They've been around long enough to learn, but they can't create anything resembling an authentic human emotion.
Actors who can''t act
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 355||11/25/2015|
Did you called me?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 1||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 2||04/25/2010|
John Barrowman (the only exception is when he's playing Captain Jack)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 3||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 4||04/25/2010|
Sam Worthington owns this thread
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 5||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 6||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 7||04/25/2010|
The attempts at an accent. Oy.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 8||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 9||04/25/2010|
If you want acting go to Broadway. H'wood is about eye candy. When they're no longer sweet, they're gone.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 10||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 11||04/25/2010|
Just so all you fish will know, Lopez, Jolie, Smith and shields are ACTRESSES... NOT ACTORS. Actors have a penis, not a vagine.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 12||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 13||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 14||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 15||04/25/2010|
I just can't think of anyone.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 16||04/25/2010|
Kristen Stewart owns this thread.
David Caruso is ridiculous but fun.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 17||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 18||04/25/2010|
David Boreanaz is annoying and unfunny in interviews. He is also fairly dumb but thinks he is smart and amusing.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 19||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 20||04/25/2010|
Julia. Roberts. Times fifty gazillion.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 21||04/25/2010|
Brooke's acting at the MJ funeral was pretty good. Like she really believed he was some kind of innocent, please!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 22||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 23||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 24||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 25||04/25/2010|
True r24. It is ridiculous for some to suggest that Nicholson is a bad actor. He's a great actor.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 26||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 27||04/25/2010|
Ben Affleck Colin Farrell Shia LaBeouf Channing Tatum Sam Worthington
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 28||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 29||04/25/2010|
Yeah, R26, as long as the script calls for him to play Jack Nicholson.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 30||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 31||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 32||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 33||04/25/2010|
I watch Ryan Phillippe for his looks not his acting, so i dont mind if he is a bad actor
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 34||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 35||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 36||04/25/2010|
Harrison Ford can most definitely act.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 37||04/25/2010|
Colin Farrell is a good actor. Watch "In Bruges" or "Phone Booth" especially.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 38||04/25/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 39||04/25/2010|
38 R's and not one mention of Kevin Klein?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 40||04/25/2010|
Chris Evans. I'm so tired of Hollywood trying to make him happen.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 41||04/25/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 42||04/25/2010|
Joan Crawford -- fabulous star, lousy actress
Warren Beatty -- mediocre
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 43||04/25/2010|
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?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 44||04/25/2010|
Drew Barrymore, her ancestors must be spinning in their graves.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 45||04/25/2010|
ACTRESS is not a word. Is a female poet a POETESS? People who act are actors. Actress is a movie magazine word.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 46||04/25/2010|
Kate Bosworth. Do I really need to elaborate?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 47||04/26/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 48||04/26/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 49||04/26/2010|
R26, as my drama teacher once pointed out to our class, Jack Nicholson is not an actor.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 50||04/26/2010|
Actually R46, yes. A poetess is a female poet. dictionary.reference. com/browse/poetess
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 51||04/26/2010|
Bruce Willis. He's like the Cheshire Cat: nothing but smirk.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 52||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 53||04/26/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 54||04/26/2010|
Sandra Bullock, is either sassy and sarcastic (28 Days/The Blind Side) or 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".
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 55||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 56||04/26/2010|
Tom Cruise owns this thread. Has never had one authentic moment on film.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 57||04/26/2010|
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!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 58||04/26/2010|
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??
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 59||04/26/2010|
My pussy STINKS!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 60||04/26/2010|
McBongo, all day long.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 61||04/26/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 62||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 63||04/26/2010|
I said Nic Cage, but you know what? R62 wins.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 64||04/26/2010|
This clip sums things up perfectly, especially the bit around the minute mark about the difference between a movie star and an actor.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 65||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 66||04/26/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 67||04/26/2010|
oops, that would be "conscious"
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 68||04/26/2010|
Salma Hayek, Keanu Reeves, Demi Moore, Winona Ryder, Penelope Cruz, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Depp (sorry, I like you), Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise ....
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 69||04/26/2010|
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)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 70||04/26/2010|
What are you smoking, r70?
Caruso and "acting" don't even belong in the same paragraph!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 71||04/26/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 72||04/26/2010|
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
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 73||04/26/2010|
I forgot to add these:
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 74||04/26/2010|
David Boreanaz is terrible.
Jared Padalecki is awful and is not even trying anymore.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 75||04/26/2010|
Sarah Michelle Gellar
All have awful voices and desperately need voice training.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 76||04/26/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 77||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 78||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 79||04/26/2010|
[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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 80||04/26/2010|
Meryl own this thread.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 81||04/26/2010|
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!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 82||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 83||04/26/2010|
I don't get any pleasure watching Jodie Foster. She seems so tense, every tiny emotion forced out like a bad bowel movement.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 84||04/26/2010|
Foster, like Swank, is very good in a very limited range of roles
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 85||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 86||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 87||04/26/2010|
[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?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 88||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 89||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 90||04/26/2010|
"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?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 91||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 92||04/26/2010|
Eli Wallach is the all-time winner and patron saint of this category. Not just ham, but dripping processed smug ham lunch meat.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 93||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 94||04/26/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 95||04/27/2010|
[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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 96||04/27/2010|
Channing Tatum is atrocious.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 97||04/28/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 98||06/15/2010|
All 99 posts in this thread should read: Halle Berry.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 99||06/15/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 100||06/15/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 101||06/15/2010|
The entire cast of Twilight
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 102||06/15/2010|
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...')
