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Actors who ruin movies


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#1 of 37 Steve K.H.

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Posted February 19 2005 - 04:43 AM

There are some current *cough* "Stars" *cough* who are in my opinion, SO GAWDAWFUL that I won't even consider watching any future films they are featured in.

These include the likes of

Ben Stiller,
Pamela Anderson,
Will Ferrell,
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Chuck Norris


These are not actors I dislike, it's my list of absolutely horrible "actors" whose sole contribution is to ruin films. Put another way, if another actor took their place they could make a bad film good, or an average film great.

Feel free to add your two cents.
I purposely left out wannabe actors who are celebrities in other fields...
e.g.
J-Lo,
any sports star

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#2 of 37 ToddP

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Posted February 19 2005 - 05:54 AM

What is the point of threads like this? They seem to pop up every week. Everyone has different opinions on actors. For instance, I think Will Ferrell is hilarious. The only reason to post this is to incite arguments.

#3 of 37 LanieParker

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Posted February 19 2005 - 06:15 AM

Rosanne Arquette is one of those ruins movies kind of actresses, but The Big Blue will always be my favorite movie. I mean hey, she does get left for the dolphin at the end! lol.

#4 of 37 Travis Brashear

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Posted February 19 2005 - 07:16 AM

I can't call Keanu Reeves a horrible actor across the board (he did adequately in SPEED; his particular brand of naive vacuousness was the perfect fit for the characters in THE MATRIX, A WALK IN THE CLOUDS and PARENTHOOD; and he actually showed some real talent in THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, turning in a performance with range and real emotional power--probably because Pacino threatened to kick his ass if he didn't step it up), but his shockingly variable level of command of his craft found its nadir in BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA. There were enough good performances and capable direction to keep him from out-and-out ruining the film, but man, every time he comes on screen, you just can't help but cringe...
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#5 of 37 Qui-Gon John

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Posted February 19 2005 - 08:38 AM

Travis, Most Excellent Critique!!
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#6 of 37 Zen Butler

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Posted February 19 2005 - 03:47 PM

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but man, every time he comes on screen, you just can't help but cringe...


Or get hot flashes

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#7 of 37 dailW

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Posted February 19 2005 - 03:56 PM

halle berry
sharon stone
mel gibson
bruce willis
chris tucker
amanda peet
the cast of friends

#8 of 37 DonMac

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Posted February 20 2005 - 05:43 AM

Julia Roberts hurts pretty much every movie she's been in.

#9 of 37 Cees Alons

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Posted February 20 2005 - 05:56 AM

All right, here we go again. Posted Image

Some of the best actors/actresses, of course. Make sure you don't mention really bad ones, we just might believe you.

BTW, there's a huge difference between actors who 'ruin a movie' and actors/actresses you personally don't like or even hate (??).


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#10 of 37 Adil M

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Posted February 20 2005 - 06:10 AM

Let's keep this maintained to actors and actresses who ruin "every" movie they have been in.

I hate Will Smith, but he has had his moments. I hate Julia Roberts, but again.
Ben Stiller's brand of comedy makes me dumber afterwards, but I still enjoyed some of them.
Will Ferrel is coming into his own, but not as an "actor."
Keanu same, but if Constantine is good I will reevaluate. Even Mel does some stuff I like.
Jean Claude clearly is crap and the Chuckster.

Tom Cruise is such a prick, but I like a lot of his movies. I really liked the Last Samurai, but it probably would have been better w/ someone else.. like Chuck Norris.

Oh yeah, Jason Biggs sucks, but I like a lot of the movies he's in, same w/ "forehead girl" Mena Suvari.

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#11 of 37 dailW

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Posted February 20 2005 - 06:25 AM

pre lethal weapon mel great actor post mel too melodramatic to the point where he can ruin a movie.

