For movie fans and critics, it’s easy to say whether a certain film is great or not. However, for the team behind the creation of a movie, the production is everything. There are many different aspects to consider. From having a good script to a talented director, amazing cinematography, great costume designs and more, these aspects consume time and effort. But at the end of the day, the cream of the crop will always be the cast. Since the actors are the one who will bring the script to life, being able to choose the perfect cast for a movie is a must. As critics often say, the actors are the lifeline of any movie as they can either make or break a film. Most often than not, a poor selection of cast decides whether the movie will be a hit or a flop. Today wherein the viewers have various channels where they can share their views about a movie, a bad comment about a film can easily ruin its future on the Box Office. However, it doesn’t mean that the actors are not talented enough on their own. Most of the time, they are not just appropriate for the role they were cast for. We can at least put it this way—the filmmakers didn’t just give much time assessing whether their looks or their talents will be appropriate for the characters they are going to portray.
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Halle Berry – Catwoman (2004)
Aside from box office failure, one of the most dreaded moments of filmmakers is when their movies made it to the list of the “worst films” of all time. Unfortunately, Catwoman is one of the films that suffered both. Despite starring the Oscar awardee Halle Berry, the 2004 film adaptation of the DC Comics superhero story is a major fail.
According to movie critics, the actress lacked the seductive nature of Catwoman. Moreover, it became easier to rate Halle Berry’s performance when Michelle Pfeiffer effortlessly nailed the character in Batman Returns. The movie which was released in 2004 grossed $84 million against $100 million budget. Although the result was catastrophic, Halle had no regrets as she got a handsome fee that ultimately changed her life.
Chloë Grace Moretz – Carrie (2013)
Chloë Grace Moretz was chosen to portray the lead character in the third film adaptation of the American supernatural horror novel written by Stephen King. The movie, which was released in 2013, received mixed reviews from moviegoers. Among the criticisms were lack of originality and scares and poor choice of an actress in the lead role.
Critics have no problem about Chloë Grace Moretz. She’s beautiful and talented in her own right. However, the character in the novel of Stephen King is described as an awkward and timid teenager who is often bullied for her indifference and clumsiness. Chloe, with her striking beauty and confidence, will pass as a cheerleader who often starts the bullying game for girls like that of Carrie. Other critics even mentioned that she would be perfect to join the cast of Mean Girls.
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy (2015)
In filmmaking, it’s not a secret that actresses who are 30 years old and above often have troubles getting parts in movies compared to their younger counterparts. However, there are some cases wherein the filmmakers have to stay as close to reality as possible, especially when the movie is based on real-life events. Perhaps it’s the reason why the film “Joy” received attacks from critics despite the brilliant performance of Jennifer Lawrence.
Released in 2015, the movie tells the true story of a 34-year-old single mother Joy Mangano. She never imagined that her life would turn around after inventing a self-wringing mop. She was struggling financially but her invention became her pathway to success. The film also features the life of Joy in her 40s. Critics agreed that casting an actress who’s 30 years old or above would’ve made a lot more sense instead of picking Jennifer Lawrence who’s only 25 when the movie was shot. Anyway, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in the end.
Keanu Reeves – Dracula (1992)
In Hollywood, most would agree that Keanu Reeves is one of the kindest actors alive. However, when it comes to his movie performances, not all movie fans can say good things about him. Though he had various great roles in which everyone would agree that only he can portray, some of his movies left fans wondering whether if he was the best cast for the role or not.
Probably, those who have seen the movie Dracula which was released in 1992 would agree that it is the worst performance ever of the actor. Keanu Reeves tried so hard to copy the British accent of Dracula and his acting skills were completely overshadowed by the accent struggle. Even Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the film, admitted that the actor tried so hard it “came off as stilted.”
