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Just caught The Happening on cable (dish, actually).

Yes, it's an M. Night Shyamalan flick (boo), but it actually has an interesting, Twilight Zone-ish premise going for it. And the ever-charming Zooey Deschanel.

But, as a film, it pretty much hits a brick wall, explodes, and catches fire, while all occupants within are burned beyond recognition. And the name of the brick wall is Mark Wahlberg, as the lead.

He plays a science teacher (rolfmao), but he plays him as the same Mark Wahlberg you see in pretty much every Mark Wahlberg movie. 'Not credible' in the role is an understatement.

What's more, for a teacher, he seems epicly confused at all times in the film by everything, to the point where it's actually fascinating to watch.






Well, that's my rant. What are your choices for potentially good films that got absolutely torpedoed by one bad/miscast actor or actress? :idea:
 

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so you like him in TED then I take it.
I liked Ted. Mark Wahlberg playing himself (which is generally what he does) worked in that one. But it helps a lot of have Seth MacFarlane as a hilarious CGI teddy bear sitting there next to you the whole time.
 

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"Potentially Good Movies Ruined by One Bad Actor" ...is this the way to the Kevin Costner thread?
 

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"Potentially Good Movies Ruined by One Bad Actor" ...is this the way to the Kevin Costner thread?
You beat me to it.

If there is one movie where I'd recast the leads (Costner and Amy Madigan), it would be "Field of Dreams".

Everyone else was great. Burt Lancaster especially.
 

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My vote is "The Year of the Comet". I know this is an older film but as a romantic comedy Tim Daly and Penelope Ann Miller has as much on screen chemistry as two fish flopping around on a sidewalk, dying a slow death.
 

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I was going to say anything with Barbara Streisand in it.

Could substitute for Cher as well,

Can't agree about Walberg though, he was good in The Fighter as well as The Departed.

But really now, The Happening was just a stupid movie that even adding Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, etc... to the cast would not have helped.
 

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I might catch some flack for this, but I struggled with Jim Carey in Man on the Moon as Andy Kaufman. Maybe it was because I was too familiar with both, but I couldn't get past the whole issue of watching 1 famous comedian play another. That movie really needed an unknown actor who bore a closer resemblance to Andy so I could really believe I was watching Andy. I will say I thought Jim did a pretty good job and that his acting wasn't the issue, he was just too familiar.
 

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Well, the Star Wars reboots (not the re-reboot) could have been very cool if - they were written and directed by someone else.

And emo Hayden Christensen had not been cast to play the biggest [email protected] in the universe.
 

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Well, the Star Wars reboots (not the re-reboot) could have been very cool if - they were written and directed by someone else.

And emo Hayden Christensen had not been cast to play the biggest [email protected] in the universe.
+1000. :(

And I'm sure not feelin' emo Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in the newest one.
 

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"Potentially Good Movies Ruined by One Bad Actor" ...is this the way to the Kevin Costner thread?
Yes, right after you pass the Nicholas Cage shrine.
 

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Might as well throw Keanu Reeves in there as well.
 

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Robert Redford. The Great Gatsby (1974).

I'm old.
 

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Yes, right after you pass the Nicholas Cage shrine.
Nick Cage, whom I otherwise don't care for, was good in both Guarding Tess (against Shirley McLain) as well as the Family Man, with Tea Leone. So hit and miss with films and how people receive them.
 

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Nick Cage, whom I otherwise don't care for, was good in both Guarding Tess (against Shirley McLain) as well as the Family Man, with Tea Leone. So hit and miss with films and how people receive them.
See also "Raising Arizona" and "Peggy Sue Got Married" for proof his films didn't always suck.
 

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Even though it's TV, gonna add Vince Vaughan in True Detective Season 2.

Absolutely godawful in that role. :shocked:

He should stick to playing 'party dudes'. But maybe that gets less credible as you get older, hence the (failed) foray into serious drama.




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Might as well throw Keanu Reeves in there as well.
You should see him do Shakespeare. 'Much Ado About Nothing' was his masterpiece, matched only by Micheal Keaton. Nevermind those hacks like Denzel Washington and Emma Thompson.
 

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I will throw Callista Flockhart's performance in A Midsummer's Nights Dream.
 
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