14 Awful Actors Who Almost Ruined Good Movies

There's an old Hollywood axiom: casting is 99% of directing. That may seem like an exaggeration, but reality is, the cast is what the audience sees, not the director or the writer or the guy holding the microphone. For that reason, if an actor is miscast, or worse, just plain out of his league, the entire movie suffers.

Some of these movies are actually quite good, though they may suffer a bit from the obvious miscast actors who stand out for all the wrong reasons. Some of the other movies, however--some that miscast more than one actor--sunk under the weight of the distraction. That's also not to say that all the actors on this list are without talent (though some are), or for that matter bad people. That does not, however, absolve anyone of bad acting.

12 Katie Holmes, Batman Begins

11 Sofia Coppola, The Godfather 3

10 11 & 12. George Clooney & Arnold Schwarzenegger, Batman & Robin

9 Nona Gaye, The Matrix Reloaded

8 Madonna, Dick Tracy

7 Malin Ackerman, Watchmen

6 Adam Driver, The Force Awakens

5 Halle Berry, X-Men

Has any actor, in the history of comic book films, been as miscast as Halle Berry in X-Men? Playing African weather goddess, Storm, Berry strikes so many wrong notes she threatens to kill the whole movie. That a bad wig and phony accent burden the actress does not help matters, either.

4 4 & 5. Brandon Routh & Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns

3 Robin Williams, The Butler

2 James Franco, Spider-Man 2

1 Keanu Reeves, Bram Stoker's Dracula

Reeves has given some fine performances, though his unusual surfer-type voice can make him difficult to cast. Nowhere is this more evident than in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Francis Ford Coppola's Gothic horror blockbuster. Like Katie Holmes in a certain other film about a batman, Reeves just feels out of his league opposite some of the greatest actors alive. His English by way of surfer accent doesn't make him any more convincing, and while he gives the part his all, he can't overcome his miscasting.


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