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It happens all the time. You hear about a new movie that’s just been announced, and it sounds awesome. “What a cool idea,” you exclaim naively to your friends. “I can’t wait for that movie to come out!” Time passes, and casting information starts to get released. Just like that, your hopes are crushed.

How is it that terrible actors get attached to projects with great potential? Surely films like that should attract only the best of the best, so by what perverse trick of nature should we have to settle for Hollywood’s riff raff? Either simply miscast, or in need of a few acting classes, these are some of the subpar actors appearing in films that could have been great.

10. Jumper – Hayden Christensen

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If you ask me, teleportation’s just about the best superpower you could have. Yeah, maybe it’s not the flashiest or the best for helping mankind (if you’re into that kind of thing), but can you imagine never having to take the subway or go through airport security ever again? That’s why the concept of Jumper is so interesting to me. I love the idea of this ability that hasn’t really been explored in film too much, and the potential ramifications of its use.

But here’s where the film falls off the rails: they cast Hayden Christensen in the lead role. He’s capable of turning in decent performances under only the very best of circumstances, and unfortunately his work in this film is poor to mediocre. Jumble the casting around and put Jamie Bell in the lead role, and you’ve got a significantly better picture… one that could have started a franchise.

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This article was first posted on June 25, 2013