It would be foolish to expect that every great actor could sustain their highest level of performance for every role that they take on. They're at the whims of the directors and producers behind those projects as well as at the mercy of the material and expecting them to be a conveyor belt of top notch quality is just unrealistic.
Blips in form are to be expected, in other words. Even the most legendary icons of acting had the rare outing that stuck out like a sore thumb, but the key was always that form is temporary and class is permanent. Pretty quickly, they'd usually return to their best.
But what happens when actors you usually expect to be good have a run of poor form that stretches beyond a single movie? What if they make it to the dreaded hat-trick? It might sound a little unlikely, but it's happened to some surprising figures very recently...
12. Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender is legitimately one of the most gifted actors to have "broken out" of the British and Irish industry since 2010, with some incredible, award-worthy performances showcasing his intensity and a sort of otherworldly quality that makes detached and haunted characters a speciality.
Unfortunately, he's in a little bit of a rut at the minute having made a series of blunders since the excellent Macbeth in 2015. Since then, he's had sparse positives - aside for The Light Between Oceans - and there could have been some legitimate fears for his decision-making process.
His poor run of form actually stretched back to FIVE films when he made the unsurprisingly poor Assassin's Creed in 2016, and has also taken in Trespass Against Us, Song To Song, Alien Covenant and The Snowman. Yes, some might argue that Covenant is okay, but it's boring, overly complex and unnecessarily obtuse and it's just not a good time.