I could have gone for the obvious choice here and given the ANDROID for worst actor to Orlando Bloom or Vin Diesel, but I’ve already ragged on that pair enough over the past couple of months.
Instead, I’m going to give the ANDROID to two actors who were once thought of as maybe the best actors in Hollywood who have had handfuls of awards given to them over their careers. Unfortunately, both have chosen to take high paying, middle of the road roles over the past few years and for that, the 2005 ANDROID for worst actor goes to Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster.
De Niro has fallen to such depths his best role recently is to hock credit cards in artsy, black and white commercials (he’s not alone as I’ve seen Kate Winslet in similar odes to their art and spending habits). Since 2002, De Niro has been in complete shite like Showtime, City by the Sea, Analyze That, Godsend and the worst of the bunch—Hide and Seek.
Foster hasn’t been as busy filming horrible movies as De Niro but she’s fallen nearly as far as De Niro has with her two recent American releases.
You want to explain to me how an actress like Foster can make a film like Panic Room in 2002, wait three years to make another film and then that film is the wretched Flightplan? I can see making one of those two—but to wait three years after Panic Room to make Flightplan? It just boggles my mind.
Next year, Foster cast De Niro in a film she’s directing called Sugarland, so they can keep each other company on that set. Maybe De Niro can give pointers on credit card commercial acting or they can bond over winning ANDROID #6 for worst acting of 2005.