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Film performances so hammy that they should have been served at the Deli

Here's mine : I watched "Zorba the greek " the other day and couldn't believe how bad Quinn was. What was the director thinking ? I don't think I can't take another Quinn performance before at least a decade. It was an anthology of bad acting. You could feel Alan Bates's embarrassment. Kedrova was great though, just hanging over the edge, but still convincing. Why is it considered an iconic performance ?

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by Anonymousreply 31March 25, 2023 5:34 PM

Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream. Horribly hammy and over the top.

by Anonymousreply 1March 25, 2023 4:00 PM

Jessica Lange in everything.

by Anonymousreply 2March 25, 2023 4:02 PM

R2 Bullshit...it's a master class in acting.

by Anonymousreply 3March 25, 2023 4:04 PM

Bette Davis in everything post All About Eve

by Anonymousreply 4March 25, 2023 4:05 PM

What is, R3, Jessica's performance in "Everything?"

by Anonymousreply 5March 25, 2023 4:05 PM

Whats with the 101 WWs lmao. Somebodys bot farm is malfunctioning.

by Anonymousreply 6March 25, 2023 4:09 PM

R5 I am an idiot; I meant Burstyn.

by Anonymousreply 7March 25, 2023 4:09 PM

Angela Lansbury in Death on the Nile. Actually, she was hammy in all of her film performances. She always acted like she was on a Broadway stage and trying to project to the last row. No subtlety or nuance at all with her.

The producers of Murder She Wrote had to tell her to tone it down after the first season because she was too broad and off-putting. After that, she settled down and was wonderful in the role.

by Anonymousreply 8March 25, 2023 4:19 PM

R8 esp. since the rest of the cast was so subtle....

by Anonymousreply 9March 25, 2023 4:21 PM

Lana Turner-Imitation of Life!!

Seriously, it's all about ME-Me...Me...Me....Me...Me!!

by Anonymousreply 10March 25, 2023 4:33 PM

Viola in almost everything.

by Anonymousreply 11March 25, 2023 4:37 PM

Anything Isabelle Adjani is in

by Anonymousreply 12March 25, 2023 4:40 PM

Adjani was quite good in Quartet

by Anonymousreply 13March 25, 2023 4:41 PM

Ed Harris

Richard Harris


Samuel L. Jackson

Nicole Kidman

Hugh Jackman

by Anonymousreply 14March 25, 2023 4:43 PM

With extra mayo.

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by Anonymousreply 15March 25, 2023 4:43 PM

Liz "La Lousy" Taylor.

She didn't just chew the scenery in EVERY performance she gave, she inhaled it.

by Anonymousreply 16March 25, 2023 4:49 PM

Daniel Day-Lewis in THERE WILL BE BLOOD.

They gave that an Oscar but condemned Faye Dunaway in MOMMIE DEAREST?

by Anonymousreply 17March 25, 2023 4:52 PM

r16 But she will always have Virginia Woolf.

by Anonymousreply 18March 25, 2023 4:52 PM

I don't care he won an Oscar for it, Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs is a big old Ham on rye.

by Anonymousreply 19March 25, 2023 4:56 PM

R18 IMO, WAoVW is 2 hours &11 minutes of booze soaked ham salad.

by Anonymousreply 20March 25, 2023 5:01 PM

Gotta say, Liz nailed the Bette impersonation in the opening scene: "What a dump."

by Anonymousreply 21March 25, 2023 5:09 PM

[QUOTE] Viola in almost everything.

YES! I am so over her one trick, snot-nosed crying in every performance!

by Anonymousreply 22March 25, 2023 5:14 PM

Oh, a CRITICISM of VIOLA DAVIS, how ORIGINAL. I see the KLAN GRANNY brigade has arrived. Thank you for opening the racist, mysogynistic window R11.

by Anonymousreply 23March 25, 2023 5:19 PM

Anne Baxter in pretty much everything, but especially The Ten Commandments.

by Anonymousreply 24March 25, 2023 5:21 PM

Kevin Kline in most films (he can be marvelous onstage, though).

Anne Bancroft in almost everything after THE GRADUATE, where she's spot on.

Nicholas Cage. It worked wonderfully in MOONSTRUCK, and almost nowhere else.

by Anonymousreply 25March 25, 2023 5:22 PM

OP why on earth do you WW yourself so much for this sort of post? How weird.

by Anonymousreply 26March 25, 2023 5:23 PM

Go listen to your Billy Porter recordings r23. The adults are talking. By the way, those accusations are thrown around so much they are meaningless these days, so thanks.

Back to the original topic at hand. Charlton Heston from The Planet Of The Apes going forward.

by Anonymousreply 27March 25, 2023 5:26 PM

[quote] Go listen to your Billy Porter recordings [R23]. The adults are talking. By the way, those accusations are thrown around so much they are meaningless these days, so thanks.

They're thrown around by that one loon. He's a fucking paranoid nutjob who thinks people are stalking him.

by Anonymousreply 28March 25, 2023 5:28 PM

r23 Oh my...she's all in a double woke state: racism and sexism because of her precious Viola!

by Anonymousreply 29March 25, 2023 5:28 PM

I swear I didn't WW myself, not even once, this is so weird

by Anonymousreply 30March 25, 2023 5:33 PM

Any criticism of Viola IS a veiled racist and mysigynistic microaggression, disguised as "taste" R29, but you knew that

by Anonymousreply 31March 25, 2023 5:34 PM
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