It’s easy to make lists about the best because we remember the greats. De Niro in Raging Bull, Nicholson in Chinatown, Brando in On the Waterfront. We recall the work of great actors because we want to.
Bad actors usually get consigned to history. We don’t consider them worthy of our time, perhaps because their work on the screen appears so lacking in effort. We forget bad actors because erasing the bad is what we do; it’s why we often have such rose-tinted memories. As a result, it’s difficult to recollect great performances from uniformly bad performers because we tend to block out those actors in the first place. This list has an incredibly short memory: there’s only one performance here from before the 1990s.
It’s impossible to say objectively what a ‘terrible’ actor is. Quality in art is always subjective, though we have »
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