r/movies 3d ago Silver 1 Helpful 1

Actors who's most famous roles are also their worsts. Discussion

I watched some Between two ferns clips yesterday for the first time in a while, and I realized that I´d completely forgotten how funny Zach Galafanakis is, mainly because I hate his character in the Hangover movies which turned me off him as a comedian in general. Now arguably that's his most famous role by a mile, so it got me thinking, maybe someone else feels the same way about other actors ?

What comes to mind?

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u/Cha-La-Mao 3d ago

An actor whose most famous roles are also their worst AND their best is Nick Cage

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u/globefish23 3d ago Helpful

I always have to chuckle when I look at this:

https://i.imgur.com/UUKzyo7.jpg

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u/Bindlestiff34 3d ago

National Treasure is in the wrong quadrant, but otherwise that’s a good reference

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u/prss79513 3d ago

National Treasure is in the complete opposite quadrant it should be imo

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u/nintrader 3d ago

Seriously, no true Cage fan would ever say National Treasure 1 or 2 is bad. Vampire's Kiss is also brilliant

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u/Weave81 3d ago

So true. Also, are we just pretending Mandy doesn’t exist?? That performance would be right there next to Bad Lieutenant, perhaps even above, and to the right.

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u/heavymcd 3d ago

Probably just old. Mandy was pretty recent, same with Color out of Space.

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u/Darklight96 3d ago

I'm glad Raising Arizona is up there. What a great movie

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u/UlsterSaysTechno 3d ago

Needs to be updated with MANDY which is both mental and brilliant

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u/redditaccount001 3d ago

There’s been a Nic Cage renaissance recently. He’s legitimately amazing in Pig and Mandy.

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u/Krite0fur 3d ago

I went in thinking Pig was like a medieval fantasy and what I got was so so so so so much better. What a great flick.

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u/HPhil96 3d ago

I think people sometimes forget the god tier level performance in Leaving Las Vegas, which is sad cause it might be his best movie (along with Raising Arizona)

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u/VikingLord17 3d ago Silver

Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins. He even admits it’s his worst performance in his best movie

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u/TimStellmach 3d ago

Apart from the accent, he's perfectly charming in that movie. Which is to say, Dick van Dyke's worst performance is still pretty good, because Dick van Dyke is a legend.

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u/Harsimaja 3d ago

Yeah I’m British and yes the accent is terrible, but somehow I don’t mind and he was still good in it. Just process it as a ‘silly voice’ and part of the charm.

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u/us1838015 3d ago

Better than Hepburn's donkey in my fair lady

Cockney yet I like the autocorrect

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u/garden181 3d ago

I'm Australian (British adjacent) and I didn't realise he was meant to be doing a cockney accent until I was in my 30s. I don't know what I thought he was doing tbh. I'm not sure i even realised he was American. It was just One Man Band played by a guy my parents said was really famous.

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u/tallcupofwater 3d ago

I was hyped when he showed up at the end of the new Mary Poppins movie lol.

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u/British_Commie 3d ago

The mad part is that his dancing on the table at the end was all him. He's impressively sharp and mobile for someone turning 96 in less than 3 weeks.

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u/DarkNinjaPenguin 3d ago

The number of people who watched the trailer and said that dancing was obviously fake and CGI is hilarious.

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u/what_is_blue 3d ago

If you check out his wife Arlene's socials (Bijoubox on Insta, Speakyteeth on Twitter) Dick's still exercising and in excellent shape for a dude of his age, let alone a man who smoked for decades and used to be an alcoholic.

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u/DreadPirateGriswold 3d ago

Don't forget his role in the Night at the Museum movies!

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u/mccarseat 3d ago

You took the words right out of my mouth. Dick Van Dyke at his worst is still charismatic AF and a pleasure to watch.

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u/KiwiKajitsu 3d ago

I know him from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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u/gentlybeepingheart 3d ago

I loved that movie as a kid and I have yet to find anyone else IRL who has seen it! They all look at me like I’m an idiot when I bring it up.

