Being miscast in a movie is not necessarily the kiss of death. Many actors who were clearly not right for a role not only pull through with a decent portrayal, in some cases they create something transcendent. It also happens that an actor pulls through with an amazing performance in an otherwise awful film: miracles do happen.
That’s not what this list is about, though. Today we’re taking a look at some actors who made some pretty bad decisions in their portrayal. While undeniably many of these actors had a lot stacked against them, like bad writing, bad direction and miscasting, but the gap between forgettable and outright bad is pretty egregious. In many cases, the actor in question made some really baffling decisions which seem to come out of nowhere, as if they were acting in a different movie. While there are certainly exceptions, we tried not to make too much fun of actors who have not demonstrated any talent whatsoever, they have enough to worry about already. In defense of some of these performers, they are often more than capable of giving a truly fantastic performance and one of the markers of their talent is the ability to take risks. Unfortunately, not all risks pay off, and the results land you on a list like this.
15 Denise Richards: The World is Not Enough
14 Vince Vaughn: Psycho
13 Cameron Diaz: Gangs of New York
12 Val Kilmer: The Island of Dr. Moreau
11 Hayden Christensen: Star Wars Saga
10 Anne Hathaway: Alice in Wonderland
9 Johnny Depp: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
8 Halle Berry: Catwoman
7 Shia LaBeouf: Nymphomaniac
6 Roberto Benigni: Pinocchio
5 Madonna: Swept Away
4 Cuba Gooding Jr: Radio
3 Nicolas Cage: Season of the Witch
2 Mark Wahlberg: The Happening
1 Seth MacFarlane: A Million Ways to Die in the West
Whether or not you find Seth MacFarlane funny, there is no denying he has a lot of talent. Surprisingly for a voice actor, his looks aren’t a problem either - he looks like an old school variety host. Unfortunately, nothing about any of his performances as himself has ever indicated that MacFarlane has any instinct for acting whatsoever. As if his voice were somehow transplanted from his body, he moves and behaves like someone not even used to having human skin. He winks and plays to the camera like he’s playing some big joke but there is no punchline. One of the most bewildering performances in recent years.
Sources: IMDB, Complex
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheRichest?Get Your Free Access Now!