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Top Ten Most Overrated Actors/Actresses of All Time
Big Hollywood ^ | 11/20/11 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 11/20/2011 10:12:01 PM PST by This Just In

Top Ten Most Overrated Actors/Actresses of All Time by Ben Shapiro

It’s been almost two years since I posted at Big Hollywood regarding the Top 10 Most Overrated Directors of All Time. I’ve had a chance to reflect and think about the crimes I committed in that post. And, to paraphrase Mr. Eko from the greatest TV show of all time, “Lost,” I ask no forgiveness because I have committed no sin … except leaving Spike Lee and Tim Burton off the list, that is.

So, because you all enjoyed that list so much, and because I apparently have a death wish, it’s time for another: The Top 10 Most Overrated Actors/Actresses of All Time.

Unlike last time, I will claim that these are objective facts, not subjective opinions, so that all my critics may have full liberty to attack me (To those same critics who claimed last time that I phrased my opinions in an “objective” manner, this is called being facetious. That means I’m kidding. Also, seriously? That was your criticism?).

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To: Migraine

The breathtakingly expressive Ali McGraw. She sure gives Kristin Stewart a run for her money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb4Rfj1wp0Q&feature=relmfu


51 posted on 11/21/2011 12:03:02 AM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

The question isn’t whether or not the actors and actresses are talented. If you’ll recall, Shapiro’s listing individuals who are OVERRATED.

Lee Majors was never overrated because he never really rated at all. Otherwise, that’s a good list.


52 posted on 11/21/2011 12:03:43 AM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Olivier outshined everyone in everything he ever did. That’s not a fair criticism. It looks like hell by today’s standards, but his Richard III still stands out in my mind as the first film I ever saw where I understood what all the adults were talking about when it came to talent. Until that time I thought Mike Connors was talented because Mannix was cool.


53 posted on 11/21/2011 12:04:55 AM PST by Melas (u)
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To: BillyBoy

Lest ye forget, the list consist of the most overrated actors and actresses. The writer isn’t suggesting these people are not talented.

DeNiro plays DeNiro with a couple of exceptions. I’ve viewed most of his performances you’ve listed. No one plays gangster like DeNiro, and all of his roles are memorable, but he is overrated.

Johnny Depp is actually the exception. Quite a range.


54 posted on 11/21/2011 12:11:20 AM PST by This Just In
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To: Melas

“Until that time I thought Mike Connors was talented because Mannix was cool.”

Funniest Post of the Night Award


55 posted on 11/21/2011 12:12:58 AM PST by This Just In
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To: CowboyConservative
Please show me where anybody from Hollywierd is worthy of anything, except being so out of touch it defies logic!

Charlton Heston..........

8:}

56 posted on 11/21/2011 12:19:23 AM PST by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November II........)
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To: AwesomePossum

Great choice.


57 posted on 11/21/2011 12:27:44 AM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In
Although likeable, I'd say Will Smith is really, really overrated.

Kirsten Dunst is a dunce at acting.

Willem Defoe is just painful to watch.

Ian Holm overracts in everything.

Elijah Wood is terrible.

Nick Nolte really doesn't play anyone but Nick Nolte.

I can't begin to express how bad is Natalie Portman's acting.

Johnny Depp may be one of the most overrated of all time.

Alec Baldwin is severely overrated.

Wanda Sykes bites.

Whoopi Goldberg is as much of a joke as her name.

58 posted on 11/21/2011 12:45:29 AM PST by Crucial
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To: AwesomePossum; matthew fuller; RingerSIX; goat granny; Ronin; A_Former_Democrat; packrat35; ...

The I Forgot to Mention list:

Jeanine Garofalo
Charlie Sheen
Michael Douglas


59 posted on 11/21/2011 12:46:36 AM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In
>> DeNiro plays DeNiro with a couple of exceptions. I’ve viewed most of his performances you’ve listed. <<

So in your opinion: Bruce Pearson, Travis Bickle, Vito Coreleon, Rupert Pumpkin, Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale, Maximilian "Max" Cady , Leonard Lowe, Dr. Richard Wells, Fr. Bobby, Rodrigo Mendoza, Jake LaMotta, Wally , Lt. Moe Tilden, Louis Gara, Conrad Brean, Arthur Lustig, Monsignor Desmond Spellacy, Fearless Leader from Rocky & Bullwinkle, Chief Leslie William 'Billy' Sunday, The Archbishop of Lima, and David Callaway are all pretty much the same person? Seriously? No personality differences?

