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10 Most Wildly Inconsistent Actors In Movie History

With these guys, you never know what you're gonna get.

Actors aren't like crackers: they don't taste the same each and every time you eat them. Actors are more like sandwiches - each sandwich that you eat offers up an entirely unique experience depending on how well it was made and how good the ingredients are. If you're Daniel Day-Lewis, for example, we're obviously talking about an assembly line of sandwiches that were put together in a Michelin star restaurant. If you're Rob Schneider, on the other hand... well, Rob Schneider sandwiches contain only one ingredient: crackers. Which is an incredibly odd and convoluted way of saying that actors are capable of putting in performances of varying degrees of intensity, memorability and quality, depending on the movie in question. We don't always expect our actors to star in great movie after great movie, of course, but we do depend on them to - at the very least - put in a good performance. So whereas Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep are almost always great, there are some who seem to thrive on a bizarre kind of inconsistency. Here we take a look a those actors whose filmographies are made up of a strange, otherworldly mix of great performances and insanely bad ones. Often, this comes down to an actors' willingness to take on "paycheck" films purely for the cash - the result is that they simply phone it in on-screen. But in other more mysterious cases, it almost seems as if the actor in question can't make their mind up whether they're good at acting or not. Join us as we explore the 10 Most Wildly Inconsistent Actors In Movie History (and make your own mind up)...
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Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.