20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

 

Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films I have ever watched. The list below is in alphabetical order. Names were selected for their overall body of work, or their on-screen personality (if they possessed one), or a single, diabolically annoying performance. Or a combination of all three. And a couple were picked simply because I don’t like them (Charlton Heston and Woody Allen, for instance). There are no women on my list because the presence of women nearly always improves the quality of a movie. Rarely does it detract from it. Why? Well, they are infinitely better–looking than men to begin with and, with the singular exceptions of Liz Taylor and Roseanne Arnold, they sound better too. And if that is politically incorrect, or chauvinistic, or whatever, so be it. Anyway, here are the dudes I have no time for. Feel free to disagree:

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Woody Allen (1935 – )

How many times must we see this guy playing his pathetic, neurotic self on the screen? And who cares anyway? His pictures don’t make money because only the critics and the actors like them. The public stay away in droves. Nevertheless, those who profess to know what they are talking about consider him to be some kind of genius. If keeping himself out of the clutches of the law requires a level of genius, then they may be right.

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Richard Burton (1925 – 1984)

There is no doubt that Burton was a fine stage actor, but on the screen I always had the feeling that I was watching a clever exponent of acting. I never felt convinced that the characters he portrayed were real people. His professional pauses for emphasis and dramatic effect were simple not natural. Real people do not speak that way.

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Red Buttons (1919 – 2006)

Buttons was one of those character actors that are supposed to be loveable rogues, but who I personally found annoying. Hatari (1962) was not a good film, and it was not helped one iota by Red’s irritating, silly character. Worse still, the writers had the pretty young French actress Michele Girardon’s character fall in love with his. Mind you, the same writers had Elsa Martinelli falling in love with elderly, overweight John Wayne, so their grasp on reality was tenuous at best.

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Jim Carrey (1962 – )

I thought Carrey was outstanding in The Mask (1994); very funny indeed, but everything else he’s done is ‘over-the-top’ rubbish. It is as if the man had suddenly arrived at the inescapable conclusion that he was a comic genius and could do whatever he wanted to. He was wrong.

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Gary Coleman (1968 – 2010)

I am an enormous fan of American child stars. They have always been several cuts above kids from other countries. And most of the really good ones have been genuinely likeable as well, but not the 10 year-old star of TV’s Diff’rent Strokes, Gary Coleman. He was pretentious and not cute at all. One got the impression that out of camera-shot he would have been a giant pain in the ass. His decision to enter politics as an adult pretty much confirmed my opinion.

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Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

Bing Crosby was a fine singer. He even acted very well once, and that was not in Going My Way (1944) when he was gifted a Best Actor Oscar. Ten years later he was far better in The Country Girl and missed out. Figures. Unfortunately, Hollywood kept casting him as a romantic lead, just as they did with the equally homely Fred Astaire. And that really bugged me.

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Tom Ewell (1909 – 1994)

Speaking of homely leading men, Tom Ewell has to take the cake as the homeliest. Not only was he a lumpy, droopy looking guy, he was totally devoid of a personality and, unlike Crosby and Astaire, had no other talents to fall back on either. So, how in hell did he get to play opposite Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (1955)? One of life’s great mysteries. A lousy movie too. Even Marilyn couldn’t save it.

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Will Ferrell (1967 – )

My children and grand-children are all Will Ferrell fans, Avid fans, in fact. I have forced myself to watch him and have arrived at the conclusion (to me anyway) that the man simply is not funny. He probably has 10,000 fan clubs on the planet, but he just does not make me laugh. A tenth-rater.

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Mel Gibson (1956 – )

I do not think much of Gibson as an actor for the same reason I do not like Liz Taylor as an actress. He has a boring voice – just like Liz. And he is a very ordinary actor to boot. I remember him feigning ‘crazy’ in Lethal Weapon (1987). It was so bad it was laughable.

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George Hamilton (1939 – )

How much mileage can one person extract from a sun tan, a set of pearly whites and nothing else? I saw George in a 1961 western called A Thunder of Drums in which he played a cavalry lieutenant, chasing a mess of Apaches all over dusty, hot Arizona, yet he meticulously wore his hat at a rakish angle throughout! Nothing like a bit of realism, I say. And that was nothing like a bit of realism.

