Friday night topic: Who’s worse, Costner or Cruise?

Ok, this one is blatantly ripped from Joe Posnanski, but it had to be done.  The question of the evening is: Who’s the worse actor, Tom Cruise or Kevin Costner?  Discuss.

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    • sigher
    • 11 years ago

    Such bigotry, nobody nominates a woman. tisk tisk.

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      No need for nominations. That was Kate Capshaw in /[

    • LoneWolf15
    • 11 years ago

    Both have had their ups and downs as actors. I’ll give Costner “Bull Durham”, “For Love Of The Game”, and a few other non-baseball movies (“Message In A Bottle” was a passable date movie), just as I’d pan him for Waterworld (saw that in the theater with friends back in the day; it wasn’t the biggest bomb I’ve ever seen, but for the money they spent making it…)

    At the same time, Cruise has had some really decent flicks, whether you like his personal life or not. “The Last Samurai” was pretty enjoyable, although many have forgotten it already. I don’t like him much as a person, but I’ve seen movies that he did a good job in.

    As others have said, Keanu Reeves, Ben Affleck, David Caruso, and Steven Segal all deserve nominations. So do Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude VanDamme, and Ashton Kutcher. A large number of movies/shows these “actors” have made way outrank Cruise or Costner for absolute suck.

    • PLASTIC SURGEON
    • 11 years ago

    Where is Ben Affleck in this poll? Without a doubt he has to be one of the worst actors in Hollywood history. It’s simply amazing this guy receives acting jobs.

    As for Cruise? He is a whack job, but he can act. Born on the Fourth of July proved this. Kevin Costner has no movies that display his acting ability…which is a good thing as he cannot act…almost as bad as Ben.

    Oh lets not forget Van Damn in Street Fighter.

      • NeXus 6
      • 11 years ago

      You’ve never seen Costner in JFK or A Perfect World? Those movies are some of his best work. His more recent movies suck, although Mr. Brooks was pretty damn good and he was great in that.

      I agree with Ben Affleck being a worthless actor. You can throw Ashton Kutcher in there as well. Worst and most worthless actors ever.

    • data8504
    • 11 years ago

    Grrr. (mispost)

    • drsauced
    • 11 years ago

    Oh, you know this is just a popularity contest. If Costner had a decent movie coming out, then he’d be on top of the poll. Which brings me to the object of the musing, Costner has been in some rather bad movies (and I’m shocked nobody mentioned Waterworld or The Postman). Cruise on the other hand has been in some great movies recently (Minority Report and MI:I).

    • David
    • 11 years ago

    I was going to say Tom Cruise, but realized that I had at least bought into his hack job acting when I was younger. I still love Top Gun and Days of Thunder for some reason.

    Nothing Costner has done ever made me think he was a good actor. Field of Dreams and The Untouchables are both really good movies, but that doesn’t have anything to do with Costner.

    • Convert
    • 11 years ago

    I first read this as Who’s worse, Cancer or Cruise? and actually had to give it some thought between the two.

    I think that answers the intended question as well.

    • justtimmy
    • 11 years ago

    I don’t like either of these actors. But since the poll is narrowed down to just them, its Tom Cruise. To be an actor you should have the ability to become the character and show it. However, every movie that I’ve seen starring Tom Cruise, its quite the opposite in that the character becomes Tom Cruise.

    If I had my choice, Hayden Christensen is by far, in my opinion, the worst actor of our time. He ruined Star Wars, Awake, and Jumper.

      • bthylafh
      • 11 years ago

      George Lucas ruined Star Wars.

        • indeego
        • 11 years ago

        Star Wars ruined star wars. None of them are really very good films, unless you are from the perspective of having nostalgia for bad acting and 70’s style haircutsg.}g

    • Oldtech
    • 11 years ago

    Neither are worth a shit.
    I’m still waiting for Warren Beatty to leave the country since Bush was elected. Scum Bag

    Oldtech

    • Pettytheft
    • 11 years ago

    They’ve been in some bad movies. I wouldn’t say they are bad actors. Far worse actors out there than these two. Maybe you should have titled it who creates the worst movies out there?

