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


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SarcasticCaveman 3/18/2010 8:15:19 AM

Thank you, WeaponXXX...I realize that it's SUPPOSED to be in Earth's ancient history, but it's a FICTIONAL age in Earth's history.  Using the author's logic, we could say that the Star Wars movies are period pieces because they take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

lracors 3/18/2010 8:35:26 AM

I agree with most of the list but i did like Brad Pitt as one of the redeeming factors in that film.

karas1 3/18/2010 8:49:34 AM

If you've never seen Much Ado then do so immediately.  Aside from Reeves it is really good.  And Michael Keaton is so hysterical as the constable it has to be seen to be believed.

Well, if we are going on accents (though I really think actors with inappropriate accents should be it's own top 10 list)  then Sean Connery in Highlander.  The Egyptian who was most reciently from Spain had a Scottish accent.  Go figure.  Not that he didn't LOOk the part, he did.  But the accent?

dnbritt 3/18/2010 9:10:52 AM

I agree whole-heartedly with Keanu Reeves and James Earl Jones being on this list, but I picked them for different movies.

Hi, my name is Francis Ford Coppola and I think I'll make a Dracula movie.  OK, let's see...Gary Oldman, check, Anthony Hopkins, check, Winona Ryder, check (it's the 90's, not today), Cary Elwes, check, Sadie Frost, ok, Tom Waits, check, Monica Bellucci nude, check.  Let's see, what am I missing?  What's really gonna send this over the edge?  Oh, of course!  Keanu Reeves as a British guy!  Perfect!

And J.E.J. in Allen Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold.  That whole movie is a giant WTF moment, in a completely awesome way, but Jones with that spinning axe is the worst/best part of the movie.

tjanson 3/18/2010 9:19:24 AM

Ferret...got to admit..you have me on Dungeon Siege...Burt Reynolds definitely deserved a mention as does Statham.

Sorry folks...Jones may have given a good performance as Thulsa Doom...but performance was not the topic here.  He was NOT Thulsa Doom.  He was Not Thoth Amon (although he was at least closer to him than Doom since Stygia is Howard's version of Egypt.  The whole flower hippy death cult thing was ridiculous (which Roy Thomas even admitted to me in an interview). 

As for the argument that Conan was not a period film...apples and oranges.  The Hyborian age was Robert howards pre-civilazation idea of our world.  Egypt becomes Stygia, China becomes Khitai, Aesgaard and Vanaheim become the Scandanavian lands, Turan becomes Turkey, Zingara becomes Spain/Portugal, and so on...Was it a HISTORIC time period?  No..but it was a period film.  perhaps you'd prefer the term, costume epic?

SarcasticCaveman 3/18/2010 9:26:09 AM

I stand by fantasy film.  That time period never existed, hence it's not a period piece.  The Golden Compass takes place in a world parallel to our own, same year and time period, but I don't think of it as a current events movie.

eagle97 3/18/2010 10:11:42 AM

I'd like to add Humphrey Bogart as a Mexican bandito in the film Virginia City set at the close of the Civil War. Half the time he trying an apalling Mexican accent, and the other half he using his usual drawl. Now his acting isn't bad, he's just so out of place.

violator14 3/18/2010 11:21:03 AM

I must admit, Brad did stand out a lil bit to me cuz his acting could have been better in some scenes.

BUT, he still sold me on that movie right away w/ that opening scene where he makes an AWESOME entrance into the battle (after recovering from a hangover and a 4some btw), and takes out the advanced clone specimen of Goldberg w/ one move, and then walks to the rest of the entire enemy army and says, "IS THERE NO ONE ELSE!!" He might as well have ran across the front line and given them all facials and peed on their faces while laughing like a mad man, and they still would have stood their crapping their pants. hahaha

6dra6on6 3/18/2010 11:23:48 AM

Karas1 you forget to mention Lambert's french accent for a Scottish highlander. Talk about role reversal.

metalpause 3/18/2010 12:11:19 PM

I love it! Keanu needs to be on here twice, though. Bram Stoker's Dracula, anybody? Poor Neo was truly out of his depth on that one.

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