Stories · July 11, 2020

12 Times Actors Almost Saved A Bad Movie By Sheer Force Of Will

These actors made some passable lemonade out of some really bad lemons.

1. Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: The Dark World

Marvel

“I think we can all agree that the movie was terrible, but Tom’s performance as Loki was the best part of it by far!” — swiftienerd

2. Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark and Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson in The Help

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DreamWorks

“For a movie that is supposed to portray how Black women felt at the height of the civil rights movement while working for white families, their voices are barely heard while Emma Stone’s character perpetuates a white savior narrative. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer’s performances shine though, and I would’ve loved to see more from their characters’ perspective.” — durantdhm

3. Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into the Woods

Disney

“Into the Woods was mediocre, but Meryl Streep was amazing in it.” — jadem6

4. Michael Fassbender as Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix

20th Century Fox

“Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix were craptastic movies, but Fassbender was worth watching. The scenes at Auschwitz and with his daughter in Apocalypse were especially great.” — angieohno

5. Tom Hiddleston (again) as Hank Williams in I Saw The Light

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Bron Studios

“The movie is disjointed and not great, and the story of a musical legend’s fall into addiction isn’t anything new, but Hiddleston’s performance is really something special. It might be my favorite performance of his, even better than Loki!” — mareebird

6. Octavia Spencer (yep, again) as Ma in Ma

Blumhouse Productions

“The movie had major issues with story and character choices, but Octavia is a master of her craft, did the work, and committed. Her character was fascinating to watch. While I didn’t love the movie, her performance was brilliant.” — mirthprovoking

7. Harrison Ford as Mike Pomeroy in Morning Glory

Bad Robot Prodcutions

“His acting brought some life and laughter to the dull, straightforward plot.” — limag

8. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Lucasfilm

“His shoulders must have hurt from carrying the whole movie by himself. He played Kylo Ren’s transition to Ben Solo perfectly and still made me care about his character in what was a very disappointing franchise ending.” — bookoo

9. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Idris Elba as Sharon and Derek Charles in Obsessed

Rainforest Films

“Obsessed is a hard movie to sit through. The plot and dialogue are downright cringey, but Beyoncé and Idris did their very best with the roles and had believable chemistry as a married couple. The scene where Sharon kicks Derek out of the house is almost good, as is the scene when Sharon meets Lisa (Ali Larter), the woman obsessed with her husband.” — Evelina A.

10. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

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20th Century Fox

“Unpopular opinion here but Bohemian Rhapsody was an extremely underwhelming movie with a stellar lead actor. Rami Malek gave that role his all. I just wish the actual movie was on par with his acting skills.” — oliviap47ddfe10b

11. Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Columbia Pictures

“I know this movie was nominated for tons of awards, but I was bored out of my mind. I thought it was Leo’s least interesting role, but Brad Pitt was awesome.” — johnparkswhit

12. Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Netflix

“The movie was pretty underwhelming and didn’t have a great story arc, but Zac Efron was incredible throughout. He so perfectly captured Bundy. It’s worth watching just for him.” — chip_skylark

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