Who gets your nomination for Worst Supporting Actor?

Trans_lSo last night, I finally got around to seeing Transformers, and it was pretty much everything I’d expected: Noisy, mindless, frantic, and ultimately quite enjoyable. Well, enjoyable with the exception of John Turturro’s awesomely awful performance as Agent Simmons. With his wild-eyed, smirking, "look how krrrr-ay-zeeee I am!" antics, it was as if Turturro (pictured, right, with Jon Voight) was performing in an altogether different movie — and not a very good one. His performance was so distracting, in fact, that I kept wishing director Michael Bay had used some of his special-effects budget to replace the actor with a walking, talking ham sandwich. At least that would’ve scored a chuckle or two, which is more than I can say for Turturro.

Anyhow, I’m wondering if anyone else out there thinks Turturro ought to be on the short-list for a Razzie nomination at year’s end? And on a broader note, what are some of the supporting performances you’ve found completely unbearable in movies you’ve otherwise enjoyed? Let’s build a special PopWatch Hall of Shame in the comments section below!

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  • Anonymous

    You leave John Turturro alone.

  • Anonymous

    Donald Sutherland — Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He sucked (pun intended).

  • TomT

    Turturro might be bad in this movie (I haven’t seen it), but at least he’s still an actor who delivers in most of what he does. Look at the guy next to him in that picture. That’s Jon Voigt. He was an actor in the 70s. Coming Home, Deliverance, you remember, right? Then he died and now all he does is walk through cruddy Michael Bay hyperfests. THERE’S your worst supporting actor!

  • Rob

    I thought pretty much every performance in that film sucked (besides Julie White as the mom), though Turturro was by far the most irritating. I couldn’t tell what he was going for and how it went so horribly, horribly wrong.

  • Jilly

    Tommy Lee Jones in Under Seige. I know he probably wasn’t a “supporting” actor per se but his character drives me nuts. I really like the movie itself but sometimes his way-out-there and crazy-like personality bugs me. Sort of like his Harvey Two-Face character in Batman Forever. Too talkative, too manic.

  • paige

    how bout Ryan Phillipe in… um… everything???

  • The Man in Charge

    Ben Stiller in any movie that he doesn’t act like a normal guy (Meet the Parents, There’s Something About Mary, etc). When he shows up in a movie like Dodgeball and turns on his ‘zany’ or ‘manic’ personality, it’s time to tune out. By the way, Turturro’s really hamming it up in the ESPN mini-series “The Bronx is Burning”. It’s like a slugfest between him and Oliver Platt to see who can chew up more scenery.

  • Stephanie T.

    I have to agree with Tom. It’s a tie this year between Jon Tuturro and Jon Voight. Midnight Cowboy,Deliverance, Conrack, Runaway Train?! What the h-e double hockey sticks happened to his career? I mean, Ok. Voight went from looking super hot to looking like Abe Vagoda, but he still can act provided he’s given decent role.

  • Sean

    Adrien Grenier in The Devil Wears Prada. Ruined the entire movie for me.

  • EJ

    John Turturro was one of the highlights of the film. I think everyone needs to go see for themselves. In a movie about alien robots that cannot be taken seriously he injected human life and humor. Most people that I have spoken to agree that his performance in the film was more than adequate and quite enjoyable.

  • cruzilla

    Keanu Reeves in Much Ado About Nothing is the worst supporting performance I have ever seen. Until I think of another one later, that is.

  • Working Girl

    Jilly, you’re walking on thin ice, girl! EVERYTHING about ‘Under Siege’ is exactly as it should be. Every performance – from Segal’s stoic Casey Ryback to lovable kitchen staffer Cueball – is flawless. That movie is the G.O.A.T.
    Regarding the topic – Eugene Levy in ‘A Mighty Wind.’

  • Louise

    Robin Williams in every single movie he’s ever been in. My blood pressure spikes just thinking about him.

  • MIke

    I guess it was just you I enjoyed Turturro’s performance. You get the Razzie this time.

  • Chris

    My goodness I was thinking the same thing about his performance. That I loved Transformers but John Turtutto brought the entire movie down.

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