These modern Hollywood actors may think they're hot stuff, but we're completely over them. The media and fans pretend they're as good as everyone seems to say but we just don't get it. They just don't deserve all the hype they get and it's ridiculous.
With the amount of hype surrounding Jennifer Lawrence, you'd think she's been acting for decades. Her fast-paced claim to fame is based on her personality and not her acting though. She must have a good PR team because fans seem to like her, so she gets big roles that will make them buy a movie ticket. Some of her portrayals can be decent, like in Winter's Bone and Silver Linings Playbook (which she won an Oscar for), but for some of her biggest releases like the X-Men reboot series and American Hustle, her roles in those do a lot of focusing on her body and many of these characters don't have depth. Maybe that's how they're written, or maybe it's her portrayal, but regardless, she's the current "it girl" as she's in, like, every movie and we're just sick of it.
Is this hunk of meat even taken seriously as an actor? He's the stereotypical dumb jock that's known for being ab eye candy (dancing around in Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL) and keeps getting roles despite his inability to act. He worked as a dancer in a nightclub before being discovered by a modeling scout and he snuck his way into movies. His breakthrough performance in Step Up was just awkward, and later in his career when he ventured into romantic dramas with starring roles in Dear John and The Vow, he seemed to robotically read off the sappy lines, offering no actual depth to the characters at all. The comedies he plays in are better films, but not because of him. When he's not taking his clothes off he's usually standing around while Johah Hill gets the laughs in 21 Jump Street and its sequel.
Even though G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra was a box office hit, the critics tore it apart and Tatum admitted he hated it because he'd been pushed into taking the role to fulfill a 3-picture deal with Paramount. He didn't want only action roles sent his way, so when he tried taking on more serious parts, like in Foxcatcher, there was hope that his acting abilities might mature, but he did not meet expectations and only nailed the physical wrestling scenes - no surprise. The best thing about Tatum's part in Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the fact that he's sleeping for the majority of it.
There's no doubt that Tom Cruise is capable of acting his butt off, but the problem is that it's been a while. If you compare '80s/'90s Cruise vs Now Cruise, there's no competition at all. The Top Gun and Jerry McGuire days are long gone, and he's fallen into the habit of playing the same character in the same bad action films with the same bad plot line, stunts and explosions.
Risky Business launched Cruise into superstardom and what followed was a variety of strong performances that secured his spot as a great actor. We know he can do better, we've seen it before, like in Rain Man. Yes, it was Dustin Hoffman who won the Oscar, but Cruise's quieter character deserves respect too - the film would be meaningless without his performance.
His hilarious (and small) studio head role in Tropic Thunder as Les Grossman was a tease to what else he can bring to the table when he isn't involved in car chases or smashing through glass. Maybe he's just past his prime, maybe he's still capable of going back to his roots and making us remember why we started to love him in the first place, but no one can know for sure because he'll just go make Mission Impossible 27 to avoid giving audiences an actual performance.
She received a Razzie nomination for Worst Actress for her role in Jupiter Ascending, yet she's on Forbes' Wolrd's Highest-Paid Actresses list. We're confused. Sure, she's hot, but she hasn't blown us away with her acting, like, ever. She's never won a prestigious award for any acting performances and the movies she's in are just really bad(except for Black Swan, but that was all Natalie Portman).
She's overhyped because she has the sultriest stare, but even that can't convince us to go see her movies. She's not funny, compelling, or believable - have you seen Bad Moms? It's a terrible mess. Has she done anything good since That '70s Show? The answer is no, and that ended over 10 years ago.
George Clooney has been said to have the onscreen presence similar to Cary Grant. Can he fill his acting shoes? Absolutely not. As an actor, he only plays one character: George Clooney. Yes, being handsome, charming, suave, etc., which makes him nice to look at onscreen, but that doesn't mean he's earned the right to be on it. His character of the likable womanizer has been portrayed in countless films of his, like in Out of Sight, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading, and Oceans 11-13, just to name a few.
Clooney admitted that his role in The Descendants was challenging for him and we think it's because his character wasn't the cool, cocky, rich bachelor like every other role he's in. There's some talent there, but let's be honest - his charismatic magnetism outweighs his acting abilities for sure. His movies don't even do well at the box office - he's just a guy who keeps getting paid a lot of money to make movies that nobody wants to see.
As one of the most bankable stars onscreen, she's overrated. She's praised for her good looks and hot body, but as an actress, she falls flat. Johansson's been put into these leading lady roles but her performances lack range. Outside of the Marvel Universe, she's latched onto playing the type of character that doesn't express feelings like in Under the Skin, Her, Lucy, and Ghost in the Shell - they don't require any human emotions or personality. Her blank stares are supposed to say it all, but they don't. Once in a blue moon, we get a decent performance like we did in Lost in Translation, but that was way back in 2003. So now, not much should be expected of her.
Yes, the kid from High School Musical is a buffed up heartthrob now, and that's the only reason he's landing starring roles - because his name fills theatres, not because of his acting abilities. Taking his shirt off seems to be the most important thing when deciding to take a role lately (like getting to show off his beach bod in the new Baywatch film) and we're over it.