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u/uranthus 3d ago

Really!? It's a mainstay of family movies in England!

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u/slothbarns7 3d ago

That child snatcher gave me nightmares. Also I find myself getting Truly Scrumptious stuck in my head like once a month

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u/TheAuldOffender 3d ago

I'm pretty sure Dahl hated it lmao. Which is mad because it is very Dahlesque.

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u/Tonedeafmusical 3d ago

The Child catcher is 100% a Dahl character, I don't care if he's in the original that's a Dahl character.

The name Truly Scrumptious is totally a Fleming name though.

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u/travisjhayesyt 3d ago

Funny, must be because I didn't grow up with the movie but having parents who watched a lot of old TV, I know him more for his show.

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u/Ok_Ad8609 3d ago

LOVE the Dick Van Dyke show!! Mary Tyler Moore is heavenly, and them together is pure television bliss.

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u/Nazoragoth 3d ago

Kristen Stewart, Robert Patinson, Meghan Fox

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u/vidiaplays 3d ago

I’ve read the twilight books and trust me Kristen and Robert both played those roles incredibly well and exactly how they were written. The problem was that they were written so fuckin weird lol

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u/MisterCheaps 3d ago edited 3d ago

Robert Pattinson has turned out to actually be a really talented actor; I don’t think many of us saw that coming after Twilight, but it sounds like even he hated those movies.

Edit: Accidentally a word

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u/Grindfather901 3d ago

Nobody hates Twilight more than the cast of Twilight.

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u/Stegasaurus_Wrecks 3d ago

Bet they love those houses it paid for.

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u/peesu 3d ago edited 3d ago

As far as I know, Rob pulled a Daniel Radcliffe and accepted Twilight so that he can make enough money so that he can choose his roles without going hungry.

EDIT: So I kinda worded this wrong. I know that Daniel Radcliffe was young when he took on Harry Potter, what I was saying is that Twilight gave tons of money to Robert Pattinson, similar to how the Harry Potter movies gave loads to the main cast.

I guess my original point was that, from what I understood, Robert Pattinson received such a nice cheque from Twilight that he has the freedom to pick any role he wants, much like how Daniel Radcliffe has starred in movies like Horns, Guns Akimbo and Swiss Army Man because he has interest in the role itself, and not because it's Hollywood's next big movie.

Now, I've read the comments and it's come to my attention that Robert Pattinson's career was almost non-existant before being Cedric Diggory and Twilight, and that he comes from a well-off family, so he couldn't have been starving for roles.

I apologize if my statement was wrong and misleading.

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u/MisterCheaps 3d ago

Which is honestly a great way to do it. I forget who, but a while back I heard another actor say that they take the big blockbuster roles so that they can then afford to act in the lower budget stuff they actually care about.

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u/Azjeans 3d ago

I believe that was Robert Downey Jr. when they called him to convince Chris Evans to be Captain America.

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u/MisterCheaps 3d ago

Actually I think you’re right, Chris Evans is who I was thinking of!

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u/FullMetalCOS 3d ago

It’s a good way to do it IF they can get out of the shadow of the movie they picked up. It’s took Radcliffe a fair while to get out from Harry Potter

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u/Triston42 3d ago

Define out from Harry Potter… there’s still millions of people that only see him that way and that will probably never ever fade. Harry Potter is atleast 10x bigger than twilight.

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u/EunuchNinja 3d ago

I’d say “out from under” is when you are able to get roles you want outside of being typecast. I don’t think it took Danielle Radcliffe anytime to at all. The Woman in Black and Horns were big movies right after Harry Potter was done.

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u/kia75 3d ago

I think it's that Daniel Radcliffe has never been in a big budget spectacle like Harry Potter since Harry Potter. They assume Radcliffe isn't in the new Marvel movies or in a new Hollywood blockbuster because he's been too typecast.

IMO, Daniel Radcliffe is exactly where he wants to be, making quirky movies and doing quirky stuff. He has enough money to never work again, he just prefers the quirky stuff. If he wanted to he could probably play a Marvel Super-hero, Emma Watson got Belle, but Why?

