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Worst Acting in a Major Movie (Name your examples)
Self | June 26, 2011 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 06/26/2011 5:56:22 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

I was just watching the original "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Yes, he deserved his Oscar for the role of Rooster Cogburn but opposite him was someone who played his part horribly. I am talking about Glenn Campbell as the Texas Ranger. Sheesh! Talk about stilted delivery. Really bad. Another example of bad acting was also in a John Wayne movie---"The Alamo." It was Frankie Avalon as Smitty who was supposed to be a young Tennessee frontiersman. I like Frankie Avalon in the beach flicks but, let's face it, he was waaay too urban to be believable in the role of Smitty. Whenever I see "The Alamo," it is impossible to forget that this is just a movie because of Frankie Avalon's completely unconvincing acting.

There are many other major movies with examples of really horrible acting. I cited a couple of such examples, so please list yours.


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I also remember George Plimpton doing a horrible job as a Western bad guy. I also really enjoyed "The Blue Max" but George Peppard was way too American to convince me that he was German. Come to think about it, I never did buy Richard Burton as Leon Trotsky. Epic fail there too.
1 posted on 06/26/2011 5:56:28 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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Barack Obama as President.


2 posted on 06/26/2011 5:57:44 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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I nominate Tom Cuise and Meg Ryan. The WORST actors of all time!


3 posted on 06/26/2011 5:59:26 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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Andie McDowell in anything she was cast in.


4 posted on 06/26/2011 5:59:45 PM PDT by delapaz
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I nominate Tom Cuise and Meg Ryan. The WORST actors of all time!

Too general. Please cite SPECIFIC role examples.

5 posted on 06/26/2011 6:01:54 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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There are many, many Kevin Costner movies I like...but my Gosh, the man is a terrible actor.


6 posted on 06/26/2011 6:01:54 PM PDT by IrishPennant (We've vanquished them in Tripoli before...bring it!)
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Arnold Schwarzeneggar as Conan, and he was lousy in Total Recall too.


7 posted on 06/26/2011 6:02:00 PM PDT by mardi59 (n)
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Gary Cooper was an awful actor...yet he appears in many of my favorite movies...Sgt. York, High Noon, The Fountainhead, Meet John Doe...go figure.


8 posted on 06/26/2011 6:02:51 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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Specifically Kevin Costner as Robin Hood. Like I said, please cite SPECIFIC examples.


9 posted on 06/26/2011 6:03:17 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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Laurence Olivier playing a dentist?

You oughta see John Wayne’s early, early serial Westerns for bad acting lessons.


10 posted on 06/26/2011 6:03:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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We have a winner!


11 posted on 06/26/2011 6:03:25 PM PDT by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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Hayden Christiansen, Star Wars


12 posted on 06/26/2011 6:03:34 PM PDT by ducttape45
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Honestly, it would be easier to name the “Best Acting”.....because there’s soooooo much bad.


13 posted on 06/26/2011 6:03:42 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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This movie review about the remake of “the Day the Earth Stood Still” was one of the better slams I’ve read in years:

“Simply put, the script is just howlingly awful, full of dialogue and situations that make it not just impossible but pointless to suspend disbelief. Mr. Derrickson tries to fill the screen with the sort of flashy sequences that viewers expect from this kind of movie, but the results are much more aw-shucks than shock-and-awe.

The pulsing globe-of-light thing is nothing we haven’t seen before, the giant robot looks like something out of an ‘80s heavy-rock video, and then there is Keanu Reeves as the alien, Klaatu. An alien who is all but emotionless and speaks in a monotone – isn’t that the role Mr. Reeves was born to play? Based on previous performances, you might think so, and yet he still seems shallow and unconvincing. There are supposed to be some deep reverberations going on within Klaatu as he comes to realize that we humans have some good qualities beneath our hateful surface, but watching Mr. Reeves’ face is like staring at a TV tuned to a dead station.