I've have to say you're pretty much in the minority if you think DeNiro played a slow-witten backwoods redneck ballplayer, an naive italian immigrant who rises to power and takes out his foes, an inept wannabe comedian turned creepy stalker, a brutal out of control boxer, a cartoon cold war communist sterotype, a man who's been in a coma since he was a child, etc., as the exact same person.

Having witnessed each of those characters, pretty much the ONLY trait they had in common was they were played by Robert DeNiro.

Now, had they cast the aforementioned Keanu Reeves (on my list of "most overrated") in those parts, you would have basically gotten the same performance no matter what part he's in. A lot "whoa, man" moments from Reeves.

As for Johnny Depp, he genuinely makes an effort to play parts differently, but there's some types of roles he just has no idea what to do with. Martin Short played The Mad Hatter. After Depp got into bizarre makeup for the part, he tried using about the 2 or 3 different British accents he can do and ended up giving us The Random Hatter. It was odd but certainly wasn't the deranged character from Alice in Wonderland, and it was clear he was trying something different from take to take because he didn't know what do with the character. And when Tim Burton cast him as "Willy Wonka", Depp clearly had never read the book and no idea what kind of person he was supposed to be except from the script that added in a new "struggles with daddy issues" storyline. So he played "Wonka" as some kind of creepy satanic pedophile (basically a hybrid of Michael Jackson & Marilyn Manson) that enjoys torturing children. Nothing like the eccentric wise older gentleman from the book, by the way.

60 posted on 11/21/2011 12:48:24 AM PST by BillyBoy (Rick Perry, the governor with a heart... for illegal aliens.)
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To: Crucial

I was going to list Will Smith, but decided to go with Jeanine instead. :^)

Kirsten Dunst

Willem Defoe

Nick Nolte

Alec Baldwin

Wanda Sykes

Whoopi Goldberg

Agreed. Add Demi Moore to that list.

Can’t agree with you on Ian Holm and Elijah Wood.


61 posted on 11/21/2011 12:51:35 AM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In
Some of these actors really could act at one time, but now are just phoning it in. DeNiro in Raging Bull? Gained 60lbs for the role. Totally convincing. Great in GF II. Believable. Taxi Driver- best depiction of descent into madness I've ever seen. After that he just started playing Robert DeNiro.

Sean Penn- great actor, terrible human being, but has incredible range. Spicoli, Mystic River, Asassination of Richard Nixon. Completely forget it's Penn.

Dustin Hoffman- nothing good recently, but nailed it in earlier roles.

Nicholson- always watchable, but he's just playing himself. Bill Murray-great at improv, but no real range.

Steve Martin-was funny 25 years ago. Nothing good since then.

Robin Williams- I HATE him in comedic roles, but really good in serious roles.

Will Ferrell-KING of overrated. His uniformly unfunny "comedies" make mucho bucks, so he'll always have work.

Underrated: Ed Harris. Good in everything I've ever seen him in.

62 posted on 11/21/2011 12:55:04 AM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: BillyBoy

“So he played “Wonka” as some kind of creepy satanic pedophile (basically a hybrid of Michael Jackson & Marilyn Manson) that enjoys torturing children.”

Disturbing, but funny statement.

We’ll just have to agree to disagree on DeNiro. I’ve viewed most of his films, and Taxi Driver and The Godfather were his most memorable. My personal favorite was Midnight Run. Funny film.


63 posted on 11/21/2011 12:56:11 AM PST by This Just In
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To: CowboyConservative

Gary Sinese


64 posted on 11/21/2011 12:58:27 AM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: I still care

I confess. It was me....


65 posted on 11/21/2011 1:00:18 AM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: This Just In

Penn, however, good performance in Falcon and the Snowman.

Bette Davis was fantastic in the wonderful, The Corn Is Green.

“and when I walk in the dark I can touch with my hands where the corn is green.”


66 posted on 11/21/2011 1:12:05 AM PST by Varsity Flight
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To: This Just In

Viggo Mortensen is an actor’s actor. I have no idea why he is on your list. He is extremely underrated imho.


67 posted on 11/21/2011 1:19:24 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: BillyBoy

Heath Ledger could act. Watch the remake of “The Four Feathers”; he’ll make you a believer. Unreal performance.


68 posted on 11/21/2011 1:46:20 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: This Just In
Should definitely add Madonna no matter how many times she "reinvents herself". Mention has been made of Ali McGraw (wasn't even permitted at Steve McQueen's funeral).

