I saw the thread about Hayden Christensen being a good actor and I had this question, but I thought it would be too much of a hi-jack to post it there:
How, exactly, does a director cause an actor to become bad?
As much as I like movies and as much as I like to read about trivia and watch behind-the-scenes footage, I just can’t get my head around this.
I definitely agree that Lucas must have at least been a part of the reason that everybody in the Star Wars prequels was so terrible. I like the entire (adult) cast of the prequel trilogy, but they are uniformly terrible in those movies. But I just can’t imagine Lucas actually telling them to be bad. (“Less emotion! Take 35!”) I mean, even performances in Uwe Boll’s movies haven’t been as bad as the SW prequels. So, what gives?
Anybody have any good stories about infamously bad directors and their highly ineffective methods? Any other good examples of famously bad performances by famously good actors, and clear reasons for it?