FLICK FLUB: Ten Films That The Starring Actor Doesn’t ClaimPublished by Justin D Joseph on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm.
We’ve all done some things in life that we regret. And in most cases we try to erase those regrets from our memory and the memory of others. But what happens when an actor is involved in a movie that doesn’t quite resonate with the audience, or is just an exploration of artistry gone wrong? Said actors don’t talk about it—especially if they ever land an Inside The Actors Studio interview. But, unlike a pedestrian’s folly, those cinematic missteps stand the test of time publicly—for our laughter and enjoyment of course (thanks Netflix).
The birthday of Wesley Snipes, who has made his fair share of mistakes—cinematically and legally—got us to thinking of some of film fumbles of some of our favorite actors. Shall we explore (read: laugh)?
1. Wesley Snipes- To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Wesley’s current address might have him wishing he didn’t do this movie (he’s currently serving a three year sentence in federal prison), but in ‘95, he was in full form as the snappy and glamorously hood drag queen, Noxema Jackson. Snipes, alongside co-stars John Leguizamo and the late Patrick Swayze, tucked and turned out the comedic movie that has in recent years become a cult classic.
2. Halle Berry – B*A*P*S (1997)
When Berry was featured on BRAVO’s Inside the Actors Studio, she talked about her first movie, her third movie, then there was a jump in sequence. The missing link? Her participation in this Robert Townsend directed comedy. The Academy Award winning actress portrayed Nisi, a Decatur, Georgia based hairstylist who moved to Beverly Hills with dreams of making it big. While the Black community has seemingly embraced the film. It didn’t fare that well with critics—Roger Ebert called it “jaw-droppingly bad.”
3. Beyonce – Beverly Hood (1999)
She might have turned out a Golden Globe Award nominating performance in the 2006 film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, but King Bey’s turn on the big screen hasn’t always been golden. While she marks her starring role in MTV’s Carmen: A Hip Hopera as her on screen debut, it wasn’t. That moment belongs to 1999’s ‘Beverly Hood,’ a hood low-budget comedy which finds the singer alongside her former Destiny’s Child group mates Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson.
4. Prince – Graffiti Bridge (1990)
When the purple one announced he was releasing a sequel to his 1984 film Purple Rain, it was clear that it would either be really good, or really bad—it of course fared in the latter category. It was a box office flop, grossing under $5 million dollars at the box office, and was nominated for five Razzie Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Prince), Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst New Star (Ingrid Chavez). Ouch!
5. Cuba Gooding Jr. – Boat Trip (2003)
When Gooding won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1996 film, ‘Jerry Maguire,’ it seemed his luck with landing roles in good movies went waaaaaay down hill. In the film he plays a man who’s luck goes from bad to worse after a vengeful travel agent books him and his pal on a cruise for gay men.
6. Samuel L. Jackson – Twisted (2004)
Anytime a movie has a 2% rating on the online movie site Rotten Tomatoes, chances are no one—not even the actors involved—liked the film. Such was the case with this ‘04 thriller starring Jackson, alongside Ashley Judd and Andy Garcia. That year was a slow one for Sam, so we understand bills had to be paid.
7. Chris Rock- Pootie Tang (2001)
Sa da tay! Sepatown! See, my damie, Pootie Tang don’t wa-da-tah to the shama cow… ’cause thats a cama cama leepa-chaiii, dig?—Translation: This 2001 movie was a confusing mess. Thank god, Rock redeemed himself with 2009’s Good Hair.
8. Jada Pinkett-Smith – Woo (1998)
Jada always had a way of authentically playing the around-the-way-girl without being a buffoon, but this movie was a major mistake. Her turn as Darlene “Woo” Barnes found her melodramatically reaching for laughs. Thank goodness she got back on the right track with Bamboozled (2000), Ali (2001), and Collateral (2004).
9. Mariah Carey – Glitter (2001)
Is an explanation really needed? This $22 million dollar Vondie Curtis Hall directed film was globally panned, despite its decent soundtrack, bringing in only $5 million dollars. Damn, all that glitters isn’t gold.
10. Sophia Vergara- Soul Plane (2004)
Before becoming the richest television actresses in Hollwood (she’s made a reported $20 million dollars this past year), Vergara took on the role of Blanca, an overtly sexy flight attendant, in this stinker of a comedy. We don’t remember her bringing this one up on Emmy night.