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Norm de Plume
11-08-02, 03:23 AM
Off the top of my head, a few of the worst acting efforts (to use the word loosely) I've ever seen:

-Peter Spitzer in The Meateater (1978) - A legendary bad performance. Here's a good summation of his thesping skills: www.brainsonfilm.com/meateater.html :lol:

-Christa Lang in Sam Fuller's Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1972) - This girl's more wooden than a pallet of two-by-fours.

-Sofia Coppola in Godfather III (1990) - Nepotism at its most disastrous. Not only couldn't she act to save her life, but she was ass-ugly too.

jfoobar
11-08-02, 04:18 AM
Andie McDowell, Four Weddings and a Funeral.

custom001
11-08-02, 06:30 AM
Denise Richards in "The World is not enough". As a rocket scientist.

As Rolling Stone put it: "You can fake a lot of things on screen. But you can't fake intelligence"

Caoimhin
11-08-02, 07:31 AM
Heather Matarazzo. Period.

neiname
11-08-02, 08:48 AM
Sly Stallone in Driven

Pants
11-08-02, 10:59 AM
Originally posted by custom001
Denise Richards in "The World is not enough". As a rocket scientist.

As Rolling Stone put it: "You can fake a lot of things on screen. But you can't fake intelligence" Rolling Stone is (as usual) wrong. Of course you can fake intelligence (You mean Russel Crow isn't a Nobel Prize winning genius?). The problem isn't that they cast a beautiful woman as a Nuclear scientist, the problem is they cast a beautiful woman who can't act as a nuclear scientist. Ingrid Bergman played scientists and doctors because she was a good actor not because she was a brilliant scientist. I'm tired of hearing people point to Denise Richads casting as unbelievable because of the part she was given to play, she would have been equally unbelievable if she played a hairdresser or a hooker. She sucks.

grunter
11-08-02, 11:25 AM
Alan Rickman - "Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves"

Where did that Spinal Tap refugee with the wildly teased hair come from?

JimRochester
11-08-02, 11:45 AM
Ben Affleck - Pearl Harbor

B.A.
11-08-02, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by grunter
Alan Rickman - "Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves"

Where did that Spinal Tap refugee with the wildly teased hair come from?

Now that is just mean - he was one of the only good parts of the movie.

Now if you would have said Kevin Costner in a lot of his films, including Robin Hood, I might have agreed w/ you. Oh well, everyone's tastes are different and that is what makes this world so enjoyable. :)

I completely agree w/ Denise Richards in her 007 appearance.

I nominate Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard to be the two actors who are consistently terrible in any film they get near.

FunkDaddy J
11-08-02, 12:55 PM
Jake Lloyd, Phantom Menace

caiman
11-08-02, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by bahist17

I nominate Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard to be the two actors who are consistently terrible in any film they get near.

While I agree 100% with FPJ, you need to see Mathew Lillard in <b>SLC Punk</b> before you discredit him entirely. The guy actually can act. He just chooses roles that don't allow him to prove himself.

Gdrlv
11-08-02, 01:44 PM
Keanu Reeves...well, many if not most of his roles but particularly Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Noonan
11-08-02, 03:27 PM
SLC Punk=Great movie!

Charlie Goose
11-08-02, 06:39 PM
Nancy Kelly in The Bad Seed. The worst job I have ever seen in any film.

http://charliegoose.homestead.com/files/goose.jpg Honk!

Deckard-10
11-08-02, 08:54 PM
Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons.

Robert
11-08-02, 08:57 PM
Joely Richardson as Aunt Charlotte in <b>The Patriot</b>

movielib
11-08-02, 10:42 PM
Originally posted by JustinS
Andie McDowell, Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Andie MacDowell in anything.

mookiemeister
11-08-02, 11:03 PM
Come on, Andie MacDowell is not that bad. She's good in Groundhog Day and Green Card.

subbacultcha
11-09-02, 10:02 AM
Hayden Christensen in AOTC.

