Friday, August 31, 2007

Top 10 Overrated Celebrities

(Not even going to mention the Paris or Britneys of the world. Even though this list is perfect for them, I would just prefer to pretend that they don't exist.)

10. Jessica Alba- There sure is a lot of talk about her body, and how she is so hot (she just won the Teen Choice Award for "Choice Hottie"). And as far as I can tell, that's the only reason people are still casting her in movies. She isn't particularly talented, and the movie producers seem to be realizing this, casting her in fairly one dimensional roles, or in high-profile films that don't require a great deal of acting abilities ("Into the Blue," "Fantastic Four"). Jessica is indeed terribly gorgeous, but beyond that I just can't seem to figure out why we are so fascinated by her.

9. Chris Rock- I guess some of his stand up is funny, but why is this man still making movies? "I Think I Love My Wife"...."Head of State"...."Down To Earth".... Shall I continue? I thought not.

8. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt- A two for one! Okay, I like do like them, I really do. In fact, I think "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" is hilarious. And although I really don't think they ask for the attention that they receive, we would all agree that it's Just. Too. Much. They do some great things, like drawing attention to overseas adoption and building houses in New Orleans. But ever since they became the First Couple of Hollywood, America has been Brad and Angie crazy. I know they are good looking- in fact, sometimes they are so good looking they kind of freak me out. They are just everywhere, doing everything, and we are all transfixed by their every move.

7. Julia Roberts- She is great, and I love a lot of her movies. But she has been the number one actress for ages now! I just don't understand why we find her so captivating, or how she got so incredibly famous. She seems kind of like a lot of other actresses, doesn't she?

6. James Dean- Gosh, I love James Dean, but for some reason (most likely his fatal car accident and 2 post-humous Oscar nominations...), this guy has been turned into some sort of god. He is quoted and referenced, and you can find posters and calendars of him at even the most main stream stores. But I doubt that the majority of the people in my generation who idolize him have even seen one of his movies. Speaking of his movies, many are surprised to hear that he really only starred in three movies ("East of Eden," "Giant," and "Rebel Without a Cause") before dying at the age of 24. He was an great actor for sure, but let's lighten up on the hero worship.
5. Ben Stiller- I don't think it's a secret that Ben Stiller has fairly limited acting abilities. We all know that he plays only two roles: obnoxious idiot ("Zoolander," "Dodgeball") and loveable everyman ("Meet the Parents," "Along Came Polly"). Yet he has become a film staple, appearing in (seemingly) every comedy for the past five or so years. I guess he is mildly funny, but he is "funny" by doing the same gags every time! The guys that he pairs up with are much funnier than him (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson), so maybe he should just try being the straight man.
4. Cameron Diaz- I don't get it. She is just not a good actress! Have you seen "The Holiday?" Her 'freak out' at the beginning of the movie was laughable; like something you might see at a beginner's improv class. I've never thought her voice fit her character in "Shrek," and still don't know why they cast her. She really hasn't been good in... anything, and yet we continue to flock to her movies for some unknown reason- maybe she will get better? Cameron is a really pretty person with an infectious (and loud) laugh who has had some extremely good luck in her career.

3. Sidney Poitier- I almost feel bad writing this, but it's true. He is just completely overrated, and everyone, including Sidney (especially Sidney!) treats him as God's gift to acting who can do no wrong. He has done some exceptional work (I loved him in "In the Heat of the Night") and he certainly did a lot for black actors in Hollywood. But he has gotten so incredibly pretentious and smug, when he should have just remained gracious and unassuming.

2. Scarlett Johanssen- Wow, I am really tired of her. Has she not been in pretty much every other movie the past couple years? Because it sure seems that way. I guess she is pretty, but I have yet to be blown away by her acting abilities. Her accent was laughable in "The Prestige," and no one seems too impressed by her in "The Nanny Diaries." Maybe it's about time for the Scarlett obsession to end?

1. Marilyn Monroe- Blasphemy, I know, but hear me out. The idolization of Marilyn Monroe by girls in their teens and twenties as some kind of inspiration is baffling. What is she so famous for (to them), and what did she accomplish? Other than being extremely pretty and starring in a string of films, she is still predominantly known as a pin-up, and her face now adorns many a MySpace background and college dorm wall. Her fans know that she died young, and they know the picture of her dress blowing up around her, and that probably is the extent of it. Sadly, Marilyn isn't remembered for being an actress, she is remembered for being a Playboy model and a victim of a drug overdose.


myminivanisfasterthanyours said...

I am definitly with ya on Cameron Diaz being overrated. Don't get her. Never have :)

~lady j said...

i <3 brangelina.

i can't help it.

except maybe i just love john & jane smith... but maybe not... yeah, i'm thinkin not.