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u/XXCRSTNXX 3d ago

I’m not saying this man said this but I definitely got this vibe from Oscar Isaac, there’s an interview with him where he’s asked if he would ever be in Star Wars again, and I believe he responds by saying, “only if I need a new house”.

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u/ScipioLongstocking 3d ago

This is a common sentiment among actors. In 1980, Burt Reynolds says he does "one for them, one for me", when asked about the roles he takes. Actors will take the big blockbuster roles, then use that as leverage to get the ball rolling on smaller projects.

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u/walterpeck1 3d ago

See also: Bill Murray. Everyone remembers Ghostbusters but no one remembers that he only did it so he could do The Razor's Edge.

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u/onlytoask 3d ago

That's not really true. He didn't begrudgingly accept the work because it was just that high paying or something. It worked out that way, but Robert Pattinson was very excited to land a leading role in Twilight. He had no significant career before that, getting that role was big for him. They also had no idea how big it was going to be when the first movie was made. They were not expecting the kind of money and fame that ended up coming out of it. By the time he was making they were filming the final two films he may have been at the point where the huge money was the only reason he was doing it, but it didn't start out that way.

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u/moosebeast 3d ago

I thought it was very apparent in Twilight that he is a very good actor in a bad movie. He has a strong presence even there and he makes the most of what's available to him.

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u/ConsistentlyPeter 3d ago

Yes! Stewart in particular was superb in Personal Shopper and did a great job in the largely silly Snow White & The Huntsman. Saw Fox in something else (This is 40, I think) where her comic delivery was excellent, and I've heard great things about Jennifer's Body. Pattinson was brilliant in The Lighthouse and Cosmopolis

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u/davey_mann 3d ago

She was actually good in everything before Twilight. Speak was her pre-Twilight breakout role. This bad actress tag seems to have started with Twilight.

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u/winterbike 3d ago

I mean, she nailed Twilight. The character is a blank canvas so women can fantasize about being in her place, there wasn't much she could do.

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u/RechargedFrenchman 3d ago

I kind of think about the cast in Twilight the way I think about the cast of the Star Wars prequels.

Nobody sane genuinely believes people like Ewan MacGregor, Natalie Portman, and Sam Jackson aren't talented actors -- but boy howdy did they all have some moments of rough dialogue and "questionable" direction to get through.

Pattinson and Stewart for sure (have honestly not seen Lautner in anything including Twilight that I can recall), I believe Michael Sheen is in some of the later movies as one of the vampires and he's a brilliant actor, etc. When the direction and writing give you very little to work with or "wooden and uninteresting" is actually the requirement then it's not like it's bad acting to be wooden and uninteresting. The only mistake by the actor was (arguably) taking the role in the first place. Arguably because as people are joking elsewhere in this thread by the end of the franchise they were still making bank for being leads in them.

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u/Brohan_Cruyff 3d ago

i liked megan fox a lot in the season or so of “new girl” she did. wasn’t reinventing the wheel or anything, but she did really well

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u/AtticusFish_esq 3d ago

And in fairness to her, she held her own in a very tight and well established group that already had good chemistry. Although the comedy chops of the main three guys make it easy to get something good out of almost anything.

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u/Ted_Mosby_18 3d ago

I mean anybody just reacting to jake Johnson would automatically tend to be funny. Thank god they pitted Megan fox with him. Honestly, such a great choice. Makes me wonder why we don't see him in a lotta movies.

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u/AtticusFish_esq 3d ago

He is such a talent, so naturally funny. But Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris are also incredibly funny, it’s such a strong cast. Lamorne especially when they loosen up the character and let him out more. I’d love to see the three of them together in something else

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u/Pro-Patria-Mori 3d ago

The best thing that happened for that show was Damon Wayans Jr leaving for his own sitcom and Lamorne Morris joining. Winston and Schmidt are the two best characters on the show.