#12 of 37 Kevin M

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Posted February 20 2005 - 06:37 AM

Yeah Yeah! And Robert De Niro, what a hack.......
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#13 of 37 Malcolm R

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Posted February 21 2005 - 03:21 AM

Yeah Yeah! And Robert De Niro, what a hack.......

Hmmmm...The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle...Analyze This/That...Godsend...Hide & Seek...yeah, I can see it.

My addition: Adam Sandler
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#14 of 37 Steve Christou

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Posted February 21 2005 - 04:18 AM

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All right, here we go again. Posted Image
Some of the best actors/actresses, of course. Make sure you don't mention really bad ones, we just might believe you.

Exactly Cees, this is one of those useful I.Q. measuring threads that come along now and then. I'm kidding, I think.

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Tom Cruise is such a prick, but I like a lot of his movies. I really liked the Last Samurai, but it probably would have been better w/ someone else.. like Chuck Norris.

Posted Image Or Vin Diesel. Your honour I rest my case.Posted Image

Okay I'll play along, I can't stand Sean Penn and have missed many a film because he was in it. I still have yet to see Mystic River, that said I know he's a good and highly respected actor, I just don't like him.Posted Image

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#15 of 37 Travis Brashear

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Posted February 21 2005 - 04:33 AM

Originally posted by Steve Christou:
I can't stand Sean Penn and have missed many a film because he was in it. I still have yet to see Mystic River, that said I know he's a good and highly respected actor, I just don't like him.

Let me make a wild guess here--Bush voter?

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#16 of 37 Steve Christou

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Posted February 21 2005 - 04:58 AM

Posted Image Well [whispers] F911 did bore the pants off me... Travis are you trying to give the mods a heart attack? I'm not from Bushland, I'm from Enger-land, a land flowing with tea and crumpets. Otherwise my reply to your question would have been in the resoundingly negative, and I still can't stand Sean Penn.Posted Image

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#17 of 37 Sami Kallio

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Posted February 21 2005 - 05:24 AM

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My addition: Adam Sandler
Now that I can agree with. I don't think I have seen any good movies with Sandler in it. Now I just skip the ones he is in so I don't have to suffer.

#18 of 37 Patrick Sun

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Posted February 21 2005 - 10:22 AM

Okay, let's lay off the politics...
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#19 of 37 Steve K.H.

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Posted February 23 2005 - 11:40 AM

Yep, and I should have added this:

If you agree with someone - great, add your two cents.

If you disagree - leave it alone - that's how arguments start.

This isn't a thread to create an argument. The question is sincere.

The purpose of the thread is to have people step back from a film's hype and rethink this... are we as Joe Public truly being cheated?

I admit some comics are not great actors but their purpose within the comedic film genre is to combine some semblance of acting with well timed expressions and punch lines.

e.g. Steve Martin and John Candy in PTA
as opposed to e.g. Ben Stiller in Zoolander & Dodge Ball.

I never really thought Tom Cruise to be a horrible actor... but now that it's been raised, I'm leaning that way...

Vin Diesel was a perfect example. XxX could have been an excellent film but for his er..."talents."

Could it possible be Posted Image that when the producer chooses Tom Cruise or Vin Diesel, they purposely sacrifice "acting" or "entertaining" ability as a trade off for "box office draw"? Are they exploiting these people as "eye candy" for women (and some men?)

The Rock could fall into that category as he now holds himself out to be an actor. Then again I don't believe he ruined the Mummy (as an example.)

There is always a BETTER person to put in a role. Unfortunately Sir Laurence Olivier passed away before 1990 and even then he wouldn't be available for every role.

I'm attempting to identify individuals who, if replaced by any average actor/ess, this would lead to an immediate raising of the bar of the film's entertainment value...

Ultimately, the votes could lead to a "Top 10 list"Posted Image

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#20 of 37 Travis Brashear

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Posted February 23 2005 - 12:34 PM

I only made the political reference to clarify if Mr. Penn was truly being judged for his acting talents alone or due to his non-acting, er, um, extracurricular activities...
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