Yesterday a friend of mine mentioned something about Johnny Depp being overrated. I agree. (Even though I do love him in Benny & Joon and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? But that’s it…) He along with 99% of “actors” (I use that term loosely) today are way overrated. I bore very easily with new movies because of CGI and lack of talent.
That is not to say everything about old Hollywood was fantastic. On the contrary. There were a lot of hideous movies and hideous actors in the old days. And today I am going to share a list of five classic film actors I think were overrated in old Hollywood, and are still overrated today.
Most Overrated Actor # 5: Rudolph Valentino
What’s that? I think I hear millions of women all over the world collapsing in shock. How can I possibly think Rudy was an overrated actor? Well, because I can. And it’s because he was. Granted, he was not a poor actor…all the time. He had his moments. I like him in Beyond the Rocks with Gloria Swanson. But he was stiff and emotionless most of the time, just standing around “looking pretty” with his big arms.
Speaking of his looks, I have NO idea what the attraction is there. I don’t find him the least bit attractive.
Most Overrated Actor #4: Charles Chaplin
Out of all the brilliant clowns we had in the teens-20s…people choose this guy? Why? Can someone please explain this to me? Because I am completely lost about why people think he was such a genius on the screen. His movies never fail to bore me.
Sure, he was extremely smart when it came to the business side of things, and I can’t say that I disagree with his politics, but I can think of a million people off the top of my head who could have easily stepped into the Little Tramp’s slapshoes…and play him better. Hell, Robert Downey, Jr played a better Chaplin than Chaplin did.
He was hot, though…
Most Overrated Actor #3: Humphrey Bogart
It sort of pains me to put Bogie on this list, but let’s face it, folks, he was overrated. And he wasn’t overrated because he was a bad actor. No way. He was brilliant at acting. But he was forever put in those tough-talking “good guy” roles.
Bogie was better when he was a dirty gangster. Heck, I even loved him as Dr. Maurice Xavier in The Return of Dr. X, his one and only science-fiction film. (But don’t go back in time and tell him I said that. He hated that film.)
Most Overrated Actor #2: Bing Crosby
He had a gorgeous voice. Nay, an ethereal voice. One of the best set of pipes to ever make a record. But his screen presence was blah. “The Road to…” movies he did with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour are good because of Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. But they could have replaced Bing with dang near anyone and made them better.
Most Overrated Actor #1: Clark Gable
And we have finally come to the most overrated actor of all time, my babies. Clark Gable. He’s even more overrated than Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt are in present-day films. I cannot stand the man.
Why on earth people thought, and still think, he was a brilliant actor is beyond me. He played the same role in every film he was in. He didn’t take time to create a character. Nay. He just showed up and did the same character over and over and over….
If you like watching a swarthy guy with a mustache and a tight-lipped smile crack bad jokes at women who fall over mad for him, then Clark is your man. It’s what he does in every film he’s in. Why do people think he is talented? Why? It doesn’t take much talent to stand in front of the camera and make duck faces, people. Ask any girl with a camera phone in a public washroom.
Are any actors you find extremely overrated on this list? If not, who would you add? Let me know your choices for the top five most overrated actors by leaving a comment below!