Obey The D
11-09-02, 10:06 AM
Beyonce Knowles in Goldmember.

Steve Phillips
11-09-02, 02:36 PM
I agree about Denise Richards in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH.

Hal Sparks in any QAF episode. Just awful. Of course so are the scripts and the dialog, so it may not be entirely his fault.

The entire cast of BATMAN AND ROBIN.

Sunday Morning
11-10-02, 10:15 AM
Originally posted by mookiemeister
Come on, Andie MacDowell is not that bad. She's good in Groundhog Day and Green Card.

I really like her in green card. She played well off of gerard depardieu.

LBPound
11-10-02, 10:39 AM
Kevin Costner in that movie, what was called, oh yes...everything he's been in.

Groucho
11-10-02, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by nyr4321
Beyonce Knowles in Goldmember. I gotta disagree with this one. Everybody (including myself) assumed she was going to suck because she doesn't have previous acting experience, but she nailed the role (especially if you are familiar with the characters she was parodying). Better than Liz Hurley, and a LOT better than Heather Graham.

Speaking of Heather Graham, my nomination is Heather Graham in anything (except maybe Swingers). She's a Stepford wife.

Originally posted by LBPound
Kevin Costner in that movie, what was called, oh yes...everything he's been in. I won't hear of it! He was perfectly cast in The Big Chill.

Amadeus
11-10-02, 11:29 AM
Everybody in American Psycho 2.Pathetic!

zero
11-10-02, 02:06 PM
Ben Afleck- DareDevil....oh wait the movie isnt out yet :rolleyes:

HistoryProf
11-10-02, 04:09 PM
Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days - that accent was painful to listen to.

Denise Richards in TWINE was truly abysmal and probably the single most excruciating performance ever put to celluloid....

Tara Reid in anything.

Keanu Reeves in most anything - especially Point Break, Sweet November, and Dracula.

Jennifer Jason Leigh in Hudsucker Proxy - ruined the movie for me.

custom001
11-11-02, 03:47 AM
Originally posted by Pants
Rolling Stone is (as usual) wrong. Of course you can fake intelligence (You mean Russel Crow isn't a Nobel Prize winning genius?). The problem isn't that they cast a beautiful woman as a Nuclear scientist, the problem is they cast a beautiful woman who can't act as a nuclear scientist. Ingrid Bergman played scientists and doctors because she was a good actor not because she was a brilliant scientist. I'm tired of hearing people point to Denise Richads casting as unbelievable because of the part she was given to play, she would have been equally unbelievable if she played a hairdresser or a hooker. She sucks.

thinking 'bout it - you're right.

(She wasn't very good as a captain in Starship Troopers either) rotfl

still think Rolling Stone is a funny magazine. good pictures, too.

maxfisher
11-11-02, 10:24 AM
Originally posted by bgills

Jennifer Jason Leigh in Hudsucker Proxy - ruined the movie for me.

Gotta disagree. Are you sure it's the acting job and not the character that bothered you? I found her character pretty annoying the first time or two I saw it, but I think she does a pretty darn good job with it.

Also, I'll nominate Stephen King in Creepshow. Sadly hilarious in that he took it so seriously and failed so utterly miserably.

Groucho
11-11-02, 10:52 AM
Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hudsucker Proxy is another performance that is great if you understand where the character is coming from, and are familiar with the actresses being referenced.

DVDJay
11-11-02, 11:14 AM
Nicolas Cage in Con Air. While the performance itself may not be so bad, the accent is awful. Why is it so hard for actors to get the southern accent right?

Pointyskull
11-11-02, 11:17 AM
Originally posted by Deckard-10
Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons.

