Five Awful Actors Who Had One Great Performance

This is Paris Hilton, in case you can’t tell.

I’ve been meaning to write this article for a while now, but when an actor is terrible, they’re usually pretty terrible, and it can be hard to find a singularly good part they’ve played. Similarly, it’s hard to say that mediocre actor (*cough* Nic Cage) only has ONE good performance out there (he’s at least got a couple).

But I finally decided on these five as bad actors who had one really good part. Feel free to disagree, but more importantly, add your own. And if anyone says Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love, you yourself will be getting a punch. The man was brilliant in Happy Gilmore.

Paris Hilton – Repo! A Genetic Opera

Paris Hilton was a perfect fit for Repo! because the movie’s so batshit insane, it doesn’t even seem strange that she’s in it. And frankly, she was perfect as the surgery obsessed, singing rich girl, Amber Sweet.

I would actually complain that she wasn’t used in the movie enough, but when she does show up, she shines. The same cannot be said of her performance in House of Wax. Though if there is one another role worth considering, she was pretty convincing as “girl bored with sex” in One Night in Paris.


Hayden Christensen – Shattered Glass

I know, I couldn’t believe it either, but trust me, Hayden Christensen has it in him to be a good actor. Granted I’ve only see this happen once ever, but still, it was quite an impressive sight.

We all know how horrible he was in the Star Wars prequels, compounded by George Lucas’s idiotic script, but from Jumper to Awake to Life as a House, it’s clear it wasn’t  a fluke incident. But what WAS a fluke was his surprisingly great turn as a disgraced journalist in Shattered Glass, and it’s a must see for anyone at all interested in reporting or writing.


Marlon Wayans – Requiem for a Dream

Yes, this is the Marlon Wayans that graced us with his presence in White Chicks, Norbit and a few Scary Movie movies. He seems an unlikely pick for Darren Aronofsky in Requiem for a Dream, but the director got a great performance out of him that no one expected.

The third wheel of Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly’s drug trip parade, he was surprisingly fantastic as Tyrone, and managed to be the most stable one of the trio despite *ONLY* going to jail at the end. As it turns out, that was the preferred option compared to what happened with the other two.