10 Awful Movies That Actors Loved Shooting

These movies fell flat, but still created a fun time for those involved.

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When a great film breaks records and cleans up during awards season, it can drastically elevate the cast who took part in its production. Either they pull off an impeccable performance that resonates with audiences or the project as a whole soars to new heights in the movie-making business.

Then there are the times where the opposite occurs; often it only takes one box office bomb or a single miserly performance to pull an actor down from their lofty perch. We've seen this happen with the likes of Cutthroat Island and Catwoman, to name just a few.

On occasion though, we have something in-between, that off-kilter production that doesn't tarnish an actor's career, but instead gave them a rollicking good time even with critical scathing. A project may be poorly thought out, but the cast and production crew still had a blast making it.

Lambasted by critics and audiences alike, the ten films in this list may have fallen woefully short in many respects, but the actors had a good time producing them. To make the cut here, a movie has to have been received poorly but the production cycle still offered some enjoyment along the way.

10. Laurence Olivier - Inchon

After starring in the universally acclaimed epic Lawrence of Arabia, talented British actor Laurence Olivier continued his standout career in the theatre business, directing countless stage productions. When it came to later films, however, the actor never had a role that matched his iconic desert odyssey.

Olivier's reputation still stood strong and director Terence Young felt the legendary actor was a great pick for 1981's Inchon - itself an adaptation of the Pacific Theatre of World War II - and Laurence was taken on to play American General Douglas McArthur.

One of the final films of Olivier's career, the actor was clear and up front that he was on board with Inchon for the big payday, yet he still enjoyed getting into the character of Douglas McArthur and adapting his voice to match the Pacific General.

Laurence Olivier was paid $1 million for his role in Inchon, and when interviewed said, "Nothing is beneath me if it pays well. I've earned the right to damn well grab whatever I can in the time I've got left."

Despite Terrence Young's best efforts, Inchon was a colossal failure and ended up losing over $41 million against a budget of $46 million. Still, at least Oliver went out with enthusiasm.


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