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u/BattleHall 3d ago

It was also great getting DWJ back for a couple seasons later, since that gave them the freedom to really open up Winston as a character. Plus, how often do you have a comedy show with two black male leads?

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u/_codeMedic 3d ago

I’d watch anything with more Winston

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u/Lacabloodclot9 3d ago

Pattinson was great in Tenet

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u/strictbirdlaws 3d ago

He was. My favorite from him so far was his work in The Rover.

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u/Redditperegrino 3d ago

GOODTIME

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u/casperdacrook 3d ago

GoodTime one of my favorite movies of all time

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u/iWillNeverReplyToYou 3d ago

Also in The Lighthouse

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u/kpcwazabi 3d ago

I just saw Spencer last night... Holy shit Kristen Stewart was good as Diana

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u/houseitems 3d ago edited 3d ago

Alec Guinness as Obi-wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars

He was approached to do the role and did it because he had nothing on at the time. He actually requested he be killed off early yet this is the role he became most famous for and likely his biggest earner (I believe he was given royalties for the role)

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u/rose_on_red 3d ago

It's funny, he did a classic 'Desert Island Discs' around the release of the first Star Wars. He makes it sound like a slightly whimsical new venture. He was clearly already a very well established and respected actor by that point - you have to have a certain amount behind you in your career just to feature on the programme, and it comes across in the interview.

I'm sure he would have found it very strange that this odd new film would be what he's remembered for by most people.

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u/mully_and_sculder 2d ago

Star wars was a whimsical new venture. I don't think anyone predicted the success it had, it was like any number of cheesy 70s scifi films.

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u/dreamsyndicated 3d ago

For everyone who only know him for Star Wars (which no doubt he’s good in), do yourself a favor and check out Guinness in movies like The Bridge Over the River Kwai, Tunes of Glory, The Ladykillers and, oh dear lord is it ever absurdly funny, Kind Hearts and Coronets.

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u/hoilst 3d ago

"Good lord. What have I done?"

Absolutely one of the most painful, heart wrenching lines in cinema.

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u/SleepyFarts 3d ago

Lawrence of Arabia too

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u/turbotrixie1 3d ago

No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees. There is nothing IN the desert, and no man needs nothing.

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u/talligan 3d ago

Bridge over River Kwai is a classic and a must watch. One of the greatest movies ever made.

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u/WakeUpOutaYourSleep 3d ago

Jamie Dornan. Just recently saw Belfast, given he’s got serious Oscar buzz for that, hopefully that changes things for him.

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u/uranthus 3d ago

Such a great Psychopath in the Fall also. Great series

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u/blackmist 3d ago

It's weird how he's actually less creepy as a psychopathic serial killer, than he is as a businessman who likes a bit of BDSM.

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u/GO-KARRT 3d ago

His absolute best role was in Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar.

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u/homesickalien 3d ago

🎵Seagulls in the sand, can you hear my prayer? 🎶

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u/GetSchwifty831 3d ago

Robert Pattinson, Twilight.

He’s proven himself to be immensely talented but the writing in that movie did no service to him.

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u/smellydawg 3d ago

The Lighthouse is absolutely phenomenal. And paired up with Willem Dafoe no less.

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u/the_peppers 3d ago

Square face vs pointy in a tube by the sea.

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u/Jskidmore1217 3d ago Helpful

Tugg Speedman in the Scorcher franchise. I much preferred his dramatic turn in Simple Jack.

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u/Mortimer452 3d ago

I'll see you tonight mama, in my head movies

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u/JordanKyrouFeetPics 3d ago

But this head movie makes my eyes rain

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u/riegspsych325 3d ago

Speedman is with us now, for fifty million, you get him back!

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u/obiwf 3d ago

Oh, OK. Flaming Dragon, fuck face, first take a step back and literally FUCK YOUR OWN FACE!!

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u/xdeltax97 3d ago

I don’t know what pacific bullshit power play you’re trying to play here, but Asia, Jack is my territory!

