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Old 03-11-2009, 07:56 PM   #16
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The actor who play George Owens made those scenes so heartbreaking. He was a good one.

The girl that played Laura Lee Burbank was good too. She sounded very mature.

I didn't like the Tammy Lynn Leppart actress. Her hair was really distracting to me. I didn't think the freak out scenes were that great, especially the one in the trailer.
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Oh, I forgot one of the "best" - the reenactment update on the Kevin Poulsen case. Security!
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:09 PM   #18
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I didn't like the Tammy Lynn Leppart actress. Her hair was really distracting to me. I didn't think the freak out scenes were that great, especially the one in the trailer.
I know. I never understood that hair. They couldn't find an actress with long blond hair?
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:51 AM   #19
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I thought the Maria Armstrong actress was pretty good.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:14 AM   #20
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The girl who played Colleen Ritter was outstanding. Especially during the attack scenes. I've watched horror movies before that showed girls who didn't scream half as convincingly as her.

The actress playing Elizabeth Ortiz...heh...this one was always a head scratcher for me. At first, I thought the actress playing her was just GOD awful. Especially during the "He's got Jonathan!" parts. But then once I thought about it, Elizabeth was not the brightest woman in the world. How she thought she could give her husband a poison milkshake and not think anyone would trace it back to her combined with the fact that she tried to convince her family that her son had just been kidnapped even though they already knew he was staying with her mother.. it might not have been bad acting after all. The actress playing her might have just done a great job of portraying an incredibly stupid woman, in which case she did a good job.

So with that one, it's take your pick.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:05 PM   #21
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I think the acting done in the Gilbert Ortiz and the Sammy Wheeler segments was horrible.

Also, the actor who played Don Dixon in the reenactment was terrible, but then again, he was portraying Don Dixon so we may have to give him a pass.

I thought the actors involved in the Circleville segment did a great job as did the actors in the Cindy James segment.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:22 PM   #22
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I think the acting done in the Gilbert Ortiz and the Sammy Wheeler segments was horrible.
I agree on the Gilbert Ortiz segment
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Bad acting:
  • I know I’ve mentioned a bunch but the absolute worst acting in the entirety of UM has got to be one of two British Airmen daring each other to sit in the Chair of Death. I think UM even edited so that the Stackmeister was narrating over the majority of his lines just so he wouldn’t be heard. First off, his attempt at an accent is bad, full of stock “british-isms”. Worse though, are the clumsy attempts at dialogue. “Izzit alright?” “Yeas..salright” “Give it a go!” “It tingewls a bit!” Oh man it’s so bad, it’s so so bad…I can’t even think of a word for it. I’d have to make one up. Horrocious. That dialogue was horrocious. But even worser than that is the way the guy sort of prances around and acts like he’s a magician with an audience or something, all the while goading on his friend. Worst. Segment. Ever.
  • I also love the bit of improve done by the guy in the backseat in one of those fraud segments, when asked what’s wrong with his wife “Oh…she has a cancer in her stomach or something”. “Or something”!!!! Ha!!
  • The actor playing Chad Langford, while nice to look at, is hard to watch. That break up scene is comically bad…I’ve seen better acting in tough actin’ Tenactin. The way he erupts in anger, throws something like a child, then sags regretfully after she leaves…its like you can see the actor tell himself in his head to do each step.
  • The segment with the guy found wandering in the desert with amnesia. I can’t watch the part of the segment after its been revealed he’s wanted for a crime (of course!) and they reunite him with his mother. I’m certain he’s acting there.
  • I’ve always disliked the way the guy playing Mike Emert does that little look back behind him as he’s entering the house as if he realizes there’s something wrong all of a sudden. It’s just too much.
  • The wooden mortuary attendant in the Chad Mauer segment is only slightly more lively than the patrons of his establishment.


Good acting:

George Owens is king.
  • I think the actor portraying Ralph (last name forgotten) who was a double agent who died under mysterious circumstances did a good job.
  • In the Shane & Sally segment I think both parents did a very good job of acting, better than some professional actors I’ve seen on the show, as well as both of the kids playing Shane & Sally.
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Good: The actress who portrayed Kristi Krebs and the effects of her mental illness. Superbly done.
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I don't know, I think many folks here are being unreasonably picky. I will say, this is UM for crying out loud, not who can win a golden globe! Of course some were better than others. But I never really did expect golden globe type work. Of course some people did great jobs at their performances, the majority did what I would expect and some were not so good.

You must remember at least in the first few days of UM many of the folks acting in UM were not actors at all but people with real connections to the events. But of course there were some infamous bad ones. The whole Elizabeth Ortiz one, although I do agree with dynoguy that the actress might have been deliberately bad because she was portraying a woman that was not particularly intelligent.

Yes Matthew McConaughy, I have never been a fan, his UM performance shows me why he sticks to the same character all the time in the romantic comedies he makes. He has had a few good roles, like in the movie version of the John Grisham book 'A Time to Kill'. However in UM in the segment his problem was not so much that his acting was altogether bad but he went too far, he overacted and was overly dramatic. That said though it is hard to judge him too harshly considering it was his first real role.

Gosh who else? Yeah, when the guy playing Sammy Wheeler acted like he was going to go after Bob Bean with a shot gun. The funeral home dude in that Chad Mauer segment. I will just never forget the way he read the line 'yes would you like to see it' I mean it was just the way he said it. It was literally like he was reading from a cue card.
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Also Apostapler, that is a good point. I always felt that in the Kristi Krebs segment, well, that the actress did a good job at portrayal. However I also felt that Kristi's mental illness was minimized. In fact it was never even really mentioned other than a 'trauma related break'. In hearing what was described about her though as in manic episodes and manic pace, made me think she might have had untreated bi polar disorder. Bi Polar is one that frequently gets misdiagnosed by physicians and psychiatrists and psychologists and in fact it has been revealed not too long ago that your average person with bi polar has it on average for 10 years before they are diagnosed correctly. Just sad.
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Also Apostapler, that is a good point. I always felt that in the Kristi Krebs segment, well, that the actress did a good job at portrayal. However I also felt that Kristi's mental illness was minimized. In fact it was never even really mentioned other than a 'trauma related break'. In hearing what was described about her though as in manic episodes and manic pace, made me think she might have had untreated bi polar disorder. Bi Polar is one that frequently gets misdiagnosed by physicians and psychiatrists and psychologists and in fact it has been revealed not too long ago that your average person with bi polar has it on average for 10 years before they are diagnosed correctly. Just sad.
I agree with you, kadrmas. They did leave a lot out about her mental illness.

Speaking of mental illness, another excellent segment was Gordon Page, Jr. The actor was amazing and in that segment they talked extensively about how his autism affected Gordon and his family.
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The girl they got to play Colleen Ritter was amazing. Definitely one of the best reenactments UM ever did.

There's been a lot of talk about the bad actors, so I'll try not to repeat any because most have been touched on. The mother in the Owens case whose daughter is supposed to receive piano lessons was pretty hilarious. Most dancing scenes (not slow, ballroom dancing) are pretty cheesy. The ones in bars, particularly.

I liked Matthew's acting, actually. I thought he did a very good job.
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How about the guy who plays Brad Bishop's friend in Italy

(in a whisper....) YOU'RE BRAD BISHOP!!
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How about the guy who plays Brad Bishop's friend in Italy

(in a whisper....) YOU'RE BRAD BISHOP!!
HAHAHAHAHA, or how about the guy playing the bearded Bishop... :Get away from me!!" while falling out of the door.
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