10 Actors Who Clearly Knew Their Movie Sucked

Giving a shoutout to the actors who knew they were working on a turkey.

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It is rarely the actor's fault if a movie bombs, as that usually falls to the studio, director, screenwriter, or all at once. However, it's the actor's face on the poster, so it's them who get the blame and hate mail.

Most actors don't have the benefit of picking and choosing, often having to go with the projects that ask for them if they want to keep the lights on. But that doesn't always mean they're unaware of the crap they're in.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

Seemingly, being on hand and acting in a film can make you more keenly aware than anyone else that you are on a train bound to crash and burn. Like a lemming who's gained enough self-awareness to bring up that the horizon sure does look weird, doesn't it?

For this list, we're looking at the actors all too aware of how bad a movie they starred in was, and at least tried to mitigate the damage somewhat with their performance. They probably didn't succeed, but the effort is commendable.

10. Channing Tatum In G.I. Joe Rise Of Cobra

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Remember this movie? Of course you don't, seeing as how G.I. Joe Rise Of Cobra was the cinematic equivalent to the blue pill, taking it made you forget everything that happened prior to doing so. But one person didn't forget. And that person would be Channing Tatum, the star of the movie.

Now, being forced to star in a terrible movie about a not very good show from the 80s would instill any actor with ennui. But that isn't what put off Mr. Tatum. He, like all Gen-Xers to some extent, adored G.I. Joe, and only had to take one look at the script for this turkey to know that he was not going to have a fun time. To this day it's at the top of his list for the worst films he's ever been in. And he was in The Vow.

And while he remained a professional while on camera, you can clearly tell through subtle movements that he would rather be anywhere else than be in this p.o.s of a movie. Even in The Vow, so you know his hatred is genuine.


John Tibbetts is a novelist in theory, a Whatculture contributor in practice, and a nerd all around who loves talking about movies, TV, anime, and video games more than he loves breathing. Which might be a problem in the long term, but eh, who can think that far ahead?