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Charlton Heston (1923 – 2008)

The original wooden Indian standing outside the cigar store. Chuck lost me forever when he collared Russell Crowe as he went to collect his Oscar for Gladiator (2000) and whispered, ‘As one gladiator to another, I salute you!’ What a poser. His championing of the gun lobby in America labelled him as a mindless moron to everyone outside America (and most people inside America, other than the NRA).

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Leslie Howard (1893 – 1943) as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939)

I thought Leslie Howard was brilliant in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) opposite Merle Oberon, but his pitiful turn as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind five years later is the performance he will most likely be remembered for. He should never have accepted the role. Just too old for it. Even he did not believe that Scarlett would prefer him over Gable. Neither did anyone else.

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Jerry Lewis (1926 – 2017)

Jerry, while he worked with Dean Martin, used to be damned funny in pictures such as Sailor Beware (1952) and Scared Stiff (1953). But once they broke up and he had control over his films, Jerry’s monumental ego took control and he churned out a string of self-serving performances that had none of the early magic.

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Richard Ney (1916 – 2004)

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There are a few things wrong with Mrs. Miniver (1942), but they all pale into insignificance when compared to the performance of Richard Ney as the Minivers’ son Vin. Suffice to say, for the only time in my life, I found myself rooting for the Nazis every time he took off in his Spitfire. He was that obnoxious! If the real Battle of Britain had been fought by twits like Vin, it would have been lost inside a week. Fortunately, life did not imitate art.

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Christopher Plummer (1929 – )

No matter how many times The Sound of Music (1965) pops up on TV, my skin still crawls every time I watch Christopher Plummer posturing and strutting about as the Captain. I have often read that the man himself hates the movie, but does he also hate his own swanning-about performance in it? He should. Surely, he cannot be that vain in real life?

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Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)

Sorry, Elvis. I like your music and a lot of those who knew or met you have said you were a really nice guy, but your movies positively sucked. Every last one of them. To be fair to him, I don’t think his heart was ever in those brainless vehicles the Colonel lined up for him, but that does not excuse his lousy acting and the even lousier screenplays. Elvis was a force to be reckoned with, so why did he not throw his weight around and demand rewrites instead of simply accepting the garbage served up to him? And did his collar always have to be turned up?

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Mickey Rooney (1920 – 2014)

‘Let’s put on a show!’ God, how many times did Mickey Rooney say that in his pictures with Judy Garland? There is something about a pint-sized kid with an ego the size of the Grand Canyon that truly bugs me. Having said that, I think the main reason for my dislike of Mickey Rooney lies in the fact that he must have had the IQ of a sea squirt! How can anyone with even half a brain cheat on Ava Gardner two weeks into their marriage? What an idiot.

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Adam Sandler (1966 – )

One day someone must explain to me why this guy has such a following from the young. I have seen several of his pictures and he is not clever, he’s not articulate, he’s nothing to look at and his sense of humour is at best infantile. If Adam Sandler is the yardstick for young cinema-goers today, all I can say is I weep for them.

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Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016)

Gene Wilder is no longer with us, yet I have little doubt that there are millions of movie fans that mourn his passing. I am not among them. I know that Mel Brooks loved him and used him often, but what was the attraction? He was the least funny in Blazing Saddles (1974), he was irritating in The Producers (1967) and generally dull in everything else. A monstrously over-rated comic.

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Norman Wisdom (1915 – 2010)

I used to love watching Norman Wisden. When I was about six– but then I outgrew his style of humour. Watching his old films today, I am struck by his tendency to always be ‘on’. The man tried too hard to get laughs all the time. Even when he toddled off to Buckingham Palace in June 2000 to be knighted, he still ’tripped’ as he left the ceremony. Couldn’t help himself. I am probably a bit tough on him, but if you can’t grow up at 85, when can you?

 

I shall be interested to hear if readers agree with any of my choices. Who do you especially dislike?

18 Comments

  1. One more comment and then I’ll shut up and stop hogging the stage! COVER GIRL! I know what you guys are talking about. Every few years I say..oh give the movie another chance…but it really does stink. And WHO doesn’t like RITA HAYWORTH! But something is off in that movie and yea, this was definitely one movie where SILVER’s performance was off..just ruined the ambience every time he was on. I can’t really say what’s wrong with the movie because frankly, I’ve never been able to get through the whole thing.

