When it comes to acting, there is any number of greats out there who have dazzled the silver screen with their personas and character portrayals. However, every so often there are actors that ruin movies for us.
To make things worse they might have otherwise been great movies too had it not been for that one performance. There’s a tradition in Hollywood called the Golden Raspberry Awards (or the Razzie awards) that is a mock award show to give actors rewards for the worst performances ever. Some of the actors on this list are Razzie winners, even several time winners. Many have nominations, however, some aren’t even on the award show’s microscope.
No matter what there’s always that one movie that sticks out in our minds as being good if it weren’t for that one actor’s line or performance. The following 24 performances come from actors that ruin movies for us that may otherwise be good films were it not for their involvement.
1) Sean Connery – The Hunt For Red October: Ridiculous accents aside, this film is no doubt a great thriller ride for all. Based off of Tom Clancy’s novel, The Hunt For Red October was meant to be an action-packed thrill ride for the whole fam. However, Sean Connery’s very obvious Scottish accent makes it very hard to believe he’s a former Russian military general.
2) Arnold Schwarzenegger – Conan The Barbarian: Despite its flaws, Conan The Barbarian was shaping up to be a beautiful, action-packed fantasy about the famed swordsman. However, Schwarzenegger’s performance seemed mockish and fell short of serious, likely preventing the film from reaching blockbuster success despite its good performance at the box office.
3. Jesse Eisenberg – Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice: The timid star of the Social Network couldn’t quite fill the shoes necessary to bring the legendary DC comics villain Lex Luthor to life. His bothersome and irritating version of the character had both audiences and critics cringing. Perhaps this was his intention, however, it seemed like quite the thorn in the side of this film that didn’t quite do it justice.
4. Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Harry Potter star had one of the legendary roles of the last century and no doubt proved himself to audiences everywhere. However, there’s a particular set of scenes in the Prisoner of Azkaban, especially a scene outside of Hogsmeade where Harry vows to kill Sirius Black that had audiences cringing everywhere. The performance is hard to believe and it takes you out of the experience.