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 103||06/15/2010|
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!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 104||06/15/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 105||06/15/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 106||06/15/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 107||06/15/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 108||06/15/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 109||06/15/2010|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 110||06/15/2010|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 111||06/16/2010|
Austin Peck. Gets hired for S&M only - Standing & Modeling, shirtless.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 112||06/17/2010|
[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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 113||06/17/2010|
[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!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 114||06/17/2010|
I was always puzzled and appalled by all the Emmys Bergen got for Murphy Brown.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 115||06/17/2010|
Renée Zellweger. Her acting consists of making her "I just ate a pickle" face and the occasional squint.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 116||06/17/2010|
No one fits this description better than Emily Deschanel.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 117||06/13/2013|
Thank god you were able to add that 3 years after this thread died!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 118||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 119||06/13/2013|
[all posts by tedious troll removed.]
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 120||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 121||06/13/2013|
About 90% of all soap actors. Even the ones who are not awful are really not that good.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 122||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 123||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 124||06/13/2013|
Anyone who has been on a soap opera for more than 10 years.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 125||06/13/2013|
I love Jane Fonda. I'm a little offended she's on here.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 126||06/13/2013|
[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. t
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 127||06/13/2013|
"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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 128||06/13/2013|
January Jones is another model-turned-bad actress.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 129||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 130||06/13/2013|
And I find Bardem hot as well as talented.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 131||06/13/2013|
Acting is not hard. All it is is parading in front of the camera in costumes. Anyone can do it.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 132||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 133||06/13/2013|
"I know what it is to be bad...I've been bad."
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 134||06/13/2013|
"Have you ever seen animals make love, Frank? It's intense."
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 135||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 136||06/13/2013|
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 Jesse Eisenberg Chevy Chase
The list goes on...
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 137||06/13/2013|
"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!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 138||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 139||06/13/2013|
stana katic, castle
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 140||06/13/2013|
Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks are all very shitty actors.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 141||06/13/2013|
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.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 142||06/15/2013|
McEwen as Miss Marple.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 143||06/15/2013|
Wow. Lots of disagreements here, which I find odd, given how many piss-poor actors are out there we could all agree on.
David Caruso (I cannot believe someone supported him here, but everyone has a mother I suppose)
Emily Deschanel (I love Bones, and she's very pretty but either she plays an ncredibly irritating character very well or she's just a rotten actress)
Tim Allen is not what you'd call clasically trained, but I enjoy him when he plays Tim Allen and that voice is great.
David Boreanaz is (IMHO) about the least attractive human being on Earth but has actually got the ability to emote on screen and might be the best thing on Bones (besides to Stunning Michaela Conlin, and I could care less if she can act bt for the record I believe she can)
But come on 144 entries and nobody mentions the stinkfest that is Chris O'Donnell? I love NCIS and was sooo excited about NCIS:LA but I cannot watch that guy suck so badly. He makes Mr Cube look great though, Cube comes accross likeable and talented. Maybe they are really good friends and Chris wants to make his home-boy look like the talented one. That would work if they didn't have to share the screen with the wonderful/irritating/amazing/fugly but hugely enjoyable Linda Hunt who easily steals every single scene as E. Mode (sorry, I mean Hetty)
Sam Worthington is from my part of the world, as is Heath Ledger, but whilst Heath was (IMHO) decent in most things and decidedly OK in that batman film, I think it's easy for a decent actor to look like a huge star when he's playing opposite a rubber suit like the guy that played Batman. seriously, the costume had better acting chops.
Liam Neeson - awful, grim actor who I really enjoy watching.
Matt Bomer can both act, and is irritatingly handsome and charismatic to us non-handsome dudes
I'm surprised to see such bad opinions of Candace Bergen, whom I rate quite well, esp after Boston Legal.
Before Boston Legal I'd have said William Shatner but holy crap he was amazing as Denny Crane (whole cast of star trek above criticism anyway, cos Trek was coolness)
Zachary Quinto - here's where the argument gets tricky - he looked like Spock. Boy did he look good as a vulcan. Perfect for the role, right? You but horrible, horrible performance. Compare with Nimoy. smae character, difficult to make him likeable as an emotionless, deadpan straightman. Nimoy hit that role so far out of the park, NASA recently lost sight of it in the suburbs of Pluto. Damn that guy was good. Made that role look EASY, son. then you get ZQ in the role and you realise that it's hard damn work looking that good. For the record, Tim Roth made and excellent Vulcan in Voyager, but I never saw him in anything else where he was half that good.
Jessica Alba can act, she has moments of fantasticality but I find her inconsistent.
Jennifer Aniston - charismatic but not an acting genius
Jennifer Garner rocked in Alias but often not good in films, but since I'm a man, I could care less because she's stunning with a lovely smile
Julia Roberts is actually very, very talented IMHO and has certain skills she brings to a role which few women can do convincingly
The Margulise lady from The Good Wife whose first name escapes me for the moment. I'm totes witht he poster who said its a good job the rest of the cast are good, cos she blows chunks in every scene of what is otherwise a good show. Somebody give that lady a course of antidepressants, then give the audience some. depressing to watch.
