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.
When I first started hearing about him in the 90s I wrote him off as just another pretty boy actor. It didn't take long for me to realize that he was actually quite good. I agree that a lot of the people taking shots at him do so because he's so incredibly good looking and they can't get passed that. On the same note, Fight Club was probably the best decision he ever made because it allowed regular guys to come-out and say they liked Brad Pitt. I think in our homophobic world a lot of them probably would have been afraid to do so before that movie.
He's actually become one of my favorite actors. The others are Depp (whom I've had the pleasure of meeting), De Niro, DiCapprio, Michael Caine, Ed Norton.
So my vote for most over-rated actor goes to Sidney Poitier. Yes, yes, how un-pc, but he always seems stiff to me. The most over-rated actress is Rene Zellweger. God, I just want to stomp on her face every time I see it in a movie.
Most over-rated movie: Forest Gump. I hated that thing. Who wants to watch a retard fumble around screen for 2 hours?