In 2015, Rousey was the most famous female athlete in the world, and it-girl in the entertainment world, and had the blonde California surfer girl looks that every action film producer wanted on their movie – we can’t fault the producers of “Furious 7” from throwing her into their latest high-octane film.
As the head of an Abu Dhabi billionaire, however, Rousey did little more than wear an evening gown and look grumpy. She gets a fight scene against one of the main characters, and then she’s gone. It was stunt casting to the highest degree, with enough film of her to slap into trailers and get more butts in seats.
Matthew McConaughey as Man in Black in The Dark Tower
One of the most disappointing movies of 2017, “The Dark Tower” tried to distill seven Stephen King books down to one and a half hours, and that's not all. A lot of the blame falls on Akiva Goldman's terrible script; McConaughey goes full ham as his character of the movie's main antagonist, even though the character is supposed to be a mysterious, enigmatic, and dangerous character every time he appears.
The terrible dialogue from the Man in Black weighs the performance down even more, and while Idris Elba was able to rise above the writing, McConaughey wasn't.
Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
We don't want to make too much fun of Lloyd here, but you can't deny him as the very young Darth Vader just didn't work out. Putting all the focus of the first "Star Wars" film in fifteen years on an eight-year-old kid is a poor choice from the get-go, but Lloyd's wooden performance, exacerbated by the poor dialogue, turned this performance into a stinker.
Of course, even the most talented child actors would get cringes speaking some of the dialogue in the film. The fallout from the film convinced Lloyd to quit acting, but it's impossible to ignore he was unsuitable for the role.
Seth MacFarlane as Ted in Ted
While this is just the character's voice, that's the problem. Seth MacFarlane is the voice of everyone's least-favorite cartoon dad, Peter Griffin, and when he loaned his voice to the foul-mouthed Ted – a movie he himself wrote and directed – it was impossible not to hear Peter.
The movie had plenty of great laughs, and getting to see Mark Wahlberg as a Boston schlub was enjoyable. Still, any time Ted – the main character of the film – opened his mouth, pretty much everybody could only picture the cartoon dad from Quahog. They tried to make a meta-joke in the middle of the movie, which just drew more attention to it.
Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy
A Bourne movie without Jason Bourne is going to be a tough sell. “The Bourne Legacy” might have been better without Bourne's name in the title, since Matt Damon never even appears in the movie.
The film studio behind the series decided not having the title character in the movie was no big deal, switching to Jeremy Renner as a black ops agent named Aaron Cross. Renner might have done well as the least-utilized Avenger, Hawkeye, but having him as the focus of a movie that shouldn't even be starring him was a misstep.