Oh, and Brent Spiner - I'm Sorry Mr Spiner, I loved you in TNG more than you will ever know. you made that show what it was, an Epoch making TV event. your protrayal of Data was bloody superb sir. Unfortunately it turns out you make a very unconvincing humand being in anyother role I've seen you in, and that pains me deeply.
Along the same lines, Scott Bakula - Dude, I loved you in Quantum Leap. So, so much. The energy, the charisma, the pathos. Soem of the best acting I have ever, ever, ever seen. Then Enterprise. What the holy freaking bat crap?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 144||01/21/2014|
Any member of "Twilight" excluding Dakota.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 145||01/21/2014|
Kerry Washington is beautiful but a lousy actor.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 146||01/21/2014|
R145 - "Emily Deschanel (I love Bones, and she's very pretty but either she plays an ncredibly irritating character very well or she's just a rotten actress)"
I've seen Emily in other roles. She's playing an incredibly irritating character very well on Bones.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 147||01/21/2014|
[R52] While I agree that Bruce Willis is not necessarily the best actor, I think he is at his best in comedies. He *is* John McClain, the anti-hero of the first Die Hard. Subsequent ones are pointless but the whole purpose of the first movie was he was a normal guy in an extraordinary situation. He was capable of getting injured and he bitched at having to go through that. The last one where he's getting blown out of a window by a bomb into a swimming pool and surviving....yeah kinda missing the point of the first movie.
Also, he became Ernest Menville in Death Becomes Her, just a few years after Die Hard. Can't imagine anyone else playing the timid, mousey character.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 148||01/21/2014|
The one trick fucking pony voice actor seth macfarlane!
Eva Mendes plays herself in every fucking film she's in, literally you cannot tell the difference between her on set and pap shots...
Tom Green and Andy Dick
Jennifer 3 Faces Fucking Lopez! Face one pout, face two scowl, face 3 try and look like she's in love but it comes across like she has just woken up; mix that with her fat ass ghetto walk and get a washed up career for 2014
Jennifer Aniston - pretending to simulate oral sex with a banana whilst wearing lingere is not a substitute for being able to act as any other character than Rachel from Friends.... give it up and take a fucking indie role
Josh Duhamel - boyish eye candy all day long
Lawrence Fishburne - same shit new set
Elizbeth Berkley brought it on herself
Vin Diesel is on Dominic Torretto auto pilot
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 149||01/21/2014|
Tobey Maguire. I cannot understand how he gets cast in all these big movies. He's horrible. Flat, monotone voice. Not particularly attractive.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 150||01/21/2014|
Channing Tatum owns this thread.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 151||01/21/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 152||01/21/2014|
I think some people are just naming actors they personally dislike, rather than actors who are truly BAD.
There is a difference between people like Clooney, Roberts, and Bullock who may have a limited range but are good in that range, and actors who suck no matter what role they play.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 153||01/21/2014|
I really appreciate actors like Jared Leto who play someone very different in every film. Who wants to see Tom Hanks play Tom Hanks for the 50th time?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 154||01/21/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 155||01/21/2014|
I never thought James Dean could act.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 156||01/21/2014|
[quote]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.
[quote]But leading man roles? Dull as dishwater. He can't sell urbane or witty or even suburban, no matter how pretty he is.
Please. He was in 10 minutes of 12 Years a Slave and it was some of the most embarrassing acting I've ever seen. When compared to Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor it looked like they just found some mentally deficient homeless person off the street. He was also hammy and ridiculous (and not in a good way) in Inglourious Basterds.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 157||01/21/2014|
How has Mark Wahlberg not been mentioned yet?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 158||01/21/2014|
[quote] Jennifer Aniston - pretending to simulate oral sex with a banana whilst wearing lingere is not a substitute for being able to act as any other character than Rachel from Friends.... give it up and take a fucking indie role
The Good Girl
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 159||01/21/2014|
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|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 160||01/21/2014|
[quote]Julia Roberts is actually very, very talented IMHO and has certain skills she brings to a role which few women can do convincingly
Ugh, please. I had the (dis)pleasure of seeing rushes on one of her films. She is far, far worse than even the most critical DLers think. She is a horrid actress.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 161||01/21/2014|
[quote]Tobey Maguire. I cannot understand how he gets cast in all these big movies. He's horrible. Flat, monotone voice. Not particularly attractive.
I agreed with this for years until I saw "The Good German" in which he played a weasel-scumbag and was fucking great. Maybe Soderbergh is the only director alive who can get a good performance out of him.
How is it possible that no one has mentioned Master Thespians Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 162||01/21/2014|
"How is it possible that no one has mentioned Master Thespians Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook?"
Good call. They all SUCK. Add Carrie Underwooden, too.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 163||01/21/2014|
I can't go thru this whole thing, but I would hope tha Demi Moore has gotten at least a few mentions. Classic example of someone who mistakes attitude and posing with acting.
I think it's the biggest pr coup in the world that she has managed to stay relevant for OVER THREE DECADES.
