10 Actors Who Need Saving From Bad Movie Choices

This lot should fire their agents pronto.

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Some actors have a habit of making bad films, but it isn't always entirely their fault.

Movie stars whose CV reads like the contents of a future DVD bargain bin aren't necessarily bad at their jobs, they just made a few poor career choices along the way, and should probably sack their agents.

Talented actors occasionally make awful movies, but when a bright star keeps churning them out in spite of their obvious talent, intervention is called for, a guiding hand to scrutinise their film choices and match them to their skill set.

Some stars cannot be taken seriously outside of the action genre, others should stick to comedy and some might as well accept the fact they've been typecast for all eternity. A select few are versatile and adaptable, but it's a special type of talent that can turn themselves to any genre or subject matter.

Finding this balance is the key to success in Hollywood, and this bunch need to do it post-haste because there's only so many red flags your showbiz career can take.

10. Johnny Depp

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How Johnny Depp is still so in-demand in Hollywood is a mystery that would push Hercule Poirot to his very limits.

Some of the actor's career choices are even more bizarre than his personal life, and this is a man who handed over several million dollars for the right to fire Hunter S Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon.

Since Pirates of the Caribbean propelled him from stardom to mega stardom, high-profile missteps such as Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, Mortdecai and Alice Through the Looking Glass are starting to dominate Depp's IMDB page.

Even his last two outings as the rum-glugging Jack Sparrow failed to float the critics' boat, which suggests returning to the series was a poor call that only diluted a great franchise, and revisiting Alice was a similarly bad decision.

Despite the star's good-to-bad-film ratio swinging heavily in the wrong direction of late, he's inexplicably managed to land a key role in the Harry Potter series as well as Universal's Dark Universe, although based on the start the latter got off to with The Mummy, another Depp turkey could be on the way.

Depp seems to have the monopoly on the audacious, camp, larger-than-life character, but with Jack Sparrow's charm fading with every instalment, there's only so many more Mortdecais the actor can make before he stops landing these roles.

He's always been one of Hollywood's leading risk-takers, but at this point in his career, it's time to be more discerning.

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