Worst Actors aren't easy to define. I mean, naming the worst actors is bound to be a hot button topic, because it's so subjective. I might really hate actors that you love, and you might despise the actors I love best. Besides, I myself can usually find something positive about every guy I've ever seen in any movie. Even Pauly Shore – he was inventive in Encino Man, before you saw him play the same character in every. Single. Film. And David Spade? He was fantastic when paired with Chris Farley. Sure, there are some dudes I would consider the worst actors, but instead of basing this around my own opinion, I decided to do research – a lot of research. Do a quick search, and you'll find that most people out in movie land share the same opinions on which guys in Hollywood qualify as the worst actors. I took the number one choices from all the people I asked and all the opinions I found, and compiled them h
ere – and I'm dying to know what you think!
I was actually really surprised to see this one, because I love Hayden Christensen. Okay, that's based almost solely in his performance (with the delicious Ian Somerhalder) in Life as a House, but still. The reason most people consider him one of the worst actors? The Star Wars movies: the majority of moviegoers seem to despise his turn as Anakin/Darth Vader. I really didn't mind his performance, but then, I'm not the most ginormous Star Wars fan.
Having watched pretty much every Sylvester Stallone movie ever made with my dad, I can kind of see why so many people dislike his acting abilities. He's not very articulate and he's definitely a strong genre actor, but he does have his place in that genre. He's also got a sense of humor in many of his films. He's a legend as Rambo and Rocky, even counting the unfortunate ending of the franchise. Of course, there's also the question of films like Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot and Get Carter.
I've never considered Paul Walker one of the worst actors, but I'm evidently alone in that. Really, the reason people are so overwhelmed is mainly due to a lack of presence rather than a lack of acting ability. He's had success in the Fast and the Furious franchise, but I also enjoyed him in Flags of Our Fathers. What do you think, does he deserve the bad actor title or is he just a little bland?
I have to admit, and maybe you'll disagree, but I'm actually a huge fan of Nicolas Cage. I realize that he's been in some really bad movies, but he's been in a lot of films I really enjoy. Most critics complain about the fact that so many of his roles seem cookie cutter, and yeah, I can see that. I can fully admit that some of his performances were just terrible. But so many of them have been really great – do you think he has his place, or is he just a bad, bad actor?
Like his Fast and Furious costar, Vin Diesel is considered by many to be one of the worst actors in recent memory. Again, it's largely because of cookie cutter performance. Films like The Chronicles of Riddick and The Pacifier don't help either.
Keanu is at the top of most lists, and I can understand why. I mean, I thought he was awesome in The Matrix and I enjoyed Constantine as well (although not specifically because of the title character), but he's mainly still reprising his role as Ted. There are some exceptions, but he's largely a monotone, monosyllabic, robotic mess on screen. He's been miscast on a number of occasions, which might have quite a lot to do with it. I enjoyed his part in Parenthood (the original film, that is), I liked him in My Own Private Idaho as well, but there have been times where his lukewarm performance has been detrimental to the movie. You know there's something up when critics agree that he was the perfect choice to play Klaatu in the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The Scorpion King. The Game Plan. Race to Rich Mountain. There are lots of movies that cause critics to dub The Rock as one of the worst actors to grace the silver screen. I'm torn, again. He's been in movies that I've enjoyed (I actually enjoyed his portrayal in The Mummy Returns far more than The Scorpion King) and I think he often displays a really great sense of humor, but he might be better on TV than on the big screen.
Steven Seagal is often mentioned when you see people listing their least favorite actors. Internet critics seem to just hate him. I've never been a big fan myself, but I'm also not a fan of action movies. I wonder if his lack of popularity has to do with the fact that the folks voicing their opinions don't like the genre. Then again, it might just be the man himself.
I'm torn with this choice, which appears on quite a number of lists. Has Kevin Costner been in some good movies? He absolutely has. My personal beef with him actually goes back to Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves. Everyone in Sherwood Forest using British accents, and then there's Robin Hood himself. Still, it was a great movie, but as far as popular opinion goes, it looks as if films like this, Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham, and Field of Dreams are offset by movies like Waterworld, The Postman, and Message in a Bottle. I don't know, even though I'm not a huge fan, I think his good works outweigh his bad ones – he has done some damn good movies. What do you think, is he one of the worst actors?
Like say, your list of the worst actors is no doubt entirely different than mine, or any other internet critic's. Maybe you're like me and can find the good in most actors, even if you only enjoy a single film. You'll have to let me know about what you think concerning the majority opinion about the worst actors on screen. While you're at it, who do you think are the worst actors?
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