Guest wrote:That's partly my point - yep, he'd be really great! I'd like to see that film, but with a decent actress playing Cleopatra. Jolie would be a total joke. Even in her heyday she wasn't a good enough actress and has never been able to do an accent. With someone like her in the cast you just know the film will be a dud and it will all be about her. Russell would just be the macho support and the stories about a fling would play out in the press, followed by his wife getting upset and possibly a break up of his marriage. Russell is a sitting duck and just the sort of challenge she likes - he appears happily married with a pretty, blonde wife and with a lovely young family.
I haven't watched a lot of her films and in recent, I make it a point to avoid them (did sleep through Tourist on a flight). But I've been able to pick up her "acting" mannerisms are distracting and off-putting. She poses and primps a lot. With her plumped-up lips, they become a character themselves.
She has become that actor whose persona overwhelms whatever character she's supposed to play.