An acting performance is far more complex than an actor simply emoting on-screen. How much an actor is in line with the script and the director’s vision determines the true greatness of an acting performance. An actor has the power to ruin the film or perhaps even elevate a mediocre script although the latter happens very rarely. There are lots of factors that determine how good or bad a performance is. It could be a bad script, a director who doesn’t really know what he needs from his actors or perhaps it has got to do with the skills of the actor too. There have been numerous instances where an actor chews the screen and blatantly goes off script but the performance may come off as a weirdly entertaining and enjoyable one. This article takes a look at the list of 15 such bad movie performances that are entertaining. Here they are:
15. Michael Shannon – Elvis and Nixon
This one didn’t nearly make the list but considering the genius that Michael Shannon is as an actor, this one comes off as a delightfully bad performance. ‘Elvis and Nixon’ is a wonderful comedy flick that focuses on the iconic meeting between the legendary entertainer Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon. Shannon is visibly out of his elements here but his futile attempts at getting into skin of the great entertainer ultimately comes off as hilariously entertaining in a very pleasant manner.
14. Al Pacino – The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
It breaks my heart to put Al Pacino in here because the man is one of the greatest actors the world of cinema has ever produced. But sadly I couldn’t ignore this one and it infuriates me to no end when I think of his transition from being the master of subtlety to an epic ham. His performance as Satan in ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ is certainly not one that I enjoy but for many this is one of their favourite Pacino guilt pleasures. In fact, I’ve even come across a guy who said that Pacino’s performance in ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ is so over-the-top and ridiculous that he made Tony Montana look like Michael Corleone. And that really is something. As the devil himself, Pacino expands his now famous shouty persona and produces a performance that would stay with us for a long time.