And I couldn't disagree more about Julia Roberts - the ones known for "movie star charisma" are almost always underrated as actors. But she was best in show in Closer.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 164||01/21/2014|
I agree, R165. Demi was pretty bad.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 165||01/21/2014|
No, R165, that was Clive Owen.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 166||01/21/2014|
Well, let's just say it definitely was NOT Jude Law or Oscar nominated Portman.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 167||01/21/2014|
"Jennifer 3 Faces Fucking Lopez! Face one pout, face two scowl, face 3 try and look like she's in love but it comes across like she has just woken up"
That makes her a better actor than Tom Cruise, who has only two facial expressions: The toothy grin, and the intense glare (below).
The camera loves Cruise, for some unfathomable reason, but he's not an actor, he's a movie star.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 168||01/21/2014|
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|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 169||01/21/2014|
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|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 170||01/21/2014|
Scarlet Johannson, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Keanu Reeves, Ben Stiller .. the actors who can act list would be shorter.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 171||01/21/2014|
Yeah, Hollywood can make a movie about slavery but in 2014 a black top actress like Viola Davis has to play second fiddle next to JLo, Emma Stone, Sandra Bullock, the Gyllenhaals and Hugh Jackman. Appalling!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 172||01/21/2014|
R162 Really, what was that like? Although in an Esquire interview, Jack Nicholson said "You go into that editing room and there is empirical evidence of what you've done. And no matter how good they say you are, well over half of what you do is pure shit."
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 173||01/22/2014|
R151 The thing I can't stand about Tobey Maguire is he sounds like the spotty teenager from The Simpsons (the one who's seen working at places like Krustyburger)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 174||01/22/2014|
Hilarious, R158 - I thought of this exact thread when I saw 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and R53's apt description of him sucking the air out every scene. When he shows up in 12YaS, the film grinds to a halt, and you're left wondering what the hell he's even doing there. His acting is so bad the character ceases to make any sense. Pitt can be good at times but easily half of his performances are sub-par.
As for Dane Cook, is he even an actor anymore? That's a name I haven't heard in years.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 175||01/22/2014|
And the fat lady who was Kristie McNichol's Mom.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 176||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 177||01/22/2014|
It seems a lot of good actors become bad actors once they become a "star." I think the reason is they lose connection to anyone other than themselves and their own egos, and can no longer play characters because they have no real idea of how people other than themselves behave, think etc. Thus, they end up essentially playing themselves, or fall back onto repeating the one role that they did well/won them awards etc. I also think children of actors tend not to be good actors, because again they grow up in an entitled environment where encounters with average people only include "the help." And a lot of actors today are biz brats.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 178||01/22/2014|
Ben Affleck (see Sum of All Fears, he was awful!)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 179||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 180||01/22/2014|
R180 For example?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 181||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 182||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 183||01/22/2014|
R12: PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
Both men and women are called actors in this day and age. The term "actress" for women was dropped years ago. By female actors, themselves.
"Actress" is only used by old fairies over the age of 60. Try to keep up, gramps..
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 184||01/22/2014|
I maybe in the minority, but Edward Norton. His performances are hallow to me.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 185||01/22/2014|
I don't get Channing Tatum at all. I don't see him as an actor or a movie star. He doesn't come off as either. I don't get charisma or personality from him. He just seems like a college jock who ventured into movies and was lucky. I also think Hollywood spends too much time on "hot" people and less time on actual talent. Dustin Hoffman is not a great looking guy, but he's an incredible actor. I would never spend money to see Channing Tatum, but I would for Hoffman or Gene Hackman. Because I know I'm going to get an incredible performance.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 186||01/22/2014|
[quote]Edward Norton. His performances are hallow to me
YOU'RE FUCKING WELCOME, ACOLYTE.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 187||01/22/2014|
Leonardo Dicaprio is a good example of an actor who started out great and is now just ok. He has an incredible career though, for someone who is so mediocre.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 188||01/22/2014|
Julia Roberts - I could point to a few key scenes in Closer where she did act the shit out of the role, especially when she says, "I disgusting." I love this breakup scene. This movie is probably the best acting Julia Roberts has ever done.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 189||01/22/2014|
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|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 190||01/22/2014|
I use to think Jeremy Renner was limited to the stoic or psycho, but his final scene with Bale in American Hustle was a revelation. I found his break down totally convincing and was sorry the camera followed Bale out of the door, rather than staying on Renner and his family.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 191||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 192||01/22/2014|
I agree with you R192. I literally fell in love with Leo this year with his triple threat of movies - Django, Gatsby and Wolf. He is far from mediocre and he has never won an Oscar. He was amazing in Revolutionary Road as well. I think he has only gotten better as he has aged. Less hammy, and more grounded.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 193||01/22/2014|
Brent Spiner showing his range.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 194||01/22/2014|
Not only has r190 not seen Django, she hasn't seen Wolf of Wall St. either.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 195||01/22/2014|
You can point out all you want, R191, but it's a well known "secret" in the business that JR can't act. She is a big name, still, and made a lot of $ for Hollywood, which is why she's still working.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 196||01/22/2014|
Is Kellan Litzy considered an actor?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 197||01/22/2014|
I am not saying she is the best actor out there r198. But saying she can't act is inaccurate. I would agree she is limited in what she can do as are 90% of all actors to be honest. Mike Nichols did however get an amazing performance out of her.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 198||01/22/2014|
The gold standard for not being able to act one's way out of a paper bag is currently held by Carrie Underwood. Sure, we can all quibble about actors not being convincing, etc. But when one says that Miss Underwood can not act one means, literally, that she is utterly incapable of it (or at least has not yet begun to learn how).
