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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Ben Barnes!

03.23.2015

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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Seventh Son Ben Barnes

The Case

The Prosecution: Seventh Son, By the Gun, Jackie & Ryan, The Big Wedding, The Words, Locked In, Dorian Gray

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Ben Barnes got his big break in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and although he was decent in the C.S. Lewis adaptation (and the follow-up The Dawn Treader) the prosecution has been unimpressed with most of his other work.

Even The Dude couldn't overcome Seventh Son's weak script, so the prosecution is willing to give Mr. Barnes a pass on the YA film. But he was straight-up atrocious as the title character in Dorian Gray and in the 2010 thriller Locked In. On top of his questionable skills as an actor, Mr. Barnes has also done a poor job picking movie projects. Both The Words and The Big Wedding are below 25% at Rotten Tomatoes, and By the Gun was criticized for being an incredibly generic crime flick.

Mr. Barnes has the looks of a leading man, however the prosecution isn't sold on his acting abilities. The actor has given a couple of ok-to-good performances, but we doubt those turns will be enough to keep him out of Movie Jail, where he belongs.

The Big Wedding Ben Barnes

The Defense: Bigga than Ben, Killing Bono, The Chronicles of Narnia series, Easy Virtue

Ladies and gentlemen, although my client was lambasted for his lackluster performance in Dorian Gray, the defense believes Mr. Barnes is still a talented actor, and he certainly hasn't been so bad that we need to lock him up.

Mr. Barnes was fantastic in Bigga than Ben (which is also a very fun film), and the defense thought he was equally as good in Easy Virtue and Killing Bono. As for his negatively reviewed movies, The Big Wedding was clearly just a paycheck film for Mr. Barnes, and none of the actors fared well in The Words.

My client isn't just another bland, pretty boy actor. Mr. Barnes has some real talent behind those good looks, but unfortunately he hasn't had that many opportunities to show off his acting skills. Mr. Barnes is also still fairly young (he's only 33) with a relatively small amount of big screen credits to his name. If we are going to put my client behind bars it should be after we see a little bit more from the actor, and right now the defense doesn't believe Mr. Barnes deserves to go to prison.

Killing Bono Ben Barnes

IN CLOSING...

Has Mr. Barnes done enough bad to warrant a prison sentence, or do you think he's a solid actor who has appeared in a few subpar movies that shouldn't count against him? What should we do with The Chronicles of Narnia star? I ask you, the jury, Is Ben Barnes GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyway, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

By the Gun Ben Barnes

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial, and many jury members weren't happy (for one reason or another) she was being considered for Movie Jail. Some argued that Miss Miller is a supporting actress at best and she isn't a big enough star to be up for prison time, while others said they have enjoyed most of her work. Miss Miller's recent Oscar-nominated films also kept her out of lockup, as well as (as one jury member put it) "that face."

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

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NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Edition), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Ivan Reitman, Stephen Sommers, Shawn Levy, Jai Courtney, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Luc Besson, Jason Reitman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Connelly, Sienna Miller

UPDATES: Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and Roland Emmerich, Jim Carrey, Robert Rodriguez and Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts and The Farrelly Brothers, Ben Stiller, Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Chris Rock

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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7:17PM on 03/24/2015

Guilty

The fact that apparently no one has heard of him should be enough. He's been in the industry for ages and fuck knows why, Hollywood and United Agents or whoever it is need to give up.
The fact that apparently no one has heard of him should be enough. He's been in the industry for ages and fuck knows why, Hollywood and United Agents or whoever it is need to give up.
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7:01AM on 03/24/2015

Da f**k is a Ben Barnes?

Not relevant enough to stand trial in this column, that's for sure.
Not relevant enough to stand trial in this column, that's for sure.
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2:22AM on 03/24/2015

Who?

Never heard of this guy? I resign my vote as a juror.
Never heard of this guy? I resign my vote as a juror.
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7:16PM on 03/23/2015

Not Guilty

Maybe Movie Probation would be better, put a bracelet on his ankle and have it set off every time he thinks about another goofy script.
Maybe Movie Probation would be better, put a bracelet on his ankle and have it set off every time he thinks about another goofy script.
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1:36PM on 03/23/2015

Not Guilty

Although I do agree Ben has been in some films that weren't the greatest, his acting skills are excellent. He is very charismatic and I think one day in the near future, he will star in a film that will make him a household name. I disagree that his portrayal of Dorian Gray was bad, and I know firsthand that bad reviews he received for that film made him feel like quitting acting all together. I saw Seventh Son and didn't think it was a horrible film. I thought he did a good job as Tom Ward.
Although I do agree Ben has been in some films that weren't the greatest, his acting skills are excellent. He is very charismatic and I think one day in the near future, he will star in a film that will make him a household name. I disagree that his portrayal of Dorian Gray was bad, and I know firsthand that bad reviews he received for that film made him feel like quitting acting all together. I saw Seventh Son and didn't think it was a horrible film. I thought he did a good job as Tom Ward. My very favorite film of his is definitely "Killing Bono". That's a film everyone should check out!
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12:28PM on 03/23/2015

Not Guilty

The prosecution let slide "The Seventh Son" because not even the reteaming of Mr. Bridges and Ms. Moore could save that stinker, and I agree. He made for a completely average lead in that film, if only because no one could have possibly been good in it.