Keanu Reeves is a wonder star! You wonder why he’s a star!


14 posted on 06/26/2011 6:04:52 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Ann Coulter's "Demonic" - - Identifies the Democrats in Detail)
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Bush-haters Will Ferrell and Matt Damon in everything they did.


15 posted on 06/26/2011 6:05:02 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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Honestly, it would be easier to name the “Best Acting”.....because there’s soooooo much bad.

I mean beyond the merely bad acting to the downright HORRIBLE. And please cite SPECIFIC examples.

16 posted on 06/26/2011 6:05:33 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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John Wayne may have won an Oscar for his role in True Grit, however, the Academy should have taken it right back for his role as Genghis Khan, in ‘The Conqueror’ and just chalk up the act as bringing the universe back into balance.


17 posted on 06/26/2011 6:05:43 PM PDT by Jonty30
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Where to start? “The Man in the Iron Mask” is ripe with really bad acting. Leonardo DiCaprio as a french king? yikes and that John Malkovitch..I cringe whenever he opened his mouth and that poor little french girl (Judith Godrèche)who played Raoul’s fiancee...awful...and the guy who played Raoul (Peter Sarsgaard)...even worse. Jeremy Irons and Gabriel Byrne actually make the movie worth watching....The last 10 minutes were the best...magnificent valor....just amazing how many accents were rampant in that movie.


18 posted on 06/26/2011 6:06:38 PM PDT by leenie312
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Bush-haters Will Ferrell and Matt Damon in everything they did.

Sigh! I asked for SPECIFIC examples.

19 posted on 06/26/2011 6:06:41 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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Bruce Willis in “the Fifth Element”.

Though Lilu more than made up for it. :)


20 posted on 06/26/2011 6:07:35 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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William Shatner & Friends in anything?!


21 posted on 06/26/2011 6:07:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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Where to start? “The Man in the Iron Mask” is ripe with really bad acting. Leonardo DiCaprio as a french king?

FINALLY. A SPECIFIC example. And you are correct. I've read up on Louis XIV and DeCrapio doesn't even come anywhere close to portraying him with even the slightest bit of authenticity.

22 posted on 06/26/2011 6:08:55 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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Stallone in anything, he should have stuck with blue movies.


23 posted on 06/26/2011 6:08:55 PM PDT by Kenny500c
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Elvis Presley almost got Glen Campbell’s part in True Grit. Colonel Tom Parker wanted top billing over John Wayne. The producers sain no way. So we got Glen Campbell instead. Also, John Wayne wanted Karen Caprpenter in Kim Darby’s role. Don’t know why that didn’t work out.


24 posted on 06/26/2011 6:09:26 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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Andie McDowell in anything she was cast in.


25 posted on 06/26/2011 6:10:19 PM PDT by delapaz
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Glenn Campbell absolutely ruined True Grit,without doubt the worst performance I ever watched. For Women actors, Winds of War Ali McGraw. Destroyed the whole thing she was so bad.

Now If I had a pick of one more woman I would pick Sondra Locke.
She must have been hell on wheels in bed for Clint Eastwood to have had her suck in so many movies he made.She was awful, and then had the nerve to say Eastwood ruined her career, If not for Eastwood her career would have been working in a Las Vegas Whorehouse.


26 posted on 06/26/2011 6:10:25 PM PDT by Venturer
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She had only just begun?


27 posted on 06/26/2011 6:10:47 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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Speaking of John Wayne, I cringe at his performance in The Longest Day.


28 posted on 06/26/2011 6:10:52 PM PDT by Gumption
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To: mardi59

Conan was an Olivier-level performance compared to Arnold’s debut in the jaw-droppingly dreadful Hercules in New York (where the newcomer starred as “Arnold Stang”). Available on Netflix streaming if you want a truly world-class example of all around bad cinema.


29 posted on 06/26/2011 6:10:58 PM PDT by AustinBill (consequence is what makes our choices real)
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Lesley Ann Warren in anything she was in especially Mission Impossible.