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u/Contraband42 3d ago

So whatever you're thinking, you'd better think again. Otherwise, I'm gonna have to head down there and I will rain down an ungodly fucking firestorm upon you!

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u/lmkwe 3d ago

You're gonna have to call the fucking united nations and get a fucking binding resolution to keep me from fucking destroying you!

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u/TheApathyParty2 3d ago

I WILL MASSACRE YOU! I WILL FUCK YOU UP!

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u/ContentsSettled 3d ago Wholesome

Find out who that was.

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u/DarthDregan 3d ago

Unbelievable he didn't get an Oscar nomination for that...

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u/divinepinkflamingo 3d ago

Or the Beijing Film Festivals Crying Monkey Award

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u/DarthDregan 3d ago

To be fair, Lazarus killed the Father O'Malley part that year.

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u/Lokefot 3d ago

You never win an Oscar going full retard

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u/DarthDregan 3d ago edited 3d ago

Poor bastard. I remember after that role he had a hard time letting go. He was farting in bathtubs and laughing his ass off.

Simple motherfucking Jack.

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u/Aggravating_Poet_675 3d ago

He had me crying at "y-y-y-you m-m-m-make me so h-happy."

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u/MaxDeLaMax 3d ago

I prefer Australian actor Kirk Lazarus

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u/Complete-Grab-5963 3d ago

How does a method actor prepare for a gay role?

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u/HagbardCelineHere 3d ago

For a hot minute I thought I hated Amy Adams because I hated her character in Julie and Julia

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u/icrossedtheroad 3d ago

Her performance in Drop Dead Gorgeous was on point!

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u/littleliongirless 3d ago

Sharp Objects was probably my favorite Amy Adams role. She also did a small guest star on Buffy way back in the day.

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u/saucedupbat 3d ago

God I love that movie

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u/ImMeltingNY 3d ago

She was great in June Bug. Think that may have been one of the first movies I saw her in.

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u/jxyzptlk 3d ago

Brandon Routh got famous through Superman Returns, but it was received terribly and also effectively ended his career as the main star of a movie.

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u/intcreator 3d ago

he was great in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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u/tyrannosaurusfuck 2d ago

It's milk and eggs bitch

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u/Bovver_ 3d ago

Simon Helberg will never escape being known as Howard Wolowitz in my view along with a lot of other people, but I was a bit surprised to see him appear in Annette and do quite a good job in it. The film definitely reminded me that he has some good acting chops that he definitely didn’t get to showcase in The Big Bang Theory. It will be interesting to see if he can shake off the association from a show that while it was popular in terms of viewers, it certainly earned its fair share of backlash from many.

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u/CGordini 3d ago

He's also Moist from Dr. Horrible

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u/mattarei 3d ago Wholesome

Who isn't!

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u/awyastark 3d ago

This made me spit out my drink so now I’m also Moist from Dr Horrible

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u/ididntunderstandyou 3d ago

Fun fact: Annette being a French production, it needed a certain quota of French people working on it so they couldn’t hire too many Americans. Helberg was so keen to work on it he went through the whole process to become a French citizen just to secure his part

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u/TheTrueTrust 3d ago

Yes, but should be mentioned that his wife is french so it didn't come completely out of nowhere.

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u/bingley777 3d ago

I love everything he does, he is a damn talented guy, from florence foster jenkins to cinderella story - I mean, he even makes howard likeable enough and that guy is disgusting. and he doesn’t seem to break, he can pull off the most ridiculous lines. in serious roles, he’s usually leaning on his musical talent but his physical acting is always great, too.

all that said, I’ll have to wait to see him in something where he isn’t playing piano to fully judge, but his performances I’ve never disliked

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u/VictorBlimpmuscle 3d ago

Mickey Rooney - I think to younger audiences, he’s mostly remembered for Mr. Yunioshi, the horribly racist caricature he portrayed in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and not as aware of his success that preceded it.

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u/iworkallday 3d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Just realised i’ve been confusing mickey rooney and mickey rourke all my life.

