The movie industry provides a great deal of variety for fans of many tastes. It is difficult to say a film is downright terrible, considering that it's a matter of opinion or preference, but a few movies have managed to change the rules. Some flicks are so disliked by the vast majority of fans and critics that you have to view it as a bad movie. One trend among the terrible films hitting theaters is that many of the same actors appear in the worst movies. There’s always a mix of impressive content and disappointment with each actor’s career, given the amount of roles, but a few names have more strikes against them.
Quite a few actors will take bad movies solely for the money. You can’t begrudge someone for wanting to make as much money as possible in their field of work, but they have to knowingly sacrifice their artistic pride to appear in a guaranteed stinker. A select few of the actors actually think these movies are entertaining and risk their reputations by taking the chance on their misguided vision. We’ll look at some of the biggest names in show business that have seen their credibility go down the drain when it comes to their selections in the acting world. These are the top fifteen actors that have become notorious for starring in bad movies.
15 Rob Schneider
One glimpse of Rob Schneider is all you need to guarantee a movie will be terrible. The lack of comedic talent doesn’t prevent Schneider from getting work in Hollywood due to his ability to buddy up with more successful names. Adam Sandler has made Schneider one of his sidekicks in the legendary terrible movies to give him consistent acting roles far beyond what he deserves. The films that starred Schneider go down in the record books among the biggest disgraces in cinematic history.
14 Owen Wilson
The inconsistent career of Owen Wilson has its fair share of charming hits, but definitely will be remembered for having many more terrible films. Wilson has solid comedic timing and enough talent to deliver good content more frequently, but he’s the classic case of an actor going for “money grab” roles. Most of us would do the same as getting paid millions to make bad movies is a good gig. However, it gives the entertainment world ammunition against Wilson.
13 David Arquette
Remember the 90s? If so, you will recall David Arquette being a moderately popular actor appearing in various movies on a consistent basis. Arquette didn’t excel in any facet of the acting game, but still found great success in the business. Most the starring roles were absolute bombs that did poorly in the box office and ruined the evening of anyone giving his films a chance. Eight Legged Freaks, See Spot Run and 3000 Miles to Graceland gave an insight into the career of Arquette.
12 Mike Myers
Mike Myers is a wizard at starring in films that connect with you during your most juvenile state. Most of us in the late 20s/early 30s age range enjoyed his work in Wayne’s World and the Austin Powers series, but they are a bit difficult to watch back today. Myers absolutely has the knack to pull off an entertaining role now and then, but he mostly uses his skills to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
11 Taylor Lautner
The success of the Twilight franchise made stars out of the young actors leading the films, but it hurt them in the long run. A series aimed towards teenagers will result in big money, but the artistic pride isn’t usually associated with it. Twilight delivered huge success, but most people look at it as movie garbage in the long run. It shows as Taylor Lautner has failed to gain any credible roles since that chapter of his career ended.
10 Tyler Perry
The horrible directing, writing and producing work would put Tyler Perry at #1 on the list if those aspects factored in, but he still holds his own in terms of terrible acting gigs. Perry has casted himself in various movies he’s become associated with making. The putrid Madea series features Perry dressing in drag in eight films. Enough people watch the series to continue it, but the majority of fans and critics view it among the worst in the box office.
9 Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn has appeared in a couple of good films, but the majority of his fame came from being in a slate of stinkers. The comedic talent of Vaughn is hit or miss with many choosing to miss any movie he stars in. A very popular film to use in the argument for Vaughn being notorious for a horrible library is Psycho. The remake of the horror classic featured Vaughn playing Norman Bates and humiliating himself with an atrocious performance.
8 Russell Brand
Things started out great for comic Russell Brand in the movie world with a lead role in the highly entertaining and successful Forgetting Sarah Marshall film. Many would proclaim Brand as the most memorable character in that film and it extended to him reprising the role of Aldous Snow once again in Get Him to the Greek. The follow-up film didn’t deliver the same charm and relying on Brand with less star power around him exposed everyone involved.
7 Channing Tatum
The good looks and charm of Channing Tatum have made him one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood, but he’s just not very talented. Tatum’s greatest success comes in films like Magic Mike, which viewers aren’t watching for a compelling story or impeccable acting, or in comedies like 22 Jump Street playing off other comedic stars. The career of Tatum has become notorious for a slew of terrible films piling up on the dark side of his legacy.
6 Dane Cook
Dane Cook was the “it” comedian for a few years in the early 2000s, with his stand-up comedy making him a star during the MySpace era of technology. The new age helped Cook become a leading man in Hollywood romantic comedies, but just about every film he starred in was a complete disaster. Romantic comedies are a tough genre, but you’d assume Cook would be able to get one solid lead role after many tries.
5 Ashton Kutcher
Another actor that made a career off of big paydays for terrible romantic comedies was Ashton Kutcher. Not everyone believes in karma, but Kutcher must have been the most kind-spirited entity in past life to earn the dream existence he holds today. Kutcher is extremely wealthy, has dated numerous of the best looking women on the planet and gets consistent work acting in Hollywood all despite having minimal talent. The career of Ashton is full of disappointments, busts and a poor legacy.
4 Nicolas Cage
The thirty plus year acting career of Nicolas Cage is bound to see a mix of ups and downs considering the length of time in the industry. While he does have a nice list of movies to argue for him, the negatives far outweigh it and change the perception of his career. Cage has starred a barrage of horrible movies that are way more associated with him. The changing of the millennium saw him trade in his respect as a celebrated actor for bigger pay days in trash movies.
3 Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans appearing in a movie trailer guarantees you an atrocious film hitting theaters near you. The Wayans brothers were once beloved in the 90s, but Marlon has done his best to make you forget about any positive memories. The youngest member of the Wayans brothers has become known for comedic spoofs of other hit films and they are all abysmal. A Haunted House and Fifty Shades of Black are just the latest in the long list of terrible movies starring him.
2 Kevin James
The rise of Kevin James in the movie world signified that the entertainment world will never be a respectable business. James followed his successful television career as the star of King of Queens by getting many leading roles in highly budgeted films and all of them absolutely sucked. A film starring James guarantees nothing thought provoking or compelling will happen, unless you’re fascinated by uncreative fat jokes and lazy writing.
1 Adam Sandler
The aforementioned career of Kevin James gave a tease for the top choice, but now you officially know it is indeed Adam Sandler. Society was more accepting of Sandler’s comedy style in the 90s with hits like Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy and Billy Madison making him a household name. Things changed when the world started to mature, but Sandler refused to leave the party. Every movie starring or being made by Sandler’s company is guaranteed to be a humiliating experience for any paying customer.
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Jack & Jill, That’s My Boy and Pixels can make any list breaking down the worst films in cinematic history. Sandler believes in an outdated concept of comedy, but his past name value allows him to continue making these unwatchable projects. The reliance of insensitive racial jokes, slapstick comedy and stale tropes provide the formula used by Sandler to create horrible films for him and his friends to continue to crap on the sanctity of the movie industry.
Sources: IMDB, Razzies.
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