Becoming a professional actor is a hard gig. They say that only 1% of all aspiring actors actually make enough money to support themselves without some other form of income. And only 1% of that 1% actually go on to become what we know as “movie stars.”
That being said, many actors, even the big movie stars that we know and love, have to pay their dues at some point. And that might mean being part of crazy, terrible films just because they are paying gigs (feel free to insert a joke here about how Nicolas Cage is still doing this on an annual basis). Previously, we covered some A-list celebrities that got their film careers started with roles in absurd films, but this time around we want to look at Oscar nominees and winners who did one of these kooky films after they made it big.
George Clooney – Batman & Robin
Batman & Robin is kind of a strange case because it is the black sheep of an otherwise very successful movie franchise, and in Clooney’s defense, it may have been hard to predict the direction of the film when he signed on. But it is all too clear now that the public and critics hated Batman & Robin with it’s over the top fight scenes, incessant puns, and terrible dialogue. We might have to give George a pass here because he probably thought he was continuing the awesome legacy of the cowl, but ended up just being the laughingstock of Dark Knight lovers.
You know it’s pretty bad when Chris O’Donnell, who plays Robin in the film, goes on record saying that he felt like they were making a toy commercial. The video at the link below is pretty long, but interesting as it explains what they were at least trying to do with the film. http://youtu.be/eTtuS8CbAxw
Jon Voight – Anaconda
Jon Voight is an Oscar-winning actor who delivered amazing performances in Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, and Heat… and then he decided to be in the snake-horror movie, Anaconda. We’re pretty sure they haven’t made a good horror movie about a killer animal Read More