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Old 09-25-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Interesting article and slide show about the author's picks for the Overacting Hall of Fame:

The overacting hall of fame - Friday Night Seitz - Salon.com

Do you agree with his selections? Who would you add and in what roles in which movies?

I don't agree with the inclusions of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicole Kidman since I can't recall seeing any movie roles with either of them where I turned to DH and said while rolling my eyes, "God, what a HAM!"

I DO agree with including Al Pacino, Gary Oldman, and Nic Cage, all of whom I LOVE in most every role I've seen them in, and I DO remember turning to DH and saying enthusiastically, "God, what a HAM!" for "Heat," "Dracula," and "Face Off."

Like the author said: "Sometimes an actor has to go over the top to sell a performance."
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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As much as I love Van Damme..Remember Bloodsport? Kickboxer? Especially Bloodsport when his friend is getting beaten by the big dude. He yells "NOOOOOOOO STOOOOOOOOP" and makes hilarious faces.

Steve Railsback in "Lifeforce". Takes the cake though. He spent the movie screaming and looking like he was trying to pass a kidney stone!

And Steven Seagal..Wooden as a door factory. The scowl, and "you messed with my family" plot central to most of his films.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:23 AM
 
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As much as I love Van Damme..Remember Bloodsport? Kickboxer? Especially Bloodsport when his friend is getting beaten by the big dude. He yells "NOOOOOOOO STOOOOOOOOP" and makes hilarious faces.

Steve Railsback in "Lifeforce". Takes the cake though. He spent the movie screaming and looking like he was trying to pass a kidney stone!

And Steven Seagal..Wooden as a door factory. The scowl, and "you messed with my family" plot central to most of his films.
Your examples seemed more like "bad acting" than "overacting".

The overacting examples that come to my mind are Alec Baldwin in "The Shadow" and Bruce Willis in "Hostage".
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:57 AM
 
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Nothing wrong with overacting, my favorite actor ever happens to be an overactor. Roddy McDowall could ham it up so deliciously!

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Old 09-26-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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I loved John Travolta and Nicolas Cage going all the way in Face/Off. That was some serious overacting, but they of course did it on purpose.

Al Pacino in the Devil's Advocate also comes to mind.
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