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Do you have certain directors or actors whose work you absolutely will not see?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19041points) June 16th, 2011

Sort of like the opposite of seeing everything a certain actor or director does.

I, myself, am too burned from how J.J. Abrams ends his works. I love the beginnings and often the middles, but the endings are just too harsh (to the viewer).

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Vunessuh's avatar

I don’t care for Nicolas Cage or Gwyneth Paltrow and generally ignore their work.

ucme's avatar

Sarah Jessica Parker. Rom com bullshit seems to be her forte, so i’ll pass thanks.
She’s currently in pre-production for the role of Black Beauty I hear. Shame really, I adore horses.

Nullo's avatar

I actively avoid anything featuring Adam Sandler; I have seen enough of his movies to conclude that I do not like his attempts at humor. And this may not count, but I make no special effort to watch any of Tarantino’s work, to date having seen only Kill Bill Vol. 1.

Plucky's avatar

Tom Green ..not a big fan of him or his work.

Stinley's avatar

Not so fond of Quentin Tarentino. He just so full of it.

FutureMemory's avatar

I refuse to watch anything with Will Ferrell in it. I truly do no understand why people think this idiot is funny.

Plucky's avatar

Ugh, and Uwe Boll ..he’s just horrible. There’s actually a petition for him to stop making films.

fundevogel's avatar

I stopped watching Tom Cruise when he went batshit crazy because all I could think of when I saw him was how crazy he was. But then I saw Tropic Thunder, not realizing he was in it, and he was brilliant. Easily the best part of the movie.

So crazy or not I’m cool with watching Tom again. Primarily this. Over and over and over.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Actors whom I avoid unless they have way superior talent surrounding them is Ben Stiller, Noland Wilson, Jack Black, and Martin Lawrence, close in there would be Adam Sandler.

There are not really any actresses I would not watch, Lindsey Lohan, Brittney Spears, Marly Cyrus, and certainly nothing of that sloppy fat cow Rosie O’Donnel. I would avoid anything she is associated with, as writer, producer, I will avoid it unless it’s a small part and one of by top favorites is in it.

Director wise there haven’t been any less Rosie took up directing I would not watch.

augustlan's avatar

For a while, Mel Gibson. After hearing about how much of a sexist, antisemitic pig he is, I boycotted him. I’m over it, for the most part, and can watch his stuff again, but I can never get that information out of my head while watching him anymore.

I think it’d be pretty hard for me to watch a Roman Polanski movie.

fundevogel's avatar

@augustlan I own one of Polanski’s early movies. It’s a goofy little thing called Fearless Vampire Killers. He acts in it opposite his future wife. I love the movie and Polanski’s character is totally hapless and boyish. It’s weird to watch him stumble about, a comical victim of circumstance, and know he did what he did.

Roman’s life is a mess.

Jellie's avatar


Sorry I feel very passionately against him.

And out of the directors it will be Michael Bay.

meiosis's avatar

Tom Hanks – nearly everything I’ve seen of his has ultimately been saccharine nonsense.

George Lucas – Star Wars is tedious pap.

ragingloli's avatar

George Lucas. A worse director than Uwe Boll, and that means something.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Michael Moore

JLeslie's avatar

Jim Carrey. Hard for me to look at him, and I don’t like his humor.

Adam Sandler I can tolerate, but also not very keen on his movies or humor.

mrrich724's avatar

Ben Affleck and Nic Cage. It’s just a mystery how they even continue to get gigs. (Well Cage is a Coppolla, what’s Afflecks reason). Painfully horrible actors.

Kayak8's avatar

Wow, if so many of us don’t like the same actors, who is watching the likes of Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Tom Green, Jack Black and so many others of similar comedic “talents.”

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Another vote for Jim Carrey. One of my few regrets in life is not walking out during Dumb and Dumber.

koanhead's avatar

M. Night Shyamalaramadingdong.
Tom Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’.
Brad Pitt of Despair.

janbb's avatar

Mel Gibson

filmfann's avatar

Directors I avoid:
Michael Bay
Spike Lee
Ron Howard
Wes Anderson (though I did like Royal Tennanbaums)

“Actors” I avoid:
Tom Cruise
Will Ferrell
Russell Crowe
Jim Carrey
Nicholas Cage

erichw1504's avatar

Any movie with the name Tyler Perry plastered all over it.

erichw1504's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Seriously? That is one of my favorite movies of all time. What did you not like about it?

JLeslie's avatar

@filmfann You don’t like Ron Howard? That one surprises me.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@erichw1504 Regarding I’m just not a huge fan of slapstick humor. It was the scene where they gave the police officer the beer bottle filled with urine who then took a swig of it, as well as the one with snot icicles hanging from their noses that pulled the plug for me.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Kayak8 I like many of those actors, so I guess I’m the only one here watching those movies. :P

I really can’t think of anyone I completely avoid, like @fundevogel, I didn’t care for Tom Cruise after his couch jumping on Oprah, but he pleasantly surprised me in Tropic Thunder. I don’t like Gwyneth Paltrow, but she’s been in a few decent films.

If I completely avoid someones movie, I may miss a gem.

Jude's avatar

Tom Cruise and Owen Wilson.

erichw1504's avatar

Jennifer Anniston.

deni's avatar

I can’t look at Billy Bob Thornton. I hate his name too.


