Watching actors deliver breath-taking performances leaves many moviegoers with the impression that acting is an easy and glamorous job. It sure can look that way right? I mean what’s so hard about showing up on a movie set every day and getting paid vast amounts of cash to dress up and play make-believe?
But what most of us don’t see is the tremendous hard work and dedication that it took for the actor or actress to get to that point in their career. The reality is that it isn’t an easy career - if it was then everyone would be doing it. It takes a certain amount of talent and determination for most actors to make a name for themselves. You’ll notice that I said “most” actors because not all actors get to be successful purely based on their ability to act.
15 Megan Fox
The bad news for Megan is that as she ages new fresh hotties will arrive on the scene to push her to the side and when that happens no-one is going to let her get away with bland performances. She'd better enjoy the limelight while it lasts because in Hollywood nothing is forever.
14 Ashton Kutcher
Although Kutcher, a former model, has surprised us with convincing dramatic roles in films like The Butterfly Effect and Jobs, we are yet to see him take on roles that really showcase his abilities as a serious actor. This lack of range hasn’t affected his popularity in the slightest. He was lucky enough to land his role on Two and A Half Men because let’s face it, the show was a hit long before he came along. He’s charming for sure and can deliver a cheesy line but we are yet to see his best work.
13 Miley Cyrus
She might have earned as much as $360 million during her career, but there’s one thing that money can’t buy her and that’s acting credibility. There’s no denying that she is massively popular, but considering her limited skill set she is easily one of the most overrated celebs in Hollywood.
12 Nicolas Cage
Make no mistake, Cage has seen more than his fair share of box office hits, but his career is in such a bad way right now that there is little hope of a comeback. In this actor's case, it’s probably not a lack of talent that’s making him overrated, but the lack of faith Hollywood has in him.
11 Adam Sandler
10 Jessica Biel
Just look at her contemporaries; the women she is up against for roles, ladies like Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway, and you’ll start to see why her career has been on a steady decline. Her looks and marriage to Justin Timberlake kept her relevant for slightly longer, but her career never took off because her acting is just not on par.
9 Seth Rogen
There seem to be two distinct groups of people, those who love his work and can’t get enough, and those who just can’t stand him at all. There is very little middle ground when it comes to the work of Seth Rogen. He can make you laugh and every now and again his scripts also hit the mark, but it’s doubtful that anyone will ever be able to take him seriously in Hollywood. He co-wrote the laugh-free screenplay Drillbit Taylor – need we say more?
He's had his moments but they have been far and few between and that’s why we don’t think he deserves all the attention and hype that he gets. Just because someone is churning out work doesn’t mean that they are interested in the quality of that work.
8 Ben Affleck
Although Affleck has won two Academy Awards neither of them were for acting so maybe his new role as a director/producer will work out better.
7 Angelina Jolie
6 Zac Efron
Zac Efron is one of the actors struggling with this transition and while his work has improved since his High School Musical days, he’s still not seen as a truly credible actor. So while his looks and hyped-up image are still selling seats in theaters he’s not making a name for himself as an actor. He’ll need to study actors like Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey if he’s serious about improving his chances of staying in the spotlight.
5 Kristen Stewart
Any reasonable actress would have been able to use a role in a movie series like Twilight to launch off their career, but not Kristen and it’s safe to say that her career has pretty much stalled now that the Twilight hype has died down. Kristen is a prime example of how an overhyped movie role can fool thousands of people into believing that an actor is talented when the truth is that they are anything but.
4 Beyoncé Knowles
Speaking of music, that’s what Beyonce should have stuck to. That’s what she is good at. Her attempts to get the world to take her seriously as an actress have largely failed due to the fact that we’ve never seen her in a challenging role. She’s never taken on a role that requires too much in the acting department because acting is not her forte but she’s just one of many talented singers (think Madonna) who will insist on doing movies even though no one wants them to.
3 Lindsay Lohan
The truth is that Lindsay (and her family) love attention and unfortunately the more attention they get, the more Lindsay seems to think that she actually has some acting ability. Her range as an actress is limited to only the least challenging roles and we don’t even think she’s being offered those roles anymore.
2 Robert Pattinson
He only continues to be popular because love crazed Twilight fans think that he’s the sullen Edward Cullen, but the grown-ups among us know that his acting leaves a lot to be desired.
The only reason people didn’t initially realize just how poor his acting was in Twilight was because he was paired alongside the equally terrible Kristen Stewart.
1 Jaden Smith
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