There is something electrifying about discovering an awesome movie. The plot, characters, and cinematography are almost enough to judge whether a film is going to be a dud or a longtime favorite but the performances are also integral to the overall quality of a movie. Even if the film is filled with brilliant acting, one terrible actor can ruin the rest of the movie. Here are 10 Famous Actors Whose Performance Ruined Their Movies.
Hayden Christensen, Star Wars
There is much speculation over whether Hayden Christensen can act. This mystery is undoubtedly fueled by his acting in the Star Wars films, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. His dry robotic performance supports any theory that Christensen was not there at all and he was just computer generated. Frankly, if he was simply CGI, the character may have emoted more successfully. To be fair, Christensen is a decent actor. Shattered Glass is proof enough, but there are a handful of other films that prove he knows what he’s doing. The worst part of this particularly bad performance is that it is a vital element of the Star Wars saga, he is Darth Vader after all.
Russel Crowe, Les Miserables
Russell Crowe is a fine actor and deserves his multiple Academy Award nominations but even the most impressive thespians can get miscast in a film, Les Miserables is that film. Since the film is a musical with the actors singing live, someone probably should have let Russell Crowe know that he can’t sing. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne have such incredible singing voices and amazing acting chops but every time Crowe’s character, Javert appears on screen, it is time for a bathroom break. Russell Crowe’s performance and singing hinder the film so much that it could be the reason it lost out for the Best Picture Academy Award in 2013.
Tommy Lee Jones Batman Forever
In seems nearly impossible to out-chew the scenery in a film that also features Jim Carrey but Tommy Lee Jones somehow made it possible with Batman Forever. His portrayal of Two -Face, is baffling and loud. Obviously, once Gotham’s District Attorney, Harvey Dent becomes the supervillain, Two-Face, he may go insane but Jones plays the character not only bonkers but also incredibly persistent with roaring his lines. This is a movie that has Jim Carrey Cackling as the Riddler, comic explosions, and a blaring soundtrack by U2 and Seal, and yet it is still Tommy Lee Jones who is the most deafening element of Batman Forever.
January Jones, X-Men First Class
After watching January Jones in X-Men: First Class audiences may be wondering if Jones attended the Katie Holmes School of Bored Acting. Jones is beautiful and her performance in Mad Men as 1960s housewife Betty Draper is flawless but her role as Emma Frost seems like a retread of Betty which makes no sense for the comic book character. We can look past the unfortunate wardrobe that looked less Emma Frost and more Fembot from Austin Powers but when a character seems to breathe more life on the pages of a comic than with a living person acting out the character, there is little that can be done. January Jones may be be stunning but her performance as The White Queen is far from royal.
Jaden Smith, After Earth
Nepotism in Hollywood may work in the case of Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Liv Tyler but when it doesn’t work, it fails miserably. Jaden Smith’s performance in After Earth is proof that talent is not always genetic. As the son of the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, Jaden made his debut as Will’s son in The Pursuit of Happyness which required little acting, The Karate Kid remake was a slap in the face for those who grew up in the 80s, and After Earth was just a tragedy. The science fiction film was a box office hit which is all thanks to his actual movie star father, but Jaden’s presence in the film ruins any possibility of the film succeeding on any level. Poor Will continues to push for his children to work in the industry. It must be true that Parents Just Don’t Understand.