Jude's avatar

For me, it’s Owen Wilson’s voice.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I avoid films with Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. I am also bored of Jennifer Aniston who plays the same role in every film. She’s like the same character who movie hops!

erichw1504's avatar

Eddie Murphy.

linguaphile's avatar

Tyler Perry, especially after I heard what he did to the Colored Girls playwright. Jennifer Aniston, I agree she movie hops. Will Ferrell makes me cringe in horror, even just looking at his mug. I found myself agreeing with almost everyone here. I also won’t even watch any movie that has a number girls in skimpy bathingsuits/daisy dukes/bunny suits/etc surrounding a guy, like a lot of those college-sex movies.

flutherother's avatar

I would have said Nicholas Cage but then he was perfect in Kickass, so no.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Anything with Jennifer Aniston has been a bust for me so I avoid now.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Miley Cyrus.

fundevogel's avatar

Wow I don’t out right ban anyone, but I do have apprehensions about a lot of the same people as you bunch.

Nic Cage is the only one I have a rule about. I only see Nic Cage in cheesy movies. And I love him in those. I think it’s because he really commits to them….and overacts his dear sweet heart out. And then there’s his contribution to Rob Zombie’s Grindhouse trailer which I love.

I used to loath Cameron Diaz, but she was granted a complete pardon for A Life Less Ordinary. I still don’t see her movies often though.

Jim Carrey….I don’t outright hate him or his style of comedy. Honestly, I think it has something in common with the physical comedy of Keaton and Chaplin, which I dearly miss in modern cinema. But he’s kinda played himself out and I just want him to shut his face when he starts waxing all new age and telling people not to vaccinate. I really have a low tolerance for crazy.

I certainly see less of Mel Gibson because his behavior leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But he is a genuinely good actor so if he’s in something that looks really good I could probably watch. The Beaver is the first thing since his shit hit the fan that tempts me. I don’t extend the same courtesy to the stuff he directs, but I was never really into those anyways.

As far as Tom Hanks goes I like him in The Burbs and Toy Story movies. You know, when he’s funny. Remember when Tom Hanks was funny? @meiosis is right. The rest is saccharine nonsense.

Adam Sandler is not outright banned but he’s probably the closest to it of anyone. I just don’t like his comedy style. It’s too much like getting hit in the head with a shovel.

And then there’s Gwyneth Paltrow. I guarantee this is a woman I could not hang out with. She’s fantastic in The Royal Tenenbaums, but I’ve long had a sense that she a certain kind of nutty, which apparently puts me off people. Her website about how to be a better person put me over the top.

Blueroses's avatar

Most of my least favorites have already been named but there are 3 more:

Steve Carell: Not funny, not dramtic, not good. I can’t think of one film I enjoyed of his.

Matthew Mcconaughey: Just. ugh. Dazed & Confused was the closest I ever saw him do to acting.

Michael Cera: Talk about “movie hopping”, the boy only plays one character. I did like him in Scott Pilgrim though that was more due to the writing and strong supporting cast.

fundevogel's avatar

@Blueroses Have you seen Matt Damon’s impression of Matthew McConaughey?

FutureMemory's avatar

@Blueroses Steve Carrell was great in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

erichw1504's avatar

@Blueroses Matthew McConaughey was great in… yeah, nevermind.

Aethelwine's avatar

@FutureMemory He was also good in Dinner For Schmucks. loved that movie

erichw1504's avatar

@jonsblond yes, that was surprisingly better than I thought it was going to be.

Blueroses's avatar

@fundevogel That’s excellent! I adore Damon.

I don’t begrudge Carell any of his fans, he isn’t for me at all but I’m fine with letting other people enjoy him. I had to walk out on Dinner For Schmucks but I don’t like the other guy in that film either and my tolerance was shot after 30 minutes.

Plucky's avatar

For some reason I was thinking the question was about directors only – or actors that direct.

I agree with much of the answers on here. Although, I liked many of the above people a long time ago ..when they were actually talented (before they became untouchable sell outs).

I don’t know why, but I can’t stand Owen Wilson. I don’t like Matthew McConaughey because he reminds me of Owen Wilson. Will Ferrell ..ugh, I don’t get why he’s so famous – the only time I can stand watching him is when he plays a really weird eccentric character. Jennifer Love Hewitt gives me aneurysms. I can’t stand David Caruso and his overacted voice. Don’t even get me started on all the manufactured teen celebrities ..gah. Omg and Steven Seagal ..make him stop.

I’m positive there are so much more that make me grind my teeth.

cookieman's avatar

Jim Carey
Will Farrell
Keanu Reeves
Adam Sandler

“Dumb” guys in general.

RocketGuy's avatar

Keanu Reeves – the most unemotional actor of all. I could do better – and I am a geek!

Aethelwine's avatar

@RocketGuy Have you seen River’s Edge?

This is why I wouldn’t boycott a film because I don’t like an actor. Maybe not Keanu’s best, but this is a great film.

ragingloli's avatar

Keanu Reeves is a scarred person. For Aeons has he lived and he lost more than man can remember.

RocketGuy's avatar

@jonsblond – true. That’s why I gave The Lake House a chance – very good movie despite some flatness.

Blueroses's avatar

River’s Edge is a great film and I love Keanu even if he isn’t the best actor and is often miscast. He has a lkeability factor that forgives a lot. Just a “decent guy” aura.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@deni Thank you for that unsolicited and nonclinical diagnosis of my sanity. Could it be a case of ‘different strokes for different folks’? I get flak for really disliking Dumb and Dumber whenever it is mentioned. I suppose I need to watch it again. Maybe it was just an off night.

augustlan's avatar

I’m not a fan of D and D, either. Just sayin’.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Me neither. Not even when I’m high.

deni's avatar

You just have to appreciate the simplicity and stupidity of it. Dumb and Dumber is sooooooooooooooooooo stupid. So stupid. Everything they say to each other….so stupid. And I don’t know why, but it’s just sooooooooooooooooooooo enjoyable to me.

markylit's avatar

Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Cruise.

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