30 posted on 06/26/2011 6:10:58 PM PDT by rocksblues (Obama, the biggest liar in the history of American politics!)
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Also, John Wayne wanted Karen Caprpenter in Kim Darby’s role. Don’t know why that didn’t work out.

Because she objected to the sumptuous lunch breaks during filming?

31 posted on 06/26/2011 6:11:47 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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Jeremy Irons in anything.


32 posted on 06/26/2011 6:12:47 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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All those mentioned are but amateurs compared to Tanya Roberts in “Sheena”. Even her great naked body could not make up for it.

They could have hired any attractive girl out of a high school drama class and got better acting.


33 posted on 06/26/2011 6:12:47 PM PDT by yarddog
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I believe it was breakfast she was worried about. She thought the name of the movie was True Grits.


34 posted on 06/26/2011 6:13:32 PM PDT by drjimmy
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Kirsten Dunst is “Spiderman” - or just about any movie she’s done

One wonders how parts are cast sometimes


35 posted on 06/26/2011 6:14:05 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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Ben Affleck in pretty much anything, but especially “Pearl Harbor”.

Harrison Ford in anything except for ‘Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars”. Terrible in dramatic roles like “The Fugitive”, “Presumed Innocent”.


36 posted on 06/26/2011 6:14:15 PM PDT by randita
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I forgot that one! Twins with Devito was a mess.


37 posted on 06/26/2011 6:14:56 PM PDT by mardi59 (n)
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Archie Bunker as one of the assassins of Julius Caesar in “Cleopatra.”


38 posted on 06/26/2011 6:15:07 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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Jennifer Aniston. She is mind-numbingly awful in anything she has done since “Friends.” Basically, her entire acting toolkit consists of playing with her hair.


39 posted on 06/26/2011 6:15:17 PM PDT by ponygirl
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Joey Dee in Hey, Let's Twist!
40 posted on 06/26/2011 6:15:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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Schwarzenegger was funny in “Twins” and “Kindergarten Cop”. I think his comedic roles were his best.


41 posted on 06/26/2011 6:16:12 PM PDT by randita
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Natalie Portman.
Star Wars Episode 3
“You’re breaking my heart!”

G A G!!!


42 posted on 06/26/2011 6:16:17 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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Ben Affleck.

Any movie he was ever in.

43 posted on 06/26/2011 6:16:19 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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Jason Robards in Julius Caesar (1970)

It’s like watching a brick play Brutus


44 posted on 06/26/2011 6:16:27 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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Shouldn’t there be a division between entertainingly bad acting, and just plain bad acting?


45 posted on 06/26/2011 6:16:30 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca.” He really was terribly stiff and one-note.

(But I still love that movie.)


46 posted on 06/26/2011 6:16:37 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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Bronze Medal- John Travolta and Forest Whitaker in Battlefield Earth.
Silver Medal- Brooke Shields in Furry Vengeance.
Gold Medal- Sean Connery in Zardoz

Honorable mention- Michael Caine in Jaws 4


47 posted on 06/26/2011 6:17:28 PM PDT by mnehring
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Glen’s name is spelled with one “n”. John Wayne hand picked him for the role. He really couldn’t say no. He did the best he could.

Given the news the past week (Glen’s admission that he has Alzheimer’s Disease), why not pick on a professional actor who sucked. Glen may have sucked in that movie in your opinion, but he has more talent in his little finger than someone like, say Lindsay Lohan.


48 posted on 06/26/2011 6:17:47 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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Julia Roberts is overrated. “Pretty Woman” was bad. “Sleeping with the Enemy” was worse.


49 posted on 06/26/2011 6:18:19 PM PDT by randita
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Everybody in the movie Elekra. Just stail, bad, B movie acting. I know it was a comic book movie, but it still was a Hollywood production but felt like a made for TV movie.


50 posted on 06/26/2011 6:18:32 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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