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Loathsome Actors in Lovable Roles

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | January 24, 2011 |

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | January 24, 2011 |

Last week, Ms. Courtney Enlow stirred up a whole bucket of vitriol when she asked you which celebrities you hate. We’re a rage-filled pit of spitting vipers here at Pajiba and not always with good reason. On the other hand, there are some actors that deserve, even court our hatred. Listen, fame is a tricky thing, no doubt. The more successful and famous an actor becomes, the more scrutiny they undergo and the more divorced they become from reality. When no one ever tells you, “no, don’t do that,” you end up in a world where it seems okay to go on Oprah, jump on her couch declare your love for a WB starlet. Actually, in some cases, I sour on an actor not because of how they conduct their personal life (what business is it of mine anyway?), but because of the projects they pick. If you constantly produce tripe, I’m going to resent your existence and the waste of your talent.

The problem is, before they were crazy or insufferable, many of these actors did phenomenal, highly watchable work. Am I not allowed to love the things I used to love? Fuck you, Cruise, all the crazy in the world can’t ruin Legend for me. So here they are, not all of them Oliviers, actors I’ve learned to hate in roles I will always love.

Jeremy Piven as James ‘Droz’ Andrews
Crime I Ignore In Order To Enjoy Him: Pernicious Slander of Sushi

Gwyneth Paltrow as Margo Tenenbaum
Crime I Ignore In Order To Enjoy Her: Unrepentant GOOPing

Robin Williams as John Keating
Crime I Ignore In Order To Enjoy Him: Repeated Noise Violations

Kate Hudson as Penny Lane
Crime I Ignore In Order To Enjoy Her: Aiding and Abetting Matthew McConaughey

Mel Gibson as William Wallace
Crime I Ignore In Order To Enjoy Him: Oh, all of them.

Joanna Robinson wants you to know that if she could have found a good clip of Kirsten Dunst in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, old Dunsty would have made the cut.

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