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Old 03-22-13, 08:15 AM
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Worst cases of overacting in a film

Nobody, but nobody, will ever beat Nicholas Cage in Deadfall in the overacting department...it is a sight to behold.

FYI: THIS IS NOT A COMEDY!!!:

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Can anyone offer up some other examples?
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

He is epically bad in a lot of films, and just plain bad in most everything else.

He was perfect in Leaving Las Vegas.

Good clips Jaymole.
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I guess when your brother is the director you can get away with anything.

I thought he was great as Fu-Manchu.

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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Never even heard of this movie.
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skip to about 1:50 Nic Cage at his best
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Nic Cage is no longer an actor. He could be again, but now he's more like a...performer.

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Originally Posted by inri222 View Post
Nic Cage is no longer an actor. He could be again, but now he's more like a...performer.

--Sean Penn
And that is why I love him even if the movie he is in is terrible.

I don't go into Nic Cage movies for the movies, I go into them for his performance, which at times suits the material and others...well...not at all. But, at the end of the day, I will be entertained by Nic Cage regardless and that is more than can be said about most actors working today.

For the record, where his performance suit the material:

Face/Off
Kick-Ass
Bringing Out the Dead
Moonstruck (hate this movie...hate everything about it except, Cage)
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Deadfall is on my Netflix Instant queue for this reason. There's a Youtube video titled "Nicolas Cage Loses His Shit" which is a montage of him overacting in all of his movies, and his stuff from Deadfall came up a few times. Some sort of odd accent with him flipping out. I need to watch that with a few drinks.
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Originally Posted by Mattflix View Post
Deadfall is on my Netflix Instant queue for this reason. There's a Youtube video titled "Nicolas Cage Loses His Shit" which is a montage of him overacting in all of his movies, and his stuff from Deadfall came up a few times. Some sort of odd accent with him flipping out. I need to watch that with a few drinks.
I got really excited and was going to watch this for the first time via Netflix Streaming, but then I realized that only the 2012 Eric Bana film, Deadfall, is available via streaming.
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Originally Posted by BambooLounge View Post
For the record, where his performance suit the material:
Wild At Heart
Bad Lieutenant
Raising Arizona
Adaptation
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Originally Posted by inri222 View Post
Wild At Heart
Bad Lieutenant
Raising Arizona
Adaptation
Absolutely on all 4...I think Cage's abundance of work throws people. If you really pore through his long filmography, there are quite a few gems in there.
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

That is all.
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Pacino in Scarface.
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Originally Posted by BambooLounge View Post
Moonstruck (hate this movie...hate everything about it except, Cage)
Wrong, everything about that movie is great, including Cage.

Pacino gets away with a lot of scenery-chewing overacting: Scent of a Woman, Carlito's Way, Glengarry Glen Ross, Heat, Devil's Advocate... even his most acclaimed roles from his golden era like Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico and even Donnie Brasco have a bit too much nostril flare and/or stereotyping.

Also, I always thought that Anthony Hopkins saw Hannibal Lecter as a purely comedic character. Ridiculous overacting.
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Michael Sheen in "Tron:Legacy".
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Pacino gets away with a lot of scenery-chewing overacting: Scent of a Woman, Carlito's Way, Glengarry Glen Ross, Heat, Devil's Advocate... even his most acclaimed roles from his golden era like Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico and even Donnie Brasco have a bit too much nostril flare and/or stereotyping.
Just about every method actor can be accused of this. The question is where do you draw the line?
Does every time an actor yell now considered overacting?

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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Billy Drago in Takashi Miike's 'Imprint'
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Pacino 'shes got a GREAT ASS'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvTpEoi0tzE
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Wrong, everything about that movie is great, including Cage.
Ha, no. It's-a me-a moonstruck. It's the Olive Garden of Italian-Americans on screen. Cage is the ONLY redeeming thing about it.


As for Pacino, I don't think he overacts much. He just plays outlandish characters, a quiet performance would not work in Scarfact, Dog Day Afternoon, etc.

Overacting is when the performance doesn't suit the role, it isn't just an outlandish role. Divine doesn't overact in Hairspray, that is the role.

I find Anne Hathaway to overact in most of her stuff. She's the drama nerd that just tries way too hard in every single scene. Also, most of the comic book fare has some major overacting going on in it. Spiderman 3 is a movie that the entire cast overacted in. I think it is hard for teenage/young actors today to effectively sell large emotions on screen. Don't know if it is the media/environment they grow up in with everything being marinated in irony or just a quality issue out there in Hollywood. But, there aren't many/any Farley Grangers or Anthony Pecks out there these days. Not mega stars, but just believable emotionally mature young talent.
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

Character actor Raymond Cruz comes to mind. Lots of "yeah baby"''s and such. Watch him in Training Day talking about getting his shit pushed in, or gushing about robots making robots in Alien: Resurrection.
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Billy Drago in Takashi Miike's 'Imprint'
I was going to mention Drago; his awful acting pretty much killed Imprint, IMO.
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Re: Worst cases of overacting in a film

I remember renting Deadfall on VHS when it came out in the 90s. I haven't seen the movie since, but still remember Cage's crazy performance. The Vampire's Kiss clip is golden.
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I'm always bothered by two of the teenage kids in Six Degrees of Seperation, the part where the doctor's son yells at him over the phone and then when the other yells about his pink shirt. I understand both scenes are meant to be humorous, but their over the top fit-pitching ruins anything that might have been funny. These two moments marr what is otherwise a perfect movie.
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