Adrien Brody, 'The Village'

The youngest actor to ever win the lead actor Oscar -- he was 29 -- for 2002's "The Pianist," Brody has yet to follow up his haunting performance in the Holocaust drama with anything close to its power and poignancy. And you just feel embarrassed for him in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB003693" title="M. Night Shyamalan" href="/topic/entertainment/m.-night-shyamalan-PECLB003693.topic">M. Night Shyamalan</a>'s poorly reviewed 2004 chiller, "The Village." Brody overacts outrageously -- it's not really his fault, because the role is so ill-conceived -- as Noah Percy, the "village idiot" living in an Amish-type burgh surrounded by woods that are inhabited by vicious creatures referred to Those We Do Not Speak Of. Needless to say, things don't end too well for poor Noah. Brody isn't the only Oscar winner trapped in this silliness -- <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB002492" title="William Hurt" href="/topic/entertainment/william-hurt-PECLB002492.topic">William Hurt</a> also appears in the film, as do Oscar nominees <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB003942" title="Sigourney Weaver" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/sigourney-weaver-PECLB003942.topic">Sigourney Weaver</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB003418" title="Joaquin Phoenix" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/joaquin-phoenix-PECLB003418.topic">Joaquin Phoenix</a>.<br>
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The youngest actor to ever win the lead actor Oscar -- he was 29 -- for 2002's "The Pianist," Brody has yet to follow up his haunting performance in the Holocaust drama with anything close to its power and poignancy. And you just feel embarrassed for him in M. Night Shyamalan's poorly reviewed 2004 chiller, "The Village." Brody overacts outrageously -- it's not really his fault, because the role is so ill-conceived -- as Noah Percy, the "village idiot" living in an Amish-type burgh surrounded by woods that are inhabited by vicious creatures referred to Those We Do Not Speak Of. Needless to say, things don't end too well for poor Noah. Brody isn't the only Oscar winner trapped in this silliness -- William Hurt also appears in the film, as do Oscar nominees Sigourney Weaver and Joaquin Phoenix.

susan.king@latimes.com

Read the story "Pacino and De Niro: The mighty have fallen"

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