December is just a week away, and soon we will be flooded with lists declaring The Best and Most Important of everything pop-culture related in 2014. But what about the people who were in the spotlight, but did little of value to earn their space in the press, and hardly did anything to change the game in their respective fields? Well, GQ has crunched the numbers and come up with their 30 Least Influential People Of 2014. And some high profile and highly paid actors and directors made the cut.
Ranking at number five is Zach Braff, who crowd-sourced “Wish I Was Here” and, as the magazine says, “made yet another mope-piece that ached to be taken seriously as art. He should’ve just filmed himself rubbing that money on his armpits.” Ouch.
From his red carpet hijinks for Lars von Trier‘s “Nymphomanaic” to pulling out his tooth and fighting with his castmates on “Fury,” we nearly drowned in stories about Shia LaBeouf this year, but GQ ain’t having it, writing, “By the way, enough with celebrities excusing their asinine behavior—like, say, wearing paper bags over their heads—by claiming they were conducting some kind of sociological experiment about HUMANITY.”
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp‘s constant quirkfest of acting roles has also soured the men’s mag, and their full assessment is spot on: “Here’s a crazy idea: What if Johnny Depp played an actual human being—one who could plausibly exist in real life? Not a dude living inside the Singularity. Not a rock-star pirate. Not a surrealist take on Hunter S. Thompson. An actual person. Can he even do that? Or is Johnny Depp just some kind of advanced mascaradroid prototype?”
Lastly, Woody Allen gets ribbed about making “Magic In The Moonlight” which “…no one saw it. Does that movie feature yet another man wooing a woman who is half his age? Of course it does.”
Thoughts? Is even making a list like this a bit silly, or do some of these names deserving calling out? Hit the comments section and let us know. The full list is right here.