Steel  (1997)
Nomination Year: 2010
SYNOPSIS: For those of you who aren't total comic book geeks, Steel is a fairly obscure DC comics rip-off of Ironman. John Henry Irons is a brilliant army weapons designer who becomes disillusioned when his partner tries to sell out and accelerates the program outside safety margins, resulting in a few deaths and the crippling of Irons' assistant and best friend, Sparky. Irons (Tony Stark without the money) returns to his East LA home and tries to return to normal life, but his ex-partner is now selling weapons to LA's street gangs. Inspired by Superman, he builds himself a suit of power armor and a big ol' hammer with spare parts from his friend's junkyard, names himself Steel, and heads off to fight crime. The movie stays fairly true to the comic book in plot details. The issue, as ever with superhero movies, is the casting. The villain? Judd Nelson at his most (i.e., not at all) sinister. The hero? Shaquille O'Neal.
Greg Pearson
Smithee Award Nominations
Smithee Award Winner!MegaMetaSmithee Award Winner! Best One-Liner
Two cups breadcrumbs to one cup shit
Two for the price of one -- first we get Shaq's "It's hammer time", followed by "Well, I'll be dipped in shit and rolled in breadcrumbs." "One of Odessa's recipes?"
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Acting Appropriately Stupid
That Wascally Steel
Shaq taunts Judd Nelson into pressing the red button on his hammer.
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Worst Acting
Shaquille O'Neal on his Acting Ability: "Nooooo!"
John Henry Irons (Shaquille O'Neal) says, "Nooo! Sparky!" Short, but sweet; I particularly like the way the dust sticks to Shaq's bald head. Check out the courtroom scene that follows for an extended dose of Shaq's "acting."
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Director Claim to Fame
Kenneth Johnson wrote for The Six Million Dollar Man, created The Bionic Woman, developed Alien Nation for television ... and he's stooped to directing THIS?! 
Actor Character Claim to Fame
Shaquille O'Neal <Not Yet in Database> as an actor, he makes a terrific basketball player 
Judd Nelson <Not Yet in Database> one of the original "brat pack" 
Richard Roundtree <Not Yet in Database> "Shaft," can you dig it? 
Charles Napier <Not Yet in Database> was in The Blues Brothers, what's he doing here? 
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