Kate Bosworth – Superman Returns (2006)
After the box office disappointment and critical failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Warner Bros. attempted to resurrect Superman on screen. In 2004, Brian Singer was hired to develop and direct Superman Returns. When the film was released in 2006, it received positive reviews for its story, visual effects, and musical score. However, the poor selection of cast didn’t escape the keen eyes of the critics. Kate Bosworth portraying Lois Lane is the first on the list.v
There’s no question about the performance of the actress. The issue was about her age. Kate was only 22 when the filming began. However, the events on Superman Returns supposedly happened five years after he left Earth. It would make sense if Superman had just met Louis Lane for the first time. But it’s not. Movie critics can only think that she would have been 17 years old only when Superman first met her and possibly, impregnated her. Moreover, it’s almost impossible that she’s already a big-time journalist at that age.
Topher Grace – Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Although newer film versions of Spider-Man were released since Spider-Man 3, the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi will always have a special spot in our hearts. This third and final installment of the superhero film which stars Tobey Maguire in the lead role is the highest-grossing Spider-Man film in history. However, despite its success worldwide success, there are just some aspects that left critics wondering.
First, there are movie experts who thought Tobey Maguire was not the best for the role. However, when Topher Grace became a part of the last installment, most critics were enraged. Topher became popular for his role as the meek Eric Forman from That ’70s Show. In the film, he was given the role of Venom, a far cry from the character he became famous for. Moreover, the villain was described as a much bigger guy in the comics, the likes of Tom Hardy. The scene wherein Maguire and Grace faced each other was often described by critics as “embarrassing”.
Emma Stone – Aloha (2015)
When the romantic comedy film Aloha aired in May 2015, Emma Stone’s character received its fair share of criticisms. It’s undeniable that Emma is such a wonderful and talented actress. However, moviegoers are aware that she wasn’t an Asian, nor a Pacific Islander. So when she appeared in the movie portraying Captain Allison Ng of Hawaiian and Chinese descent, it was concluded that there had been a “misguided” casting choice.
Despite negative remarks from critics, the small-scaled film managed to gross $40 million. However, in Hollywood’s standards, it’s still a box office bomb. Later on, Emma Stone apologized to the people who felt odd about the casting. She even admitted that she had finally realized that the problem is prevalent in Hollywood.
Cara Delevingne – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a film written and directed by Luc Besson. The director got the inspiration from Valerian and Laureline, a French science fiction comics series. Although the movie received positive reviews when it comes to the visuals, the plot and the choice of the cast were slain by critics. According to most people who saw the movie, the decision to cast Cara Delevingne as Valerian’s love interest was the worst mistake.
While Cara looks gorgeous in the film, fans and critics both agree that it wasn’t her best performance. The stiff dialogue even made the matters worse. While Valerian and Laureline looked striking apart, they lacked the chemistry when they are together which made their romance appeared boring to the viewers. The film was released in 2017 and had suffered a commercial failure.
Scarlett Johansson – Ghost in the Shell (2017)
It’s a known fact in Hollywood that Scarlett Johansson is a talented and gorgeous actress. Most of her works achieved positive reviews and box office success. However, it’s hard to deny that movie fans were pretty upset when she was chosen to play a prominent character in the science fiction film Ghost in the Shell. The role was clearly meant for an Asian actor.
The fans of the Japanese Manga in which the film was based even started a petition to change Johansson. After all, there were Asian actors auditioning for the role. However, despite their efforts, producers stayed firmed with their decision and kept Johansson for the role. Perhaps it was the reason why the film suffered a commercial failure and is considered as a box office bomb.
Colin Farrell – Alexander (2004)
Alexander is an epic historical film that features the life of the Macedonian general and king, Alexander the Great. Released in 2004, the film is based on Robin Lane Fox’s 1973 book with the same title. While the film was warmly welcomed by fans in Europe, it failed to achieve the same thing from the American viewers.
Collin Farrell was given the lead role. While this actor has a long list of great performances, it is to agree that his portrayal of Alexander the Great cannot be added to his list. Aside from the poor costume, hair, and makeup, Collin had a hard time losing his Irish accent. It seemed contagious as the other members sounded Irish as well. Against a budget of $155 million, the film only grossed $167 million.
