He plays the one sports star that Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is able to stay the agent for after his falling out with the large agency he worked for. Gooding plays his part with a constant energy I will give him credit there as he technically is always into the part, and this is not one of those performances that the actor seems disinterested in, but that does not make it a good performance either.
Gooding behavior as the obnoxious Rod Tidwell is very obnoxious. Gooding yells almost all of his lines with a big smile on his face, and a wide eyed expression to go along with it. This is just overacting really by Gooding as he repeats this throughout his performance, which becomes tiresome from the first instance of it.Yes Tidwell is suppose to be fairly loud but he could have been endearing or funny instead of just mostly obnoxious. There is not anything special about this performance, and there is no reason it should have ever been nominated.The character perhaps could have worked with a better comedian behind it. Gooding does try, I'll give him that, but he never won me over.