Top 6: Stars We Hated But Now Like

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

We all have opinions about popular actors. Do we concur with their acclaim, or do we consider them overrated? We just love judging people for some reason, and our opinions about the talents of popular stars (or lack thereof) form early. Actors can fall from our graces, but it’s rare for somebody we dislike to be redeemed. For Episode 25, however, Stephen and I each came up with six performers that we initially hated (or at least disliked) but that we eventually came to admire and enjoy. Note that our ordering isn’t about how much we ultimately came to like these performers, but by the degree of change of our opinions.

What performers do you like that turned you off at first?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. John Wayne
  2. Quentin Tarantino
  3. George Clooney
  4. Nicole Kidman
  5. Brad Pitt
  6. Will Smith
  1. Jim Carrey
  2. George Clooney
  3. Hugh Grant
  4. Johnny Depp
  5. Will Ferrell
  6. Drew Barrymore


  1. Grishny (156) said,

    March 20, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I was hoping Jim Carrey would be on one of your lists. I’m also glad to see Will Ferrell on there, for much the same reason. I recently saw both Stranger Than Fiction and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the work of Ferrell and Carrey in those two movies.

    Another one that came to mind was Reese Witherspoon. The first thing I saw her in was Pleasantville, and I just didn’t like her. In fact I think I might have liked the movie more if she hadn’t been in it. But later I saw her in The Importance of Being Earnest, and that pretty much changed my mind about her.

  2. Jeffrey (84) said,

    March 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    A number of the choices you guys made are comedians and reminded me of the musical skit at this year’s Oscars performed by Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C Reilly. This trend of moving to more dramatic roles sure lends a comedian more ‘credibility’ and of course potentially more higher profile awards than one given out by Nickelodeon!

  3. Ferrick (140) said,

    March 21, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Did you consider Robin Williams? Do you think he would have fallen in with the Jim Carrey/Will Ferrell type if you it were ten years ago? Or have you always liked/hated his stuff?

    I’m sure there are plenty of actors throughout the generations where people would have said the same thing but we don’t necessarily have that point of reference as Stephen points out with John Wayne.

  4. Ferrick (140) said,

    March 21, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    At first, I thought Stephen was going to say he liked Tarantino’s acting better now and I thought he had lost his mind (again).

    And of course Stephen likes Anchorman. He lives in San Diego and he has killed a man with a trident.

  5. Grishny (156) said,

    March 21, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I wonder if Anchorman will appear on Stephen’s “Guilty Pleasures” list next week? It’ll probably make mine. :/

  6. Stephen (221) said,

    March 21, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    I think Robin Williams has been going largely in the opposite direction for me. At one time his material was fresh, now it’s the same old recycled junk with some warmed over sentimentility thrown in. I’m not even that big a fan of his dramatic work.

  7. SplishFish (29) said,

    March 22, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    I find it interesting how the publicity machine actually backfired in some cases. Every time we say “over exposed” or “over saturated” indicates that the publicists failed by doing their jobs a little too well.

  8. Ferrick (140) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I had a lot to say on this but haven’t had time. However, I can’t let Sam get away with Drew Barrymore on his list. I’m not even going to give an explanation. I can never take Sam seriously again. And I can’t laugh at his stuff, either. Sam is now completely benign to me.

  9. ThePhan (128) said,

    April 4, 2007 at 5:21 am

    Okay, so I haven’t listened to all the episodes leading up to this or even all of this episode, I just had to come listen to this segment. :-)

    Some interesting picks on the list. For me it’s tricky because I’m just a young’un and have seen all these people’s movies out of order. I never disliked George Clooney because the first thing I saw him in was Ocean’s 11. I never disliked Jim Carrey because the first thing I saw him in was Truman Show. And I refuse to see the movies Will Ferrell is in that look like I would hate them. (He plays an interesting role in Winter Passing, which was terribly bleak but probably isn’t meant to be.)

    Hugh Grant definitely appears on my list. I couldn’t stand him in the stammering sweet guy roles. I can’t remember whether I saw Bridget Jones’s Diary or Love Actually first, but I thought he was much more interesting in both of them than he had been in anything I’d seen before.

    Also, Colin Firth. My mom was always way into the six-hour miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, in which he plays Mr. Darcy. I hate the Mr. Darcy character and for some reason transferred my hate onto him and had this idea in my mind that I despised him. Then I saw him in a few other movies and realized he was much less annoying than I thought he was.

    Brad Pitt, agreed, but also I saw those out of order. I saw Ocean’s 11 first in which I for some reason just didn’t like the movie or him. (I have since rewatched the movie and decided I was out of my mind, it’s quite fun.) He remained in my mind as a bland, cookie cutter actor, until I saw 12 Monkeys, which convinced me.

    Both Hayden Christianson and Natalie Portman. I was at the very least unimpressed by their performances in the Star Wars flicks. Didn’t care for their acting at all. Then I saw Christianson in Shattered Glass and Portman in Garden State and thought, “Whoa! These two can actually ACT!”

    And let me just go ahead and mention Jodie Foster, who was annoying as heck as a child actress and then turned out to be rather talented later on. Heh.

    On the flip side, someone who I thought I liked and discovered I didn’t was Keira Knightley. I mildly enjoyed her performance in Pirates, but then saw several other movies starring her (most notably the newer version of Pride & Prejudice… eck) and realized she just irritated me. She never seems to dissolve into the character, but rather exudes this aura of “Oh, look at me, I’m beautiful.” I doubt that’s what she’s actually THINKING, but her acting keeps making me think she thinks that. Heh.

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