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 199||01/22/2014|
I done read all my lines off the prompter, R201, even the long hard words, and I done hardly blink at all.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 200||01/22/2014|
Carrie Underwood doesn't count.
Heather Graham owns this thread.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 201||01/22/2014|
Fuckability can get you far as an "actor".
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 202||01/22/2014|
Jonah Hill. Can someone please explain his appeal to me?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 203||01/22/2014|
He makes people feel more secure about their looks.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 204||01/22/2014|
Jonah Hill I do not get. Is he supposed to be a type of Paul Giamatti (sp)? Because Giamatti is a great actor.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 205||01/22/2014|
KRISTIN WIIG. horrendous. same person in every movie. when are the studios going to get hip to this fact?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 206||01/22/2014|
[quote]But saying she can't act is inaccurate.
I have my reasons when I say I don't think she can act.
You can like her. It makes no difference to me.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 207||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 208||01/22/2014|
I would agree with Julia Roberts except Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman - she was pretty good in them. Looks good - well, maybe just channeling her true bitch! - in previews of Osage County, although I am sure the film sucks.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 209||01/22/2014|
I think the studios have already caught on, R209. She was already overexposed on SNL. She's undeniably funny, but limited, and not an actor.
BRIDESMAIDS was a huge success (if uneven and overrated) because of the combo of Kristin and all those comic women, particularly Melissa McCarthy. Kristin cannot carry a movie, as her unsuccessful follow up proved.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 210||01/22/2014|
I think there is a Peter Principle of actors. Once you've been them do XXXX that was beyond their scope, you can't stand to look at them again.
Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump Rosie O'Donnell as a retarded person Russell Crowe as a troubled genius Josh Harnett in Pearl Harbor Michael Douglas as a male romantic lead The entire Sheen and Estevez clan
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 211||01/22/2014|
Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney could not act their way out of a paper bag.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 212||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 213||01/22/2014|
r206 YES!!!! Why does he keep getting work, along with inter changable andy samberg and jesse eisenberg, seth rogen and carmen electra.
And Rosie O'Donnell. If acting as though her cooch is infected with a viral strain of donkey thrush then she owns the patent on angry bull dyke character actress....
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 214||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 215||01/22/2014|
r214 nailed it. btw, i can't initiate a post unless i'm a member, right?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 216||01/22/2014|
i hate when people talk about george clooney like he's the second coming of christ. he's NOT that good looking and he's NOT that great of an actor. a friend said something similar about brad pitt and why paul walker wasn't a big or a bigger star than him since he's just as talented (?) and a lot more handsome.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 217||01/22/2014|
Brad Pitt and George Clooney are great playing in their comfort zone as a leading man. There is a reason they are stars, they have star power on screen.
Neither one is a acting talent in the sense of being able to portray a wide variety of characters, but I wouldn't say they can't act, because they are good at a specific type of acting.
And no, not everyone can do what they do. Take someone like Liam Hemsworth, Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz I can think of off the top of my head and who all had their pushed into being a leading man and who all failed utterly with critics noting they don't have screen presence.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 218||01/22/2014|
r13 He was good in "Ali."
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 219||01/22/2014|
[quote]And I couldn't disagree more about Julia Roberts - the ones known for "movie star charisma" are almost always underrated as actors. But she was best in show in Closer.
Yes, the ones known for movie star charisma are often underrated. They make it look easy.
As for Best in Show in Closer - we beg to differ. t
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 220||01/22/2014|
"Jonah Hill. Can someone please explain his appeal to me?"
He's funny, has good timing, and can be effective in a narrow range of roles. People here hate him because he committed the unpardonable sin of not being handsome.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 221||01/22/2014|
S Z Sakall. Enough with the hands on your fat cheeks! When will it stop?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 222||01/22/2014|
Josh Hartnett owns this thread in perpetuity.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 223||01/22/2014|
DL fave Colton Haynes shuts it down
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 224||01/22/2014|
He can't lotion either!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 225||01/22/2014|
r227, bitch how dare you
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 226||01/22/2014|
I think Pitt USED to have charisma to burn. But either he got lazy, or he lost it, and now just seems to coast on his reputation.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 227||01/22/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 228||01/24/2014|
[quote]Yes, the ones known for movie star charisma are often underrated. They make it look easy.
