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You're entertaining, but I can't stand you

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 9th 2006 2:40PM

ed edd and eddieNathan Rabin posed an interesting question over at the Onion AV Club's blog. Are there people you admire as actors but hate as celebrities? The first example Rabin gives is Jamie Foxx, a very talented actor in his own right, but a rather annoying celebrity, too. Rabin mentions catching an awful clip of Foxx crooning some horrendous song from his new album on The Tonight Show. I would add that Foxx also has a cloying habit of belting out songs in the middle of interviews. It's really annoying, like those music majors in college who would have "singing conversations" with one another until you wanted to slowly excoriate both of them with a cheese grater.

This is a difficult one for me to answer, because I figure once the actor has done their performance, they're no longer of any real concern to me. However, that's more than a little pompous and it's not as if I'm impervious to annoyance. In fact, I'm constantly annoyed by things all the time. So, off the top of my head, I'm going to go with Robin Williams, who I neither admire as an actor nor as a celebrity, but he did make me laugh once, quietly, for about .5 seconds, sometime in 1983. I guess that's admirable.

So kids, who do you love to watch perform but want to strangle when you see them any other time? The floor is all yours.

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Chris Wyant

Sean Penn... what a douchebag. Unfortunately, he tends to be in some good movies. I'm almost tempted to say Tim Robins, but I forgive him.

I totally get the thing about Jamie Foxx, too. I gather audio clips from daytime tv for radio stations, and I swear every time he's on, it's: "Gold Digger is the national anthem," followed shortly by a rendition.
While were on that, Kanye West is pretty obnoxious and self-righteous too.

I hear Billy Crystal is a bit of a dick, too.

February 10 2006 at 7:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And for those of you that have never heard the word "excoriate," dictionary.com says :
"To tear or wear off the skin of"
but you could have probably guessed that from the cheese grater reference.

February 09 2006 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think George Clooney is a pretty good actor, but I can't stand him as a person. Not in the least.

February 09 2006 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jerry Seinfeld. I think he is really funny, but on the three occasions where I have met him, he has been quite obnoxious.

February 09 2006 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jason Alexander

February 09 2006 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whoppi Goldberg and Tom Cruise

Their outspoken personal views have really screwed with how much I support their projects.

I don't care for Jamie Foxx either.

February 09 2006 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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