An acting career has its ups and downs, and there aren’t many actors out there who have not been in a movie that bombed at the box office, or ended up with a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. No one is perfect, right? Even three-time Academy Award winner, Meryl Streep has taken some missteps (Prime, anyone?), but there are some actors who, despite their best efforts, can’t seem to pick a decent movie to star in. As the saying goes "everyone's a critic", but some actors should really consider quitting the business altogether. Luckily, there will always be bad movies, and more than enough bad actors to star in them.
The Annual Golden Raspberry Awards honor the best of the worst in movies, handing out awards such as Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Picture. Not even Oscar winners are immune, as both Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock have won the award for Worst Actress.
Here is our list of actors who can ruin any movie.
6 Steven Seagal - On Deadly Ground
Seagal went on to do numerous straight to video films until 2011, when he played the main villain in Robert Rodriguez’ Machete. The film has been described as an “ode to violent B-movies” which is exactly what Seagal was famous for. The comedy/horror spoof genre was the only place Seagal’s typical tough guy, over-the-top portrayal of the exact same character would fit. He was basically acting out a parody of the roles that made him famous in the first place. Machete has a rating of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and according to one reviewer, “it may be thin, but it's fun, and for some that will be enough.” At least there are no surprises when you watch a Steven Seagal film.
5 Madonna - Body of Evidence
In 2000, Madonna won the coveted Golden Raspberry award for the Worst Actress of the Century, and in 2005, Roger Ebert included Body of Evidence in his list of Most Hated movies. It’s kind of hard to come back from honors like those, but Madonna is still trying. In 2011, she wrote and directed W./E, a romantic period piece, that although Madonna did not appear in, was still panned by critics and audiences.
4 Jennifer Lopez - Gigli
Jennifer Lopez started her acting career out with a Golden Globe-nominated turn as the title role in Selena, and she has had a few box office successes along the way, but generally, critics are not a fan of her acting. In the grand scheme of show business, Jennifer Lopez is recognized mainly for her adventurous red carpet fashion, and her successful music career (though it’s subject to opinion whether she’s any good at singing either).
3 Chris Tucker - The Fifth Element
Besides a toned down appearance in Silver Linings Playbook, the only characters Chris Tucker has ever played are high pitched, fast talkers. So unless that is what the script calls for, he isn't in high demand.
2 Nicolas Cage - The Wicker Man
He may have starred in a few box office successes, such as Gone in 60 Seconds and the National Treasure franchise, but those films seem to have done well despite his acting abilities, not because of them.
He has been nominated for 4 Worst Actor Golden Razzies, though never won one. The year he should have won was 2007's The Wicker Man, which gave us the iconic bee scene. Cage’s character Edward Malus, is tortured to death by a swarm of bees and he screams, “NOO, NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES! AHHH! MY EYES! MY EYES! AHHH!” Granted, maybe that was the screenwriter's fault.
1 Honorable Mention: M. Night Shyamalan - All His Movies
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