From “The New Mickey Mouse Club” to ‘Nsync and beyond, Justin Timberlake has done it all, including dating Britney Spears. He’s been in several high-profile movies and delivered a few great performances, but “Wonder Wheel” wasn’t his best.
As a Coney Island lifeguard who falls in love with a middle-aged waitress and her daughter, Timberlake was torn in too many directions to deliver a performance that could match up to director Woody Allen’s standards. The dramatic film was fraught with problems, getting a mere thirty-one percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and Timberlake was one of the reasons it failed.
Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider
It's not perfect, but “Ghost Rider” certainly isn't the worst superhero movie ever, or even on this list. It's not even the worst thing Nicolas Cage has been in, but there's no denying he was the wrong man for the part.
It's certainly one of his more uninspiring performances, and as far as tortured souls go, Cage doesn't really fit the bill. One critic leveled at Cage: “Cage needs to produce something special next to make up for crimes against cinema.” Ghost Rider's most famous feature is his flaming skull, and this Ghost Rider just got burned big time.
Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins
Katie Holmes got big by playing a cute teen in “Dawson's Creek,” but making the transition to love interest for DC's biggest hero, Batman, didn't work out. Many people found her role in the first of three Christopher Nolan "Batman" films to be lacking and forgettable.
When Maggie Gyllenhaal took her place as the character for “The Dark Knight,” people either didn't notice or agreed with the choice. Many think that Nolan had her replaced, but it seems even Holmes thought she wasn't right – she was reportedly offered the role a second time and ended up turning it down.
James Franco as Oz in Oz the Great and Powerful
The iconic man behind the curtain from “The Wizard of Oz” received his own prequel movie with James Franco as the wizard, but the casting proved to be a misstep. Picture a powerful wizard, even one who doesn't actually have magic powers, and you're unlikely to come up with Franco.
Franco has the acting chops, and the movie wasn't terrible, but he seems more like a hipster playing a magician ironically than someone who really believes in himself. It would be like Michael Cera playing chocolatier Willy Wonka.
Cameron Diaz as Jenny Everdeen
Like almost every Martin Scorsese film, "Gangs of New York" is a long drama with plenty of interesting characters, amazing sequences, and outrageous violence. Cameron Diaz, as "Irish" pickpocket-slash-prostitute, however, was a letdown that sticks out like a sore thumb compared to Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Her accent kept slipping, and she failed to carry the dramatic energy that the other principal actors – dramatic pros – maintained with ease. A comedic actor like Diaz going up against Day-Lewis and DiCaprio is also going to play second fiddle, but for a movie that was almost perfect, Diaz dropped the ball big time.