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Old 08-05-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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I can't stand Kevin Costner and think he pretty much portrays the same dumb, emotionless sap in every film he does. Heaven forbid he attempt to do an accent (Robin Hood).

But I cannot imagine anyone else in his role in The Untouchables. I also think he performed well in JFK and Dances with Wolves.

These are probably larger scale movies than what you're looking for, but he is my best example of an actor I detest giving a couple great performances under the right director.
I had a similar feelings about Kevin Costner until I saw him in "Upside of Anger" and "Open Range." I thought he was absolutely terrific in those.

The other one is Tom Cruise. With the exception of "'Magnolia," he's just always playing "Tom Cruise."

I generally get a kick out of Will Ferrell's movies, but for actual acting, I thought he was brilliant in "Stranger Than Fiction."

Also, Keanu Reeves in "A Walk in the Clouds."

And, while I don't think he is a bad actor, he doesn't generally appear in movies that require him to act much - so, I'm adding Hugh Jackman in the 'The Prestige."

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Old 08-05-2011, 02:26 PM
 
Location: The United States of Amnesia
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Ellen Page in Inception
Maggie Gylhallal (however it's spelled) in Batman Dark Knight
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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I had a similar feelings about Kevin Costner until I saw him in "Upside of Anger" and "Open Range." I thought he was absolutely terrific in those.

The other one is Tom Cruise. With the exception of "'Magnolia," he's just always playing "Tom Cruise."

I generally get a kick out of Will Ferrell's movies, but for actual acting, I thought he was brilliant in "Stranger Than Fiction."

Also, Keanu Reeves in "A Walk in the Clouds."

And, while I don't think he is a bad actor, he doesn't generally appear in movies that require him to act much - so, I'm adding Hugh Jackman in the 'The Prestige."
Check out "Collateral" and especially "Born on the Fourth of July" to see Cruise at his best. I'm not a big fan of him because most of his films suck, but he has some talent and when he takes a role outside the bad action films he can put on great performances. He deserved an Oscar for Born on the Fourth of July, great performance.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Sly Stallone in "Cop Land".
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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Sly Stallone in "Cop Land".

Oh, yes. I thought he was quite good in "Nighthawks" as well
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Check out "Collateral" and especially "Born on the Fourth of July" to see Cruise at his best. I'm not a big fan of him because most of his films suck, but he has some talent and when he takes a role outside the bad action films he can put on great performances. He deserved an Oscar for Born on the Fourth of July, great performance.
Saw both, liked both, particularly "Collateral." And I agree, he was excellent in "Born on the Fourth of July." Honestly, I thought he was terrific in "Minority Report" but those performances just seem too few and far between and "Magnolia" really stands out even among those.
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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Brad Pitt for Legends of the Fall
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:14 AM
 
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Charlize Theron in Monster never really liked her acting until this movie
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:02 AM
 
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Here's a list of the types of actors that I, personally, consider to be part of the group I described as...

Ricky Gervais (is vile)
David Spade
Dana Carvey
Will Ferrell
Martin Short
Robin Williams
Jim Carrey
Chris Kattan
Jack Black
Chevy Chase
Jimmy Fallon
Jon Lovitz
Norm Macdonald
Tina Fey
Billy Crystal
Whoopie Goldberg
Janeane Garofalo
Molly Shannon
Tracy Morgan
Tom Hanks
Gilbert Gottfried
Eddie Murphy (younger days)
Bill Murray
Mike Myers
Adam Sandler
Steve Carell
Cheech and Chong
Amy Poehler
Seth Rogan
Sacha Baron Cohen
Zach Galifianakis
Dane Cook
Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart
Rob Schneider
Chris Rock
Ashton Kutcher
Jason Schwartzman
Woody Allen
Steve Martin
Bill Murray
Uh, so apparently you're not a fan of comedies. You probably didn't like Caddyshack either.

It looks as if mostly you just listed every former SNL cast member, some of which haven't made movies in years. Also Woody Allen made more broad comedies in his early days(some of which are very funny) but since the late 70s most of his work has been a different vein of comedy, and it's too bad if you don't enjoy his directing work like Crimes and Misdemenors or Matchpoint or Vicky Cristy Barcelona. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are basically just TV hosts for the most part. You must really hate Bill Murray as you listed him twice, but he hasn't played any over-the-top comedic roles in the last decade, and has made some good films like Lost in Translation and Rushmore among others.

Also you listed Eddie Murphy, but noted him just for his "younger days." Which was the period when Eddie Murphy was actually funny. Do you prefer Eddie Murphy's more recent craptastic films?

And the point of the thread was to list bad actors in good roles, not give us a laundry list of every comedic actor you dislike.
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:08 AM
 
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I loathe Tom Arnold, but True Lies was so good, I wasn't put off by him, and actually thought he added something to the production.
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