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Here are the top 5 worst films with great actors that make you wonder, ‘why on earth did they do that!?’
1) Jaws: The Revenge (1987) – Michael Caine
It seems baffling that a well established British actor in Michael Caine, with amazing films such as ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, ‘Alfie’ and ‘Zulu’, would choose to be part of such a non-consequential film like ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ that added no weight to Spielberg’s franchise. The film centers around the a giant shark stalking Amity Island, to which the residents presume is revenge for the shark from the first film… wait, what!
It wasn’t exactly a career threatening move though as he went on to do Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Muppet Christmas Carol and star as Alfred in the Christopher Nolan reboot of the Batman series.
2) Alone in the Dark (2005) – Christian Slater
Though I wouldn’t class Christian Slater as a true Hollywood great, two of my favorite films are his (True Romance and Broken Arrow). Alone in the Dark, an adaptation from a popular game franchise, is just incredibly bad. The dialogue is terrible, the CGI is basic and cringe worthy and Slater’s acting is reminiscent of a C list actor in one of those horrendous monster movie flicks (I’m thinking Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus here)
3) Deep Blue Sea (1999) – Samuel L Jackson
This film has reached cult fame nowadays purely because of its deadly serious approach to such a silly film. The scene that sticks in most people’s minds is the where Samuel L Jackson issues a rousing speech (worthy of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart) in which his periphery instantly takes charge in the way all Samuel L Jackson fans love- him shouting and screaming. This rallying cry is cut short however when out of nowhere, one of the escaped giant sharks leaps from the water and drags him under, saving him from any further association with this truly awful film.
4) Stone (2010) – Robert De Niro
This film promises to be so much. Another Robert De Niro and Ed Norton pairing (after The Score) gave hopes of another dynamic performance from the pair, but alas, the film disappointed…a lot.
It was dark, dreary and always hinted at a massive plot change/twist, which only just makes you keep watching, but it never comes. De Niro, who is without a doubt my all time favorite actor, seems to have experimented with his film choice in recent years, sadly this choice flopped.
5) The Italian Job (2003) – Ed Norton
Though this film isn’t as terrible as the others on this list, it appears here because it’s an example of yet another British classic being remade and completely ruined by Hollywood. Why do they do it? The Michael Caine classic is virtually perfect as a film, yet American film big wigs insisted on making a complete hash of it.
What makes The Italian Job so awesomely British is that they did it at a time when there was no high tech surveillance systems in place, computer programs for them to simulate their drive or fancy ways to crack open a safe. A bunch of Londoners waltz into Turin, do a smash and grab job then perform high speed car heroics to escape.
Ed Norton’s villain makes the film slightly bearable to watch over Jason Statham’s drab dialogue, Mark Wahlberg’s wooden acting and Seth Green’s stereotypical tech geek. British viewers would have probably winced at the scenes which attempt to copy their beloved classic.
Those are my picks for great actors in bad films, which films would you pick and why? Comment and share below.
Author Byline: Gavin Harvey is a fitness instructor and loves nothing more than to relax with a great film after a grueling day in the gym. He also loves to write in his spare time and blogs for Fly on the Wall.