Friday, 5 June 2009

I Don't Get It

There are some actors out there that I just don't get the appeal of. They're either not particularly good or not especially attractive and yet somehow they seem to command a fair share of the limelight for reasons that are inexplicable. Here's a couple...

Shia LeBeouf - I mean, seriously, he's bloody everywhere. Looking kind of bland and geeky in Transformers, stinking up the place in Indiana Jones (not that he was alone in that one - all of you involved, hang your heads in shame). There is no real charisma or star power to that boy and yet he's all over the shop. I think I've worked it out actually, now that I think about it. He's this generation's Steve Guttenberg. No one wants one yet everyone has to have one. Give it 15 years and he'll be appearing in pantomime at Bromley Theatre too...

Charlize Theron - I've only ever seen her in two things - Hancock, in which she was blandly inoffensive and Arrested Development, in which she perpetrates crimes against the English accent, Dick-van-Dyke style (honestly, we don't talk like that, you're thinking of Australians). She appears to be an acclaimed actress - and by that I mean that she's a slim attractive lady who's so bloody brave that she's willing to make herself look a bit ugly and fat for a role, bless her - and yet I don't know anyone who's really seen her in anything.

Jason Statham - OK, so with this one, it's not that I think he's a particularly bad actor but I'm not quite sure how he's suddenly taken over the action guy-shaped hole left behind by an ageing Bruce Willis. I mean, he's just one of those slightly Cockney blokes from Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, isn't he? I feel a little bit like I turned away and, when I turned back, suddenly he'd had a massive action career while I wasn't paying attention.

So those are my current choices. Let's throw it open to the floor. Anyone for whom their reason for acting fame escapes you?

4 comments:

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Yeah, I'm missing the appeal on Shia, too. Like, seriously, that's the best Megan Fox can pull? I mean, she's hot, she's stupid, and...she's hot. It makes no sense.

I have the same feeling toward Charlize Theron. And, yeah, the accent. Isn't she from South Africa? Couldn't she have just spoken naturally and it would have sounded somewhat British instead of whatever she puked out?

I'm not familiar with Jason Statham. I thought Ed Norton was supposed to be the tough-guy actor now.

Another person I don't get the appeal of is Cate Blanchett. I was watching Return of the King last night, and I kept thinking "Jesus, Galadriel looks like a lizard."

Sweet Cheeks said...

I agree! I think it's that their awkwardness comes through on the screen. I actually feel tense watching them. Not in a good way. Good picks all of them.

Have a great weekend Nick!
:)

SweetPeaSurry said...

Leonardo DiCaprio ... I mean ... other than What's Eating Gilbert Grape, every role he plays is the same damned guy!

That Baldy Fella said...

mjenks - Exactly - I'll suspend disbelief but LeBeouf and The Fox? Come on...

Hmmm, not sure about Cate Blanchett, there's something weirdly appealing about her and I'm not sure why.

Sweet Cheeks - I just keep wondering what all the fuss is about and who they're related to/slet with/both to get there...

Sweet Pea - And the older he gets, the creepier that whole boy-face thing gets...