Zadie Smith reading.
George Kelley was blogging about his so-so reaction to the Cage movie KNOWING last week and it occurred to me that certain actors just never work for me in a movie. Nicholas Cage would be one of them. He always seems ready to burst into flames whether the movie deserves that performance or not.
Another issue that spoils a film sometimes is over-familiarity with a performer in a movie where unknown actors might work better. For instance, I saw TWO LOVERS last week, and although Paltrow's performance was just fine, all I could think about was: so this is the body she's promoting all over town right now.
Her role, in a small indie kind of film, begged for a female who brought no baggage onto the set (and I'm not talking about excess weight).
Mel Gibson-I can't imagine going to see a movie starring Mel again. Same with Richard Gere--he always seems like a wolf in sheep's clothing. Julia Roberts-I'm always waiting for her to flash the big smile. Matthew McConaghy-didn't he start out to be a credible actor--and then Kate Hudson caught up with him. Would she still be making movies if she wasn't Hollywood royalty?
Is this just me? Are you always willing to give an actor a second or fifth chance? Or does their name on the credits sink it for you?
Who takes you right out of a story? Whose movies do you stay away from?