Top 5 Tuesday: Guilty Pleasure Actors

Channing Tatum in 'Eagle,' Taylor Kitsch in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' Alex Pettyfer in 'I Am Number Four'

The other day I was talking to my friend about—what else?—Alex Pettyfer. (This is not unusual, as many of my conversations inevitably end up being about Alex Pettyfer, his face, his abs, or our future children.) We were talking about what movies of his I’ve seen, and we observed that, while none of them were particularly good, you almost didn’t notice how lacking in quality they were because you were so distracted by how attractive Alex Pettyfer is. (At least I was.) This led me to contemplate what other actors I watch, regardless of the terrible quality of the films they’re in. And since Top 5 Tuesdays were designed to indulge random musings such as this, I compiled a list of my top 5 actors whom I will watch without reservation, even though their films are sometimes/often extremely bad.

1.) Channing Tatum – I will literally see any movie with this man. Step Up? Seen it. The Dilemma? Watched it on an airplane. Dear John? In my Netflix queue. I will probably see Haywire, even though Mary has told me that it’s actually a terrible movie. I accept that sometimes Channing Tatum makes interesting (read: bad) career choices, but I also believe that (a) he is a talented actor, and (b) he is the most attractive person on the planet. And for anyone who says he can’t act, I would ask them to watch A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, a little movie starring Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, and Channing Tatum, all of whom give fantastic performances. Seriously. Look it up.

2.) Alex Pettyfer – As you can tell by my aforementioned fawning over Alex Pettyfer and his unearthly beauty, I would watch him paint a fence, or read a book, or just sit in silence and stare at the camera with those striking green-grey eyes. But he has yet to make a movie about painting fences or reading books or staring, so instead I watch him battle aliens and get turned into a beast by Mary-Kate Olsen. Yes, I saw I Am Number Four and Beastly, and I regret nothing. Do you know why? Because he looks like this. Unfortunately, he’s also kind of a tool. But I’m confident that one day he’ll actually make a good movie. It’s bound to happen eventually. And I’m thinking Magic Mike might just be it.

3.) Zac Efron – Did you hear that? That was the sound of my last shred of dignity jumping off a cliff. But if I’m being honest, I have to include Zac in my Top 5, because even though his movies are generally not the best, I will still watch most of them. I’ve seen all the High School Musical movies (cringe), and I even saw Charlie St. Cloud, which I thought was not as bad as a lot of people made it out to be. (Then again, I’m a little biased.) I have yet to see Me And Orson Welles, which I’ve heard mixed things about, but Claire Danes is in it, so how bad can it be? I stand by Zac, and I still believe that he could pull a Johnny Depp and someday become a real actor. I’ll be sure to say “I told you so” if and when that happens.

4.) Taylor Kitsch –  I’m not even ashamed of this one. Five amazing seasons of Friday Night Lights has earned Taylor Kitsch the right to do ten John Carter movies if he really wants to. (Although I wouldn’t advise it.) If you haven’t seen the trailer, feel free to watch it here, and then judge it for yourself. It kind of looks like some weird mash-up of Avatar and Pocahontas, but made using the same costumes and CGI desert from Prince of Persia. Am I still going to see it? You bet your clear eyes and full hearts I will. For the same reason I saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it wasn’t because of Hugh Jackman. Okay, it was a little because of Hugh Jackman. But mostly for Taylor Kitsch. And Ryan Reynolds. Speaking of Ryan Reynolds…

5.) Ryan Reynolds – To be fair, Ryan has come a long way, and I don’t think he really qualifies under this category, but he has made some questionable choices in the past. I will defend many of his movies, like Buried, a little-seen thriller in which all 94 minutes of the film take place inside the coffin that Reynolds’ character has been buried alive in. His performance is amazing, and the film itself is unbelievable. That being said, Ryan also made some movies that weren’t exactly critically acclaimed. For instance, the 2006 action movie Smokin’ Aces (which I actually liked), the raunchy food service comedy Waiting… (pretty much as bad as it sounds), The Change-Up (which I still haven’t seen), and of course, Green Lantern. I would also submit what I believe to be one of his most misunderstood films, Just Friends, which is actually one of my all-time favorites (and the first time I fell in love with Ryan), but people mostly mock me when I tell them that. All in all, I think Ryan Reynolds is a comic genius, and while he may not have a tremendously high percentage of winners on his résumé, he will in time.

Well, there you have it. I’ve confessed all my weaknesses with regard to bad movies. Call it bad taste, call it superficiality, call it a waste of time and money, I don’t care. We all have an Achilles’ heel–that one actor or actress that makes us blind to the quality (or lack thereof) of his or her film choices, so here’s your chance to share yours. This is a judgment-free zone! Leave your own Top 5 in the comments, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus.



Posted on January 24, 2012, in Film, Top 5 and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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