    • Hi, Chris. It is approaching midnight here and I just spotted your comments. I shall respond to the first few and leave the ‘War and Peace’ one for tomorrow after I get home from golf. I say ‘War and Peace’ simply because of its LENGTH (lol). When I was a kid I liked Phil Silvers as Bilko and probably still would if I ever saw him in it again, but ‘Cover Girl’ is not his finest moment. WE ALL seem to agree on that. Lousy movie…but Rita…ah…

  2. RE CRAIG’s comment on PHIL SILVERS and RAYMOND MASSEY. Well I do like Mr. Massey especially in The Scarlet Pimpernel, but yea, I could see wear he would rub people the wrong way. And of course, Mr. Silvers is definitely a very specific type and if you don’t like that type, you sure as heck ain’t gonna like that type! LOL…I always say, actors like Silver should be used SPARINGLY! Like RED BUTTONS. Maybe you can take him for 5 minutes but definitely not any longer. But given a choice between Silvers and Buttons,,,I’d take SILVERS any day.

    • Glad you mentioned ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’. Terrific picture in which BOTH Leslie Howard and Massey are great. Merle Oberon also was rather scrumptious. I think I first became aggravated by Red Buttons when I saw him in ‘Hatari’. I still watch the film because Elsa Martinelli is gorgeous. I believe she died recently. Sad.

  3. As usual, you’re right on the money with your observations..lol..or should I say I AGREE with most of what you’ve commented on.

    1) WOODY ALLEN. Would Woody be more wooden like Mr. Heston and he might be more welcome. That being said, IF you need an actor to play a nebbish…who better than Woody? And I do think he has some very entertaining movies, like BULLETS OVER BROADWAY for example. Or one of his early comedies LOVE AND DEATH.

    2)RICHARD BURTON. A great voice does not make a great actor. Burton always came across to me as a very insecure person. As if he knew the audience could see his shortcomings so he overcompensated with his voice.

    3)RED BUTTONS – NEVER understood the appeal. Or, let me put it this way, he was ideally suited for the “gag cameo” part. Someone who comes in for 30 seconds, gives the leads something to laugh at and then leaves. How he was allowed so much screen time in his roles though is beyond me. Though he seemed like a likeable enough fellow. Like a good natured annoying brother-in-law you have to see over the holidays. Nice enough, but you quickly leave the room and go talk to the OTHER brother-in-law who acts like a grown up.

    4)JIM CARREY. You see this all the time in showbiz. A performer stands out in some project, creates a buzz, he’s handed a bigger platform, has a hit and then it’s like a snowball gaining size as it cascades down the mountain. Eventually it crashes and melts away and one always wonders how a bunch of snowflakes could have made its presence known in such a big way. But, you’re always just left with a slushy puddle that no one wants to get their feet in.

    5)GARY COLEMAN – well sure, you feel sorry for him because of his health challenges, but well, you know, he was a one trick pony. Not much there…there.

    6)BING CROSBY – REALLY? Not in to Bing? Well I just don’t what to say to that! LOL…No WHITE CHRISTMAS? NO HOPE/CROSBY road pictures? Guess you’re not “going Bing’s way”…

    7)TOM EWELL – Yes not much to say about him. I recall him in ADAM’S RIB and 7 YEAR ITCH and that’s about it. Agree, not a performer that I need to spend my time and money watching.

    8)WILL FERRELL – his niche was being a cast member on SNL tv. He should’a stayed there.

    9)MEL GIBSON: I know. Not a particularly memorable actor. I agree. One of his movies he did early on in his career though I think is very good. Directed by Peter Weir. THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY.

    10)GEORGE HAMILTON – I think he gives off this wink wink appeal to regular guys in the sense that they see him up on the screen and think, now here’s a guy who KNOWS he’s not a terribly good actor, but he’s parlayed his good looks into a place where he makes good money and gets to meet world class beauties and in public he lets you know he’s in on the joke. So the men get a chuckle out of him and the women can swoon over him. But no, he cannot act. He does give off a sense of charm that can be used to advantage given the role is right.

