The MAJOR Awards roll on! This post presents the Worst Supporting Actor winner for 2012!
We had five actors all worthy of being lambasted for their atrociousness in films from last year, but only one can be the winner.
The nominees were: Matthew Fox for “Alex Cross”, Eugene Levy for “Madea’s Witness Protection”, Dennis Quaid for “Playing for Keeps”, Vince Vaughn for “The Watch”, and Bruce Willis for “The Cold Light of Day”.
They all sucked, and each of them should be ashamed of themselves for these roles in their own, unique ways. But only one of them can take home the lamp!
Click through to see which of these slacking scofflaws was the worst!
Eugene Levy, “Madea’s Witness Protection”
Listen. These guys were all terrible. I’d have been completely happy (and justified) in crucifying any one of them in this post. I had it earmarked for Bruce Willis for months, in all honesty. But then, right at the last-minute, in doing my “Due Diligence” for my “Worst Picture” post, I decided I had better investigate “Madea’s Witness Protection”.
And as I watched Eugene Levy’s performance, my only thought was “Holy $&%#ing Shit, that’s bad.”
Levy’s role in this film is the type of role that makes me wonder why I EVER thought he was funny. Not that he’d have ever been listed amongst my favorite comedians or anything, but he’s had his moments. SCTV, Christopher Guest’s movies… American Pie. I mean, he’s given me a few laughs over the years. But here? Oh my freaking GOD. Soooooo bad.
The character and the movie overall are no winners either, so from jump street he’s dealt a losing hand. A CFO who was appointed due to his lack of knowledge, so that crooked individuals could launder and embezzle money, Levy’s George Needleman is forced to go into witness protection when his company collapses and he turns State’s evidence. He winds up staying with Tyler Perry’s infamous Madea character, with his wife (Denise Richards. Yes, Denise Richards and Eugene Levy are supposed to be married in this movie. Seriously.) and children in tow. Eventually he figures out a way to steal the money back so he dons a ridiculous disguise and a horrible fake accent and heads to New York with Madea.
I don’t think there was a moment onscreen when Levy didn’t have me cringing. Forget the ludicrous concepts involved (and I didn’t even mention that he’s discovered to be related Madea. Seriously), he just gaped and mugged and made dumb looks from behind his huge glasses and put this look of exaggerated shock on his face throughout. It was painful to watch. And then when he dons the disguise, he just shifts things to an entirely new level of godawfulness. It was like watching the “Pink Panther” remakes during a bad acid trip. I just couldn’t believe it, he was legitimately, horrifyingly bad.
The other four were stiffs that I hate to let off the hook. They never even woke Bruce Willis up for his role in “The Cold Light of Day”, someone promised him a check and that he could knock off all his scenes in six hours and he was like, “Ok, whatever”. Vince Vaughn grated on my nerves with his part in “The Watch”, which was extra painful because I actually like him, and have defended him in the past. Matthew Fox proves he’s best suited for tv with the soap opera level talent he displays in “Alex Cross”. His “Picasso” was perhaps the year’s most laughable and ridiculous villain. And Dennis Quaid showed up over-tanned, bloated and drunk (Ok, allegedly drunk) in order to play his part as an obnoxious boor, only I’m not sure how much of it was on the page.
Eugene Levy, the FMR MAJOR Award winner for Worst Supporting Actor 2012