I have enjoyed aspects of Denzel Washington's performances at times -- I loved his over-the-top Oscar-winning performance in whatever that film was -- but overall, I think he's fairly overrated.
Originally Posted by JBZ
I agree with this. Pitt has often tried to stretch himself in his roles. I'm not saying that he's the second coming of Lawrence Olivier, and he's certainly been in some duds, but I think he does have a genuine respect for his craft. His problem (his curse, if you will) is that he's so disgustingly good looking, it's hard for him to play any character without the audience just seeing Brad Pitt. Sometimes being a little more ordinary looking (see David Straitharn, John C. Reilly, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, etc.) works to the favor of an actor. No matter how good an actor Brad Pitt is, it would be kind of hard seeing him play Truman Capote.
Yeah, being model-handsome really seems to be a serious handicap for a serious actor. Pitt and Johnny Depp are the only really good looking guys I can think of who have managed to get serious respect for their acting chops.
Edit: Oh, and I used to really like Kenneth Branagh's stuff, but either my taste has changed, or he's genuinely gotten worse -- I'm not sure which.