    11) CHARLTON HESTON – Well I’ve already commented on his lack of acting talent, yet I totally understand his being a star. I mean, look at the man. His tall and in shape physique, that chiseled face of his, great speaking voice. But no, he can’t act. I’m TRYING to think of one movie that I thought he was great in and, um..I’m unsure. MAYBE in the early 70s THREE MUSKETEER movies when he played Cardinal Richelieu. He was fairly subtle in that one. I was a bit surprised to see your political comment regarding Mr. Heston’s involvement in the NRA. Simply because it’s the first out-an-out political comment I’ve seen you make. Perhapas there are others. And since you introduced the subject I must say, Mr. Heston’s famous rendering of the line about ripping the gun from his cold dead hands, was, frankly, one of his best line readings ever. LOL! Unsure if your political bent was aimed specifically at the NRA (which I’m familiar with of course, but don’t really know of the organization specifically) or just the principal of American citizens having the right to bear arms. Obviously it’s one of the original “rights” in the Bill of Rights. You seem to think that most American’s found his remarks as that of a “mindless moron”, as well as most non-Americans. Not sure I even know what to do with that. Perhaps I’m taking your comment out of context or you meant to simply “report” your findings. Unsure…Let’s just say my opinion on the matter is that I’ve found that most people (in America) most certainly expect and demand that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution be upheld. Thankfully, neither my opinion nor your opinion on the matter is what counts though we both have the right to say it! LOL..(SEE 1st Amendment) . Rather, until any amendment is either abolished or modified by the legal process all amendments are made/changed/abolished with, then we have to abide by it. And if people from other countries have an opinion on it…well..all I can say to that is: that’s nice.[Do hope I haven’t come off as politically quarrelsome, truly not trying to be, just figured you would expect people to comment on your comment. So I did 🙂 ]

    12)LESLIE HOWARD – I love this actor and love THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL but totally agree with you about “ASHLEY” UGH. I suspect you know (just chose not to include that in your comment) that Selznick offered him the opportunity to direct INTERMEZZO (where Ingrid Bergman made her American debut) which is why he took the part. Now I have a question for YOU! Who SHOULD have played Ashley? I’ve always felt Ashley should be a slender man. I’m thinking of actors who would have been around the right age and I immediately think of Lew Ayres or Frachot Tone or even Robert Montgomery. I guess those are my top 3. I don’t think Douglas Fairbanks Jr could have pulled it off, though he was probably in the right age. And Robert Montgomery, while a good actor, not sure he’d fit. It’s a tough casting choice for sure!

    13)JERRY LEWIS – How appropriate that I’m writing this on LABOR DAY WEEKEND as Mr. Lewis always did his famous MD Telethon this weekend. I used to watch it. Anyway, yea…never a fan of Mr. Lewis. Never.

    14) RICHARD NEY: Now you must really not like this actor becuase no one knows who this guy is and yet you put him on your list. Now that’s funny. I can ONLY recall him in MRS MINIVER and thought his performance fit the part. A young man without much life experience acting as if he DOES know it all. Ah well..we can’t agree on everything!

    15)CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – Now this is a very interesting selection because, I I too have never personally cared for him myself. I find him very affected/mannered.

    16)ELVIS: Well, I mean, no one ever really took him seriously as an actor. Those movies were just an excuse for him to sing. I always ask people who’s death you were more affected by ELVIS or LENNON? I think it’s a generational thing in a way. But I went with the previous generation instead of my own and said EVLIS’ death I found way more sad than LENNON’s. I still recall that LIVE SATELLITE broadcast on TV he did from HA-VAY_EEE. WOW..I thought the entertainment world had exploded if you could watch that on tv. LOL Of course, as I got older, I came to realize what an odd man he was. But what a voice!

    17) MICKEY ROONEY – Well back when he was numero uno at the box office everyone said he was the most talented person in show business and to some extent it’s true. But yea, life ain’t fair and I must admit as he got older my enjoyment factor from his performances lessened. If only we could go back in time..and..SAY..put on a show…now THERE’S an idea..no one’s ever done THAT before…and he could star in it..and maybe JUDY GARLAND could too!!!

    18)ADAM SANDLER- ok..this man is very strange. Ever see him on a talk show? He can barely talk. There’s something wrong with this guy…bless his heart.

    19)GENE WILDER- There is ONE movie I enjoyed him in and that’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. And that is it!

    20)NORMAN WISDOM – Nevah hoid of da guy! But thanks for having the wisdom to steer me straight.