The perfect script for Madonna would be entitled, "Road Whore". It would not be a stretch for her as an actress as well, setting would be at a Truck Stop.

69 posted on 11/21/2011 2:11:35 AM PST by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba ("Hope is not a strategy. We've got to earn what you want." Retiring Intel CEO Dr. Craig Barrett)
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To: This Just In

Warren Beatty has to be on the short list. Never was impressed by his “acting.”


70 posted on 11/21/2011 2:27:39 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: This Just In

Steven Segal and Arnold Schwartzeneggar. Those two are one-dimensional all the way. Schwartzeneggar did do a comedy bit when he played in that faux-horror flick “The Governator.”


71 posted on 11/21/2011 2:34:36 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: This Just In

Robin Williams...keeps doing Mork over and over


72 posted on 11/21/2011 2:56:13 AM PST by rman04554
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To: This Just In

I think youre wrong about Keanu Reaves. The list is “most overated actors”. Keanu Reaves may be many things, but he is certainly not overated. Most people know exactly how bad he is. :)


73 posted on 11/21/2011 3:02:09 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: This Just In
As I understand it, he wasnt the first or even second pick. The actor they wanted dropped out at the last minute and Mortenson had to be drafted in very quickly.

Personally I thought he did OK as Aragorn. According to the weaponmaster for the films, he was by far the best at the swordfighting.

74 posted on 11/21/2011 3:04:32 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: This Just In

Where’s Tom Cruise on the list?


75 posted on 11/21/2011 3:09:14 AM PST by chuckee
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To: chuckee

can’t believe i dont see Susan Sarandon on that list anywhere, she grates the hell out of me.


76 posted on 11/21/2011 3:29:01 AM PST by sunmars
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To: Ronin

And now, Cruise is filming One Shot, playing Jack Reached. This is quite probably the worst casting ever. Readers of the novels know Jack is six foot five, a full foot taller than Peewee Cruise. What a disaster.


77 posted on 11/21/2011 3:32:57 AM PST by trimom
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To: This Just In

Katherine Hepburn: she successfully played the role of “Katherine Hepburn” in every movie she was ever in. There is absolutely no difference in her “interpretation” of any role she ever played, none. Not one. Never.


78 posted on 11/21/2011 3:34:16 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Interesting. I thought LoTR was his only good work— excellent, actually.


79 posted on 11/21/2011 3:52:16 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: This Just In; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ..
Re: Just off the top of Ben Shapiro's Top 10 List 8. Spencer Tracy: He’s immensely likable on screen, but he’s not a great actor by any stretch of the imagination. Light comedy is his forte (watch the original “Father of the Bride” or “Adam’s Rib”), but he’s too stolid in heavy drama like “Bad Day at Black Rock.” He’s always Spencer Tracy, no matter what he’s in. That’s more a characteristic of older actors who were movie stars rather than actors (see John Wayne, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, etc.), but those actors are rarely listed among the best of all time. Tracy routinely is.

7. Katharine Hepburn: Overwrought, overhyped, and overblown. Hepburn is the same in virtually all of her films, save “The Rainmaker,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” and “On Golden Pond.” She tends to chew the scenery, and she never inhabits a part; she insists that the part inhabits her. Her films with Tracy are just as formulaic as Hope and Crosby (and no one ever called Hope and Crosby great actors). Many critics loved her because she wasn’t afraid to lose her femininity at the door, but that made her a hard actress to love onscreen.

6. Gregory Peck: Atticus Finch is supposed to have a Southern accent. Joseph Mengele is supposed to have a German accent. And characters are supposed to be different from each other. Philip Green in “Gentleman’s Agreement” is not supposed to be the same character as Joe Bradley in “Roman Holiday” or Captain Ahab in “Moby Dick.” Peck could not play pathos, could not play vulnerability, and could not play real anger. Like Tracy, the best word to describe him would be stolid.

What in the world... is this guy smoking?????

What young Ben knows about acting... you could fit inside a Hollywood agent's heart and still have room for a full sized replica of the Titanic!

80 posted on 11/21/2011 4:01:56 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All
Gadzooks! Sorry, this is a dup of http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2810112/posts?page=1
81 posted on 11/21/2011 4:04:11 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: This Just In

#6 is absurd.

DeNiro may have quit long ago and sold out to the Focker franchise but:

Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
Godfather

Among many others, permanently exempt him from this list.


82 posted on 11/21/2011 4:12:48 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Bender2

Ditto’s Bender!

Dittos!


