Terrible, Wooden Actors And Actresses

Postby davidbanner99@ » Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:16 pm

This became a bit of a chill-out passtime for me. All you do is watch actors with a slightly critical eye. Some are terrific, some have bad feedback and some are awful. Not that I could act, of course, or that I seek to take the proverbial p++s out of those who, at least, gained success.

Still, a few examples:

"Heather Langenkamp has not gotten better at acting in the previous 10 years since the original, and she’s again asked to carry this movie."

I looked her up, after watching the 1984 Nightmare On Elm Street. Somehow, she just seemed to me not real in her delivery. You see even worse examples amongst extras. Guys who simply have to shout, "Hey, where did that guy come from?" Anyway, I thought Heather was "easy on the eye" but as wooden as an oak door.

Then, there is terrible over-acting. This often happens in old horror movies. I thought the acting in the black and white "Horror Hotel" was awful beyond belief. The leading actress seemed to rote-read her lines, with no intonation or "feel". Even worse, the church minister who chronically overacts.

"Leave this place! Leave this place!"

It always seems the remaining actors perform far better. A young Christopher Lee is in the movie.

I found a clip of the church minister in full throttle in this clip:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VF8PaKcJNWQ
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:49 pm

The prize goes to Chuck Norris who many feel is even worse than Schwarzenegger:

"The acting? Wooden. Really wooden. Chuck Norris' expression doesn't change once during the entire film."

I know Norris gained his huge fan base by westernising the martial arts but he always seems to be rote-reading from a placard. It would be much better if he moved his eyes, even eyebrows and modulated his vocal tones. As in "Really!", "What?", with rises and falls in voice.

The reason I notice all of this is Asperger's renders people as expressionless, monotone automatons. That's why the only role I could play would be Michael Mayers in Halloween. Possibly, with coaching, I could "act normal and fake emotion" but sadly I'm a bit dysmorphic and fear cameras. With Norris he has a bit of Asperger personality, although not any disorder. He just lacks facial mimicry.

All the action men actors are classed as "self-actors". I disagree over Stallone, however. My view is Stallone wasn't a bad actor.

There are other totally brilliant actors. Leonardo DiCapprio, for example. Lindsey Wagner, Larry Hagman and so on.
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Postby tokeless » Sat Nov 27, 2021 6:28 am

The acting? Wooden. Really wooden. Chuck Norris' expression doesn't change once during the entire film."

The more modern version is Keanu Reeves... his face has one expression for everything, fear, excitement, you name it, it doesn't change. I call him Cupranol man because he's so wooden. How he became famous baffles me, so it must be because people thought "He's cute, we'll make him a star"
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:06 pm

tokeless wrote:The acting? Wooden. Really wooden. Chuck Norris' expression doesn't change once during the entire film."

The more modern version is Keanu Reeves... his face has one expression for everything, fear, excitement, you name it, it doesn't change. I call him Cupranol man because he's so wooden. How he became famous baffles me, so it must be because people thought "He's cute, we'll make him a star"


It's normally the action heroes who scrape their way through. Schwarzenegger was always flat and deadpan. Chuck Norris is comical. He just recites lines like a shopping list. The exception is Stallone who I think does have acting ability. John Saxon was also OK.
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