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


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almostunbiased 3/18/2010 1:17:52 PM

I'm with Wise, Richard Gear ad King Arthur is worse than anything on this list.

fenngibbon 3/18/2010 2:43:14 PM

 James Earl Jones was great in Conan, hands down.  


Farrah Fawcett in Saturn 3?  Not really a period film, as commonly understood (yes, I know the future is a period, but that's sci-fi, not a period piece), and the whole movie kind of sucked so singling her out is wrong.  For my money, Kirk Douglas is worse casting in that film; Fawcett at least has some sci-fi chops from Logan's Run.


What's the problem with Jeffrey Jones in either Sleepy Hollow or Amadeus?  So he was the principal in Ferris Bueller.  Big deal.  I haven't seen that movie in years, so when I think Jeffrey Jones, I'm more likely to think of him in Sleepy Hollow (the most recent film I've seen him in) than Ferris.

And as soon as I saw the title of this list, I knew Edward G. Robinson would get mentioned.  He always gets ripped on for The Ten Commandments (my favorite was the critic who said that Robinson, born Emanuel Goldenberg, wasn't convincing as a Jew).  I blame it on the fact that most people haven't seen a lot of his films and only know him from Little Caesar.  I've seen enough of his films to appreciate his range and so his appearance in The Ten Commandments doesn't bother me (and maybe the fact that Chief Wild Eagle from F-Troop plays his lackey distracts me). 

scytheofluna 3/18/2010 3:23:07 PM

Pitt owned as Achilles.  Pitt has owned in pretty much every film he's ever been in, and while some of them weren't great films, the blame generally laid elsewhere.  It's easy to pick on him because he's so pretty, but the man pulled off Achilles to the T.  Greek warriors were sexy bastards. (We still are, but nobody's sculpting marble statues of us these days).   He portrayed all of the human and godly arrogance that was appropriate to the character and he was ripped as hell for the role.  Guys just like to hate on him because they know he could steal their girlfriends in a second.  He's so hot that straight guys get conflicted feelings when they look at him.  Big damned deal.  It's okay to feel conflicted once in a while, it only makes you a little gay.   Don't hate the man's acting because you're threatened that he's better looking than you, and that he's married to a hot bisexual woman who wants to adopt all of the hungry orphans in the world.

SarcasticCaveman 3/18/2010 4:47:09 PM

Be careful calling Greek guys sexy, scythe...lol...j/k. I think Brad Pitt is a great actor, but he did kind of stand out in that movie. Funny you should say the thing about Greek warriors being sexy though...when Troy was out in theaters, I remember one reviewer saying the biggest thing wrong with it is that Helen of Troy (the face that launched 1,000 ships, one of the hottest  hotties of all time or all of mythology) was the least attractive one in the movie next to Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana...LOL.

karas1 3/18/2010 5:09:52 PM

According to the myth, Achilles mother heard a prophecy that if Achilles went to war against Troy he would die.  So when the Greeks came to fetch him, she hid him in the harem dressed as a woman.  The Greeks inspected the women in the harem but couldn't tell which one was Achilles (he was only a teenager at the time and didn't have any facial hair).  Odysseus tricked his mother by coming to the harem as disguised as a peddler where he displayed wares attractive to women, jewlery, perfumes etc and a sword.  All the women were attracted by the girly stuff but Achilles picked up the sword and examined it so Odysseus knew it was him.

So Achilles WAS pretty.  In women's clothes he fit into a harem of beautiful women and you couldn't tell the difference.

Kara S

asromatifoso 3/18/2010 7:15:52 PM

 Agree with Kate Capshaw, John Wayne, Keanu Reeves, Edward G. Robinson, Jeffrey Jones, James Earl Jones, and Wilt Chamberlain.

Troy was not a very good movie, overall, but Brad Pitt was great in it IMO.  Intensity, physicality, and yeah, he was a demi-god, so Ponyboy is right, he would be good-looking.

The problem with most of these movies is that they aren't very good, so the miscasting is either partly the cause or conversely, the result of the movie sucking.

Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing is a textbook example as is Joseph Gordon Levitt as Cobra Commander. Two awful casting choices in two monumentally excremental movies.

JPPINTAR 326-I agree that Leo DiCaprio was bad in Titanic but again, Titanic is fairly wretched.  Leo is great in Gangs of New York, a period piece also, but a far better movie than Titanic.  So was Leo miscast in GONY or did the fact that it's a better movie make him seem more believable in the role?

Jasinner 3/19/2010 6:21:03 AM

 Where is Tom Cruise???? He is awful in everything not set in the late twentieth/early twenty first century.  Last Samurai, Valkyrie, Interview with a Vampire, and Far and Away all suffered from his wooden acting and failure to affect an accent.

Diesel2126 3/22/2010 3:25:26 PM

pitt was almost perfect in troy and surprisly is great in most of his movies. I thought Wilt was just fine in Conan 2. I would extremely agree with the duke in that mongol, thats just wrong! There is just to much hate on kate. Reeves ok, yes he can't do that role,Excellent. James Earl Jones, when I see him in that role, I just see JEJ and not a wizard, but I would still cast him because you think he can do it.

Sylocat 3/29/2010 7:16:53 PM

I will probably come off as the biggest nerd in the house, but I must point out that Thulsa Doom was, at one point, a Conan villain... there was one story arc in which Conan and Thoth-Amon had to team up against him. I remember, Thoth-Amon had possessed the body of one of those little monkey-things and was helping Conan out, and there was a duel between the rainbow serpent gods... wow, I'm hopeless.

bobjohnson221 5/13/2010 1:14:16 PM

This may have been mentioned already (I didn't read every single comment, sorry) but I could easily see Kevin Costner as Robin Hood on this list.

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