Jared Leto – Suicide Squad (2016)
Despite being hailed as the tenth highest grossing film in 2016, Suicide Squad is considered by movie critics as a “messy” one. It took almost seven years in development and had been surrounded with a lot of hype prior and after its release. According to the movie experts, the film had many characters and the director’s struggle to cramp them all into one film is evident throughout the movie.
However, one particular actor and character had attracted the majority of critics’ attention. It was Jared Leto and his portrayal of Joker. While his performance cannot be described as his worst ever, it wasn’t his best as well. For most viewers, the talented actor had failed to exude the underlying darkness of the iconic villain. Instead, most of his actions were described as psychotic mannerisms.
Kristen Stewart – Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
While Kristen Stewart possesses a refreshing beauty like those of the princesses in fairy tales, unfortunately, her bedroom eyes and acting mannerisms had earned her bad reviews in her portrayal of Snow White. Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth who also appeared in the film even made her performance an easy prey for critics.
According to the movie experts, the film Snow White and the Hunstman could have fared better at the box office if only Kristen Stewart had managed to escape her particular pained facial expression that made her famous in other films.
Jesse Eisenberg – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
In comics, the villain Lex Luthor can be considered as the smartest man alive. He is calm and confident and seems to have everything under his control. However, the Lex Luthor in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which was released in 2016 was seen by the viewer as a psychotic dreaming for a Doomsday scenario.
Jesse Eisenberg has a list of great films under his wings. However, his overly theatrical performance in this superhero film cannot be simply missed. Craving to perfect the art of capturing the personality famous villain, the actor hadn’t realized that he was overdoing it. Fans were even more disappointed upon knowing that Bryan Cranston could have played the role instead.
Emilia Clarke – Terminator Genisys (2015)
Terminator Genisys is the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise. The film had used the element of time travel so as not to conflict with the other events that happened in the previous films. Despite this clever move, Terminator Genisys still received its fair share of negative reactions from the audience.
First on the list is Emilia Clarke who portrayed Sarah Connor. Although she seems pretty awesome in real life and also a great actress, it was evident that she just couldn’t live up to the expectations set by Linda Hamilton. To be fair, the critics mentioned that Emilia put so much effort, however, it was still not enough to live up to the hype.
Ashton Kutcher – Jobs (2013)
While some comedic actors find it easy to make the transition when they are given serious roles, it seemed true that not everyone has the talent to do so. In the 2013 film “Jobs” which is based on the life of the Apple founder himself, Ashton Kutcher showed to the world that he wasn’t one of those blessed actors who have the talent in character transitioning.
Another factor why his performance was slain by critics is that, despite having numerous films in the span of his career, was still viewed by many as Kelso, a ditzy role he had in “That ’70s Show’s”. Playing as the serious Steve Jobs looked like comedy to most viewers. His performance was even compared to the way Michael Fassbender portrayed the Apple founder in 2015 biopic, Steve Jobs.
Cameron Diaz – Gangs of New York (2002)
In Hollywood, it’s quite a “dream come true” when you were chosen to star along with high-caliber actors in a high-budgeted movie, right? However, if you fail to give it your best shot, it can also backfire to you in one way or another. Pretty much, according to the critics, that’s what happened to Cameron Diaz when she starred with Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio in the film Gangs of New York.
There’s no doubt that Cameron is gorgeous and she can nail comedic and action roles. But when it comes to drama, it seems that the actress is still in the process of learning. Moreover, her Irish accent wasn’t that good. With brilliant performances from the two actors, Cameron’s poor performance was an easy target. The movie wasn’t as successful as expected but it cannot be considered a flop either.
Angelina Jolie – Alexander (2004)
As one greatest general and kings in history, the life of Alexander the Great is a tempting target for authors and filmmakers. In 2004, Oliver Stone directed Alexander with Collin Farrell in the lead role. Aside from being a major box office bomb, the actor’s performance received negative reactions from the critics. However, it seems that the keen eyes of the viewers missed nothing. Even the great and gorgeous Angelina became the subject of what they call “poor casting”.
