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Old November 13 2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Terrible TOS performances....

Not goona make a poll, but who really stunk up the joint on TOS with their performance.

PLEASE NOTE: not talking about 1 or 2 line bit parts by any number of young or inexperienced actors (who usually were playing bit crewperson roles.)

What sizable parts were examples of bad acting?


Not too easy because I don't think there were that many.
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Old November 13 2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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Re: Terrible TOS performances....

Oh, I forgot to say mine. LOL.

I guess I'd have to go with Angelique Pettyjohn--she wasn't hired for her acting.
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Old November 13 2012, 10:29 PM   #3
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Do we have to mention Melvin Belli by name, or can we just take that as a given?
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Old November 13 2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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Oh, I forgot to say mine. LOL.

I guess I'd have to go with Angelique Pettyjohn--she wasn't hired for her acting.
I'll bet she appreciated getting a role which required so many cothing, though.

Yea, I'd say she's pretty much at the top of the pile, along with the girl from Spock's brain

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Old November 13 2012, 10:34 PM   #5
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Do we have to mention Melvin Belli by name, or can we just take that as a given?
He was the one that immediately came to mind for me as well.
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Old November 13 2012, 10:56 PM   #6
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Re: Terrible TOS performances....

I love TOS, though it might as well be Greek tragedy for all its performance relevance. The only fruity/ripe performance I noticed was Tracey in Omega Glory. The rest I can live with.
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Old November 13 2012, 11:24 PM   #7
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I love TOS, though it might as well be Greek tragedy for all its performance relevance. The only fruity/ripe performance I noticed was Tracey in Omega Glory. The rest I can live with.
I loved Morgan Woodward in The Omega Glory!

"We killed thousands! And they still came!", great performance.
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Old November 13 2012, 11:43 PM   #8
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Like I said, I love TOS. I sometimes wish contemporary actors would be braver in going for 'bold' performance.
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Old November 14 2012, 12:25 AM   #9
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Like I said, I love TOS. I sometimes wish contemporary actors would be braver in going for 'bold' performance.
I just don't think their as capable. So many of those actors from TOS grew up on the stage, one of the reasons Stewart really sticks out among Modern Trek actors.

One of the reasons modern dramas don't really grab me the way those in the sixties and seventies did.
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Old November 14 2012, 12:39 AM   #10
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Well, being a brit (hopefully with taste but fun as well) I hear you
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Old November 14 2012, 12:13 PM   #11
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So many of those actors from TOS grew up on the stage, one of the reasons Stewart really sticks out among Modern Trek actors.
They could "project to the back row."

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Old November 14 2012, 05:24 PM   #12
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Silvercrest wrote: View Post
Do we have to mention Melvin Belli by name, or can we just take that as a given?

Given.
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Old November 14 2012, 07:23 PM   #13
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Re: Terrible TOS performances....

BillJ wrote: View Post
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I love TOS, though it might as well be Greek tragedy for all its performance relevance. The only fruity/ripe performance I noticed was Tracey in Omega Glory. The rest I can live with.
I loved Morgan Woodward in The Omega Glory!

"We killed thousands! And they still came!", great performance.
Agree 100%
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Old November 14 2012, 07:30 PM   #14
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Does Robert Brown get a pass because it really wasn't his fault? I am sure he got to see the AF script for about ten minutes - while they were measuring for his costume, and telling him that a car would be picking him up at 5 the next morning to take him out to Vasquez Rocks. Even Olivier would be giving a sub par performance under those conditions.
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Old November 15 2012, 12:03 AM   #15
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Oh, I forgot to say mine. LOL.

I guess I'd have to go with Angelique Pettyjohn--she wasn't hired for her acting.
I thought she did a fine job in a lousy part. She did exactly what the script demanded, and executed a pretty good fight scene. It's not like she was called upon to emote, though she did tear up on cue at the end. I have greater problems with other obligatory babes of the week, such as (I forget her name) the vacuous cloud city woman.
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