Madonna as Eva Peron
Madonna gets points for trying, but not points for succeeding. The complaint against her portrayal of the First Lady of Argentina in “Evita” is not that she misplayed the character, but that she didn’t play it enough. She goes through the motions, but does so without kicking up any real emotional dust. Some believe Peron to be a saint, while others think she was something closer to a manipulative, opportunistic schemer who slept her way to the top; the one thing everyone agrees on was that she was a larger-than-life character who can’t be convincibly portrayed with a vacuous performance like Madonna’s. As Metroactive wrote of the pop star, “Her worst enemy couldn't have come up with a scheme to make her look more overblown, more arch-queenly, more completely free of any talent.” Ouch. —Jeff Royer
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