Even Fans Don't Want Dane Cook in Movies Anymore!
by Alex Billington
September 17, 2008
We just received a rather interesting e-mail today from the folks at MovieTickets.com. Their latest poll, voted on by a mere 2000 people, shows that audiences don't want to see Dane Cook in movies anymore. Apparently 37% said that he should "stick to stand-up comedy", 36% said he should "keep acting" and 27% said he should "give away humpback whales". He's appearing next in the upcoming My Best Friend's Girl, but his last few films include Dan in Real Life, Good Luck Chuck, Mr. Brooks, and Employee of the Month. I'm pretty damn sure most of the readers here will say that those films really prove that Cook shouldn't be acting at all, in any movie, at any time. What better time than now to bring up this discussion?
I don't personally hate Dane Cook as much as a few other people I know, but he's not the best actor, by any means. The reason why I love him as a comedian is because his on-stage dynamic is quite funny and his jokes are hilarious. But when he's reading from a script, he loses both of those elements, and thus he loses the characteristics that made him who he was. I wish some smart producers would realize that he's not a great actor and stop casting him, but right now they're banking on his star power. And unfortunately 36% of the voters did say they still want to see him act. I know I don't ever see his name and think that movie will be good or bad, but he's not an actor I'm ever really looking forward to seeing in any movie.
Should Dane Cook continue acting? Will he ever improve? Or should he disappear from the big screen forever?