When talking about showbiz, success and talent aren’t always connected, especially in Hollywood. There are plenty of talented and impeccable actors who achieved fame on the basis of their skills and hardworking demeanor, but then there may be just as many who accelerated to fame via some combination of good connections, appearance, plain dumb luck, or maybe a combination of all. Let’s take a look at these average actors who got lucky, by solely starring in big banner blockbuster films.
1) Chris Rock
He’s best at what he does – which is stand-up comedy. Not all comedians become successful actors and Chris Rock is a classic example. After having garnered immense attention for his recent Oscar slap controversy, nothing remains changed. Chris Rock is better off as only a stand-up comedian. That’s his strongest suit. Don’t put him in front of a camera because the entire project ends up ruined. Rock has appeared in only a few decent movies like Spiral, Dogma, and Grown Ups 2. These were only decent and watchable compared to his other mediocre and below-average contributions to cinema.
2) Mark Wahlberg
You might think that you like Mark Wahlberg’s performances, but check his filmography again and you’ll realize how few impressive roles he’s managed in his illustrious Hollywood career. Boogie Nights – All he had to do was look pretty and then act coked-up. The Departed – Be surly and curse a lot. The Perfect Storm – Look scared and scream over the sound of roaring waves. Wahlberg’s career is defined by bland leading male roles wherein he’s rarely funny or has much chemistry with his co-stars. Look no further than M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening for a peek at what happens when Wahlberg tries playing someone more sensitive.
3) Rob Schneider
Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions has allowed the actor, who is actually talented when he occasionally tries to keep his group of friends employed for a couple of decades now. Thus, Rob Schneider is still in the public eye (barely), pretending he has comedic value even when he’s not dressing up like various minorities and adopting offensive accents in Sandler’s films. His starring vehicles including Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Hot Chick have somehow been even direr and aggressively unfunny than his offensive supporting roles.
4) Nicolas Cage
Many might insist that Nicolas Cage is, in fact, a good actor who throws himself wholeheartedly, almost foolishly, into the worst roles. We take the opposite stance, insisting that Cage is an over-the-top artist whose successful performances in films like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation are simply flukes, allowing him the freedom to overact — like a train wreck alcoholic in the former and a panic-ridden screenwriter in the latter — in situations where it actually works. Great as those films may be, the bad of Cage’s career far outweighs the good, littered as it is with performances both low on effort (Left Behind) and laughably unhinged (Face/Off, Wicker Man).
5) Jaden Smith
The young actor got his start in the industry in The Pursuit of Happiness, thanks to his famous father, Will Smith. Jaden Smith’s debut in the film was moving given the sentimental story, but Jaden Smith hasn’t been able to give a compelling performance since. His movie, After Earth, was torn apart by critics mostly because of his performance. This led to many calling into question whether he’ll ever give a good performance again.
6) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner was once one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Because apparently audiences at that time were especially infatuated with white-bread blandness. It isn’t so much that Costner is irritating, it’s just that there’s virtually nothing compelling about him or any of his performances. Now that he’s faded into moderate obscurity, it only feels appropriate that he’s resigned to play cookie-cutter father figure roles, as in Man of Steel.
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