    • Vrock
    • 11 years ago

    How does Costner still get work? It’s amazing. The guy’s the most uninteresting, monotone actor in the business.

    • aleckermit
    • 11 years ago

    Both of these actors have starred in some great movies… They can both act great.

    :\

    • PRIME1
    • 11 years ago

    Cruise….. because he ruined Katie Holmes.

    • stix
    • 11 years ago

    Ed Norton is the best actor. Cruise is horrid. I mean he was decent bfore he went nuts.

      • WaltC
      • 11 years ago

      I’d pick Johnny Depp as my overall favorite actor these days. I agree that Ed Norton is certainly above average, though.

    • flip-mode
    • 11 years ago

    Keanu Reeves is worse than either on their worst days.

    Having said that, Kostner’s acting skills are wanting moreso than Cruise’s.

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      I liked Reeves’ acting in The Matrix, and haven’t seen any other films of his.

        • BenBasson
        • 11 years ago

        Well, in The Matrix he plays an emotionally oblivious moron in a situation beyond his comprehension, it’s essentially the perfect role for him.

          • Rakhmaninov3
          • 11 years ago

          “Let-us-to-the-banquet.”

          –Keanu Reeves

          I can’t remember what Shakespeare movie this was from but I wanted to shoot the casting director in the face.

        • NeXus 6
        • 11 years ago

        You’ve never seen Speed or Johnny Mnemonic? They’re both decent films he’s done. River’s Edge is an older film he did back in the mid ’80s and probably one of the few roles he did a good job of acting.

          • homerdog
          • 11 years ago

          How could you leave out Much Ado About Nothing?

            • Master Kenobi
            • 11 years ago

            Keanu Reeves in “The Replacements” that was a good flik.

        • ludi
        • 11 years ago

        In that case, you need to rent /[

    • data8504
    • 11 years ago

    asm {

    xor eax, eax
    xor ebx, ebx
    xor dl, dl
    mov eax, [Costner]
    mov ebx, [Cruise]
    sub eax, ebx
    mov ax, flags
    and ax, 1h
    mov bx, ‘KC’
    cmp ax, 0
    jne $+5
    mov bx, ‘TC’
    mov ah, 2
    mov dl, bh
    int 21h
    mov dl, bl
    int 21h

    }

    I tried running this program in my brain, but unfortunately my internal assembler couldn’t resolve the external symbols “Costner” and “Cruise.” So I think I got a #GP(0)… unfortunately that’s not a possible answer on the poll.

    Must sleep!

      • bthylafh
      • 11 years ago

      Serves you right for writing an MS-DOS program.

        • data8504
        • 11 years ago

        Touché.

        • Grigory
        • 11 years ago

        32 bit registers in a program for MS DOS?

          • bthylafh
          • 11 years ago

          Yes. In the early ’90s programs (usually games) were written with 32-bit “DOS Extenders”. Doom and Duke3D were examples.

            • data8504
            • 11 years ago

            I’d like to say I was running in DOS4GW (Doom) or JEMMe (Wing Commander), but I was just tired and didn’t realize that I shouldn’t be using e_x.

            Good catch.

        • ludi
        • 11 years ago

        No DOS here. Just good old fashioned assembly!

          • bthylafh
          • 11 years ago

          That’s DOS. The “int 21h” line was damning.

            • ludi
            • 11 years ago

            Assembly kung fu FTW! The coveted Gold Star hereby transfers to your possession.

      • pogsnet
      • 11 years ago
    • derubermensch
    • 11 years ago

    Have ANY of you seen Magnolia? Tom Cruise > Kevin Costner.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      Good point. “Respect the…” !

        • derubermensch
        • 11 years ago

        …dock?

        No, seriously people, Tom Cruise is brilliant in Magnolia.

    • just brew it!
    • 11 years ago

    Well… Cruise is a total whack job. But does that have any relevance to his abilities as an actor? Probably not.

