Bob & LBF in the Morning

Bob & LBF in the Morning

Bob & LBF in the Morning

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Tom Hanks attends the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)

It only takes one bad actor to ruin a movie!


The people at (Far Out) have come up with a list of the top 5 movies that were ruined by just one bad character (or actor). Let’s face it, we have all been disappointed while watching a movie in which just one character can ruin the whole movie for you. Perhaps the actor was not right for the role or maybe the character was unnecessarily annoying.

We’re not sure who to blame.

If the character is written in such a way to have the desired effect of being annoying or hated by the audience that’s one thing. It’s entirely a different thing if the actor plays the role so poorly or over the top that the character becomes annoying.

It’s one thing if the character is designed for us to despise them. Say, for instance, a character in a comedy that we think is way over the top and unrealistic. We understand it was written that way and you really can’t blame the actor for playing a role.

Something in common

With these top five characters all have in common, they put them on top of the list if their character was so bad that the movie was ruined for the audience.

All but one of these actors are A Listers, meaning they are basically household names. They are all so successful that they should have known better than to take these roles.  Confidence is a by product of huge success and with that comes the mistaken notion that they can tackle any role. Oops!

Blip on the screen

For these big time stars, these roles are mostly blips on the screen and their careers didn’t suffer. Every actor has been part of a movie that they wish could be forgotten.  For these five, unfortunately these parts will never be forgotten but they can all be forgiven for their acting transgressions.

The top 5 Movie Roles that ruined the movie!




  • 5. Joker, "Suicide Squad". Played by Jared Leto.

    According to Looper a lot of people were pretty underwhelmed by his performance, and one consistent complaint has been that Leto’s portrayal was too over the top.

  • 4. Jenny Everdeane, "Gangs of New York". Played by Cameron Diaz.

    It is very hard for any actor to work alongside who many believe is the world‘s greatest actor, Daniel day, Lewis. Cameron Diaz came off as very wooden and was never really believable as the character Jenny. The chemistry between Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio was not great either. She has done many fine roles since and has moved on from this stiff performance.

  • 3. Jar Jar Binks, "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace". Played by Ahmed Best.

    People hated the character for a lot of reasons but mainly because they believed he was included only to attract children to the theater. Even the kids hated his voice and that was it for Jar Jar, thankfully!

  • 2. Mr. Yunioshi, "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Played by Mickey Rooney.

    Let’s face it, there is no way this role would be played by middle aged Caucasian man today. Mickey Rooney played the way over the top stereotype of a Japanese business man as more of a caricature than a character. We have to believe in Mickey Rooney would not be very proud of this blatantly racist role.

  • 1. Colonel Tom Parker, "Elvis". Played by Tom Hanks.

    This movie was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Austin Butler, but no nominations for Tom Hanks role as Colonel Parker and there is good reason for it. Hanks basically made the Parker role into a cartoon character with his bulbous nose and strange accent. It came off more like a homage to W.C. Fields, Tom Hanks in a fat suit is never a good look.

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