#2. Nicolas Cage
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Nicolas Cage is hands down one of my favorite actors working today, and it's not for any respectable reason. It's chiefly due to his bear-who-drop-kicks-ladies opus, The Wicker Man, but also such feel-good hits as Season of the Witch, Ghost Rider, Bangkok Dangerous, and Face/Off. I feel like any acting accolades Cage has ever received were the result of his incessantly being on film to the point that one day they ran out of films to give awards to and all that was left on the table that year was Leaving Las Vegas so they had to give Cage some acting awards for it or just have surplus that they wouldn't get a refund on from the trophy shop.
Nicolas Cage approaches every role the same way -- how wouldn't a real person tackle this situation? This is often executed on camera by a series of facial spasms to shame even Jim Carrey or a Tex Avery cartoon, as Cage contorts and tics his way through a serious of either unrestrained emotion or unpleasant bowel turmoil. This is the Nic Cage school of acting. Plus yelling. Try to yell in situations when things are tense. Make sure your eyes are big at the same time. Good stuff.
For a time Cage was considered a good actor (this was during the age of the aforementioned Leaving Las Vegas), and movies like Adaptation and The Rock were taken at face value and not particularly derided at all. Then a funny thing happened, which probably was Face/Off, owing to its overall box office status at the time and visibility as a bit of a bigger hit that really showcased Cage's over-the-top lunacy. This would feature heavily again in The Wicker Man and Ghost Rider. Any time Cage was required to play a role with a range of emotion, rather than a total straight man, he was all bug fuck insane.
As the movies piled up, on top of stories about Cage's personal problems like losing a fortune due to buying castles and first issue comic books, the backlash against Cage hit full swing. He was a dingus, a loser, and a poor actor. His legacy would be Ghost Rider 2, a laughable shitfest of flaming turds on bikes. Nic Cage sucked.
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"I am the Spirit of Vengeance! Zoom!"
But can that be so? Cage has been acting for over 30 years now; that's a hell of a long time. You know what other maniac has been acting that long? Gary Busey. If you think Gary Busey is honestly insane, you haven't been watching Gary Busey. This is all an act, for both men. For Cage, he simply stopped caring a few years back. He made a few goofball movies and they didn't go over well, and it became clear that he doesn't have the range to be everyone and everything on screen. Imagine Schwarzenegger trying to do Hamlet (Last Action Hero notwithstanding). Cage knows that. So he just fucks with his roles.
Look at who Cage is in his personal life. He buys castles and comic books. He's a supernerd who had access to super funds. How would any supernerd approach Hollywood action movies? They'd do just as ridiculous a job as Cage is doing, because that's what supernerds do. He needs money, so he half-asses his way through a film, pays some bills, buys a cool sword, gets Stan Lee's autograph and the first issue of The Incredible Hulk, and calls it a day. That's Nic Cage's life. He knows Season of the Witch is stupid, but he made millions for it. I would have done full frontal in Season of the Witch for half his salary and then told everyone about it afterward.
#1. Justin Bieber
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For a long time I was on the bandwagon of hating Justin Bieber because he comes across like a smug, reckless, thoughtless, selfish, dick-headed shit boy. And I'm sure that's true. But I have to wonder now if he just stumbled into that by accident or if it's a weirdly calculated adventure on his part.
Did you ever see the movie Surviving the Game with Ice-T? In the movie, Ice-T plays a homeless man who gets hunted for sport by a bunch of rich assholes who are apparently so jaded by life and how they're so rich and there's nothing new and exciting left for them that they hunt man for fun. I feel like this is Justin Bieber's world now, only instead of killing Ice-T, he just wants to kill tact and good taste. If he tried to kill Ice-T, I think Ice-T would literally rip him in half.
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"Do I look like the sort of man who wouldn't murder Justin Bieber?"
Pop stars in general are not living, breathing think tanks, and we're used to that. Everyone remembers how Jessica Simpson thought tuna was chicken because her brains get sleepy easily, and Britney Spears sharing her love of places overseas, like Canada, so it's not like Bieber is in a unique category when he talks about Anne Frank being a Belieber, or even when he opts to piss in a mop bucket when I guarantee there was a bathroom probably within 50 feet of where he was. But it's gotten beyond simply being a moron for Bieber and is fully in the realm of dickishness now. He speeds, he eggs people's houses, he gives the most arrogant and cocky deposition in the history of the legal profession, and apparently he recently got cussed out by someone's dad at Walmart for trashing the place. He trashed a Walmart and got told off by a middle-aged man. He's the villain from a 1980s teen dramedy.
I don't believe that Justin Bieber is secretly smart or Machiavellian or anything, but just look at this: In 2010, Bieber was accused of assaulting a 12-year-old at laser tag. The next year, he got pulled over after cutting off a highway patrol officer in traffic. That same year, he guest starred on CSI and apparently punched a craft services cake. He punched a fucking cake. The next year, he wore that hideous yellow hat in public and then tried to smuggle a monkey into Germany that he then abandoned in Europe. What kind of fucker abandons a monkey? The kind of fucker who never cared about that monkey to begin with. This is all for show.
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"Ya used me, Bieber! YA USED ME!"
If I had a monkey, I would drop kick the entire country of Germany off the goddamn map if they tried to take it away from me. Why? Because I have a heart, man. Bieber's whole shtick is an act. He spent his first five years as an androgynous teeny bopper wet dream, and now he's trying to make himself a bad boy through calculated and completely B.S. shenanigans because he's sick of being known as the world's richest pussy man. I would be, too, but I never would have established myself as the world's richest pussy man in the first place. And I would have fought for that monkey.
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