Let's not forget Thora Birch in Dungeons & Dragons....
At least Irons was laughably over the top. Birch (who is generally quite good) was just a big stiff.

movielib
11-11-02, 11:18 AM
Originally posted by bgills

...
Jennifer Jason Leigh in Hudsucker Proxy - ruined the movie for me.
I'll add another vote for disagreeing with this one. I think her exaggerated Katherine Hepburnish imitation was perfect for the film's setting and the way in which it was so highly stylized.

ccoolidge
11-11-02, 12:59 PM
Denise Richards in TWINE
Jake Lloyd in SW-TPM
Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair
Catherine Zeta-Jones in anything and everything she has ever been in, including those cell phone commercials. She practically brought tears to my eyes while suffering through Entrapment. I'm sure someone will disagree with me on this, but your wrong :p

jdpatri
11-11-02, 01:56 PM
I don't even see how Catherine Zeta-Jones could be placed on the same list as Denise Richards.

Catherine may not be the greatest of all time, but she's definitely not Denise Richards for godsakes.

isamu
11-11-02, 02:43 PM
Bird droppings>>>>>M&M in 8 mile

Opened at 55 million...disgusting!

Jaymole
11-11-02, 03:08 PM
Jennifer Jason Leigh in Hudsucker Proxy - ruined the movie for me.

Another person who disagrees with this comment. I think she did a great job in creating that character. As others said, the character was being refernced from other films during that time period.

HistoryProf
11-11-02, 03:11 PM
Originally posted by movielib
I'll add another vote for disagreeing with this one. I think her exaggerated Katherine Hepburnish imitation was perfect for the film's setting and the way in which it was so highly stylized.
I think the key word there is "exaggerated"....it was so over the top that i just couldn't get past it. She just goes overboard with the accent and tries WAY too hard....and like i said, i found it sooo distracting that it ultimately ruined the movie for me.....which makes, in my mind, for an abysmal performance....

However, this is obviously a matter of taste, and seeing as how i just got this from the DDD $5.88 deal - I'm a huge fan of the Coen Bros and Paul Newman too for that matter - i'm going to give it another try soon enough. Perhaps my more refined film viewing skills in recent years will inspire a reevaluation of this sentiment....I hope so in all honesty.....

raithen
11-11-02, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by Norm de Plume
Sofia Coppola in Godfather III (1990) - Nepotism at its most disastrous. Not only couldn't she act to save her life, but she was ass-ugly too. Sigh. Nepotism had less to do with her casting in Godfather III and more to do with Wynona Ryder falling into a spell of "fatigue" in the 11th hour. It was last minute casting to find a replacement and FFK went the easy route... go figure.

Anyway, while Sofia certainly had a stilted delivery and didn't exactly "command" the screen, the part was underwritten. She had little to do, but when she was on screen I never felt that she was particularily effective, but I didn't feel she was distracting either. Just... there.

IMHO anyway...

-matt

jfoobar
11-11-02, 08:34 PM
Originally posted by ccoolidge
Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair
Catherine Zeta-Jones in anything and everything she has ever been in, including those cell phone commercials. She practically brought tears to my eyes while suffering through Entrapment. I'm sure someone will disagree with me on this, but your wrong :p

Your wrong, the word is "you're." :p

And I do disagree. I am not at all a CZJ fan, but I have never seen her give a performance that was abysmal.

Coral
11-11-02, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by bgills
Jennifer Jason Leigh in Hudsucker Proxy - ruined the movie for me.

And yet another person who disagrees.

Her character may be annoying, but JJL was spot-on in her performance. Definitely a reference to actresses of that time frame in the film.

custom001
11-12-02, 03:31 AM
Originally posted by ccoolidge
Jake Lloyd in SW-TPM


Oh thanks for reminding me:

Hayden Christensen in AOTC!

paul dd
11-12-02, 04:00 AM
Drew Barrymore except maybe in E.T. :D

custom001
11-12-02, 05:53 AM
Originally posted by bgills
Tara Reid in anything.


c'mon. she was great in big lebowski. :lol:

subbacultcha
11-12-02, 10:30 AM
Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature....Asian-American please.

custom001
11-12-02, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by subbacultcha
Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature....Asian-American please.

:up: :lol: