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Jacob Shelton
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The thing that most people don’t realize about being an actor is that it’s a job. Maybe folks like Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron aren’t punching a clock every morning, but they have to pay the bills somehow and that’s usually why you see good actors in bad movies. One of the positives that come out of your favorite thespian appearing in an awful film is that you’ll usually hear a good story about their miserable experience, although some good actors in bad films keep their lips sealed, either out of respect for the production or because they just don’t care. Keep reading if you want to find out why some of the most beloved actors have appeared in some of the most terrible movies.

One of the biggest reasons you see great actors in bad movies is because houses don’t buy themselves. Think about it, if you were offered an ungodly sum of money to act like a doofus with Adam Sandler you’d probably do it, right? If you answered no to that question, you have more self respect than Al Pacino (but he has a lot more money than you do). It’s easy to hate on actors who choose to make terrible films, but remember, they’re just trying to work like everyone else - even if their job is wearing a bat suit with latex nipples.

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
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Robert De Niro spent most of his career building up goodwill with iconic roles in films like Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, but you don't pay the bills with "You talkin' to me?" No, you pay the bills by hitting "a new low." Ouch.

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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
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It's possible that no actor on this list is as bummed about their horrible film as Ryan Reynolds is about The Green Lantern. Not only does he rip into the film in his massive hit Deadpool, but when asked to rank the film on a scale of one to 10 he said, "I would give it a scant... 4? Yeah, 3 or 4? ONE! IT'S A ONE!"

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Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
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You've probably never seen Gigli, and for good reason: it's one of the worst movies that's ever been made. Right now it's sitting pretty at 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, and reviews of the film were so bad, they made the film's director quit directing movies forever.

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
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Jeremy Irons is a classical actor who's tread the boards in everything from Macbeth to Richard II. But the one performance he probably wishes he could remove from his CV is the film adaptation of the world's most popular nerd game, Dungeons & Dragons. When asked why he would be in such a terrible movie, Irons was incredibly honest and said "Are you kidding? I'd just bought a castle, I had to pay for it somehow!"

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