What are the criteria for calling an actor great or supremely talented? The answer is not as simple as it seems to be. First and foremost we have to take into consideration the acting abilities of the actor in question, his ability to play different kind of roles and his choice of scripts. The box office result of a film doesn’t really matter for an actor to be taken seriously simply because an actor has no control over that aspect of the profession. It is much easier for today’s stars to market themselves as ‘actors’ with the help of over enthusiastic PR agents and the millions of worshiping fans easily buy into it. So here is a list of actors who appears to be great as far as acting is concerned but are in reality very limited actors.
15. Marilyn Monroe
We all love her for her striking beauty and sensuous personality but that’s about it. Her everlasting fame has a lot to do with smart PR machinery of Hollywood bigwigs who are still cashing in on her mysterious appeal. The old adage ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’ has worked in her favour in keeping her alive in the public memory even after more than half a century of her death anniversary. She had a magnetic screen presence no doubt but while praising her many likeable qualities the critics however fail to mention that she was a wooden actress. Even in the peak of her career and in her best film roles she played the despicable dumb blonde cum gold digger who seduces men to get material comforts. For instance in one of her most memorable film ‘Some Like It Hot’ she was just an eye candy but she was so perfect for the role of the glamourous singing and dancing Sugar ‘Kane’ that she waltzed her way to Golden Globe glory. But then who says that Hollywood awards are not questionable.
14. Cameron Diaz
One look at her filmography is enough to give you an idea of her limited acting capabilities. She is at best a globally known actress but then anyone who stars in a single Hollywood hit is accustomed to that kind of exposure given the popularity of Hollywood films around the world. She was an unstoppable force in the early 90s as she starred in some of the biggest hits of the time such as ‘The Mask’, ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’. However the problem with her is that she doesn’t leave a stamp of ownership in her movie roles. In other words she is easily replaceable. I wonder how many people go to watch a movie solely relying on her acting abilities. Showbiz stardom is all about being in the right place at the right time and although she definitely is a sincere actor but alas not good enough to be memorable. To her credit she was nominated for four Golden Globe awards which is shocking given her limited range and creative disposition.