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Wimpy Action Heroes

LA Times Picks Best of the Worst

— September 29, 2008 — Pop Culture
In the minds of most, action heroes are supposed to be muscular and strapping. They should be dreadfully intimidating to all who are on the wrong side of good.

However, Hollywood has given us many conquerors of evil which are less than dangerous. LA Times staff members Deborah Netburn and Patrick Day have compiled this list of the wimpiest action heroes on the big screen. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Toby Maguire as Spiderman (I always question the casting here)

2. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in ‘Star Wars’ (wasn’t Harrison Ford the real hero here?)

3. Orlando Bloom in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ (may be a wimp, but nice to look at nonetheless)

4. Shia LaBeouf, who saved the world in ‘Transformers’

5. John Cusack in ‘Con Air’

6. Elijah Wood in ‘Lord of the Rings’

7. Lori Petty in ‘Tank Girl’

8. Chris Tucker in ‘Rush Hour’

9. Drew Barrymore in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (too sweet to be badass)

10. Ben Affleck in ‘Daredevil’