Tell me about it! That's my huge problem!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 229||01/24/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 230||01/24/2014|
I cant stand that cunt of Will Ferrell
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 231||01/24/2014|
Not because they can't act, but because subtlety and a natural characterization doesn't always come easy to them and seems so overly thought out. They Act with a capital A. Look at me, I'm Acting! Actors revere them above others, especially those who don't really understand the craft. Hamminess and mechanics hold more weight than spontaneity and relaxation....and simply being.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 232||01/24/2014|
R235: those are two absolutely ludicrous examples. If DDL & La Streep are bad actors, then the whole industry of movie-making should just close up shop.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 233||01/24/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 234||01/24/2014|
Neither Pitt nor Clooney have acting abilities. They became movie stars because of their looks and because they know how to remain in the spotlights (Showmancing and exploitation of children-Pitt) Clooney comes from a showbiz background. Calling them charismatic is a joke. Pitt is dumb as a door nail and both cant act if their life depended on it. I can't think of a single Alister who is a good actor (except for maybe RDJ, but he hasn't been AList for that long)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 235||01/25/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 236||01/25/2014|
Kendrick has some talent but I find her annoying
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 237||01/25/2014|
Ice T, although he's doing well raking in the money from NBC for years.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 238||01/25/2014|
Fuck you, OP
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 239||01/25/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 240||01/25/2014|
Taye Diggs. Good looking, charismatic, gorgeous smile. Cannot act for shit.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 241||01/25/2014|
Shemar Moore. A gorgeous man, but even on something like Criminal Minds he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 242||01/25/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 243||01/25/2014|
[You do realize that this is a troll, right? It does not believe what it posts. It just craves attention. You might want to stop talking to it.]
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 244||01/25/2014|
[You do realize that this is a troll, right? It does not believe what it posts. It just craves attention. You might want to stop talking to it.]
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 245||01/25/2014|
"Shemar Moore. A gorgeous man, but even on something like Criminal Minds he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag."
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 246||01/26/2014|
Tom Cruise is a good actor. He makes poor role choices, but he could practically start a school.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 247||01/26/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 248||01/26/2014|
Cruise is good at playing one thing - the character of Tom Cruise. In any other role he's completely inauthentic.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 249||01/26/2014|
Adrienne Barbeau. People were so busy looking at her tits that they didn't notice she sounded like she was reading the phone book.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 250||01/30/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 251||01/30/2014|
DDL never gets to a good performance with playfulness or looseness, his acting is almost like some forceful mind manipulation he had to go through for months to get into the mindset of his character. I wonder if he is able to improvise.
He is not a bad actor but somehow it's always a bit stiff with him.
Streep had this reputation and she just rides with it. She is a mainstream darling.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 252||01/30/2014|
But My Beautiful Laundrette? It may depend on the material. I couldn't stand Gangs of New York, him incl. While in Room with a View, he was unrecognizable (as in I didn't realize it was him until the credits rolled) which is a plus for me.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 253||01/30/2014|
Roberts won't go down as the actress of her generation or anything, but I think say she can't act is unfair. Although I don't think Closer was her best work because she was so underwhelming next to Portman and Owen, she was the only good thing about AOC this year.
I feel the same way about DiCaprio. Capable, but nothing special.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 254||01/31/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 255||01/31/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 256||02/07/2014|
Brad Pitt can't act.
An aside: My roommate is getting his ass pounded in the next room. Ugh! He's not atteactive. Must be a rentboy. I'm trapped!!!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 257||02/07/2014|
Damn spell check! Attractive.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 258||02/07/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 259||02/07/2014|
Roberts is not a bad actress, she was amazing in Charlie Wilson's War.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 260||02/07/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 261||02/08/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 262||02/08/2014|
Paging Miss Streisand
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 263||02/09/2014|
Samuel L. Jackson.
The rest of the cast of "Friends"
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 264||02/16/2014|
Kit Harington Emilia Clarke Kristen Stewart Robert Pattinson Zac Efron
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 265||02/16/2014|
Jennifer Lopez. .. And she can't sing or dance or judge, either.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 266||02/16/2014|
[quote]Roberts is not a bad actress, she was amazing in Charlie Wilson's War.
a·maz·ing əˈmāziNG/ adjective adjective: amazing
1. causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing. "an amazing number of people registered" synonyms:tastonishing, astounding, surprising, stunning, staggering, shocking, startling, stupefying, breathtaking;
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 267||02/16/2014|
I am surprised that Nichole Kidman has not been mentioned. She lacks chemistry with her fellow actors, is unable to emote, and does not particularly engage the viewer.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 268||02/16/2014|
To me, the definition of 'an actor who can't act' is someone, who's essentially playing him or herself all the time - only with slightly better lines and a more interesting personality.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 269||02/16/2014|
Roberts was also good in Confessions of a dangerous Mind.
There are actresses around who are a lot worse than her.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 270||02/16/2014|
No matter what he plays Tom Cruise is always Tom Cruise. The man is incapable of disappearing into a character.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 271||02/16/2014|
[quote]There are actresses around who are a lot worse than her.
Maybe, but did they make $20 mil. per picture?
Yes, there are shitty actors galore, but this woman used to be a top paid Hollywood actor and she's beyond mediocre.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 272||02/16/2014|
I take Roberts anytime over Bullock, Portman, Witherspoon, Lawrence, E. Stone, Jolie, Garner, and I don't even like her.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 273||02/16/2014|
I don't think whether or not you can disappear into a character says anything about the ability to act. Many people only are versions of themselves but on screen they're authentic. They're believable in the given circumstances and persuasive that they're feeling what they're feeling, want what they want, and are engaged with the people who mean something to them. The ability to do that has as much to do with acting as the ability to be "different" or "someone else" in a role.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 274||02/16/2014|
George Clooney is always just George Clooney, with the exception of "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?"
