Seeing the stars we admire on screen is always fun, but some celebs can be hard to watch. Despite their talent or time in the biz, there are always those actors who rub us the wrong way. Still, they manage to maintain careers in show business, even if some people find them odd or unbecoming. Perhaps it’s because the more “out there” an actor is, the more interest there is to watch him. Kinda like a train wreck.
These 20 actors are various ages, have played all kinds of roles, and have fans from all walks of life. Their level of fame varies, but they all have one thing in common…they can be hard to watch. Be it their personal lives or something peculiar about them, when these men are on screen, it can make us cringe.
Check out these celebs and decide if they’re hard to watch or we’re giving them a hard time.
20 Gary Busey
Actor Gary Busey is one of those guys that just can’t help but be odd. He’s by no means the “leading man” type, yet he has remained in the biz for decades.
His quirky behavior and peculiar personality keep fans on their toes, and the more he matures, the stranger he seems. It must be part of his “charm,” because he’s still snagging roles.
19 Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte is an actor who has been around for as long as we can remember. He has played some impressive parts and has received positive reviews over the years.
These days, Nolte just isn’t the man he used to be. From his infamous mug shot pic to other odd sightings, this fella seems to be finding it hard to fit in.
18 Owen Wilson
“Weirdly wonderful” is one way to describe actor Owen Wilson. He plays roles that are unusual, perhaps being typecast because he’s kinda kooky too.
It seems like Wilson enjoys the idea that he’s an out-of-the-box kinda guy, but it doesn’t make it any easier for audiences to adapt to his oddities.
17 Steve Buscemi
Actor Steve Buscemi is one of those guys with a familiar face, yet many people never remember his name. He has been in many movies, and most would argue that he’s a great actor.
Still, the first thing that comes to mind is his unusual nature, be it his looks or just how he handles himself.
16 Seth Green
Seth Green is a goofball, but he has managed to maintain a steady career in showbiz. He has played a range of roles, but many focus on his “misfit” nature or something else that’s “off” about him.
Green must not mind that he’s somewhat strange, unless it’s all an act, making him more talented than we give him credit for.
15 Joaquin Phoenix
Actor Joaquin Phoenix is incredibly interesting to watch, as hard as may be at times. His performances are raw and real, but it can be hard to determine if what we’re watching is all an act or part of Phoenix’s actual personality.
It’s this fine line that makes fans feel awkward.
14 Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage is one of those actors that everybody knows. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that he’s a Hollywood heavyweight. His acting is strong and the roles he plays are always captivating.
But there’s just something about Cage that’s a tad creepy. It’s weird but it keeps us longing for more.
13 Tom Sizemore
Tom Sizemore may light up the screen but no one would want to encounter him in a dark alley. This guy is not a friendly face, even if it’s not his fault.
Perhaps this dark demeanor is what lands him the types of roles he’s best known for. We’ll watch him, but it’s not easy.
12 Woody Allen
Controversy has swirled around Woody Allen for decades. He’s a bigshot in Hollywood, but his reputation has been through some heat.
While some stars refuse to work with him, there are still plenty who believe he’s one of the best in the biz. His resume speaks for itself, but so do his alleged actions.
11 Bill Murray
Actor Bill Murray is a longtime success with so many major motion pictures under his belt. He’s funny and fun, but sometimes comes off as a pinch crazy.
Perhaps all this time in the public eye has made him lose his sense of stability. Even so, fans flock to see his films, especially since he’s not in as many as he used to be.
10 Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken is one of those actors who is always on point. He tends to pick some of the strangest roles, but he’s always perfectly suited for each one.
He seems to be in character even while just being himself, making people wonder who the real Walken really is. He’s a mystery that will never be solved.
9 Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey has been making fans laugh for a long time but some people think he’s just too much to handle. He’s super high-energy and makes some people uncomfortable.
While his humor is beloved by so many, there’s something about the comedian that seems sad. He’s so animated that it’s almost draining to observe.
8 Robin Williams
It’s so sad that the world is without Robin Williams. While we’ve loved his work, seeing it now is almost too hard to handle. Knowing that the actor will no longer produce another work of art makes his biggest fans feel emotional.
We hope Williams is in a better place, and we watch his movies as a way to remember him, even if it’s difficult to do so.
7 Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson is one of today’s finest actors. That doesn’t mean he’s easy to watch. Since his roles are so deep and he’s so dedicated to his craft, we tend to forget that the man’s actually acting.
It makes people feel like they are spying in on the actor’s actual life, which is probably weirder than any character he has played.
6 Jussie Smollett
After all of the hoopla surrounding Jussie Smollett, it’s hard to watch him on TV and not wonder what really happened. Fans have supported the struggling actor, but those who don’t believe his story won’t give him the time of day.
For a guy who was climbing towards the A-list, this situation has put a huge dent in his career path.
5 John Travolta
We’ve been watching actor John Travolta for years on both the small and big screen. He’s quite versatile in his roles and has fans across the board. But over time, Travolta’s antics have gotten stranger and stranger.
While his acting is still sharp, his real life ways are weird. Maybe he’s been in the biz too long and needs a break.
4 Dustin Diamond
When a person is best known as “Screech,” you know that things are going to be a battle forever. Actor Dustin Diamond made a name for himself as a teen, but as he aged, the roles dried up.
He’s still known as the goofy character he made famous decades ago, so we just can’t see him in any other light.
3 Sacha Baron Cohen
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen’s claim to fame is essentially making fools out of others and creating universal discomfort. Sure, he found a large fan base who can’t get enough of his outrageous acts, but there are just as many folks who find him utterly obnoxious.
He likely appreciates both groups, as his chaos is what makes him click.
2 Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp comes off as super cool and ultra-laid-back, but there’s something too sly about this guy. He’s far too mysterious to be the guy-next-door type, and even if he lived next door, we’d surely be wondering what he was doing inside his home.
Depp is like a modern-day pirate, yet he seems to also relish the finer things that Hollywood brings. Seeing him on screen is quite the spectacle, and for some, he’s just too extreme to enjoy.
1 Jack Black
Actor Jack Black can never remain calm. He’s always shouting or running amok, making those who watch him absorb his energy. This can make people nervous or feel funny, making it difficult to digest his wild sense of humor.
He seems to enjoy his ways, but will this style of comedy work for him when he’s old and gray?