Bad Hollywood Teeth have been one of the things that REALLY GET UNDER MY SKIN and because I have a place to express it like the swollen fistula that it is.(!)… Well, here we are.
No, I’m not talking about the ones that are NATURALLY bad. This time we’re going to admonish the actors that couldn’t overcome their dentition additions. Watch the videos below to see what I mean.
Do you remember Steven Spielberg’s “Hook?” I do, for the wrong reasons, and while Dustin Hoffman received positive reviews in this role, the way he would press his lower lip on his false teeth made me cringe every time the camera closed in on him.
Emma Thompson’s Nanny McPhee has the same problem, only it’s with a single tooth this time. I know, I know, she’s supposed to look ugly! But does she have to slide her lip under her snaggle so intentionally?
And then there’s the ever-creepy Mad Hatter, endowed with a careless lisp by Johnny Depp.
I actually love that Austin Powers pokes fun at his OWN teeth in this clip, while also emphasizing the need to carry floss and toothpaste into dire situations. Even so, the prosthetics never seem to quite fit in Mike Myers’ mouth.
Not only will you get to see a green (as in young, not as in tree-hugging) Ed Begley Jr. sucking on his fake braces, you to hear one of his best-delivered lines ever. Real Genius is classic 80’s cheese in a yummy Val Kilmer sandwich and this is one of the funniest scenes of the movie.
Next time you see a film where an actor is doing naughty things with his teeth, remember the catharsis you felt when you came here and realized that you weren’t alone with your annoyance, because it reminded you of the reluctant denture patients that really, really need new ones but they let the old ones schlep around in their mouths anyway. And when you feel that feeling again at the movies, be sure to come back here and share it so that it can be featured in a future article.
Don’t know about you, but I feel like someone should prescribe me an antibiotic after all this squeezing.
But Nanny McPhee’s teeth get straight and the rest of her becomes young and beautiful when all the kids she cares for start behaving at the end of the films.
And check your email, woman?
Arden Karr says
Trish, I had no idea that you were a dental geek! No wonder I love to have my gums jabbed by you. Seriously, your blog is fascinating and now bookmarked. Thanks for sharing.
Just wanted to let you know that the clip from Real Genius, that is not Ed Begley Jr, that is Robert Prescott. Loved that movie and pretty much have it memorized.