Every actor has to start somewhere, and sometimes, even when they're famous, they have bills to pay. They tend to hope we only remember their amazing roles, but we definitely remember the bad ones just as well. Here's a few of our favorites!
1) Leonardo DiCaprio - Critters 3
Before he was king of the world or winning an Oscar for having to eat raw liver, Leo was charming no audiences whatsoever in the forgotten dud, Critters 3. Do you remember this movie? I sure don't.
2) Johnny Depp - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Riding high off the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp was suddenly everywhere in Hollywood. Of course, he was a regular in his friend Tim Burton's movies, which ultimately lead to the announcement of his playing Willy Wonka in a new adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The results were less than thrilling. Taking on an iconic role from an iconic movie originally played by an iconic actor like Gene Wilder is no small task, and Depp's portrayal of the character was less whimsical and more... irritating.
3) Natalie Portman - Star Wars Prequels
Natalie Portman has been a major force in Hollywood since she was a child, giving a stellar debut performance in Léon: The Professional at the age of 13. She's since gone on to win an Oscar for Best Actress and be nominated several other times, but you'd be forgiven for thinking she's a terrible actress if all you know her from is Star Wars Episodes 1 - 3.
As Padmé Amidala, she's supposed to be the strong, intelligent queen of an entire planet. Instead, she spends most of her time spouting awful dialogue (which admittedly is George Lucas' fault, not hers) with the most wooden tone possible. Even the emotional scenes fall flat.
4) Robert De Niro - The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
In 2000, Hollywood released a reboot of this beloved Cold War-era cartoon that nobody really wanted. Somehow, they managed to rope a lot of genuine talent into the travesty: Rene Russo, Jason Alexander, John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg all made appearances.
The worst of all though was Robert De Niro, veteran actor and Hollywood tough guy, as Fearless Leader, the ruler of Pottsylvania. It's such a steep drop for the actor that they even resort to him quoting his own lines from better movies!
5) George Clooney - Batman & Robin
One of the worst movies of 1997 and a total box office flop, Batman & Robin ultimately features a ton of big name actors that come out of it looking awful. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman as the villains couldn't save this trainwreck.
Of all of them though, George Clooney seems the most vocal about how much he regrets the film. He's been actually known to refund fans who tell him they saw it in theaters!