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I'm not sure if its been said already, but Sir Michael Caine in Jaws: The Revenge. In his own words "I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
Good thread. Nice to see it back. Certainly Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman in various films, good and bad.
Nicholas Cage leaps to mind.
I hate to say it in many ways, but Adam Sandler turns out to be a good actor when he wants to be and picks a good vehicle, and he has been in some bad films.
Kevin Spacey has certainly been in excellent and terrible films.
Mickey Rourke, maybe.
I suppose related thread topics might be: !) who has acted wonderfully in bad movies, or 2) which actors who have acted wonderfully in great films, seem to pick largely horrible movies to be in. Or maybe which potentially excellent actors have turned in bad performances in otherwise excellent or, at least, good, movies.
+1 on Nicolas Cage..the last few films he did were just sad. Steven Seagal, ditto; of course none of Seagal's films were really all that good. And (my opinion) he is not a "Great" actor either.........
Much as I admire William Shatner, I have to say he has picked a few weird films in his time. I have never seen Incubus (the first and maybe only all-Esperanto movie?), and only the first few minutes of White Comanche. Neither, I understand, was a strong resume enhancer for him.
I think the difficult thing is to find a great actor who actually delivers a great performance in a sucky movie. This is a good example, terrible movie, but heck, Newman still delivers in Message in a Bottle.
Almost anything starring Michael Caine, Robert DeNiro or John Travolta in the last twenty years. There are exceptions, but these guys are mostly just mailing it in for the money. Not necessarily bad, but certainly sad.