10 Actors who Stood Out Like Sore Thumbs in Period Films Comments - Mania.com


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EagleManiac 3/18/2010 5:42:39 AM

The article says Capeshaw never had a good role, but I have to disagree. She was really excellent in Black Rain with Michael Douglas. Her part was small, but very well done. And she looked HOT!

I thought James Earl Jones was brilliant in Conan The Barbarian! It may not have been "accurate" to the named character he played, but he sure did a helluva convincing job making the character wicked evil!

I will agree, however, about Reeves. He cannot act! Period! One of the worst actors to grace our screens in a long long time. One dimensional is being too kind to him. He sucks! Woah!

Fawcett was bad, agreed, in Saturn 3, but honestly, even seeing her boobs for a brief moment was not the savior of that movie....Hector was. Awesome robot, with a very bad temper, and intimidating stance, he made that movie tollerable. Saturn 3 is one of the worst films of the 80's but for some reason I like it! Go figure, eh?




rgtchtiger 3/18/2010 5:57:26 AM

 I would have ranked Pitt higher on this list.  When i saw the headline on the main page, I was thrilled to see Pitt from Troy as the featured pic.  From the first time I saw Troy, I always thought Pitt was the odd man out in the film.  It had absolutely nothing to do with his performance, though; he looked like a California surfer instead of a Greek warrior.  I could never take him seriously at any point in the film simply because of his look.

I'm surprised the entire movie Cutthroat Island was omitted from this list.  It ain't just Geena Davis or Matthew Modine that were bad, the whole movie at the very least deserves a (dis)honorable mention for bad period dressing.

Wiseguy 3/18/2010 6:00:35 AM

I liked Capshaw in Temple of Doom, I just didn't like her role

Maybe the hate for Capshaw is because like Stewie Griffin said "Lady only here because she humping director"

SarcasticCaveman 3/18/2010 6:41:10 AM

Yeah, just playing devil's advocate for Jeffrey Jones here, why is he the only guy that looks like a drag queen in a powdered wig?  I don't care what the hell the style for the rich and priviledged was back then, they all looked fruity.  Besides, he was already in a period piece earlier that year with "Ravenous".  I really didn't like "Sleepy Hollow" at all...just another Tim Burton movie, based on something outside his own creativity that he butchered.  "Hey, here's a brilliant idea...let's take a perfectly scary story about an unstoppable headless horseman that makes people crap their pants if they see him, and make him the pawn of some witch that was never in the original story..."  Screw him.

WeaponXXX 3/18/2010 7:12:10 AM

What about Kevin Costner as Robin Hood? He may have looked the part but he didn't even try to act English. He sounded like he was from the midwest instead of England.

Anthony Hopkins as the original Zorro in the Mask of Zorro comes to mind. He sounded like a British butler more than a spaniard.

Speaking of  "spaniards"... while the movie Gladiator was great and Russell's Crowe's a good actor, I had an issue with a guy who labeled as the "spaniard" sounding australian!!!

killerville 3/18/2010 7:18:01 AM

I would like to preemptively add Channing Tatum IF he gets the role of Cap'n America...

skyn3t 3/18/2010 7:21:22 AM

Jeffrey Jones was even more strange playing the Austrian King in Amedeus.  Especially with the "Uh hm." he occassionally murmured when he was agreeing with his lackies... it had Ferris Bueller written all over it.

I actually thought Wilt's role in Conan was classic, Kareem Abdul Jabar in the one Bruce Lee film was more of a sore thumb.

SarcasticCaveman 3/18/2010 7:24:59 AM

Yeah, since when is Conan considered "period" anyway?  I've always viewed it as fantasy.  Nothing in Barbarian or Destroyer made me think this was actually Earth of the past.

monkeyfoot 3/18/2010 7:43:08 AM

All those listed are just a matter of opinion, but the only one I definitely agree on is John Wayne. I've never seen the whole movie but just looking at clips on Youtube make his performance very laughable. I've never seen Reeves in Much Ado so I can't comment. The rest never bothered me and I enjoyed most of those films. I especially liked Pitts as Achilles. He was the most graceful killing machine on screen since Bruce Lee.

WeaponXXX 3/18/2010 8:12:21 AM

I agree...Conan is not a period piece...no self-respected period piece would explain that a guy obtained a body-builder/Mr. Olympia physique by simply turning a windmill!!..lol....

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