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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
Its been almost two years since I posted at Big Hollywood regarding the Top 10 Most Overrated Directors of All Time. Ive 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, its 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 Im kidding. Also, seriously? That was your criticism?).
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The breathtakingly expressive Ali McGraw. She sure gives Kristin Stewart a run for her money.
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.
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.
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.
“Until that time I thought Mike Connors was talented because Mannix was cool.”
Funniest Post of the Night Award
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.
The I Forgot to Mention list:
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.
I was going to list Will Smith, but decided to go with Jeanine instead. :^)
Agreed. Add Demi Moore to that list.
Can’t agree with you on Ian Holm and Elijah Wood.
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.
“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.
I confess. It was me....
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.”
Viggo Mortensen is an actor’s actor. I have no idea why he is on your list. He is extremely underrated imho.
Heath Ledger could act. Watch the remake of “The Four Feathers”; he’ll make you a believer. Unreal performance.
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.
Warren Beatty has to be on the short list. Never was impressed by his “acting.”
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.”
Robin Williams...keeps doing Mork over and over
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. :)
Personally I thought he did OK as Aragorn. According to the weaponmaster for the films, he was by far the best at the swordfighting.
Where’s Tom Cruise on the list?
can’t believe i dont see Susan Sarandon on that list anywhere, she grates the hell out of me.
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.
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.
Interesting. I thought LoTR was his only good work— excellent, actually.
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!
#6 is absurd.
DeNiro may have quit long ago and sold out to the Focker franchise but:
Among many others, permanently exempt him from this list.
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.
Migraine, your’s is a better list! I agree with every selection.
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.
86 posts and no one has mentioned Nicolas Cage? Wow!! :-)
DeNiro in “Awakenings” was simply amazing acting
How anyone can call him overrated must be smoking some pretty potent stuff
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”)
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.
Adam Sandler (#1)
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?
They ALL suck, but I’m surprised that Rob Schneider and Nickolas Cage didn’t get more mentions.
I was just getting ready to post the all time no talent champion bad actor-Nicholas Cage.
1. James Dean
He sounds like he is reading his lines on a fourth grade level. Painful.
Why do they always stop at top “TEN?” Why not the top ONE HUNDRED?
Since I’ve only seen three movies in the past five years- insufficient data.
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.