At the time of filming, Collin Farell was 28 years old while Angelina was 29. What were the filmmakers thinking when they gave Jolie the role of being a mother to the great general? Was Hollywood running out of older actresses at that time? It was quite a shame as well that they didn’t even use prosthetics to make her look older.
Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern is an American superhero film that tells the story of a test pilot who was chosen to be the first human member of the Green Lantern Corps. The movie is based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Ryan Reynolds was selected for the main role. However, after the movie aired in 2011 and suffered a commercial failure, it was evident that Reynolds regretted doing the film.
Critics were quite confused about the top reason why the film wasn’t welcomed very well at the box office. It could be Ryan’s performance while others blamed the script. Some even mentioned the terrible CGI superhero suit. Luckily for Ryan, he had the chance of redeeming himself when he was selected to play the prominent role in Deadpool.
Liv Tyler – The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy adventure film that is considered by critics as one of the greatest fantasy films ever made. The production team behind the movie had made an amazing job when it comes to capturing the scope and majesty of the books where the film was adapted. However, in one way or another, it seemed that the filmmakers have shared their missteps to the viewers as well. One of these is having Liv Tyler in the cast.
The actress portrayed Arwen, a relatively minor character in the film. While Liv did her best, it didn’t help her that she was acting with great actors like Hugo Weaving and Viggo Mortensen. With such comparison, critics can easily notice that she was a little out of her element.
Hayden Christensen – Star Wars (2002)
Most Star Wars fans would agree that the original films are far greater than the prequels. Aside from the critics blaming Director George Lucas for careless cinematography, another unforgivable aspect for the fans is the poor choice of cast. Among the top things that annoyed the solid fans of this American epic space opera franchise is the decision to get Hayden Christensen playing the role of Anakin Skywalker despite having over 1, 500 choices.
Arguably, Darth Vader is the greatest villain in cinema. However, no matter how talented and amazing Christensen was in his other works; he just failed to capture the essence of the most powerful Jedi ever. He somehow managed to pull off the white swan that was Anakin Skywalker, but unfortunately, he failed to give justice to the black swan that was Darth Vader.
Sofia Coppola – Godfather III (1990)
In Hollywood, it is not surprising to see famous actors bringing their children in the movies they are working on. While some tandems received positive reactions from the viewers, there are also those cases where fans can only say that the talents of the parents were not handed down to the next generation. The same thing happened to great actor Francis Ford Coppola when he decided to include his daughter, Sofia Coppola, in the cast of Godfather III.
The stiff performance of Sofia cannot be simply missed especially by fans and critics who have seen the first two films. What made matters even worse is that the young actress was surrounded by well-experienced actors who, in one way or another, showed to everyone that she was just an amateur.
Brad Pitt – Troy (2004)
Troy is an epic period war film that is loosely based on Homer’s Iliad. The movie which boasts an ensemble cast was released in 2004. With almost $500 million gross, the film was temporarily included in the list of top 100 highest grossing films of all time. However, its commercial success didn’t hindrance the critics from sharing their views about the casting. Brad Pitt, who portrayed the role of Achilles, didn’t escape negative reactions despite being the biggest Hollywood heartthrob at that time.
Although his performances for Se7en and Fight Club were unforgettable, the one he did for Troy is probably one thing he wanted to leave in the past. His looks and his body were great attractions; however, he failed to capture the strong character of the famous warrior. Critics even mentioned that the actor’s performance became the Achilles-heel of the production.
Denise Richards – The World Is Not Enough (1999)
The World Is Not Enough is the 19th installment in the British spy film series James Bond. Aside from the breathtaking action scenes, the film became famous for having beautiful actresses with ridiculous name in the cast as well. They are called the Bond Girls in the industry. Underneath those pretty faces often lie dangerous beasts.
With many Bond Girls to compare, it became easier for the viewers to notice the lousy performance of Denise Richards. The actress is famous for her role in Blond and Blonder and her not-so-serious demeanor was seen by the audience as a weakness in portraying the role of a smart but reserved nuclear physicist.
