The amount of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into delivering a great movie performance is undeniable, but even when working with a great director and a wonderful script, there's no guarantee that an actor's work will fully resonate.
There are, however, those occasional instances where actors still manage to deliver impressive performances in movies that, if we're being fully honest, didn't really deserve their efforts.
These 10 recent performances all ended up in bad movies that failed to make a dent with audiences, even though it's devastatingly obvious that, with a stronger overall project, many of these actors may have been in awards consideration for their work.
There's no denying that these strong performances were all compromised by the movie they were trapped within, but at least the actors were able to acquit themselves admirably regardless, despite the "divisive" - if we're being generous - responses to the films themselves.
Above all else, these performances are a monument to unfulfilled potential, and the greatness that was clearly trying to tease its way out of a mediocre end product...
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