83 posted on 11/21/2011 4:21:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: This Just In

The stars, the so-called actors, those who get the big bux, are paid well to be themselves or the single character they play. That’s who, in every case, the idiot film-goers pay to see.

The real actors are the performers who play fill-in roles.

Want to spot a real actor in a starring or supporting position? Look for an actor who you simply do not recognize for the first 10 or 30 minutes of the film. Exclude those who are wearing a costume in the role. Only part of the reason you don’t recognize them is because of their make-up.

Two who come to mind are Cloris Leachman and Rod Steiger. There are others.


84 posted on 11/21/2011 4:23:12 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Migraine

Migraine, your’s is a better list! I agree with every selection.


85 posted on 11/21/2011 4:27:30 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: This Just In

Ben Affleck.

Nuff said.


86 posted on 11/21/2011 4:33:19 AM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: CowboyConservative
Lets see...

Conservative actors and actress - like Jon Cryer and Bo Derrick.

To few nowadays, not like when John Wayne, Bob Hope or Ron Reagan was alive.

87 posted on 11/21/2011 4:36:57 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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To: This Just In

86 posts and no one has mentioned Nicolas Cage? Wow!! :-)


88 posted on 11/21/2011 4:45:22 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: BillyBoy

DeNiro in “Awakenings” was simply amazing acting

How anyone can call him overrated must be smoking some pretty potent stuff


89 posted on 11/21/2011 4:54:25 AM PST by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: Crucial

Good list. I’m glad someone finally pointed out just how breathtakingly bad Natalie Portman is. (Oh, Anikin, let’s go home and have our baby on Naboo”)


90 posted on 11/21/2011 5:02:55 AM PST by circlecity
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To: This Just In
Meryl Streep. BOOOOOORRRRIINNNGGGGG!

Homely. One-note. Self-congratulating. People seem to think that she's a great actress simply because SHE thinks she's a great actress.

I haven't seen any of her films in years and life has been wonderful without her.

91 posted on 11/21/2011 5:30:17 AM PST by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: I still care

Adam Sandler (#1)


92 posted on 11/21/2011 5:36:12 AM PST by stlnative
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To: This Just In
I 100%agree with Sean Penn. In every one of his movies I've seen, which are FEW, I see Jeff Spicoli - the 'real' Sean Penn.

And Brad Pitt can be more than 'good'. When I do watch his films I don't see 'Brad Pitt'.

But De Niro?? Nope, have to disagree. In his films he *is* the character, not 'Bobby'. Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Godfather II, Cape Fear, Goodfellas and then in Jackie Brown - he *is* a complete moron. So no, De Niro (aka DeNiro) he is a 'Great Actor' of today.

But most 'actors' today are waaaay overrated and do suck. But they're 'Stars', go figure.

And I disagree with the article listing Kate Hepburn. Bringing Up Baby, Holiday, The Philadelphia Story - all great performances. It's her latter years in the 50's where IMO she 'phoned it in'. That's also about when her hands started to shake from Parkinson's. A coincidence?

93 posted on 11/21/2011 5:36:28 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: This Just In

They ALL suck, but I’m surprised that Rob Schneider and Nickolas Cage didn’t get more mentions.


94 posted on 11/21/2011 5:44:57 AM PST by Hacklehead (Income equality is incompatible with a free society.)
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To: Hacklehead

I was just getting ready to post the all time no talent champion bad actor-Nicholas Cage.


95 posted on 11/21/2011 5:49:25 AM PST by taterjay
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To: This Just In

1. James Dean


96 posted on 11/21/2011 5:55:05 AM PST by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council; 'Frog - The other green meat')
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To: This Just In
  1. Kevin Costner

He sounds like he is reading his lines on a fourth grade level. Painful.

97 posted on 11/21/2011 6:12:11 AM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: This Just In

Why do they always stop at top “TEN?” Why not the top ONE HUNDRED?


98 posted on 11/21/2011 6:19:03 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: This Just In

Since I’ve only seen three movies in the past five years- insufficient data.


99 posted on 11/21/2011 6:24:52 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: This Just In

Regardless of how people feel about Shapiro’s picks (and on a few them he’s totally out to lunch), the mark of a good actor is how well he or she can play different roles and make you forget the last one. A really good actor can play a good guy and a bad guy equally well. Nicholson has done quite a few non Jack Nicholson roles (About Schmidt, The Crossing Guard, the Pledge) where he doens’t play Jack Nicholson. I think Shapiro is a tad wet behind the ears.


100 posted on 11/21/2011 6:55:53 AM PST by driftless2
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