The expansion of the Spider-Man universe starring Tom Hardy had a couple of things going for it, but the main villain wasn’t one of them. Riz Ahmed plays Carlton Drake, and a lot of people just couldn’t buy it.
He might not have been the worst part of the movie – it’s not the best flick in Tom Hardy’s catalog, that’s for sure, but his performance didn’t help the movie much. There’s also a fact that Ahmed had to act opposite Hardy, someone with far more experience and far stronger acting abilities.
Emma Watson as Belle in Beauty and the Beast
After "Harry Potter", Emma Watson had her pick of roles, and she...didn't pick very well. She made headlines as the lead in the live-action (mostly) reboot of "Beauty and the Beast," but not all of those headlines had positive things to say.
Her acting in the movie was far below her performances as Hermione Granger, her singing voice had to be redubbed, and many blasted Disney for using her just to draw in the Potter fandom. Going with a lesser-known actress that had more musical training might have produced a better movie, but it's become clear that's not what Disney is trying to do.
Gerard Butler as Erik, The Phantom, in The Phantom of the Opera
You'd think that while casting for a musical – and such a famous musical at that – singing talent would be at the top of the list when it comes to requirements. But, on the other hand, we have Gerard Butler as the Phantom in the 2004 adaptation of the famous musical.
Butler is handsome (which, now that we think about it, might not be the best choice for this character), and he has plenty of acting ability, but being a maniacal singer just didn't fit into his wheelhouse.
Quentin Tarantino as Frankie in Django Unchained
Tarantino is a vivid and legendary filmmaker – "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs," "Kill Bill," and more are at the top of his list, and there are plenty more. "Django Unchained" is another great movie to most, but the obligatory Quentin cameo might not have been the best choice.
For some reason, his character and the group he was with were Australian, which Quentin Tarantino is not. There's also the fact that the cameos have started taking people out of the films, something that any artist, filmmaker, or otherwise, wants to avoid. Some of the cameos work, but this one simply didn't.
Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
With so many roles under his belt, it's mathematically impossible for Johnny Depp not to fall prey to a bad role every once in a while.
This is a bit of an odd addition to the list since Depp is a great actor, and his job as this Potter character wasn't bad, but many still felt like he just didn't belong. Maybe it was the universe itself that just didn't fit with the way Depp held himself, or maybe it was something about his performance that was hard to nail down, but there were better options.