    • I have ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ and love it. My only Woody Allen film. As for Burton – who wants to watch a ‘domestic’ between a husband and wife? (‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf). That’s not entertainment. Buttons and Carrey I find irritating. Gary Coleman I did not find ‘cute’ in the slightest. For that matter, neither was Culkin in ‘Home Alone’. He was just an impolite little brat. I liked the ‘Road’ films, but generally speaking, I thought Bing tried too hard to be loveable. Ewell and Farrell are simply not funny. Not to me, anyway, although millions will probably disagree. Gibson is far too religious! End of story. I cannot abide fanatics. Hamilton is simply a non-actor living off his looks which have faded long ago. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that more people are shot to death in ‘gun societies’ than in ‘non-gun societies’, yet Chuck did all in his power to defend a citizen’s right to own an SLR or whatever. That amendment was introduced when pioneers were fighting Indians every five minutes. It is outdated. Howard was good in everything EXCEPT GWTW. Lewis was funny when he was with Dino, but on his own he was not. Richard Ney made me want to root for the Nazis in ‘Mrs Miniver’, he was so obnoxious. In real life, he somehow managed to nail Greer Garson during filming. What the hell she saw in him beggars belief. Plummer’s swaggering in ‘The Sound of Music’ was quite nauseous. I have an aversion to dudes who waltz about WITH THEIR COLLARS TURNED UP – and Elvis ALWAYS did. He sure could sing though. I have always felt that Cole Porter’s death was the greatest loss to music. Rooney was a little rug rat who liked to describe Ava’s private parts in his autobiography, just to make a buck. Scumbag. Adam Sandler is talentless and I flatly refuse to watch Gene Wilder in ANYTHING. One of Hollywood’s most over-rated funny men – EVER!

    • I have ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ and love it. My only Woody Allen film. As for Burton – who wants to watch a ‘domestic’ between a husband and wife? (‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf). That’s not entertainment. Buttons and Carrey I find irritating. Gary Coleman I did not find ‘cute’ in the slightest. For that matter, neither was Culkin in ‘Home Alone’. He was just an impolite little brat. I liked the ‘Road’ films, but generally speaking, I thought Bing tried too hard to be loveable. Ewell and Farrell are simply not funny. Not to me, anyway, although millions will probably disagree. Gibson is far too religious! End of story. I cannot abide fanatics. Hamilton is simply a non-actor living off his looks which have faded long ago. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that more people are shot to death in ‘gun societies’ than in ‘non-gun societies’, yet Chuck did all in his power to defend a citizen’s right to own an SLR or whatever. That amendment was introduced when pioneers were fighting Indians every five minutes. It is outdated. Howard was good in everything EXCEPT GWTW. Lewis was funny when he was with Dino, but on his own he was not. Richard Ney made me want to root for the Nazis in ‘Mrs Miniver’, he was so obnoxious. In real life, he somehow managed to nail Greer Garson during filming. What the hell she saw in him beggars belief. Plummer’s swaggering in ‘The Sound of Music’ was quite nauseous. I have an aversion to dudes who waltz about WITH THEIR COLLARS TURNED UP – and Elvis ALWAYS did. He sure could sing though. I have always felt that Cole Porter’s death was the greatest loss to music. Rooney was a little rug rat who liked to describe Ava’s private parts in his autobiography, just to make a buck. Scumbag. Adam Sandler is talentless and I flatly refuse to watch Gene Wilder in ANYTHING. One of Hollywood’s most over-rated funny men – EVER!

  4. I would like to nominate two more losers (in my opinion) to your worthy list: Phil Silvers and Raymond Massey. I never saw Massey in a movie I actually liked and disliked him intensely. He just grated, and I hate his voice. Silvers was just plain obnoxious, boring, and unfunny. For example, Cover Girl, not a very good movie largely because of Gene Kelly’s character, would have been better without Silvers. (Looking at Rita Hayworth is always a pleasure.)

  5. I pretty much agree with most of those actors, I was hoping to see John Wayne in there somewhere, now there’s a real character actor, one who plays the same character in every film.

    • I agree with you, Brian. Wayne always played himself, but then so does Woody Allen, Adam Sandler etc. The difference for me was simple. I could stomach Wayne’s personality on the screen, whereas I cannot abide the others.

  6. Bananas,Annie Hall,Zelig,Broadway Danny Rose,Small Time Crooks.
    Love each WA movie. A talented writer,director,comedian.
    Don’t love every one of his films but that is only normal since no director in history had all sensational movies to their credits.

