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Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies

Updated February 26, 2019 1.4k votes 230 voters 7.2k views

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The thing most people don’t realize about being an actor is that it is, above all else, 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. That’s usually why you see good actors in bad movies. One of the positives that can 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 industry's most beloved actors have appeared in some 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.

Vote up the best actors who’ve starred in the worst films and leave a comment about the worst movie your favorite actor has made.

  • George Clooney - 'Batman & Rob is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
    Photo: Batman & Robin (1997) / Warner Bros. / Amazon

    As the film that made "Bat Nipples" a thing, Batman & Robin was devastatingly bad. If you think about it though, we have this terrible film to thank for Christopher Nolan's excellent Bat-film trilogy.

    But more about Batman & Robin, Clooney was quoted as saying, "I think we might have killed the franchise." Thank goodness they didn't.

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  • Dennis Hopper - 'Super Mario B is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
    Photo: Super Mario Bros. / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Amazon

    Dennis Hopper was in some ground-breaking movies, but he's also been in some real garbage, with Super Mario Bros. potentially being the worst he's ever starred in. In fact, it's so bad that even his son thinks his dad should have steered clear. While Hopper was still alive he said this about his son's disdain of the film. "I made a picture called Super Mario Bros., and my six-year-old son at the time - he's now 18 - he said, 'Dad, I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros.?' and I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'"

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  • Ben Affleck - 'Gigli' is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
    Photo: Gigli / Columbia Pictures / Amazon

    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.

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  • Charlize Theron - 'Reindeer Ga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Beloved Actors Who've Starred in Terrible Movies
    Photo: Reindeer Games / Miramax / Amazon

    Charlize Theron has seen some huge critical praise in films like Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road, but she can't say the same thing for her role in the action film Reindeer Games. When speaking about the film, Theron said“That was a bad, bad, bad movie. But I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn’t lying to myself - that’s why I did it.”

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