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jackelope72 Donating Member (726 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:03 PM
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Who else thinks that Tom Hanks is one of the most overrated actors?
I mean, okay, he's done some good work. He's a lot better than some of the other actors out there. But it seems like every time he comes out with another movie you get hundreds of critics screaming, "OH MY GOD!! HE'S GONNA WIN ANOTHER OSCAR!!!"

Please. The guy's won 2 Oscars. One of which (for "Philadelphia") he might have deserved (maybe, I forget who he was up against), and the other ("Forrest Gump") for a movie that should have had its ass whipped into hamburger by "Pulp Fiction" and/or "The Shawshank Redemption".
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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:04 PM
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1. Me
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:05 PM
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2. Not me
I think he is outstanding. Great breadth.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:05 PM
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3. I like him and think he's a good actor. While I love Shawshank Redemption
I cannot stand Pulp Fiction. I've never been able to watch it all the way through. Sometimes the whole world does not think the way we do, as recently evidenced by the 59+million idiots who inhabit America with us. :hi:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:08 PM
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8. I'm so relieved to hear that!
I thought I was the only person on Earth who didn't like Pulp Fiction! And I too have tried to watch it more than once. Does nothing for me - seems like no more than a Quentin Tarantino ego trip - "ooh, look at me. I can do a cryptic movie! I'm so fabulous!"
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:51 PM
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26. Me and MrG join you. And I also agree with your assessment of the
self aggrandized Mr. Tarantino. It's just "in" to think he's a god I think. :hi:
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:05 PM
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4. Yeah, he's good, he seems like a nice guy, but I don't get the worship
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:06 PM
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5. Hanks is a likeable actor
and he did a good job in Philadelphia. I think you are right about "Gump" if he deserved a second AA it might have been better to give him it for his effective underplaying in "Saving Private Ryan".
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:07 PM
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6. not me at all. I think Tom Hanks is great
I have never seen a bad Tom Hanks movie.
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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:12 PM
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12. Joe vs. the Volcano...The Burbs
to name two.

Not that I hate Tom Hanks. I really like him, but those were bad movies.
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Brotherjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:31 PM
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23. I LOVE Joe vs. the Volcano! I realize, though, I am nearly alone in that..
... sentiment.

Cheesy? Yes. Downright silly at times. Overly simplistic at times.

But it had a wonderful fairy tale quality I found, and still find, quite charming.

The scenes of his job in the first half of the film stack up with the best, and funniest, representations of the inanity of the workplace that I have ever seen.
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:32 PM
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24. The Burbs was the schiznitt
I love that movie.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:07 PM
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7. Here!
I wouldn't miss him a bit if he took a hiatis. Believe me.
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revolve Donating Member (255 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:08 PM
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9. I think he is THE most overrated actor
while I find him to be a good actor, there are others I believe to be better who get no credit, while people fall all over themselves for anything he does.
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:09 PM
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10. He was better doing comic roles IMO....
As for Forrest Gump..... :puke:

But watch Hanks in "A League of Their Own" or "Splash". He's great.
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jackelope72 Donating Member (726 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:13 PM
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13. Oh, I agree. I used to really like him.
I mean, I basically destroyed my tape of "Joe Vs. the Volcano" from overwatching. But ever since "Gump" he's just gotten increasingly more annoying.
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:20 PM
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19. I think Hanks has bought into the whole "the new Jimmy Stewart" label....
Edited on Fri Nov-12-04 12:29 PM by Jade Fox
that has been put on him by others.

The funny thing is that the real Jimmy Stewart made a late career decision
to do a lot of super-serious movies, which now no one can remember. They
are too busy enjoying him in "Harvey" and his other great comic roles.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:09 PM
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11. Not me
He was fantastic in Philadelphia.
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:13 PM
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14. {shrug} I watch a movie. That is it. I must be really strange,
but I've never cared at all how great or how poor an actor is, to me they're just doing a job. Same thing with who they are dating, or their sexual preference, I've just never really cared at all.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:16 PM
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15. I agree, he's really good in some roles but not others and he's over
rated. Same thing with Meryl Streep except she is totally overrated and never should have gotten any Oscar.
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rock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:17 PM
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16. Not I
I last caught him in "Ladykillers", which I strongly recommend.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:18 PM
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I Have Nothing Against Tom Hanks
but his fame is disproportionate to his ability.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:18 PM
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17. I Have Nothing Against Tom Hanks
but his fame is disproportionate to his ability.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:19 PM
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18. Agree totally.
Completely overrated. Kevin Spacey should be winning all his Oscars.
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:20 PM
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20. Me
I avoid movies when he is in them. I haven't seen Forest Gump to this day because of all of the hype around it.

He's alright as an actor, but the hype doesn't live up to the reality.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:22 PM
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21. a bore. nice guy, apparently, but ho-hum
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:27 PM
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22. tom hanks
Is a fantastic actor
he does a lot of good for charity
He was the one of the driving forces for the
WWII memorial, that was long overdue

He is great
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Brotherjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 12:50 PM
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25. Think about how hard the role of "Forrest Gump" was. Not a hint of cliche.
Sure, playing a developmentally disabled person is typically the easy way to garner an Oscar nomination. But it's easy to play a role like this "adequately", and that's usually all it takes to get an Oscar nod.

In that respect, it's not hard. A lot of actors have turned out cookie-cutter performance in similar roles (and won Oscars for them).

But Hanks took it beyond this. Nothing about the way Hanks played this role was "easy" or merely "adequate". He did so in such a way as to not leave a hint of cliche. Hanks gave the character Forrest Gump more dignity and depth than I've ever seen in such a character on the screen.

The scene where he asks Robin Wright if his son is "normal", the look of trepidation on his face as he worries his son is like him, but hopes he is not, was pure acting genius.


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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 01:08 PM
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27. I disagree. He was awesome in Cast Away.
I think why people get tired of him is due more to the "Latter-Day Jimmy Stewart" roles he keeps getting than to any lack of talent on his behalf. He's actually played a lot of different roles, comic and dramatic. He has excellent comic timing and delivery.

So no, I don't think he's overrated, but that's my opinion.
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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 01:21 PM
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28. He went
in my little black book as a Clinton-hater, over an extra-marital affair that was none of his business - still less of the neocons, whose transparent motives he seemed unable to see through. A bandwagon hero.

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