Worst gig an actor took

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  1. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

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    In your opinion, of course. There are some classics out there where a respected, talented actor takes a truly awful role. There's a famous story about Kim Basinger agreeing to appear in a film called Boxing Helena and then realising what an utter turkey it was and breaking her contract. It cost her a fortune but her reputation remained intact.

    I'll go for something slightly more obscure here. Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's. "Miss Gorightry!" Dreadful.
     
  2. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    I'll get this out of the way, then:

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6i2WRreARo[/yt]

    Who knows. Maybe Nic Cage had a great time filming it.
     
  3. Nerys Myk

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    Go to Michael Caine's IMDB page and pick a movie at random. ;)
     
  4. cultcross

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    George Clooney, Batman and Robin
    Kevin Spacey, Superman Returns
    Halle Berry, Catwoman.

    That they're all superhero films is a complete coincidence ;)
     
  5. Avalon

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    Two for Sean Connery:

    Ramirez in HIGHLANDER II

    Sir de Winter in THE AVENGERS (A teddy bear suit? Really?)
     
  6. Greg Cox

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    John Wayne in The Conqueror. Not only was he miscast as Genghis Khan (!), but shooting near an atomic testing site may have contributed to his death by cancer years later.

    And then, of course, there was Vic Morrow and Twilight Zone: The Movie.
     
  7. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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  8. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    What, no Zardoz? Or League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? (Wasn't that the experience that convinced him to retire from acting?)
     
  9. Starbreaker

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    That was Connery's own fault. He admits he was offered roles in The Matrix and Lord of the Rings before he finally decided he needed to be part of a "popular" franchise.
     
  10. Random_Spock

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    Hey I didn't think that movie was that bad. It wasn't the best thing I'd ever seen, but I've seen worse.

    Agreed about George Clooney in Batman and Robin. The film was ok, but he didn't seem quite right as Batman for some reason.
     
  11. Avalon

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    Oh. Oh, Greg -- yeah, that takes "worst gig" to a whole different level, I think. Ouch. :(

    Well, I've never seen ZARDOZ (and Zion Ravescene has kindly remedied my oversight anyway). As for LoEG...I, uh...uh...well, I actually really love it. (Somewhere, Alan Moore and his devotees are trying to kill me with power of their combined minds.) But yeah, from what I understand, it was a horrible experience for Connery.
     
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  12. Claudia

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    @ Michael Caine, I think his Alfred in "Batman Begins" or "Dark Knight"'s really a good performance.

    Agreed - I think, as Batman, he lacked the certain kind of ruthlessness, he was too soft for that role... or in other words (to paraphrase the ending of "Dark Knight"), Clooney's batman is no "dark knight", but rather a hero.
     
  13. Green Shirt

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    Blame it on Rio.

    Even Michelle Johnson's boobs couldn't save it.
     
  14. Christopher

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    The problem wasn't Clooney, the problem was the film's version of Batman. Given a good script, Clooney could've probably been one of the best screen Batmen. He's proven in other roles that he can play brooding, serious figures as well as projecting the suaveness and glamour necessary for Bruce Wayne, billionaire playboy. But Joel Schumacher could never decide whether his Bat-films were over-the-top camp or serious drama, so they ended up being awkward hodgepodges of both, making it hard for any actor to really get a handle on who Batman was supposed to be.
     
  15. chardman

    chardman Vice Admiral In Memoriam

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    Sir John Gielgud, Sir Peter O'Toole, Dame Helen Mirren, that title-less chap Malcolm McDowell, and, well, everyone else who was suckered into being in Bob Guccione's 1979 production of "Caligula".

    Christopher Plummer in "Starcrash: The Adventures of Stella Star" (1978).
     
  16. Shurik

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    Ben Kingsley in Bloodrayne.
     
  17. { Emilia }

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    William Shatner in Star Trek V.

    Incidentally also the worst job a director ever took.

    (sorry, i just... couldn't resist)
     
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    Jonathan Frakes, hosting the "alien autopsy" documentary.
     
  20. Mr. Adventure

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    Any recognizable actor in a Sci-Fi Original Picture.



    My teenage self would disagree.