The 13 Lamest Movie Characters of 2013
4. Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler
People liked The Butler. I don’t get it. With strange casting decisions (John Cusack as Richard Nixon???), a by-the-numbers plot and questionable historical alterations, The Butler is a mediocre movie at best. Its protagonist is also one of the most uninteresting movie characters of all time.
While the man upon whom Cecil is based has undoubtedly lived a fascinating life, his on-screen persona has so little to do the filmmakers literally fabricate another character to do all the things he didn’t, like conveniently participate in every major historical milestone of the Civil Rights movement. Ugh.
3. The Wicked Witch of the West in Oz: The Great and Powerful
Spoiler alert to those who haven’t seen this long and unimaginative prequel to The Wizard of Oz: Mila Kunis is the Wicked Witch of the West. But for those of you who have seen the movie, you know she begins the film as Theodora, a naïve young woman who falls in love with the womanizing wizard (James Franco).
Her transformation into the wicked witch isn’t explained all that well, but a simplistic recounting is that she turns green with envy, a cheesy and rather antifeminist reason if I’ve ever heard one. Her turn to the Dark Side is a real head scratcher and, perhaps most importantly, Mila Kunis just doesn’t play a good wicked witch. Actually, she’s quite terrible.
2. Kitai Raige in After Earth
The character name alone makes him worthy of this list, but Jaden Smith’s whiny attempt at becoming the action hero his father has mastered seals the deal. The fact that the movie itself is really bad is simply a bonus.
1. Tonto in The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp, what in God’s name were you thinking? Playing a Native American? With face paint? With a dead crow on your head? In a $200-million western that was almost inevitably going to fail?
Depp delivers one of his worst performances as the obnoxious, racist and unnecessarily weird sidekick to The Lone Ranger, though "sidekick" is a questionable title; he gets top billing, more character development and possibly more screen time. Between Depp and director Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger reeks of hubris, and Tonto is the source of the stink.
He is also the lamest movie character of 2013.