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10 Ridiculous Performances That Totally Derailed A Movie

Published March 10, 2014 by gossipzoo

TriStar Pictures

TriStar Pictures

A ridiculous performance can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending entirely on the context in which it is deployed. In a wildly over-the-top film, it can complement the wacky tone already established. In something a little more serious-minded, it can totally derail everything, ruining our suspension of disbelief and pulling us out of the narrative.

Though a ridiculous performance will often save a bad film from being outright awful (or at least lend it some perverse comic merit), it can also undo all of the good work that everyone else is aiming for.

These 10 films vary wildly in quality, from the genuinely quite good to the outright awful, but whatever progress they were at, their intentions were totally thrown off course by an actor who, either intentionally or by accident, decided to ham it up for the cheap seats, stealing the show either for better or for worse.

Of course, if there any classically absurd performances I missed, or you disagree about these actors derailing said movies, let me know in the comments!

10. Hayden Christensen (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

Anakin Skywalker

20th Century Fox

Hayden Christensen is not a terrible actor, despite what many believe. He is downright excellent in Shattered Glass, yet one has to imagine where all that talent has gone considering he’s best remembered for giving a brutally awful performance as Anakin Skywalker in Episodes 2 and 3 of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Though he distinctly improves in Episode 3, and having better material to work with certainly didn’t hurt, in Episode 2 Hayden smacks of an actor totally out of his depth, with no idea of what he’s doing. Of course, being saddled with some of George Lucas’ most infamously ropey dialogue did him no favours.

Still, his interpretation of the famous sand speech while speaking to Padme leaves a lot to be desired. One might forgive him if he clearly knew that the lines were godawful and just decided to have a laugh with it, but his solemn, self-serious line reading only makes the hokey romantic gulch seem that more idiotic. Nobody really gets out alive in this film, but watching Hayden’s performance in this film is like observing a car crash in slow motion.

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10 Veteran Stars Kurt Russell Could Bring To Fast And Furious 7

Published November 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

Kurt Russell Death Proof

It’s back… One more movie down and the next steps up to the plate. That’s right, Fast & Furious is back with its currently filming seventh instalment… and it’s bringing back absolutely everybody ever. If that’s not good enough for you, Jason Staham is along for the ride, and now the new franchise director James Wan (horror vet that brought us Saw and Insidious) is busting out the big guns by bringing in a veteran…

As revealed last week by a Vin Diesel snapshot taken on set, Snake Plisken himself Kurt Russell is joining the ensemble cast this time around, and if it was up to us, the buck simply wouldn’t stop there. The series is already posturing to be an Expendables on wheels. To keep things from getting stale, maybe it’s time to give fans of the series, and the genre, some fan-service by bringing in some of the biggest vets in the business.

Let’s kick it off…

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