He shows absolutely no acting talent. He is the Cary Grant of our time.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 275||02/16/2014|
[R278] - is "Cary Grant of our time" supposed to insult Clooney? Because Cary Grant was brilliant.
Again, acting isn't proving you can be someone other than yourself. Being yourself on camera is also acting. Many can't do it. Acting is being believable in imaginary circumstances. Grant could do it. Clooney can't.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 276||02/16/2014|
I see your point R279, and will concede regarding Cary Grant. I've never been a big fan of his work, because he was always more of a "pretty face" kind of actor to me. But the idea of being believable in imaginary circumstances is well-stated.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 277||02/16/2014|
"Grant could do it. Clooney can't."
Don't agree. I actually think Clooney is a better actor than Cary was (although I do love Cary)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 278||02/16/2014|
I don't know how anyone can think that Clooney can act after seeing Gravity.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 279||02/16/2014|
[quote]I am surprised that Nichole Kidman has not been mentioned. She lacks chemistry with her fellow actors, is unable to emote, and does not particularly engage the viewer.
She was outstanding in "Australia" and had perfect screen chemistry with Hugh Jackman.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 280||02/16/2014|
Samuel L. Jackson
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 281||02/17/2014|
I thought Nicole was terrible in Australia (and I have liked her in other things)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 282||02/17/2014|
Nicole was pretty good in "Rabbit Hole" but she was playing a cold, passive-aggressive bitch so.....
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 283||02/17/2014|
Keanu Reeves owns this thread.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 284||02/17/2014|
Heather Graham bought this thread from Keanu Reeves.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 285||02/17/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 286||02/17/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 287||02/17/2014|
J Lo is gawd awful too. ugh!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 288||02/17/2014|
Seth Rogen - in the real world, he couldn't get a job at the Starbucks in his 'hood of Kerrisdale. But Hollywood isn't the real world. . .
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 289||02/17/2014|
Clooney is only capable of playing George Clooney.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 290||02/17/2014|
Nicole Kidman is a cipher, not even present enough to be dull, or not engaging. Her career is an utter mystery to me.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 291||02/17/2014|
Stop talking about Clooney and JLo and Keanu and Heather Graham! Talk about ME!!!!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 292||02/17/2014|
[quote]Her career is an utter mystery to me.
She was Tammy Cruises arm piece for 10 years!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 293||02/17/2014|
Kidman was great and hilarious in To Die For.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 294||02/17/2014|
Kidman was fantastic in To Die For, and Dogville. Few actresses could have played either part the way she did.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 295||02/18/2014|
Anne Hathaway. I just don't get her in any role she's ever been in. Very unconvincing actress. Thought she was the worst thing in Les Miz.
Gina Gershon - Wooden. Just. Wooden.
Neve Campbell & Katherine Heigl - see Gershon
Madonna & J Lo: Stick to singing. Or whatever you call that thing you do.
Keanu - I know this was posted 100x already. But it bears repeating. Exponentially.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 296||02/18/2014|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 297||02/18/2014|
Dianna Agron can't act her way out of a paperbag. Close-mouthed mumbling, constant smiling (the Hilarie Burton school of 'acting'), blank eyes, and two facial expressions.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 298||02/19/2014|
Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Aniston own this thread.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 299||02/19/2014|
I like Jennifer Aniston!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 300||02/20/2014|
My votes go to Emily Deschanel, David Cassidy and, probably the worst, Kristin Stewart. No believable emotion, blank affect, annoying voices.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 301||02/21/2015|
Wow, that's random.
Most Hollywood actors can't act, per se - they are just playing themselves in every role.
It's why someone like Meryl Streep or Dustin Hoffman really stand out.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 302||02/21/2015|
BULLOCH and MERYL and MC CLAINE and NICHOLSON
can argue over who owns this thread. Unlikable, ugly, no acting ability. PERIOD.
Many others--in fact, most actors have no talent--Willis, Demi, Brangelina, Twilight, Hunger Games casts, Carol Burnette, Liz Taylor, Halle Berry has NO talent--how Hollywood loves to kiss each other's smelly asses!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 303||02/21/2015|
I can't believe I'm the first one to post her name but here goes:
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 304||02/21/2015|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 305||02/21/2015|
Has anyone mentioned Keira Knightley?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 306||02/21/2015|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 307||02/21/2015|
[quote]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.