Almost that exact same thing goes for the frustrating "The Big Wedding", where so much talent couldn't even a bring a stifled laugh of shame. But then I'd also argue that he and Seyfried's chemistry is one of the only things about the movie
The prosecution let slide "The Seventh Son" because not even the reteaming of Mr. Bridges and Ms. Moore could save that stinker, and I agree. He made for a completely average lead in that film, if only because no one could have possibly been good in it.

Almost that exact same thing goes for the frustrating "The Big Wedding", where so much talent couldn't even a bring a stifled laugh of shame. But then I'd also argue that he and Seyfried's chemistry is one of the only things about the movie that work.

As ridiculous as "Dorian Gray" is, it is fun, and Barnes sells the soullessness of the character fairly well in the later half.

Everything about "Locked In" though, sucked, and sucked hard. Him included.

Overall, I think, maybe he should be wiser about his choices, but he does just as well (or better) than his more famous costars in those same poorly scripted movies, so I say not guilty.
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11:28AM on 03/23/2015

Career average: 3.8/10.

Wow, I can't believe you people (in the comments)! You won't consider him for not having made enough movies? He became famous 3 years before Mellissa McCarthy! He's been in all sorts of projects, and he got the prestigious oportunity to lead a potential big-budget franchise.

He did a good job in the NARNIA movies, but was bad in THE BIG WEDDING* (just like all of his co-stars) and THE WORDS. The personality of his character in DORIAN GRAY changed constantly, which is why the script writer
Wow, I can't believe you people (in the comments)! You won't consider him for not having made enough movies? He became famous 3 years before Mellissa McCarthy! He's been in all sorts of projects, and he got the prestigious oportunity to lead a potential big-budget franchise.

He did a good job in the NARNIA movies, but was bad in THE BIG WEDDING* (just like all of his co-stars) and THE WORDS. The personality of his character in DORIAN GRAY changed constantly, which is why the script writer deserved more blame. However, a good actor would've noticed that and at least try to prevent that by acting as consistently as possible... and he didn't. He's Guilty.

Next week: Brendan Fraser or Kelsey Grammer.

*He at least deserves a fine for playing a Latino with that ridiculous orange make-up.
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11:55AM on 03/23/2015
I don't think Barnes can be called famous and I've known Mccarthy for way longer than I've known Barnes. Also Mccarthy is at least 10 years older than him and has at least twice his amount of credits to her name. So I respectfully disagree. Barnes deserves a couple more years to grow as an actor.
I don't think Barnes can be called famous and I've known Mccarthy for way longer than I've known Barnes. Also Mccarthy is at least 10 years older than him and has at least twice his amount of credits to her name. So I respectfully disagree. Barnes deserves a couple more years to grow as an actor.
10:40AM on 03/23/2015

Not Guilty for lack of evidence

This guy hasn't done enough, and doesn't have a high enough profile, to be placed on trial, IMO. Lower-level actors pretty much have to take what they can get.
This guy hasn't done enough, and doesn't have a high enough profile, to be placed on trial, IMO. Lower-level actors pretty much have to take what they can get.
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9:55AM on 03/23/2015
Utterly guilty. This kid's acting is diabolical.
Utterly guilty. This kid's acting is diabolical.
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9:50AM on 03/23/2015
Ben Barnes? Who gives a crap?! Must be running out of stars to judge, scrapping the sides of the barrell here.
Ben Barnes? Who gives a crap?! Must be running out of stars to judge, scrapping the sides of the barrell here.
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9:25AM on 03/23/2015

Who is this guy?

I don't even know how to judge him. Haven't seen a single one of his films but then again, all those films have looked like crap. So idk. Lock him for a weekend I guess.
I don't even know how to judge him. Haven't seen a single one of his films but then again, all those films have looked like crap. So idk. Lock him for a weekend I guess.
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9:01AM on 03/23/2015
I didn't even know who this was until I read his filmography. I thought Dorian Gray was very good. It shouldn't be used for the prosecution.
I didn't even know who this was until I read his filmography. I thought Dorian Gray was very good. It shouldn't be used for the prosecution.
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8:38AM on 03/23/2015
He's hardly done enough to be fairly judged
He's hardly done enough to be fairly judged
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8:29AM on 03/23/2015

Who?

I have no idea who this is.
This article is becoming somewhat stale, and when you're picking this kid and Sienna Miller as candidates for Movie Jail, you need to re-think who's up for trial or try something new.
I have no idea who this is.
This article is becoming somewhat stale, and when you're picking this kid and Sienna Miller as candidates for Movie Jail, you need to re-think who's up for trial or try something new.
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2:24AM on 03/24/2015
Agreed, may be time to put this column to rest.
Agreed, may be time to put this column to rest.
7:17AM on 03/23/2015

no disrespect but...

this column is less and less interesting....
this column is less and less interesting....
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7:16AM on 03/23/2015

pass

Give the guy a break he hardly has a career to speak of. In due time(10 tot 20 years from now) when there's enough evidence to judge him by, he shall have his big trial and we will judge accordingly.
Give the guy a break he hardly has a career to speak of. In due time(10 tot 20 years from now) when there's enough evidence to judge him by, he shall have his big trial and we will judge accordingly.
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7:13AM on 03/23/2015

in the immortal words of Korath the Pursuer

WHO?!?!?

in all seriousness though. I do know who this guy is but he is nowhere near established enough to even be on this. The last few movie jail guys/gals have hardly deserved to be in this article based on their work not being extensive enough.
WHO?!?!?

in all seriousness though. I do know who this guy is but he is nowhere near established enough to even be on this. The last few movie jail guys/gals have hardly deserved to be in this article based on their work not being extensive enough.
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