10 Acting Performances Way Better Than The Movies They Were In

Sometimes people make films that are widely filmed. It happens because everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Sometimes, however, great actors are thrown into these sweeping films, and the results can range from comical to startlingly deep.

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Many actors know when they are over the material they have to work with, but some of them still decide to give it their all. Whether they’re directing a hilarious self-parody or a genuinely heartfelt scene, some actors manage to easily be the best part of otherwise underwhelming movies.

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Michael Jai White, Spawn (1997)


Image from the movie Spawn

Spawn is an extremely popular character among comic book fans, so it was only a matter of time before his story was adapted for the big screen. 1997 Spawn the film, however, was a disappointment to many. Polarizing special effects and massively toned down themes held the film back, though it did attract an audience.

Part of the reason for its cult popularity is Michael Jai White’s performance in the lead role. White, an expert martial artist, brings a commanding, if somewhat campy, presence to the role and does a great job with the action sequences. Not everyone, including White, was a fan, but he and the Spawn character deserved better.


Djimon Hounsou, The legend of Tarzan (2016)


The legend of the battle of Tarzan

Many people have probably forgotten the 2016s Legend of Tarzan, but it featured a cast of several big stars, several of whom turn in far better performances than the overall average film. Chief (pun intended) among them is Djimon Hounsou’s portrayal of Chief Mbonga, a former rival of Tarzan seeking revenge.

Hounsou adds strong emotional weight to his role as a man driven by grief and revenge, despite being a minor character. His portrayal, combined with the spectacular period costumes, transforms Mbonga from a one-dimensional caricature into a complex and conflicted anti-hero.

Liev Schrieber, Origins of the X-Men: Wolverine (2009)


Sabertooth by Liev Schreiber was originally in Logan

2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine is considered by some to be one of the worst superhero movies ever made, primarily for its slaughter of several iconic characters. The one that the film did well was Liev Schrieber’s Sabretooth. Schrieber plays the part with charismatic menace and nails the animal physicality of the character.


He and Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine also have great chemistry as bitter enemies and reluctant brothers. Many of the film’s best scenes focus on the pair together, and while he couldn’t save this film, many fans were hoping for Schrieber’s return as Sabretooth in later episodes.

Thomas Haden Church, Spiderman 3 (2007)


by Sam Raimi Spiderman 3 is certainly the weakest of the series, despite providing audiences with some now iconic scenes. Sandman, played by Thomas Haden Church, was a bright spot among the messy movie. Sandman is a very layered character who is brought to life perfectly by Church, who also manages to look like his comic book counterpart.


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Church makes Sandman a compelling threat while keeping him likable throughout the film. His transformation into the Sandman is one of the film’s best moments, and Church’s emotional confession and redemption at the end adds a complexity that the other villains can’t quite match.

Ewan McGregor, The star wars Prequels (1999-2005)


the star wars the prequels aren’t as bad as most people say, but they certainly didn’t live up to the legacy of the original trilogy. Despite wobbly writing and an overreliance on CGI, the prequels featured some of the franchises best characters. The best of them is undoubtedly Ewan McGregor’s fan-favorite turn as Obi-Wan Kenobi.


McGregor delivers a performance true to the original character, while adding his own twist that made Kenobi an instant classic. Witty, charming, and at times heartbreaking, McGregor’s Obi-Wan was so beloved that fans are still thrilled to see him return to his own series over 15 years later.

John C. Reilly, Kong: Skull Island (2017)


John C Reilly in Kong Skull Island

John C. Reilly is best known for his comedy films like Half brothers and walk hardbut in Kong: Skull Island it proved to have a bit more range than some people thought. Playing the role of an aging World War II veteran trapped on the titular island for years, Reilly gives a performance that, at first glance, looks like goofy comic relief, but underneath is actually the main heart. of the movie.

His story of being stranded on the island with an enemy Japanese pilot has even left some fans hoping for a prequel about his fight to survive on the island. In an already stacked cast, Reilly manages to easily be the best part of the movie.

Tom Hardy, Venom (2018)


by Tom Hardy Venom the movies aren’t bad movies by any means, but they’re obviously aware of their own inherent stupidity and they embrace it fully. The movies never try to take themselves seriously, which some fans will appreciate and some won’t. What almost everyone will agree on is Tom Hardy’s central performance.

Hardy fully commits to the role, both physically and mentally, as he and his character go completely off the rails. Hardy’s hilarious banter with an alien only he can hear and his constantly disheveled gaze add even more charm to his utterly whacky performance. Hardy manages to make Venom endlessly entertaining while remaining somehow relatable.

Donald Glover, Solo (2018)


Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in Solo A Star Wars Story

2018 Solo was a pleasant fallout for the star wars frankness, but it never did enough to justify why it was necessary. The cast did a good job and the action scenes were fun, but it fell by the wayside since its release. In what is a highlight of the film, Donald Glover reprises the role of the iconic scoundrel Lando Calrissian.

Glover is effortlessly suave and charismatic in the role and manages to honor the original while making it his own. It perfectly captures Lando’s style and charm, easily stealing the film from its talented main cast. While Solo isn’t bad, Glover could have easily made a much stronger movie.


Mickey Rourke, The Expendables (2010)


Mickey Rourke in The Expendables

the Consumables The series was a throwback to the bombastic, over-the-top action movies of the 80s, featuring many of the biggest action stars of the decade. While the movies aren’t necessarily high-class cinema, they’re a lot of fun.

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Mickey Rourke’s brief performance is a complete change of tone from the rest of the film, however. Rourke gives a heartbreaking monologue about losing his soul in war, and that even with all the men he killed, it was a woman he decided not to save who damaged him the most. Rourke’s masterful delivery and candor are emotionally devastating and could be straight out of an Oscar nominee instead of an action movie.

Raúl Julia, street fighter (1994)


Raul Julia M Bison Street Fighter

Raul Julia’s turn as M. Bison in street fighter went down in cinematic history as almost saving the otherwise panoramic film. While far from the towering antagonist of the games, Julia more than makes up for it with her larger-than-life presence. Julia seems to be the only one now who knows just how ridiculous the movie is, and plays Bison with such over-the-top glee that it almost makes the movie worth watching for her performance alone.

He’s clearly having fun with the country character of the role, and his “to me it was Tuesday” line is one of the best villain quotes of all time. street fighter was unfortunately Julia’s last film before her death, but her phenomenal performance will far outlast the reputation of the rest of the film.

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