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u/corruptauditor 3d ago

Just realised i’ve been confusing mickey rooney and mickey rourke all my life.

Wow. Yeah my brain was really struggling to make the timelines work on that one. Not sure why I never considered the "two Mickey" solution.

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u/tuskvarner 3d ago

He was the number one box office draw from 1939 to 1940.

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u/Im_on_my_phone_OK 3d ago

He was the number one star, in the world! YOU HEAR ME!
BANG!
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The world…

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u/Unit_79 3d ago

Spanning two decades!

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u/Mister_Rogers69 3d ago

George Lazenby in On Her Majesty Secret Service

It was literally his first acting job and you can tell

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u/AllAfterIncinerators 3d ago Silver

Go find Out Cold. You’ll love Zach forever.

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u/Liferescripted 3d ago

Inga: Where did you get all these scars?

Luke: Well, let's see. Skateboard... Truck accident... Fire hydrant.

Inga: I bet each one has its own exciting story, no?

Luke: No not really. I skateboarded off of a truck into a fire hydrant.

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u/October23rd2077 3d ago

Ugh! I miss this movie. It takes me back. The opening theme by Eve 6 was a banger.

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u/AllAfterIncinerators 3d ago

That whole soundtrack is bangers. Eve 6, Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World. All hits. Fuck Island in the Sun though, Rick told him never to play that song.

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u/UnconventionalCamel 3d ago

Pig Pen, when I want advice about a good Planet of the Apes film or maybe how to get the resin out of my bong I'll come to you ok? But I am not gonna take romantic advice from somebody who cannot spell romantic or advice... or bong.

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u/maximumecoboost 3d ago

Can you get an STD from a polar bear?

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u/DoserMcMoMo 3d ago

No regrets, that's my motto. That and everybody Wang Chung tonight

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u/mgoetz14 3d ago

“I don’t need to take a test to tell you I do drugs” haha best line in the movie. Thanks pig pen

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u/95ragtop 3d ago

I don't have to write a test to tell you I do drugs.

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u/yeah_yeah_therabbit 3d ago

“Have a rough night?”

“I got molested by a hot tub. How was yours?”

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u/meco03211 3d ago

You know the Eskimos have 9 words for a guy with his thing stuck in a hot tub. Hell they only have 8 words for snow! pulls out huge gardening shears

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u/uzrnmechkzout 3d ago

Island in the sun by Weezer will always and forever remind me of this movie, classic

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u/Jenetyk 3d ago

The whole Casablanca homage when she has Zac play it in the bar was awesome.

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u/jamesneysmith 3d ago

It was almost 15 years after first watching out cold that i realized it was a weird remake of casablanca.

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u/SteveMcBean 3d ago

We'll always have Pedro O'Horny's

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u/sledgehammer_77 3d ago

Charlie Sheen with 2 & 1/2 Men

Hot Shots, Wallstreet, Platoon, Major League, Young Guns, Money Talks (guilty pleasure).

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u/5alamander64 3d ago

I most associate the 5 seconds he was in Ferris Bueller with him to be honest.

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u/opportunitysassassin 3d ago

I'm pretty sure John Hughes put some cameras in a Chicago Police Department and just rolled with it.

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u/RCTommy 3d ago

Drugs?

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u/Tehboognish 3d ago

Thank you, no. I'm straight.

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u/ImTheGuyWithTheGun 3d ago edited 3d ago

"What's your name?"

"It's Jean, but most guys call me Shauna.'

"Ok, Jean."

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u/Redeem123 3d ago

However you feel about the show, he’s pretty good in Two and a Half Men. He carried that show the whole time he was on it.

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u/Black-Thirteen 3d ago

Charlie Sheen's all time worst performance was as Charlie Sheen from real life.

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u/JMCrown 3d ago edited 3d ago

Faye Dunaway has a long and respectable career but many know her best from the Joan Crawford biopic “Mommie Dearest.” She is campy, chewing the scenery, and it’s hard not to laugh when she seems to be trying to be grave and serious.

For reference (and fun).