    I’ve enjoyed RB’s theatrical approach to his roles in some wonderful films such as The Robe.
    Yes,I also enjoy more naturalistic acting too,but sometimes I get a kick out of the larger than life histrionics. Room for both.

    Rod Serling wrote a searing teleplay for live television back in the 50s. “The Comedian”was a look into the backstage slice of life of a egomaniac TV comic. He was difficult,belittled everyone,demanding,insulting & took no prisoners.
    For years the speculation was that the role(beautifully played by Mickey Rooney)was based upon Milton Berle.

    Reading Kliph Nesterhouse’s article on the story of Red Buttons live 50s variety TV show,I thing Red was the subject for Rod’s script.

    I’ve enjoyed Heston’s performances even if he is stiff in some of them as actor Jim Garner noted about CH in his(Garner’s)autobiography.
    Admired that he was one of the very rare actors of his stature that took on roles in science~fiction movies.
    Majority of actors at his level wouldn’t touch sci~fi parts deeming the genre as silly,trite,juvenile.
    Chuck did the classic The Planet of the Apes,the sequel Beneath the POTA(which he did reluctantly due to contractual obligations)The Omega Man,Soylant Green.

    Never a Jerry Lewis fan,or at least not much of one. Grew up watching his movie with Dean & solo. Funny moments here and there to be sure but overall his comedy just came off as dumb and unwatchable.
    Found him to be a fascinating interview when he wasn’t doing his Jerry schtick.
    Intelligent man. However, many encounters with him by the public revealed him to be angry,insulting,volatile,bitter.
    Created the Video-Assist for film making in the 60s. It remains an invaluable tool today.
    His charity work for MDA was admirable even with its controversies.
    Could not hold a candle to Danny Kaye.

    Mickey Rooney was a tremendous talent and could do it all.
    I agree that his ego was also enormous Alan,but few of those Hollywood folks are humble.
    I know,some are harder to take than others. You are certainly entitled to dislike and like different performers as we all are.

    I’ve just found that rarely is an actor I like all good or bad. Comes with being human I guess.

    • Fair comments, Mike. We must agree to disagree. There is certainly no shortage of egos in Hollywood, as you say, but there are a few I personally cannot tolerate. Clearly, you are a more tolerant individual than me. Movie stardom often relies on ‘likeability’ rather than acting talent, I feel. Hence, we once had the likes of Julia Roberts at the top of the tree. Meryl Streep is the exception, of course. Sheer talent is enough in her case. I still cannot fathom why young people LOVE Will Ferrell! He is TALENTLESS – as his latest pathetic effort is clearly demonstrating. I may have been a tad harsh on Mickey Rooney though. Guess I am still stunned by him cheating on Ava Gardner. He must have had the IQ of a sea anenome! Admittedly, he made me laugh in the Andy Hardy films. But cheating on 19 year-old Ava…sheesh! I enjoy reading your comments, Mike. Thank you.

  7. I despise Bob Hope. Ever since I saw him swinging a nine iron on top of the Sphinx he’s been on my death list. Jerry Lewis is another one roasting on a spit in Hell.

    Poor Leslie Howard. He couldn’t catch a break….Alan, who do you think would have made a better Ashley Wilkes? (Howard had great chemistry with Olivia De Haviland.) My favorite scene in GWTW takes place at Tara after the war, when an exhausted Scarlett hurls herself at Ashley, and between passionate adulterous kisses, urges him in the strongest terms to run away with her to Mexico. In 1939 USA that might as well have had an X rating slapped all over it. The Catholic Church condemned the film and the novel was on the Index. (Judged dangerous to Catholic faith and morals.)

    • Hope made a mint out of the residuals for his trips to Vietnam during the war. Hypocrite right down the line. Lewis thought he was God’s gift to comedy. He wasn’t. Howard was, in my opinion, just too old for the Ashley Wilkes role, Max, but I have never thought about who might have taken his place. Depends who was available, I suppose. The Catholic Church condemned film after film, usually for some pitifully weak reason. Pity they didn’t show the same zeal and condemn their raft of pedaphile priests down the centuries. More hypocrites.

    • This message is for Jeff who asked about WAMPAS on the ‘Feedback’ link. Unfortunately, I can only respond to queries in the ‘comments’ section. There is no provision for responses in ‘Feedback’. Having said that, I am afraid I have no idea about WAMPAS radios. Didn’t know they existed. Sorry I can’t help you, Jeff.

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