She’s Not Hot! Top 5 Wrong Leading Lady Choices
Have you ever thought about just how bland the actresses Hollywood chooses for leading ladies in blockbuster films are? Their characters are often meant to be intellectual equals to their leading men (which we applaud), however a little overt sexiness goes a long way. Would superheroes and suave leading men really risk everything for the ladies listed below?
5. Zoe Saldana in Takers (2010)
Zoe’s definitely not too harsh on the eyes (see the picture above) and I know guys will say I’m buggin’ for including her on this list. With each new film she’s becoming a better actress, but a leading lady? Not just yet. The only female alongside arguably the finest-looking male cast ever, it was tough to believe T.I. and Michael Ealy‘s debonair characters despised each other simply because of her. Saldana took herself way too seriously in this minor role, not oozing nearly enough sexiness to truly light up the screen or simply even out the testosterone like Jennifer Lopez did back in the day (Money Train, Out Of Sight).
4. Julia Roberts in Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
In this remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film, Roberts’s character Tess Ocean is dubbed “The Wildcard” for her unwitting role in the heist. Unfortunately, there’s nothing wild about this leading lady—from her stiff, matronly hairstyles and plain makeup to her serious demeanor as a museum curator. The only female in an ensemble cast that includes big guns George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Roberts was obviously hired for her box office pull. Her tough as nails persona and lack of fiery sexual chemistry with both Clooney and new beau Andy Garcia (casino owner Terry Benedict) ensured Tess Ocean was the most forgettable element of this super successful movie.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man (2008)
Can someone please explain to me Gwyneth Paltrow‘s appeal? As Virginia “Pepper” Potts, assistant to Tony Starks a.k.a Iron Man (industrialist playboy, ingenious engineer and society’s “avenger”), she was meant to be a spitfire; a strong-minded flirt with a caustic tongue. This spicy personality is rarely seen in both Iron Man 1 and 2, and while Paltrow may hold her own character-wise alongside the genius of Robert Downey Jr., the lack of sexual tension between them is truly disappointing.
2. Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man (2002)
We’ve watched Dunst grow up on screen—from playing 12-year-old Claudia in Interview With The A Vampire, to cheerleader Torrance Shipman in Bring It On, to Nicole Oakley, a troubled teenage girl with major issues alongside the gorgeous Jay Hernandez in Crazy/Beautiful. Her ordinary looks worked for her until she scored the leading role of Mary Jane Watson in 2002′s blockbuster Spider-Man, the love interest of the title character. Watson was Spider-Man’s run-of-the-mill high-school crush, and perhaps like in real life, she should have stayed there. We weren’t huge fans of Tobey Maguire as leading man either, but hey—don’t take our word for it. Spider-Man 1-3 grossed a staggering $2.5 billion worldwide, and all three are in the top 20 highest-grossing domestic films of all time.
1. Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight (2008)
The character Rachel Dawes, a Gotham City lawyer, was originally played by Katie Holmes in 2005′s Batman Begins. Not sure how they found a replacement who’s even more plain-looking than Holmes, but they definitely did in Gyllenhaal. I remember sitting in the IMAX theater the day the film was released, the gigantic screen before me, scratching my head wondering what I was missing about Gyllenhaal’s appeal. Her appearance was void of sexiness, her voice was annoying and her hair bothered me the entire time. Not only did she have Christian Bale with his ridiculous wealth, good looks and altruistic motives as Batman checking for her, she was the apple of handsome District Attorney Harvey Dent‘s eye, as well. Gyllenhaal didn’t seem to believe she deserved the role either, playing it way too safe (read: boring) and thus adding the only stale elements to an action-packed classic.