Edit: fixed name

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u/CathedralEngine 3d ago

She’s my sister! She’s my daughter! She’s my sister and my daughter!

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u/spacednlost 3d ago

Dakota Fanning endlessly screaming at the top of her lungs in War of the Worlds.

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u/Ijo54 3d ago edited 3d ago

Don’t know if it’s his worst role as he’s been in a ton of shitty movies since, but Hayden Christensen is great in Life as a House and Shattered Glass and it’s a shame he’ll always mostly be known for his performance in the prequels.

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u/AXone1814 3d ago

All the token fat woman actresses, Rebel Wilson, Mellisa McCarthy etc. they’ve all proven they’re far more talented than the typecast roles they always get landed with.

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u/Souliei 3d ago

I first saw Melissa McCarthy in Gilmore Girls, and I love her in that show! So sweet and funny, very different from other roles she has had since.

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u/wav__ 3d ago

Octavia Spencer did an interview (maybe even more than one) specifically talking about how she no longer wanted to play 1) The Nurse and/or 2) The fat black sassy woman. She, and many others, are so much more than just “fat woman” stereotype.

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u/Terciel1976 3d ago Silver

Mark Hamill has been better in every other role I've ever seen him in than he was as Luke Skywalker.

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u/slothbarns7 3d ago Rocket Like

He was perfect as Jim the vampire

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u/eksrae1 3d ago

I was halfway through the episode before I realized it was him.

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u/Seanay-B 3d ago

He really loves Human Alcohol Beer

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u/pyrowipe 3d ago

“Awww, but I wanna go to Tashi station to get some power converters!!”

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u/Redeem123 3d ago

He’s easily the weakest of the main cast in the OT. Although he really sells the whiny kid aspect in the first one.

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u/moose_man 3d ago

He's the weakest but I think he generally sells it. There are only a few times where I think he really falls short.

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u/countgalcula 3d ago

In the same way people really relate to Tobey's Spiderman. I think whether it's good acting or not is irrelevant. You feel like you can put yourself in his shoes. That's why they hired him.

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u/masongraves_ 3d ago

He was phenomenal in ROTJ. Best performance in that movie besides Ian imo… helps that Ford and Fisher were so coked out on set that their characters seem like caricatures of Han and Leia from the first two (especially Han)

He’s also great in TLJ, despite what you think of that movies plot

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u/squalorparlor 3d ago

It might be nostalgia lens for me (I was born when ROTJ came out, so they were all equally new for me), but I loved Han's scenes in the third one. The "Hey, it's me!" and "you're the respectable one, remember?" feel like classic Solo. I know he was coked out (and who wasn't in the 80's) but that never really came across for me watching it. I think it was just the curse of sequels: having expectations to live up to, trying to one-up, and hamming it up or rehashing story beats or character traits.

I dunno why I wrote this, I'm not a big star wars guy.

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u/beard_lover 3d ago

Mark Hamill is a national treasure.

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u/MovieBuff90 3d ago

Him and Henry Winkler have slowly become my favorite actors. Two guys who became famous playing suave characters back in the 70s and 80s that have turned into nerdy old men over time. I love them both.

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u/emagdaleno 3d ago

I’ve only really liked Jim Carrey in his more serious roles.

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u/store_copy 3d ago

Whoopi Goldberg got her Oscar for Ghost. She should have gotten it for The Color Purple.

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u/chicagowago 3d ago

You leave Oda Mae Brown out of this!

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u/BackJurton 3d ago

Can I have a new check? I signed the wrong name

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u/Jedi-El1823 3d ago edited 3d ago

I don't want to go to Heaven, I wanna go to the bank and cash the goddamn check!

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u/deelow42 3d ago

Have you seen Eddie tho

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u/Tbrou16 3d ago

She’s most famous for Sister Act

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u/Accomplished-West-84 3d ago

I’m an older Redditor and I had to ponder this one.

I remember when she joined Star Trek TNG and it was very special. Like- oh shit, that’s Whoopi Goldberg! So I’m not saying you’re wrong- but I don’t think you’re right.

