guard down, she's too self-conscious. She just can't embody anybody else but herself.
As for good actors, M.C.Hall (he played two completely different characters on two long running series) and Bryan Cranston.
Anyone who has been on a soap opera for more than 10 years.
I love Jane Fonda. I'm a little offended she's on here.
[quote]Brad Pitt is the worst actor I've ever seen. He just sucks the life out of every scene he's in. It's like he walked in off the street and just joined in. I even think Tom Cruise is better.
R53, you're right - sometimes he is excruciatingly bad but he always looks nice, so there's that. He's also done better work. Nobody saw that Jesse James thing but he was very good in it.
Some actors are always bad but I don't think Pitt's one of them. I don't know enough about acting or movies to know why an actor capable of a good performance gives a shit one. With all the variables involved, it can't always be the actor's fault.
Now if we could just add Tim Allen to the list, with all due affection for "Galaxy Quest". Also, it's nice that he stopped being a coke dealer.
"I think someone upthread explained the problems of "actors" like Madonna: she can't let her guard down, she's too self-conscious. She just can't embody anybody else but herself."
The operative word here is 'actor/actress'. Madonna is neither. Seriously, casting a musical performer as Madonna, and I use the term 'musical' loosely, does not necessarily translate to film. Very few musicians have become successful actors, so many musicians have tried, Jagger, Sting etc.
Having presence in one area doesn't mean it will translate to film, the same goes for many models who failed at acting. I can name a handful of former models who became good actresses: Faye Dunaway, Famke Jensen. Donna Mitchell and Rene Russo come to mind, Cindy Crawford cannot act to save her life. Cameron Diaz has succeeded but she's One Note.
January Jones is another model-turned-bad actress.
The problem with Brad Pitt, R127, isn't that he [italic]can't[/italic] act, it's with the roles he's given. Quite simply, he's a character actor trapped in a leading man's body.
I do think he has some talent, but all of my favorite parts that he's played were weird fuck-ups. 'Twelve Monkeys', 'Kalifornia', 'Johnny Suede', the aforementioned 'Assassination of Jesse James...', 'Burn After Reading', 'Snatch', Tyler Durden in 'Fight Club', and hell, even the small part of the stoner friend to Christian Slater in 'True Romance' was hilariously done.
The thing is, Pitt has a blast playing lowlifes and creeps, so he excels at those roles. Slather some grease in his hair, give him a crazy mustache, and break a few teeth, he's happy as a clam.
But leading man roles? Dull as dishwater. He can't sell urbane or witty or even suburban, no matter how pretty he is.
[quote]That grotesque caveman like creature who does movies with the equally untalented Cruz woman. Whatever his name is his ugliness and lack of talent make it difficult to watch a movie with him in it
R113, are you referring to Javier Bardem? If so, your prejudice against his looks is blinding to you to a major talent. Bardem has given some wonderful, amazing performances. 'Biutiful', 'The Sea Inside', the one where he played Renaldo Arenas--not to mention his Oscar-winning turn in 'No Country For Old Men'. I've enjoyed his work since his early days with Almodovar.
And I find Bardem hot as well as talented.
Acting is not hard. All it is is parading in front of the camera in costumes. Anyone can do it.
I also love Jane Fonda. After seeing Klute and They Shoot Horses, how can anyone say she's anything but one of the best movie actresses ever? My nominee for this category: Joan Crawford, perhaps the worst actress to become a star.
Yes, R127, and I detest his smug on-camera presence.
But I have to admit, Allen is a fantastic voice actor. I even always turn up the volume on his Michigan commercials.
Cringeworthy I agree -
Candice Bergen in all of Murphy Brown
Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys
Rosalind Russell in Mame
Claire Danes in Stardust
Julia Roberts faking her Sally Field Oscar moment
The list goes on...
"I know what it is to be bad...I've been bad."
Ms. Ciccone sure got that right! "Bad" doesn't even begin to describe her 'acting'!
I'd always laugh when all the local news stations would show her clip from "Speed The Plow" when their entertainment critics reviewed her in the play!
Vadge: I'm the shittiest actress ever. Everyone hates my movies, now what?
Inner Vadge: I know, I'll do BROADWAY!
Casting her in "Speed the Plow" was just an exercise in P.T. Barnum-style cynicism.
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Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks are all very shitty actors.
Gay porn whore Stephen Martines (aka Slutty Felix of Boy Gusher). How he landed a role on the final season of Burn Notice I'll never know.