12 great performances in great movies, from Hugh Grant to Jake Gyllenhaal


IIt’s not easier to be the saving grace of a bad movie than the worst part of a good movie.

The latter rarely makes sense – surely if a movie was shot on all cylinders and there was a capable director behind it, every element would work just fine?

If this was just a simple matter. Although rare, there are cases where very good movies are undone by a single bad element. Sometimes it’s the wrong accent, or a distracting actor, or even something as simple as a little bit of a false prediction.

To shed light on this phenomenon, we’ve compiled 12 unusual performances in great movies, from the famous absurdity (Cameron Diaz in New york gang), before more controversial choices (Hugh Grant in Really love? Yes indeed!)

And while you’re here, why not sample the inverse of this odd occurrence – excellent performance in other terrible movies

Jake Gyllenhaal in Prison

Gyllenhaal is guilty of acting too much in Denis Villeneuve’s child-abduction thriller. While the other A-listers around him (including Hugh Jackman and Viola Davis) bury themselves in grief and anger, Gyllenhaal seems to be in a different movie altogether. He’s full of convulsions and tenses in his face, creating an annoying weirdness in a movie that doesn’t need it at all.

January Jones in X-Men: First Class

The Crazy men stars through a flat influence for the reboot of this great franchise. To be fair, the character she’s playing – mutant female henchman Emma Frost – is written like a nimble hand candy and absolutely nothing else, but Jones doesn’t seem painfully interested. .

Mark Hamill in Star Wars

First, some notes. Some of our greatest living actors can’t match George Lucas’s inability to write good lines, and Hamill has gotten infinitely better as an actor as he has aged. . In those first three Star Wars movies, he also played Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, two of the most charismatic actors in film history. All that said, he’s still not so good in the original 1977 Star Wars, playing Luke Skywalker as a 10-year-old. That might be the point, but it’s still frustrating.

Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

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Keira Knightley in Bend It Like Beckham

Keira Knightley will kick like Beckham What is Mark Hamill? Star Wars: an actor will mature with age, but their fresh-faced weaknesses were fully shown in their first big movie. Playing the role of a young player, Knightley played with wood in a distracting manner. She agreed, admitting years later that she didn’t think she was very good at it.

Hugh Grant in true love

Many people may think Grant’s inclusion on this list is a farce, both because he is Hugh Grant and/or because Really love not so good anyway – these guys are wrong. But actors are an unexpectedly weak link in a well-executed film. In theory, he should work as UK Prime Minister, but there’s a self-conscious, somewhat withdrawn quality to his performance here, as if he didn’t particularly want to be there. Even his memorable Downing Street dance scene looks like it was shot with a gun.

Cameron Diaz in Gangs of New York

Sunny, glamorous (and now retired) Cameron Diaz has always been classified, notably as John Cusack’s tragic curly-haired wife in It’s John Malkovich. However, every now and then, being kind of against gets turned into a “horribly wrong prediction”. Take New york gang, in which she played an Irish pickpocket and the love interest in the film for Leonardo DiCaprio. Even beyond the bad vocals, Diaz is only really there so this Martin Scorsese epic could have another A-list name on its posters.

Ryan O’Neal in Barry Lyndon

There is an argument to be made that O’Neal’s blank-face false prediction here is the point, or a rare case of a void at the center of a film that actually benefits the film. But that might give the great Stanley Kubrick some credit. Forced to cast him after Robert Redford gave him the chance, Kubrick seems likely to draw around O’Neal – it’s a stunningly beautiful epic full of wit and intrigue, if thwarted by the rest of the lead. its blank.

John Travolta in The Thin Red Line

Even in a movie starring George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, and John C Reilly, John Travolta was somehow too popular for it. He only has a few minutes on screen, playing an army general, but he seems out of step with the film’s more ethereal rhythm that makes it impossible not to end the film.

Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained

A constant guest player in many of his films – and those of others – Tarantino has always been a bit distracting, but his presence in Django Unchained take cake. He only has a few regrettable lines – including the “Shut up, you nigger!” – and also has a horrible Australian accent. Thankfully, Jamie Foxx’s Django blew him away shortly after he arrived, saving us all in the process.

Russell Crowe in ‘Wretched Men’

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Russell Crowe in Les Misérables

Russell Crowe can’t sing, which doesn’t help when he’s cast in a movie adaptation of Les Mis. But he also seems uncomfortable in the movie, struggling to project underneath his tiny green hat. His horrifying voice is reminiscent of Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! Except for Brosnan’s unique timbre that added to that movie’s charm, Crowe’s rough growl doesn’t seem to be out of place here, especially since his co-stars are all up front. their game.

Jared Leto in Blade Runner 2049

Buried in Blade Runner The sequel is Leto’s overripe performance as the film’s villain. His problem is partly due to the movie’s script, which upsets him with hammy monologues and too many opportunities to munch on scenes, but Leto is generally intolerable here in every way. case. In the sentence Jared Leto can most imagine, he is also partially blind in order to play the character, choosing to wear blurry contact lenses that cause his eyesight to decrease. All those grueling efforts are seen on screen, to the detriment of the movie.

Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Is it annoying that another perfect movie is so racist? Not just a dubious performance that destroys everything, Breakfast at Tiffany’s undermined by Mickey Rooney’s disgusting caricature of an Asian who by 1961 standards was tragic. Wearing fake tans and a pair of crooked teeth – along with tape to change the shape of his eyes – Rooney personally ruined the film.

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Tom Vazquez

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