Tom Cruise – Jack Reacher (2012)
Jack Reacher is a character created by Lee Child in his novels. The author had described him as a man who stands 6″5, weighs 250 pounds and looks like an ugly a lock forward from some rugby team. Lee even emphasized that the character has “hands the size of dinner plates”.
So when the novel was adapted into a film, fans were naturally upset to see Tom Cruise in the lead role. Although the actor did a great job of doing the action scenes, it seems that for avid viewers, size really matters. Even the author himself agrees that Tom is not the most appropriate actor for the role.
Katie Holmes – Batman Begins (2005)
Katie Holmes left a mark on everyone’s heart when she appeared as Joey in Dawson’s Creek. However, her iconic role became her weakness as well when critics noticed that she had a hard time shaking it off when she played Bruce Wayne’s love interest in Batman Begins. There were even movie experts who described her performance as “forgettable”.
Later on, director Christopher Nolan brought in Maggie Gyllenhaal to portray Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight. This act even intensified the speculations that she failed to meet the expectations. However, there were rumors that the actress was, in fact, had been offered the role again but she refused.
Jack Black – King Kong (2005)
The 2005’s epic monster adventure film King Kong became the fourth highest grossing film in the history of Universal Pictures when it was released in 2005. The film even won three Academy Awards. But still, for the keen viewers, there’s still a weak spot that simply didn’t make sense to the viewers. It was the decision of the filmmakers to give the role of Carl Denham to Jack Black.
For fans, Jack Black’s name is synonymous to School of Rock or Shallow Hal. While most critics describe him as a great actor, his portrayal of the failed, frustrated filmmaker in King Kong showed that he was not cut for dramatic roles. He did redeem himself when he gave out a phenomenal performance in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
January Jones – X-Men: First Class (2011)
When the announcement was made that January Jones will portray the character of Emma Frost in 2011’s film adaptation of the comic-based X-Men, everyone got excited. She nailed the character of Betty Draper in the series Mad Men and fans expected that she will be showing off her acting skills in X-Men once again. However, it seems that the fans expected too much.
No one would argue that January looked gorgeous and stunning for the role. However, Emma Frost is supposed to be a confident and morally questionable woman. Critics were confused when the actress made her appear somehow distant and uninterested in anything at all.
Johnny Depp – The Lone Ranger (2013)
For fans of Johnny Depp, it was really heartbreaking to see him in a film that suffered one of the biggest commercial failures in history. According to the critics, despite the effort of the production team to make the movie a success, the wrong choice of actors had inevitably pulled everyone down. Johnny Depp’s performance was described as lazy acting and critics even added that the casting was another case of whitewashing in Hollywood.
Johnny Depp portrayed Tonto – a Native American character. However, most viewers have noticed that he just showed everyone what Captain Jack Sparrow would look like if he was a Native American. Others even added that the actor put in zero effort.
Dakota Johnson – Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Despite gaining a huge box office success, it didn’t help Fifty Shades of Grey’s actress Dakota Johnson to escape negative comments from critics. Her acting was described to be like that of Kristen Stewart in the fan-fiction Twilight. Dakota’s mannerisms are the same as the Twilight actress and other die-hard fans of Bella said that she was just a poor copycat.
Aside from her mannerisms, most viewers found her lacking the chemistry with lead actor Jamie Dornan. Rumor has it that the lovebirds in the film actually dislike each other off-cam which would explain why critics feel some sort of disconnection.
Jennifer Garner – Daredevil / Elektra (2003, 2005)
Jennifer Garner proved that she can kick some serious behind when she portrayed the role of CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the hit television show Alias. So when she was chosen to play the role of Elektra in the film Daredevil, no one raised an eyebrow.
However, when the film was released in 2003, the actress received her fair share of criticisms. Based on the comic’s description, Elektra is a dark and cynical woman who is extremely driven by revenge. Instead of showing the strong personality of Daredevil’s love interest, Jennifer appeared too nice in the film.
Mickey Rooney – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
While there are movies from the past that will be forever remembered as timeless classics, there are just those films that tend to stay in the category of plain classics. Sometimes, all it takes is to watch them again to discover that there are things even time can’t change and that it, poor acting.