First, he tried to be the adorably complicated guy put in weird situations, but his heart of gold is what matters most like in 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud and The Lucky One. But in all of those movies, he was never able to fully lock down the characters and the whole thing fell apart because of his inexperienced and/or shallow portrayals. Now, he's put himself into the comedy realm but just plays the cool, fratboy type with a vulgar sense of humor in films like Neighbors, Dirty Grandpa, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. We can't take him seriously at all and until he can land a role where there's more substance to his performance, we say he can keep his shirt on and stay off the big screen.
Brad Pitt is one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, but why? Okay, not all of his films are completely horrible, but he's just not consistent. Fight Club is great, but that was his best work and there hasn't been anything that's even come close to that performance. Maybe he lost his mojo?
He just can't play a dynamic character in a believable way, and when he's a leading man he falls flat. That's why he typically plays in films with a strong cast ensemble, so he can coast along while they do all the good acting and carry the film. Think of The Big Short, Inglourious Basterds, Burn After Reading, Ocean's 11-13, Se7en, Snatch, etc. - he can't do it alone. He's created a big name for himself and people have the illusion that he's a decent actor, but we think they're just distracted by his good looks and can't see that he's actually not that great.
Too many of James Franco's roles are just him dealing illegal substances or doing them (Pineapple Express, Spring Breakers, Good Time Max, Homefront, etc.), showing that he doesn't have the widest range when it comes to choosing roles. Anything he does with Seth Rogan is James Franco playing James Franco, but we think he's just a James Dean wannabe (he actually played him too).
He has tried doing a wide range of projects that's put him into the "Renaissance Man" category, but is it because he's good at nothing in particular (other than being hot)? People will call him "deep" and "artsy," but those endeavors usually don't work out well. Being a "Renaissance Man" does not make you a good actor. Even Bryan Cranston couldn't save Franco's awful performance in Why Him? Let's call him talented enough to be kind of "special," but he's not worth all the hype he's given because of his pretty face.
Kate Hudson won an Oscar for her performance in Almost Famous back in 2000 which was well-deserved. We all predicted that would launch her career and bring out some more great performances but something went wrong - almost all of her following films have been flops. She tries to use her womanly appeal to distract from the fact that she isn't able to get into the characters genuinely to warrant any depth. Being on rom-com autopilot in films like A Little Bit of Heaven, Fool's Gold, You, Me and Dupree, and My Best Friend's Girl, she plays the same type of character: the bossy woman who can still let loose with her girlfriends and struggles with the "he loves me, he loves me not" guy. The only time this boring old plot was okay was in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Somehow, she's still paid millions to star in romantic comedies but her performances are definitely not deserving of the high paycheck.
Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, The Wedding Singer, and Punch Drunk Love was good, like really good. But what they all have in common is they're his older films. We can't keep thinking of him as a great actor just because we remember he was funny a long time ago. Yeah, he used to be able to make us laugh and pull at our heartstrings in a real way, but that's not how he is anymore.
We miss the authenticity of his past roles where he captivated us with his strong, believable acting skills. Now, all we seem to get from Sandler are cheesy characters spouting one-liners, trying so hard to be funny that it's just embarrassing. Plus, his movies have just been flops recently. We'd love to see him in more roles with depth, which he actually did sort of accomplish in the 2009 Funny People (not funny), but that didn't last long and he went back to the unfunny try-hards like Grown Ups and Jack and Jill. It's really not fair to us that he's declined so much.
Kristen Stewart is mostly known for her role of Bella Swan in the Twilight saga. Her acting in those films was heavily criticized as wooden and her expressions were blank, but Twilight isn't the only time she's lackluster. Now, unlike many other actors on this list, Stweart actually does play a variety of characters, like an underage dancing girl, a teenage nomad, an assault victim, a girl with a nervous system disease, and a rock star, just to name a few.
With all those roles under her belt, you'd think she would be a better actress by now; however, that's just not the case. In fact, she portrays every character by doing the exact same things: the awkward stuttering, the distracting blinking 40 times per minute, the touching of her hair like she's obsessed with it... If all of her characters have those similarities, doesn't this just mean she's always playing herself?
Her fans will say that critics hold Twilight against her and that the rest of her films have something there, but we just don't see it.
We all know Megan Fox isn't famous for her incredible acting abilities. She has one job in the films she's in - to look sultry. She got her breakthrough role in Transformers by washing director Michael Bay's Ferrari in a bikini while he filmed her. This is what led to her being typecast as the hot girl with no substance, and really, what film has she been in that didn't exploit her body? Jonah Hex, Jennifer's Body, and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People certainly took advantage of her looks. She apparently doesn't like the image the media has created for her but that hasn't stopped her from continuously taking roles that show off her "killer" body instead of letting her depict a character with more to offer. Don't complain about it if you're just going to keep doing the same thing, Megan.
Daughter of director and producer Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, she was surrounded by the business growing up but got her debut role in High thanks to daddy who directed the 1989 TV film. Nine years later, after winning the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Shakespeare in Love, she was one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses and actually turned down roles that could have skyrocketed her. The truth is, her best work was in the late '90s and she hasn't done much great acting since her Oscar. So how did she land the Pepper Potts role in the Iron Man films? They briefly brought her attention, but that shouldn't last. In every role, her acting is hollow which makes all of her starring films mediocre at best.
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