I recently read an article at www.theatlantic.com debating the merits of Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus as actors and whether or not they have a future in Hollywood. The author of the article was of the opinion that Zac was a better actor and that he had more of a future as an actor than Miley, an assessment that I tend to agree with.
The part that I found interesting was that those who made comments all came out in favor of Miley, often arguing that her poor acting can be excused by because of her age and that she'll improve with time. They were just wrong... I think Miley's 15 minutes are almost up.
It is true that acting can improve with time and practice just like any other skill. However, I don't think age necessarily has that much to do with raw talent. I offer you three examples where the actor was better as a child than as an adult: Dakota Fanning practically stole I Am Sam from Sean Penn, one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Anna Paquin won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her work in The Piano with Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel. Lastly, Haley Joel Osment was good in The Sixth Sense and Pay It Forward. They've all been in more recent works; just not anywhere near the same quality.
What do you think?