Actors with charisma generally light up a scene. You know that when they take a role, they’ll bring something extra to it that will make every scene they are in more interesting. They can carry a weak plot and shallow characterization on the strength of their ability to energize even tired plotlines and to make even badly written characters interesting. They are not necessarily great actors in terms of tradecraft, but they are mostly at least competent, but whatever it is they are doing, they have a way of making it interesting. Robert DeNiro is a charismatic actor. Angelina Jolie is a charismatic actor. The reason their names draw eyes to screens is that they are always interesting somehow, even when the characters they play aren’t.
Then there are actors with negative charisma. They suck the life out of every scene and indeed every movie and TV show they are in. They are not necessarily bad actors – mostly, they are mediocre – but they’re just dull to watch. If they’re in a movie or a TV show and you spot them, your instinct is to turn it off because you know it will be dull. The actor I most associate with that is Don Wilson. I’ve seen him in a lot of TV series, and they’ve all been dull. It’s not that he’s a bad actor, it’s just that he isn’t an interesting actor. I’m not sure why.
On the distaff side, I’d say Jennifer Love Hewitt fills the bill. Yeah, I know, she’s got enormous hooters and all, but she’s just dull. Prolly she’s a competent actress, but she just isn’t very interesting. Her characters are sinkholes that drain all the excitement out of every scene they’re in, and that’s even with her huge bosoms. Frankly, I’d rather watch Mary Carey, a much less talented porn actress who’s nevertheless very interesting in many respects, do anything than Jennifer Love Hewitt, and I mean, do anything while fully clothed.
So, any other nominees for Most Negative Charisma?