The Garbo on screen is **nothing** like the Garbo was in real life
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 308||02/21/2015|
This thread is co-owned by Drew Barrymore and Rosamund Pike.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 309||02/21/2015|
Claire Danes...a one-note actress, and it's a flat note
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 310||02/21/2015|
Most of them. What a fucked-up industry - most can't do their jobs properly or convincingly but they all get paid millions of dollars.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 311||02/21/2015|
Mumbling Mary-Louise Parker
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 312||02/21/2015|
It's a long way from Keanu to Kidman. She's been good in a few films. The Others comes to mind.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 313||02/21/2015|
You know who.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 314||02/21/2015|
R303 - Bullshit! Many of the perfumers you've names are tremendously talented. They would have not gotten far without it.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 315||02/21/2015|
I disagree with whoever said Drew Barrymore. I think she's quite talented, and also always fun to watch.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 316||02/21/2015|
Channing Tatum. (But HOT!)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 317||02/21/2015|
Antonio Sabato Jr. I would still do him. And the more clothes he takes off the more likely I will watch.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 318||02/21/2015|
Leave Carrie Underwood alone R199. She is an excellent singer and an American treasure.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 319||02/21/2015|
Keira didn't win at the Oscars®
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 320||02/22/2015|
Wooden Henry Cavill and his wonky American accent.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 321||02/22/2015|
Rod Stieger - when he was good, he was very, very good. When he was bad, he was 250 pounds of uncured ham...
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 322||02/23/2015|
Can Luke Evans act?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 323||02/23/2015|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 324||02/23/2015|
ScarJo, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Leo DiCaprio, Mathew McConnahey, Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Will Smith, Daniel Craig
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 325||02/23/2015|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 326||02/23/2015|
I don' t understand why people like Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are considered great at acting at all. She is amateurish at best, and he is absolutely embarrassing to watch. Also, Marillon Cotillard bores and irritates me to tears for how much she sucks, and yet everyone thinks she' s great!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 327||02/23/2015|
It's not...me.......I'm not......shot..........it's my...........bodyguard!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 328||02/23/2015|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 329||02/23/2015|
Actors who can't act:
Melanie Fucking Griffith (she is SO wooden that she has termites)
Keanu Reeves (but I love him just the same)
Nicholas Cage (as an actor, I hate him with a passion)
Josh Hartnett (it's amazing he had as much of a career as he did)
Madonna (but I love her anyway)
Hayden Christensen (who did he fuck to get into the business? Oh, never mind. I know the answer to that one)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 330||02/23/2015|
going once ... going twice ..... THREAD GOES TO Guy Wilson
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 331||02/23/2015|
I think most of the posters here should keep off the meds. They sound like they're in the booby hatch!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 332||02/23/2015|
Brad Shitt is always out of his depth which is a puddle no waves no real juice no well to draw from man I hated that weird snort tic thing he did in Kalifornia. Ben Affekt in everything he's done, in Jennifer's grabby snatch, in Mattie Demon's vanilla arms at the Brokeback motel, Keanu's southern accent in Devil's Advocate wins the ham at the karaoke of acting, Davidine Anchovny has the range of a broken Kenmore, Roberta De Niro is one schtick multiplied.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 333||02/23/2015|
Justin timberlake is the first name to pop into mind.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 334||02/23/2015|
MISS TOM CRUISE owns the thread!!!
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 335||02/23/2015|
[quote]Can Luke Evans act?
Yes, he can. Just watch Dracula Untold, though they might not have been pleased with the movie, every critic was floored by his performance.
He was great in 12 years a Slave
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 336||02/23/2015|
Yes, Luke Evans can act, and I have to agree with R336) . The end of the movie and what he had to give up made almost want to cry, when you think about it. Heck, he became a monster to save his family and lost it in the end.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 337||11/13/2015|
I can't believe this thread didn't mentioned the overrated, wants more money than she deserves, Jennifer Lawerence. Seriously?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 338||11/13/2015|
As an actress, Natalie Wood was all wet.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 339||11/13/2015|
Autistic Jenna Fischer
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 340||11/13/2015|
Both the former Mrs. Pitt and the current Mrs. Pitt are fucking AWFUL
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 341||11/13/2015|
At least, I can enjoy former Mrs. Pitt's movies. I can't stand the current, pretentious Mrs. Pitt's acting.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 342||11/13/2015|
Wes Bentley. His best performance was his first. It's been downhill from there, and now he's ubiquitous.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 343||11/14/2015|
Who's the dope that keeps posting David Straitham?
Jason Statham? As action stars go, what do you expect? But he was pretty funny in Spy.
David Strathairn? Really? I like his work - see Dlores Claiborn, see, well, anything with Straithairn is graced by his presence.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 344||11/14/2015|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 345||11/14/2015|
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 346||11/14/2015|
Daniel Day Lewis
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 347||11/14/2015|
Ian Somerhalder (sp?)
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 348||11/25/2015|
Emilia Clarke co-owns this thread. Who did she fuck for her two (TWO?!?) Emmy nominations?
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 349||11/25/2015|
R321 I second Henry Cavill. He should thank god for his looks, which are actually fading pretty fast.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 350||11/25/2015|
Her Mouling Jackson is but a caricature of a true Vietnamese rock star.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 351||11/25/2015|
Jennifer Lawrence (Like Logan, so bad it's funny!!)
Lindsay Lohan (I laughed through Liz & Dick film!!)
Julia Roberts (The horse's teeth are so distracting)
Brad Pitt (He's like a cadaver standing & talking)
Angelina Jolie (Torture just listening for 1 minute)
Oprah Winfrey in a movie - Seen clips of her in various "epic" films and .....it's just Oprah with a silly southern drawl and so fat she takes up the whole screen. The. Worst. Actress. In. The. World.
|by Stella Hagen-Strassberg||reply 352||11/25/2015|