It's not always easy to spot great acting, though bad acting always seems to stick out like a sore thumb. The line between subtle and over-the-top is very fine, and even some of the best actors can give bad performances. Ever see Robert DeNiro in Meet the Parents; Halle Berry in Catwoman; Christopher Reeve in Village of the Damned; Will Smith in Hancock or Anne Baxter in The Ten Commandments? Awful.
Occasionally, there is a performance so terrible, it must be recognized as such. Thankfully, YouTube is there to provide us ith some of the worst performances ever captured on celluloid. And I'm here to share those performances with you.
Let's start with an unknown (and deservedly so) actor named Dan Taft. Here's a clip (I can only imagine it's part of his audition reel) in a truly wretched performance I call "Why?":
Of course, there's this bit of genius from 70's wunderkind (and washed-up drug addict) Ryan O'Neil in "Tough Guys Don't Dance":
The female Voice-Over in that clip is Isabella Roselini, in case you were wondering...
And Canadian actors aren't immune. Here's the trailer for Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (a movie I own - it was gift - and have blogged about before). 'Terrible' doesn't even come close to describing the performances in this Piece de Garbage:
And finally, this delightful montage of bad acting in several films goes to show that with enough money, anyone can be a "star":
Of course, my biggest fear is that some future blogger will talk about bad acting in the same way, and post a clip of Uncle Prospero in some godawful show that has been (gratefully) purged from my memory in the same way that trauma victims block events from their own memories.