Who did the worst job of "acting" in any movie you've seen?


(AceHigh) #1

Talking about Bob Dylan’s role in the “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” forum got me to thinking about this. I didn’t think Dylan did too bad of a job actually. - In my opinion, hands down, the worst job of acting I’ve ever witnessed in a movie goes to Glen Campbell in “True Grit.” He sucked! And ruined that movie totally…Any other memorable “bad actors” out there?


(Earl McGraw) #2

Deep Troath was on the Dutch television like a month ago and if you can call that acting, it was pretty damn bad… :stuck_out_tongue: Plan Nine From Outer Space also had some memorable non-acting…


(Bill san Antonio) #3

There’s only one true answer to this: Sofia Coppola in Godfather III. :stuck_out_tongue:


(Dorado) #4

Sharon Stone in Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, she overplayed in a way that made it almost embarresing.


(Cian) #5

Paris Hilton in House of Wax. The wax mannequins had more screen presence. Going back a bit in time, Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live and Hell Comes To Frogtown was as wooden as they come.


(Bad Lieutenant) #6

Jack Black in all his movies. And yes, I can’t stand Jack Black.

Morgan Conway was also incredibly bad as Dick Tracy. The guy did everything wrong; no expression and a total lack of timing, but that made the movei all the more fun. That and the ridiculous villain Splitface. This reminds me, this film also one of the ‘bad films that I like’.


(Paco Roman) #7

Nicolas Cage in most of his Movies! :slight_smile:


(scherpschutter) #8

I think the bottem of the barrel acting performances can be found in ulta-cheap B-movies or (most likely) the porn industry, but we better concentrate on major productions and/or the more known actors

In that case I agree with Paco, Nic Cage is an awful actor in 90 % of his roles

Still the worst performance by a major actor to me is, was, and probably will always be:
Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now

(Well the apes, or whatever, at the beginning of 2001 were worse, but I don’t now who they are)


(Bad Lieutenant) #9

[quote=“scherpschutter, post:8, topic:950”]Still the worst performance by a major actor to me is, was, and probably will always be:
Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now[/quote]
What???
That was a monumental performance, regardless of the fact that he was a pain in the ass during that production. The way he delivers the line “There’s nothing I detest more than the stench of lies” alone is worth an Oscar.

Oh, yeah! I hate the sight of his ‘tormented, I’m gonna cry in a second’ face. And that’s the only way he can act. It worked in one movie though: Leaving Las Vegas. There it actually worked pretty damn well. Funny that my girlfriend even hates him even more than I do. If she sees him on tv while channel surfing, she instantly becomes aggressive and I need to switch quick or I get puched in the nuts…


(Earl McGraw) #10

Hehe, any of you’ve seen Wild at Heart? His best part I know, just a very nice film. The end has the sort of cheap sentiment that I can love at times :stuck_out_tongue:


(AceHigh) #11

Bill Paxton seems like he pretty much sucks in all of his movies. I don’t understand how he ever won any auditions.


(Frank Talby) #12

There are so many clunkers out there…

Randy Quaid in Independence Day and that movie stunk too…

The entire cast of Armageddon. I hated the lame disaster movies of the 90’s.

Definitely she stunk up that one for sure.

Let’s be fair most of the people involved with that movie were amateurs at best and it’s a great “bad” movie.


(Bad Lieutenant) #13

The thing is that I have this film on dvd, but still haven’t seen it. The reason why is that ever since I’ve seen ‘Lod of War’ I simply am not able to watch anymore of Cage’s movies. That movie basically was it for me; no more Cage! It’s a dilemma, because after all it is a David Lynch film. Whatever… I hereby propose a trade to the first person to respond. Send me any trash movie that’s not in my collection and I will send you the Wild at Heart dvd.

He’s alright in Trespass.


(alk0) #14

Keanu Reeves in any of his movies


(Frank Talby) #15

Ahmed Best’s voice acting in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace… ugh he sucked.


(Søren) #16

Keanu Reeves doesn’t act, he just shows up for the take :slight_smile:

Ah love him in new The Wicker Man: “Step away from the bike!!” … Hey wait I hated that movie … Worst movie for me for 2007

He has had a few good roles though: Raising Arizona, Wild at Heart, Leaving Las Vegas, and thats that I think.

Sometimes it hard though differentiating a bad actor from just a very bad script. Bad dialogue and nonsensical actions can ruin a lot for me in a movie making it hard to actually distinguish the part the actor plays in the mess.


(scherpschutter) #17

[quote=“Bad Lieutenant, post:9, topic:950”]What???
That was a monumental performance, regardless of the fact that he was a pain in the ass during that production. The way he delivers the line “There’s nothing I detest more than the stench of lies” alone is worth an Oscar.[/quote]

I don’t like the movie, nor Brando’s performance in it
But don’t worry, Lieut, I know Phil loves the movie, and the performance probably too
So you’re in good company

And I know SD dislikes the movie and Brando’s performance
SO AFTER ALL I AM IN GOOD COMPANY TOOO !


(Bad Lieutenant) #18

Of course matters like this are somewhat subjective to tastes. Sure Brando mutters and stuff like that, but that was the character he portrayed; a deranged colonel. I think it’s interesting the way Sheen’s character views him: As a total nut. On the other hand, if you have trouble getting ‘into’ the movie it’s gonna be a long night, which of course won’t help either. On another note: How do you like the inclusion of The Doors’ son ‘The End’? Do you think it fit the film?


(scherpschutter) #19

Well, I exaggerated a little, in my last post that is

I don’t hate the entire movie; some parts are very spectacular (the helicopter attack) or effective (Duval’s officer for example; I can imagine that those kind of nutcases are trusted by their men in war, after all you won’t win a war with the likes of Jan Peter Balkenende). I just don’t like Brando’s performance, it’s a bit overdone, too much. The song The End fits in perfectly (I think it’s even played at the beginning of the movie): I guess that’s what most guys who fought over there in the jungle thought of it: the end. Like in the song, those guys must have thought that their life, their world was falling apart. Furthermore, Jim Morrison’s lyrics and (especially) his vocals (they put nearly ever other lead singer in pop music to blame) seem to sum up the moment in time: the turmoil of sixties, the Vietnam War, the metaphysical despair many people experienced …

To a certain degree, Coppola’s film manages to render those ideas too, but (like some of his other movies) it has been given a near opera like dimension near the end. While watching I had the feeling that, in the first place, Coppola wanted to impress me with the ending of his movie. You should say to yourself afterwards: man, that was impressing! Usually, when you think this while watching the movie, that is not a good thing.


(Paco Roman) #20

[quote=“Søren, post:16, topic:950”]Ah love him in new The Wicker Man: “Step away from the bike!!” … Hey wait I hated that movie … Worst movie for me for 2007
He has had a few good roles though: Raising Arizona, Wild at Heart, Leaving Las Vegas, and thats that I think.[/quote]
Wicker Man (2006), remake of an old Christofer Lee Movie, one of the worst movie ever! :slight_smile: Love (Hate) this quote from him in Wicker Man too: Aaarghh Not the bees, not the bees ! :slight_smile: Like him when he plays a Looser.