Here we go, time to break out the heavy hammer and start hammering on some of the most offensive felons of the past year. The Worst Actors of 2012. These were the actors that caused frowns and headshaking via their performances, to the extent that they need to be called out as awful.
The nominees are: Nic Cage, “Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance”, Eddie Murphy, “A Thousand Words”, Adam Sandler, “That’s My Boy”, Ben Stiller, “The Watch”, and Sam Worthington, “Man on a Ledge”.
Click through to see which of these arch criminals ripped theatre-goers off the worst this year!
Adam Sandler, “That’s My Boy”
The much maligned Adam Sandler returned this year with yet another reason to malign him. In “That’s My Boy”, Sandler plays a man who, as a young teen, impregnated his teacher. This results in a brief splash of celebrity for him, but also… in a son that he’s barely older than. The comedy proceeds from there, with Sandler playing an immature, boorish drunk who tries to make good by connecting with his son the only way he knows.
Which in and of itself is… mildly repugnant, but there could be a comedy to be had there. Except Sandler elects to utilize a terrible accent along the way, and have his character STILL be a buffoon in his late 30s/early 40s. It’s obnoxious to watch, and I mean that above and beyond the way he wants it to be obnoxious to watch. Along the way, there’s no acting involved except acting crass and dumb. His bad acting isn’t the total death of the movie, there was still some scattered fun to be had, but it is painful to watch him with the stupid voice, still acting like a high schooler at a keg party… knowing that that’s like the best he can do in terms of humor nowadays.
The others were terrible as well. Nicolas Cage was obviously trying to chew scenery, only bad acting done purposefully isn’t as enjoyable as unintentional bad acting. Eddie Murphy spent 80 minutes or so being completely unfunny as a man who can’t talk. Ben Stiller plays the same character he always seems to play, only this time he seems as sick of it as we are. Sam Worthington made such a little impression that I barely even recalled him… as I was walking out of the theatre.
Adam Sandler, your FMR MAJOR Award winner for Worst Actor, 2012