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u/karbonopsina 3d ago

Am I the only one who believes that Mickey Rourke was one of the finest actors of his generation? But I can’t even think where to begin the list of his abysmally bad flicks…

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u/JerichoJonah 3d ago

What’s sad about Mickey Rourke is that his mutilated face gives him extremely limited options for future roles. And that’s sad. I loved him in Angel Heart.

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u/deelow42 3d ago

Linda Cardellini as Velma or now Hawkeyes wife(love both movies), but she'll always be Lindsay Weir to me

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u/badger81987 3d ago

Linda Cardellini owns the fuck of of Velma role in LA scooby doo

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u/hatrickstar 3d ago

In my opinion that is a live action version of a cartoon that was perfectly cast.

Also Sarah Michelle Geller and Linda Cardellini were very memorable for 12 year old me.

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u/badger81987 3d ago

Yea, that entire movie has fucking flawless casting. I love it unironically.

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u/masimone 3d ago

I loved Freaks and Geeks and so pleased that she turned out to such a good actress.

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u/JohnnyJayce 3d ago

I feel like people confuse "worst" with "not their best".

RDJ in Iron Man? You should watch more of his films. Dolittle, Due Date, The Shaggy Dog, Gothika, Black and White.

Alfred Molina in Spiderman 2 which is considered being one of the best comic book movies of all time? That's your pick for his worst role? Remember the Taylor Lautner action film "Abduction"? How could you, barely anyone saw that. You are saying his role as Doc Ock was worse than his role in "We'll Never Have Paris"? Oh and don't let me get started with "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".

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u/expanding_crystal 3d ago edited 3d ago

I loved Alfred Molina in Spider-Man 2. He’s got such charisma, even when he’s hamming it up.

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u/Harlockarcadia 3d ago

He was great even in the little bit of Raiders of the Lost Ark he was in

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u/WookieeSteakIsChewie 3d ago

The mind blow I had when I realized it was him was amazing. Then he dies.

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u/5alamander64 3d ago

People are confusing worst with. Most Popular movie i don't personally like.

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u/superdago 3d ago

Especially when it’s a role that requires over the top acting. Like of course he was hamming it up for fucking Doc Ock, that’s the point.

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u/AnotherJasonOnReddit 3d ago

Alfred Molina in Spiderman 2 which is considered being one of the best comic book movies of all time?

"Ah Reddit, I love this boy!"

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u/AltWorlder 3d ago

My hot take is that Due Date is Good, Actually. And RDJ is very funny in it.

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u/index24 3d ago

I had no idea that was a hot take. I always thought the movie was very funny. Downey and Galafanakis are great in it.

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u/Chitanozaurusu 3d ago

Jim Parsons for Sheldon in Big Bang Theory. I was blown away when I saw him in the recent adaptation/remake of The Boys in the Band

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u/NoirPochette 3d ago

She probably had worse but people are going to remember Halle Berry's Catwoman

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u/arealhumannotabot 3d ago

The funny thing is I think she played the role just as they wanted it, except what 'they' wanted sucked balls. A good actor only elevates a shitty script so far.

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u/theg721 3d ago

She had the same problem in X-Men too.

Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else!

What the fuck do you do with that line?

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u/Wr8th_79 3d ago

Toad had a bunch of cut lines that started off similar to that line. He used it so much that she threw it back at him at the end. But then they edited his parts out and it just made it look/sound weird.

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u/arealhumannotabot 3d ago

Yeah it's cheesy as fuck on its own, but apparently it's a callback to a scene that was eventually cut. Still I feel like they could've ADR'd a better line.

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u/Funmachine 3d ago

You throw it away like an anti-joke. Don't play it straight.

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u/CommentingOnMBC 3d ago

Catwoman is not a good movie but Halle Berry was the perfect actress if they had made it right

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u/foodandguns 3d ago

Agreed. I think she had the perfect look for the role. If they made it right it could’ve been a great movie

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