It’s undeniable that this 1961’ American romantic comedy film is great. But to actually see the actor Mickey Rooney portraying an Asian character is completely another thing. Aside from the issue of whitewashing, his performance was described as extremely stereotypical. Even if he tries to claim that times were different back in those days, it can’t be denied that he played out the character in a downright offensive manner.
Vince Vaughn – Psycho (1998)
Directed by Gus Van Sant and was released in 1998, Psycho is the modern remake of Hitchcock’s 1960 horror film masterpiece with the same title. Although fans of the original were wondering why a remake is necessary, the director still pushed through and even brought in Vince Vaughn on board to portray Norman Bates.
Although Vince Vaughn was not yet that famous for his comedy roles at the time of this film, critics found it too weird to have him playing the role of a man who appears as frail as a bird but is capable of committing gruesome murders.
Gary Oldman – Tiptoes (2003)
Tiptoes is a 2003 film by Matthew Bright that was never released theatrically in the United States. Instead, it went straight to DVD and eventually suffered a negative critical reaction. According to the critics, the casting choice can be described as one of the most offensive acts in the industry. It pertains specifically to Gary Oldman who was chosen to portray the role of a dwarf.
The negative remarks had nothing to do with the actor’s ability to embrace the essence of the character. However, the viewers had found it too awkward to watch the great actor planted inside a couch and sporting strange prosthetic legs. Was it too hard for the filmmakers to find a dwarf actor for the role?
Ezra Miller – The Flash
Ezra Miller’s fan base skyrocketed when he gave out a chilling dramatic performance in the film We Need to Talk About Kevin. But when he was chosen to play the role of the fast superhero in 2017’s Justice League, movie critics were almost unanimous that the actor failed to exude a strong impression.
Some viewers and movie commentators even voiced out that Ezra Miller lacked the charisma and by trying so hard, the beloved superhero somehow appeared quite annoying on the screen. Fortunately, the actor still has a chance to prove himself in his upcoming solo movie as The Flash.
Ben Affleck – Batman Vs. Superman (2016)
Fans of the famous DC Comics characters Batman and Superman were enraged when the franchise announced who the actors are chosen for the roles. The news about Ben Affleck portraying Batman caused a Twitter storm and critics hoped that the filmmakers would somehow reconsider. However, they did not. Arguably, it’s the reason why the superhero film had never met the huge expectations at the box office.
Ben Affleck both failed in capturing the audience as the billionaire Bruce Wayne and as Batman. As a result, the studio announced that the actor wouldn’t be playing Batman anymore. However, the role hasn’t been recast ever since.
Jessica Alba – Fantastic Four (2005)
Fresh from her success in Dark Angel, Jessica Alba was offered the role of Sue Storm – The Invisible Woman – in Fantastic Four. But while she effortlessly nailed her character from the hit television series, it seemed that she ran out of luck in the 2005 film adaptation of the famous superhero comics.
Critics claimed that the blonde hair and blue contacts didn’t suit the actress. Even her performance was described as lousy. Later on, Jessica claimed that director Tim Story instructed her to be less expressive and to give out a flat but interesting performance. Most would agree that it sounds pretty much challenging!
Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider (2007)
Despite earning negative reviews from critics, Ghost Rider still managed to gain a box office success. When it was released on theaters in 2007, viewers were upset to see Nicholas Cage in the lead role. He portrayed the character of Johnny Blaze, the second to assume the name of “Ghost Rider”.
While it’s undeniable that Cage is a great action star, most fans and critics think that he was too old for the role. He had this ridiculous wig all throughout the film as well. Moreover, his acting performance was extremely criticized. Fortunately for Nicholas, a stand-alone sequel was released in 2012 and he somehow managed to redeem himself.
Justin Timberlake – Wonder Wheel (2017)
Beginning his career on The New Mickey Mouse Club, Justine Timberlake had successfully made a name for himself as the lead singer of the pop band ‘NSync. After gaining worldwide fame, he decided to try out his luck in acting and somehow nailed his characters in films such as Friends with Benefits and Bad Teacher. However, when he appeared in Wonder Wheel, it became clear that director Woody Allen had made a bad choice.