    Where’s the cheese option?

    I vote Gouda.

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      I love Gouda.

        • Palek
        • 11 years ago

        +1 for Gouda!

        But seriously, the question was “Who is a worse actor?” and not “Whose guts do you hate more?” While Tom Cruise is not exactly a great actor, he easily outclasses Kevin Costner. His religious affiliation, questionable public displays of affection etc. are irrelevant. Give credit where credit is due, say the old wise men.

        Tom Cruise was great in Collateral, The Last Samurai, War of the Worlds, Minority Report; and while I have not yet seen these movies (too low on my “to watch” list) he was apparently amazing in Magnolia and (going waaay back) in Born on the Fourth of July. In his “regular” movies he always did an adequate job portraying the confident, cocky but likeable young hero type.

        Kevin Costner has directed and starred in some great movies, but his performances were anything but great. The word “adequate” would describe his b[

    • asdsa
    • 11 years ago

    Picking two top class actors and then asking which one is worse? Very stupid poll…

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      okay, Tom…

    • clone
    • 11 years ago

    Cruise has more talent, enough that he can be given credit for making a movie….. Collateral was a near flawless performance for him but his public life is a train wreck that limits his success.

    I’ve heard other actors say Cruise isn’t nearly so bad as portrayed but he is a Scientologist which is bad enough….. he handled the whole “divorce / Katie holmes thing poorly….. very bad publicity choices in that regard and should have kept it all private his actions hurt her potential career (although Dawson’s Creek really wasn’t much of a career) far more than the “bump in the road” effect it has had on his.

    I prefer Costner’s movie choices but he doesn’t bring much to the table…. his roles have to be written for him to excel let alone succeed.

    • albundy
    • 11 years ago

    Just watched Harold and Kumar 2 (without the family, thank god) and just realized neil patrick harris should be added to the list. at least tom has mission impossible, top gun and war of the worlds under his belt which i deem as pretty reasonable and watchable. i cant really think of anything except the untouchables for costner thats watchable.

    • Price0331
    • 11 years ago

    I know that Friday night topics, are typically not tech related stuff, but come on, worse actor? What kind of a poll is that? This is almost as bad as the “stuff white people like” topic that was removed some time ago. : /

    • AMDguy
    • 11 years ago

    Most stars are not actors.

    Actors act, stars play themselves.

    • Hance
    • 11 years ago

    Cruise is a nut job so he gets my vote.

    Bull Durham with costner is a cheese ball movie but its funny as hell. A few of his other movies are worth watching to like Tin Cup, Dances with Wolves, Field of Dreams and JFK. I cant think of a single Tom Cruise movie thats worth watching.

    • Prospero424
    • 11 years ago

    It’s not that they’ve both made bad movies, or one has made more bad movies than the other, it’s that Costner is such a HORRIBLE actor!

    He has that single expression and monotone voice, and beyond that he can only “stretch” into what appears to be either mild annoyance or slight depression.

    I mean, there are worse actors out there. I realize that. But NONE of them keep getting big-budget role after big-budget role like Costner does.

    I don’t care how much of a prick either of them is. Hell, I don’t know them, and I certainly never will. I just know that Kevin Costner can’t act his way out of a paper bag. Cruise may be a smarmy, self-satisfied, Thetan-pimping prick, but at least he has more range than a chunk of granite on Vicodin.

    • SecretMaster
    • 11 years ago

    I like Kevin Costner; at least the movies I’ve seen him do weren’t so bad.

    • Valhalla926
    • 11 years ago

    Cruise has slowly put himself into the “action movie” actor category, where the only requirement to succeed is to show up, bang a woman, shoot the bad guy, and drive a convertible. There is no need for character development, plot, logic, or even dialogue, other than a witty one-liner when you do kill the bad guy.

    Haven’t seen too many Costner films, and I’ve never seen Waterworld, so I guess I should reserve judgment.

    • Maddog
    • 11 years ago

    Cruise – worse than Costner.

    Why did she have to revive him in Mission Impossible 3?!!!!

