As far as we can tell, James Corden is the kind of guy that has trouble finding the right roles. Nothing really works out that well for him, and who knows why that could be.
We do know why his time as Barry Glickman didn’t work out. It was because he was basically playing what a straight man thinks a gay man is – every stereotype in the book came out in force. Someone else might have been able to take the role and do more than just the bare minimum with it.
Beyoncé as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember
The lady is one of the most famous performers in the history of music, but not everything will go that smoothly, not even for Beyoncé. When she joined Mike Myers in the third and final Austin Powers movie, she proved that up against an acting expert like Myers, she didn't have anywhere near as much to offer.
She was certainly good enough, but the fact that she's one of the most well-known people in the world made it hard for people to see the character she was trying to play. There have also been some critical comments levied on her acting skills.
Mila Kunis as Theodora in Oz the Great and Powerful
There have been a couple of Oz prequels, and the most famous is probably the play "Wicked." "Oz the Great and Powerful" is another try with Mila Kunis as Theodora – better known as the Wicked Witch of the West.
Kunis has had plenty of experience playing many different characters, but for some reason, this famous villain wasn't one of the roles she could dominate. The role just felt wrong for her – maybe the utter ruthlessness of the character refused to mesh with the Kunis we all know and love.
Nicolas Cage as Captain Antonio Corelli in Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The real shame of this casting choice was "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" could have been a stellar film if not for choosing Nic Cage as the title character.
Nic Cage has done a lot of good for the movie world and has been in a lot of movies. This one could have been pretty good, but Cage had to be a Greek army captain and a romantic lover, and even on his best days, he can barely get one of those two. So what happened? Well, the central romance strained credulity. That's what the critics said.
Justin Chadwick as Goku in Dragon Ball Z
Taking a manga or anime and turning it into a live-action movie is a tough sell, even for most fans. "Dragon Ball Z," which has guys flying around and shooting laser blasts at each other, is one of the most famous products from Japan ever, and it produced an awful live-action movie.
Justin Chadwick tried (not very successfully) to be the somewhat dimwitted-yet-well-meaning Son Goku, who repeatedly saves the planet from stronger and stronger challenges.