Justin can pull off light-hearted comedies, there’s no doubt about it. However, being a Coney Island lifeguard who’s torn between two lovers, mother and stepdaughter wasn’t something the singer turned actor can give justice to.
Zooey Deschanel – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Zooey Deschanel is one of those Hollywood actresses who can be described as unarguably polarizing. Either she’ll turn you into a fan or you’ll forever be her critic. However, the performance she gave in the film Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will leave you only with only one option.
There was so much excitement when it was announced she will be portraying the character of Trillian but when the movie was released in 2005, the critics have noticed that she made herself appeared as an amateur. She seemed to lack the acting skills and later on admitted that she was well aware it was one of her worst performances ever.
Elijah Wood – Green Street (2005)
For solid fans of The Lord of the Rings who have watched Elijah Wood for almost ten hours, he will always be that soft, diminutive, and hill-dwelling hobbit. It would really be hard to imagine him on other roles, much to the likes of a tough guy. However, the director of Green Street still pushed through and had Elijah on the set playing the lead role of a football hooligan.
Movie critics weren’t directly saying that he’s not a great actor, he had a long list of great performances on films anyway. But seeing him as a football hooligan on screen was considered the weirdest of all things. Perhaps he needed the magic of the elves to make him fit and credible for the role.
Rihanna – Battleship (2012)
There are singers who become great actors and vice-versa. However, there are those who need to choose one. And if the singer is Rihanna, she definitely must choose the career where she’s undoubtedly magnificent.
In 2012, Rihanna made her debut appearance on the American military science fiction action film “Battleship.” Although she’s not the only reason why the movie was ruined at the Box Office, still, her poor performance cannot be simply missed. As a result, she took home a Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actress.
Kevin Costner – Prince of Thieves (1991)
In films, one of the most noticeable mistakes of the actors is their accent. If one failed to nail it, they must not be surprised if they received negative reactions. The same thing happened to Kevin Costner when he was chosen to portray the legendary character Robinhood in Kevin Reynold’s Prince of Thieves.
The actor’s attempt of sounding like a British nobleman was downright disappointing and embarrassing. What makes it even worse is the fact that in one scene, he’s sounding completely British and on the next, he’s completely American. There goes the character’s credibility in the eyes of the audience.
John Wayne – The Conqueror (1956)
Once you’ve got the chance to watch Dick Powell’s epic film The Conquer, you can only say that whitewashing in Hollywood had been prevalent even in the 50s. Some directors simply didn’t have the word “inappropriate” in their vocabulary. Powell brought in John Wayne in the cast and even game him the role of Genghis Khan.
Having a Caucasian actor in a role that’s meant for another ethnicity may have been the reason why the movie suffered a hard time at the box office. Not only that, it was even listed as one of the worst movies of all times.
Natalie Portman – Thor (2011)
Throughout her Hollywood career, Natalie Portman has a lot to be proud of. But perhaps, appearing as Jade Foster in the 2011 superhero film Thor cannot be added to her list, at least according to the critics. The actress gave a plain performance and in some scenes didn’t look interested at all.
There were speculations that the actress didn’t give her best as the film was not the kind being nominated for major awards. Her fans even claim that they’d rather see her in dramatic roles rather than desperately trying to exude a superhero charisma.
Michael Gambon – Harry Potter (2002)
Perhaps the beloved Headmaster of Hogwarts will have the same massive fan base as Harry Potter if the actor playing the character wasn’t changed. In this case, however, the director had no choice. Richard Harris, the actor who was first chosen to portray Dumbledore, passed away after the second installment of the film series was filmed. Michael Gambon was chosen to take over the role.
However, fans immediately noticed that the actor failed to exude the calm and collected Dumbledore. One of the specific scenes wherein Gambon was criticized for his performance was when he aggressively grabbed Harry and asked him if he put his name in the Goblet of Fire. Richard Harris would have been as cool as a cucumber.