    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    Liv Tyler is the worst Acrtess I’ve ever seeng{<.<}g

    • crazybus
    • 11 years ago

    Costner has three Razzies to Cruise’s zero. Arguably Tom Cruise deserves at least a couple IMO.

    Tom is definitely a nutter, but I’d say overall Kevin is worse of an actor.

    • eitje
    • 11 years ago

    the post limiter should be removed for FNT.

    • dragmor
    • 11 years ago

    Tom Hanks, he plays Tom Hanks in every movie.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 11 years ago

      C’mon, Tom Hanks doesn’t always play himself. A lot of his roles are similar, but he does have great range when needed. The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can are examples I’d use of him playing a role that is unlike his usual.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 11 years ago

        Tom Hanks has range. Compare his successful serious dramatic roles to his portrayal of Kip “Buffy” Wilson alongside Peter Scolari’s Henry Desmond in 1980-82.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 11 years ago

          Yes! Bosom Buddies! That show rocked

        • Xenolith
        • 11 years ago

        Rent Bachelor Party for early Hanks.

      • JJCDAD
      • 11 years ago

      I thought he was very good in Charlie Wilson’s War and Castaway. He’s one of my favorite actors actually.

      • David
      • 11 years ago

      Are you kidding? Tom hanks has all kinds of range. He’s a great dramatic actor, but has spot-on comedic timing.

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 11 years ago

    I gag when I see Tom Cruise in any movie.

    Costner will always have a spot in my heart as Robin hood.

      • bthylafh
      • 11 years ago

      I can’t get the image of him drinking his own urine in “Waterworld” out of my head.

    • eitje
    • 11 years ago

    i think the sign of a bad actor is when the person always plays the same role in every film, TV show, and commercial in which he or she stars; when it becomes impossible to seperate the person-who-is-actor from the person-who-is-character.

    keanu falls into that role. so do many, many other actors today.

      • bthylafh
      • 11 years ago

      That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re bad; rather those actors are /[

        • eitje
        • 11 years ago

        they let themselves be typecast, because they know they cannot succeed in the business otherwise.

    • JJCDAD
    • 11 years ago

    I like both of these guys. *shrug*

    A worst actor poll should at least include:

    Nicholas Cage
    Ben Affleck
    Steven Segal
    David Caruso

    and

    John Wayne *snicker*

      • bthylafh
      • 11 years ago

      Whereas a “best actor” poll could have only one choice: Bruce Campbell.

        • eitje
        • 11 years ago

        F-THAT.

        Nathan Fillion!

          • bthylafh
          • 11 years ago

          BRING BACK FIREFLY!

            • Fastfreak39
            • 11 years ago

            Ditto

            • Krazeee
            • 11 years ago

            100% agree

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        You mean Chuck Norris.

          • jdevers
          • 11 years ago

          Chuck Norris isn’t an actor, occasionally people with cameras catch a few days of his normal life and package it as a “movie.”

      • albundy
      • 11 years ago

      Cage? yeah, for recent stuff, but the old ones were pretty good, even though he’s fugly. Face Off was sweet, con-air was good, and gone in 60 seconds is still watchable.

        • JJCDAD
        • 11 years ago

        Cage has been in some good movies…that doesn’t necessarily make him a good actor. Matchstick Men and The Family Man were decent performances. 🙂

      • flip-mode
      • 11 years ago

      Segal ain’t no actor.

      • Pettytheft
      • 11 years ago

      Cage is okay as long as he’s not trying to be an action star. Then he just looks outright goofy. Face Off was the exception.

        • Deli
        • 11 years ago

        Don’t forget The Rock!!

        as for Segal – *waves his arms to block whatever is coming and then wam! the bad guy dies…THE END*

          • Pettytheft
          • 11 years ago

          The Rock he played a geeky FBI guy out of league in when it came to action. The role suited him well.

      • PetMiceRnice
      • 11 years ago

      Steven Seagal rules, I love his movies. I most recently saw “Today You Die” and it was great.

