There are some pretty bad actors out there who, lets face it, are only up on the big screen because they’re nice to look at (not that I’m complaining mind you). On a boring Sunday afternoon I’m sure there are plenty of ladies who would gladly give up some brain cells to ogle the likes of Ashton Kutcher , Adrian Grenier , or (dare I say it) Zac Efron – but can these boys act? I’m sure many of you Entourage fans will disagree but when you compare the aforementioned to the likes of Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, and Tom Cruise, there really is no comparison.
It’s forgivable when a bad actor is in a bad movie (i.e., The Guardian with Ashton and another of his ilk, the always wooden Kevin Costner). It’s not forgivable however when a good solid actor with some real chops, phones it in. You know what I’m talking about – the actor who you know only took the job because of the paycheck (or maybe something more sentimental like the movie was filming in Aspen and he wants to be close to his family during their ski vacation). I guess I can sort of understand those reasons but something about a good actor slumming it makes me a little sad. Below is a list of just a few said actors and the movies they would have been better off without.
Harry Brown – A modern day Death Wish wannabe without the grittiness of Charles Bronson.
Bewitched – “Sir” Caine can do so much better.
Secondhand Lions – Caine with a Texas accent, nuff said.
Miss Congeniality – Caine must have been in the mood for some lighthearted fare.
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure – Maybe he just wanted to work with Jack Warden or Telly Savalas.
Robert De Niro
Everybody’s Fine – A road trip movie about a widower who tries to reconnect with his family… yawn/snore…
Godsend – Originally De Niro was only supposed to have a cameo… should have stayed that way!
City By the Sea – A disaster of a movie with a constantly crying James Franco (who can also do better)
Jackie Brown – He probably just wanted to work with Tarantino.
15 Minutes – Ed Burns… really?
Christopher Walken – I can comment below but really, what’s the point?
Balls of Fury
The Stepford Wives
The Bucket List – This movie is not on my list!
Evan Almighty – I guess I don’t blame him for not wanting to pass up a chance to play God.
Unleashed – He plays a blind piano tuner with a heart of gold…
Dreamcatcher – Freeman’s role was just too small in what could have been a decent movie.
Nurse Betty – Apparently this was Freeman’s first on-screen kiss… maybe that’s why he took the role?
The Bucket List – This movie is STILL not on my list!
About Schmidt – Is this a companion piece to the Bucket List?
Anger Management – Maybe he wanted to work with Adam Sandler?
The Evening Star – His character was still alive after Terms of Endearment?
Wolf – Actually Jack Nich probably could really be a wolf!
Add your picks below!