What better way to follow our Ten Most Overrated movies ever than with a list of the countless performers who inhabit many of them? Beloved the world over for almost no reason at all, these ten performers are the epitome of what it means to make it in Tinsel Town without shining anything but a marketable gimmick.
What she usually plays: An assertive, in-control type who doesn’t mind cutting loose with her girlfriends. She likes to roll her eyes when the guy she loves (usually Matthew McConaughey) does something stupid.
What she’s actually good in: Almost Famous. After it launched her career she went on rom-com auto-pilot.
What he usually plays: He actually has quite a diverse career, it’s just that everything he touches seems to either win Oscars or garner acclaim that it doesn’t deserve.
What he’s actually good in: Mr. Brooks and Bull Durham. No, Field of Dreams is not the epitome of sports films, but Bull comes pretty close.
What she usually plays: The confident, yet secretly insecure middle-aged feminist who can’t help but fall for the obnoxious Type-A male after he sees her trip and fall over a few things. She plays a variation of this character in almost every single movie she appears in, adding either a scowl if it’s a drama or a perky smile if it’s a comedy.
What she’s actually good in: Crash and (I hesitate a little bit) The Blind Side.
What he usually plays: The charming British guy. Seriously. That’s it.
What he’s actually good in: About a Boy.
What she usually plays: The laugher who learns to be herself either by getting married or getting really pretty.
What she’s actually good in: Closer. I never expected her to tell Clive Owen what Jude Law’s semen tasted like, and I wish she took risks like that more often.
What he usually plays: A monotonous whispering know-it-all who needs to find something important or stop catastrophe using his special trait.
What he’s actually good in: Adaptation and Raising Arizona. Two off-the-wall performances that stick with you, yet he continues to choose crap like Knowing.
What he usually plays: Like Kevin Costner, Hanks’ career is fairly diverse, but not much of it is that note-worthy. Yet, he somehow remains one of the most acclaimed actors in history, winning Best Actor two years in a row in the 90’s.
What he’s actually good in: Road to Perdition and Toy Story 1 & 2. The former in particular will wow you.
What she usually plays: Legally Blonde trapped her rom-com hell, which she has readily exploited with one cash-in movie after another. Her Oscar has helped her with that as well.
What she’s actually good in: Walk the Line. She won the Oscar for it, and for good reason.
What he usually plays: Either he is the smooth, charming and funny version of his off-screen self in Hitch or he is an all-too serious Denzel Washington type action hero who has the muscles and heartbreak to save the world in I am Legend or I, Robot. Of course there is the iconic Will Smith where he combines the two and ends up with Bad Boys, Hancock, or Independence Day.
What he’s actually good in: The only movie Will Smith has ever actually succeeded in acting in is The Pursuit of Happiness. Even in his other serious or acclaimed roles like Seven Pounds or Ali he was caught trying way, way too hard.
What she usually plays: A diverse career for the most part, taking roles where executives couldn’t get Keira Knightly so they opted for the less talented look-a-like. She’s most noted for her Star Wars stint and the quirky, make-me-vomit manic pixie dream girl in Garden State.
What she’s actually good in: V for Vendetta is about the only Natalie Portman movie worth watching, and part of that is even attributed to her performance.