There’s nothing more irritating than watching a film or television show and noticing bad acting. A lot of it has to do with the actors themselves, but sometimes it’s the directors that fail to direct the actors. You’d think that in preparing each scene and each shot, directors can try to stir away from making their actors look ridiculous while saying their lines. Well, that’s certainly not the case.
Here are four of the most annoying directions given to actors.
- The Slow Motion First Encounter Stare Off
When our heroes first meet, time slows down, the two are not shy about the awkward staring and smiling, and at least one of them falls instantly in love. Watch this scene from “The Vow.”
The film is actually pretty good, but it could have been so much better without corny scenes like this one.
- The Hug at the End of an Episode
Cue soft music and simplified resolutions. Here’s an example. I know it’s from the early 90’s, but trust me TV shows still do this.
- The One Perfect Tear
Screenwriting 101: Never write a scene where a character stares off into the distance while a tear slowly rolls down his or her cheek. Guessing network television never got the memo.
Seriously, stop this. Cry from both eyes, please.
- The One Guy Beating Up 6 Others
As if the other guys are really going to stand around waiting to get beat up instead of pouncing on you. But don’t worry, Jason Statham, you’re still badass in my book.
And there you have it.. Any other annoying acting bits?