    • alphacheez
    • 11 years ago

    37 GB Raptor

    • SGT Lindy
    • 11 years ago

    Wow, this site is going down the tubes.

    • Ethyriel
    • 11 years ago

    Why do people hate Costner? He’s made some good and bad movies, but so do all actors. Cruise has all that, and he’s a prick, while Costner seems to be a pretty nice guy. What am I missing?

      • flip-mode
      • 11 years ago

      What does being nice have to do with who is the better actor?

        • sigher
        • 11 years ago

        Since you are asking, what has ‘nice movie’ have to do with how good an actor is? And many here use that criterion, they connect the entire movie to the acting ability of the lead actor (and only actor, not actress).

    • sluggo
    • 11 years ago

    Costner has made at least one movie in which he was not unwatchable (The Upside of Anger). It seems like when he’s trying to carry a film is when he’s at his worst.

    I find it hard to watch Cruise in almost anything. I enjoyed the way that Kubrick used him in Eyes Wide Shut, though, just moving him around like the little wind-up doll that he was made to be.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    I actually feel kindof bad for Cruise. The guy had an opinion and Matt Lauer cornered him. Not only that, but the footage on the Today show seemed a bit skewed.

    I mean, he’s probably not all that level-headed of a guy, but how could you be when you’re the prince of the world? He’d have to go to some remote location in the Amazons before finding anyone who didn’t at least recognize him. He’s probably constantly surrounded by fans/stalkers and yes-men.

    I picked Costner only because I think Cruise gets too much flak. I actually kindof like a bunch of Costner’s movies. Robinhood, Silverado, JFK… these were all good movies that people forget about.

    • SNM
    • 11 years ago

    Okay, Cruise is a jerk in real life, but they’ve both made some great movies. This poll is just mean.

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      I would’ve voted for SNM if there had been an option.

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 11 years ago

      i agree. But the poll asked about their acting skills.

      :o)

      • Voldenuit
      • 11 years ago

      Agree. What’s with the unwarranted bashing?

      Granted, neither are paragons of human virtue, and there’s a lot of crazy shit going on in their personal (and professional) lives, but who are we to judge them harshly on our (double) standards?

      Personally, I don’t think either are particularly great actors, and I don’t rush to watch any movies made by or starring either actor. But unless they are pseronally responsible for human suffering (and I don’t think Waterworld counts), there is no just cause for such a poll.

      Abstained vote.

        • sigher
        • 11 years ago

        I abstain too.
        Basically this poll is “I don’t like cruise and costner, discuss”

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      Not necessarily, it’s basically who is second fiddle to the greatest actor ever! (or not really)

    • Thresher
    • 11 years ago

    Tom Cruise by far.

    Kevin Costner may be guilty of making a few bad movies, but Cruise is a pompous, self-important ass.

    • crabjokeman
    • 11 years ago

    This poll should include Keanu Reeves; until then, it’s Costner, because Cruise believes his own BS in “real life”. THAT is acting

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 11 years ago

      Agreed, Keanu Reeves’ total lack of acting skill is in a class by itself.

        • jdevers
        • 11 years ago

        Keanu was awesome in Point Break and of course Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure…of course he wasn’t acting in those movies so much as just being Keanu. Once he is out of his surfing goofball element he fails, miserably. I don’t think we should blame him for that though, more the directors that put him there. It’s like taking Al Pacino out of crime dramas and character driven stories and putting him in comedies, then wondering why he was such a bad actor. Keanu is the ultimate character actor, the problem is that the only character he can really conjure up is himself before he became an “actor”.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      You make a compelling argument. I would like to receive your newsletter.

      • Krogoth
      • 11 years ago

      Wooooahhhhh!

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      he knows kung fu.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 11 years ago

        For the last time, no you don’t [/CelebrityJeopardy]

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 11 years ago

    Cruise is a scientologist wack job.
    Maybe he had some good older movies, but now?
    I won’t watch any of his new movies. *shudder*

    • Krogoth
    • 11 years ago

    Scientology = FTML

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